The Farm Apprentices and Worker’s Network (FAWN) invites all interested and interesting parties to its second monthly meetup on June 21 at Abundant Acres Farm! What: Hoophouse Hoedown, Potluck, and Farm Tour (Facebook event!) When: June 21, 2015 (Sunday), 11:00-15:00 Where: Abundant Acres Farm, 182 Red Bank Road, Centre Burlington, Nova Scotia (Map) What you should bring: Food (for the potluck), work clothes (for the workshop), some strong arms (for high-fiving), and some good old-fashioned farmin’ enthusiasm! Come together with farming apprentices, workers, and enthusiasts for a grand day of socializing and good work! Master farmers David and Jen Greenberg, … Continue reading Nova Scotia June 21: FAWN Apprentice Meetup – Abundant Acres Farm
Eva Rehak is the 32-year-old co-owner of Alva Farm with her partner Alain Rousselle, located in Saint-Maurice, New Brunswick. For the past 5 years they have been cultivating mixed organic vegetables and fruits on 1,5 acres for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares and farmer’s market. She acted as women advisor for the National Farmers Union (NFU) in NB and represented the NFU Youth at La Via Campesina’s 6th Global Conference in 2013. I grew up in Mississauga with no background in farming, but always had an interest in nature. I went to the University of Guelph graduated as an agricultural technician. I worked on a CSA farm … Continue reading Farmer Profile: Eva Rehak of Ferme Alva, New Brunswick
The Farm Apprentices and Workers Network is delighted and super-duper pleased to announce its first gathering on May 17, at Four Seasons Farm in Maitland, NS! What: Hügelbed Hootenany, Potluck and Farm Tour (Facebook event) When: May 17, 2015 (Sunday), 11:00-15:00 Where: Four Seasons Farm, 8244 Hwy 215, Maitland, Nova Scotia (Map) What you should bring: Food (for the potluck), work clothes (for the workshop), and a hankering for some fun Join apprentices and farm workers from across the Maritimes for a fantastic day filled with food and glory as formidable farming duo Owen Roberts and Sina Wagner from Four Seasons Farm take … Continue reading May 17 – Apprentice Meetup! Four Seasons Farm, Maitland, NS
Are you working on or managing a farm in the Maritime region of Canada this coming season? Do you want to help form a network of engaged, fantastic apprentices and their farmers who meet up to discover new techniques and swap black bean brownie recipes? Hoo, boy. Have we got a plan for you! Here’s the rationale: apprenticeships are lovely, intense periods in every up-and-coming farmer’s education. You get an immense amount of knowledge from farmers, you work hard, you see the same four to six people every day for seven months, and you learn to love it. For those … Continue reading Apprentices of the Maritimes, Unite!
This program is a unique opportunity for someone to have access to land, resources, and experienced mentors as they start small-scale gardening. The Sisters of Saint Martha are the land-owners and program sponsors for the Bethany Garden Apprenticeship Program. The purpose of the program is to provide the opportunity for an Apprentice Gardener to learn about small-scale gardening and the best practices for sustainable food production in an environmentally friendly and responsible manner. David and Jennifer Greenberg, the project managers and mentors, will develop a new garden site, set up infrastructure, and host workshops on topics relating to the garden … Continue reading Bethany Garden Apprenticeship Program, Antigonish NS
Abundant Acres Farm is hiring four interns for the 2015 season. The main focus on the farm is growing vegetables for a 200 family CSA program plus selling at the Seaport Market in Halifax and several wholesale accounts. We also rotationally graze about ten cattle and care for 200 laying hens, tend young fruit trees and table grapes, cut firewood and engage in other homestead arts throughout the season. The internship positions begin in early April and continue until the end of November, 2015. We provide room and board, workman’s comp insurance, a week of vacation in mid-summer, a salary … Continue reading Four Paid Internships Positions for 2015: Abundant Acres Farm, Nova Scotia
Reflections on the seasonal and transient life of farm apprentices and interns by Bernard Soubry. We had snow the other day in Maitland. I spent a few frantic hours hauling celeriac out of the cold mud and praying that the clouds would break–long enough for us to plant the rest of the garlic in the back field, at least. But after that storm, everything had changed. The farm I’d come to earlier in the season is totally covered now; you can’t work outside without four layers on; the chickens chirp at us angrily in the morning when their water freezes. … Continue reading Where Do Farm Apprentices Go In The Winter? | Notes from Nova Scotia
**PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR NETWORKS** Join the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) in Halifax, NS, from November 12-14th, for Honouring Our Roots, Sowing Our Future–ACORN’s 15th Annual Conference and Trade Show! Register online before Sunday, September 28th and receive the early-bird (discounted) rate and a chance to win a free night’s stay at the Halifax Harbourfront Marriott Hotel (the Conference location for both ACORN & Food Secure Canada)! All rates will increase as of September 29th. Register now to secure your participation for three full days of over 45 workshops covering a wide range of organic food and farming topics, including farm wellness and management; organic fruit … Continue reading Not Yet Registered? 2014 ACORN Conference “Early-Bird” Rate Available Until September 28th!
le francais suit…. SAVE THE DATE & SPREAD THE WORD! The Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) is excited to announce that registration is now open for our 3rd Beginner Farmer Symposium & Mixer, taking place Monday, August 18th, 2014, at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, New Brunswick–a fundraiser event supporting the future and success of local organic agriculture! Building on the great success of our previous Symposiums, drawing hundreds of farmers from throughout Eastern Canada, we are thrilled to once again showcase another busy day of workshops, panel discussions and prime networking opportunities for new, aspiring and experienced growers across the region. This year, … Continue reading August 18th – REGISTER NOW for ACORN’S 3rd Beginner Farmer Symposium + Mixer
The Grow A Farmer Learning Series and Broadfork Farm present a workshop designed to teach participants the basics of how to put up your own Caterpillar Tunnels (i.e. inexpensive hoophouses)! The farmers at Broadfork Farm have been happily using their caterpillar tunnels for four years now but have made a few refinements along the way. Learn how to use this innovative strategy to extend your growing season! This hands-on opportunity will teach others the step by step process of how to construct and use caterpillar tunnels; key considerations; sourcing materials; costs and more! As all participants will take part in constructing four tunnels, … Continue reading May 4: Extend Your Growing Season with Caterpillar Tunnels at Broadfork Farm!