Blog Category: Mixers

Regenerate! Reflections on the 1st YA Alberta Winter Mixer

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 01, 2018

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Our hearts were filled and our minds inspired after the first 2-day Young Agrarians Alberta Winter Mixer! Thanks to everyone who came, to our speakers and to our sponsors. Here’s a little recap on the event.  We opened the weekend by getting into the situation our food system is in today and more about the demographics of aspiring and young farmers. There are 6% fewer farms in Alberta in 2016 as compared to 2011. In that time the average farm size grew (Source: StatsCanada) Almost half of farm operators in Alberta reported having an off farm job in 2015 The average age of a farm operator in Alberta in … Continue reading Regenerate! Reflections on the 1st YA Alberta Winter Mixer

FEB 10-11: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer

Posted by Moss Dance on January 29, 2018

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We are celebrating five years of Winter Mixers on Vancouver Island this year! Join us for our Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer at Camp Pringle in Shawnigan Lake, on beautiful Vancouver Island for two days of farming workshops & networking! Looking for the Young Agrarians Okanagan Winter Mixer? Click here! VANCOUVER ISLAND 5TH WINTER MIXER At-A-Glance WHEN: Saturday February 10 – Sunday February 11, 2018 WHERE:  Coast Salish Territory – Camp Pringle, 2520 W Shawnigan Lake Rd, Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W3 COST:  Sliding scale $75-125.  All funds raised go to covering the cost of the event. Thank you for your support! Work trade options are available, … Continue reading FEB 10-11: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer

FEB 23-25: ABBOTSFORD, BC – #COABC2018 Conference

Posted by Moss Dance on January 20, 2018

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Organic farmers from across British Columbia are gathering in Abbotsford Feb 23-25 for #COABC2018 – Bioregionalism: Resilience in a Changing Climate! COABC 2018 Conference in Abbotsford February 23-25th WHEN: Feb 23-25, 2018 WHERE: Quality Hotel & Conference Centre in Abbotsford, BC FMI & REGISTRATION: https://www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca BIOREGIONALISM: RESLIENCE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE  The Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC)’s annual gathering is almost here! Register to attend #COABC2018 in Abbotsford – while early bird tickets are still on sale! This year the COABC is celebrating its 25th anniversary and the conference will feature not one but two thought-provoking keynote presenters each exploring the … Continue reading FEB 23-25: ABBOTSFORD, BC – #COABC2018 Conference

January 27-28: Kelowna, BC – Young Agrarians 5th Okanagan Winter Mixer

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on January 05, 2018

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Looking for the Young Agrarians Vancouver Island Winter Mixer? Click here! Celebrating five years of Winter Mixers in the Okanagan, we’re back at the location of the first ever mixer – the beautiful Summerhill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna, BC! Summerhill Pyramid Winery gives us more space for sessions and gathering with a beautiful backdrop of Okanagan Lake and the vineyard. Based on your feedback and insights we’ve crafted an awesome program for this year’s Okangan Winter Mixer with a full two days of workshops and sessions you will be sure to sharpen your farm and business skills, and build connections with other new farmers. … Continue reading January 27-28: Kelowna, BC – Young Agrarians 5th Okanagan Winter Mixer

January 13 & 14: Alix, AB – Young Agrarians Alberta Winter Mixer

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 01, 2018 1 Comment

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Are you an aspiring or new farmer working on building a regenerative, ecological farm? Are you looking for opportunities to learn and connect? Join us at the Alberta Winter Mixer for two days of workshops  on accessing land, building relationships with mentors, getting starting in livestock and market gardening, communicating with farm partners and creating a regenerative business model that supports your farm and your livelihood. Share ideas and stories through farmer slideshows and test your know-how in the Farmer Fails and Hacks Championships. There will be farmer yoga, tobogganing, camp fires and more! JOIN US! Everyone is welcome! When: Saturday, January 13 – Sunday … Continue reading January 13 & 14: Alix, AB – Young Agrarians Alberta Winter Mixer

THIS WEEKEND: Peace Country Farmer Mixer!

Posted by Moss Dance on September 19, 2017

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This weekend something special is coming to the Peace Region. On September 23, the Peace River Organic Producers Association and Young Agrarians will be hosting their first ever Peace River Farmer Mixer. The event will include presentations focusing in on the topic of “Sharing Your Farm’s Story” and networking at the Goodfare Hall beginning at 9:30 with farm tours to follow. According to event organizer Donovan Kitt, “We picked those speakers because we wanted to have topics that are relevant to everyone whether you’ve been in the business for a while or you are just considering getting into farming or market … Continue reading THIS WEEKEND: Peace Country Farmer Mixer!

SEPT 23: GOODFARE, AB – Peace River Farmer Mixer

Posted by Dana Penrice on September 19, 2017

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Register Today Presenters:  Kevin Kossowan is a documentary filmmaker specialized in telling stories about food. Recent projects include a second year with Cook It Raw, this time in Norway, and Food On The Edge in Ireland. Kevin is in production of season four of an online series called ‘From The Wild’ that explores the intersection of Canadian wilderness and culinary, and is producing a project called ‘Food Workshop’ that offers food skills education online with the intention of enabling people to engage more in their food supply at home. Ian Griebel operates Redtail Farms whose motto is “three generations looking seven generations … Continue reading SEPT 23: GOODFARE, AB – Peace River Farmer Mixer

June 18: Red Deer, AB – Steel Pony Farm & Prairie Gold Meats Farm Tour and Potluck

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 25, 2017

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Hey farming folk! We’re headed back to the place where it all started for YA Alberta. Three years ago we held our first YA event with these fine folks and we’re excited to be back. We hope you can join us! Where: Farm Tour at Tamara Ranch (home of Steel Pony Farm and Prairie Gold Meats) Range Road 270A off Township Road 372. Look for the Tamara Ranch sign and you’ve got the place! When: June 18th, 2017 Time: 2:00pm-12:00am (Farm Tour at 2pm & Potluck at 4:00pm) RSVP: This event is FREE but please RSVP here.  Schedule of Events 2:00 pm – … Continue reading June 18: Red Deer, AB – Steel Pony Farm & Prairie Gold Meats Farm Tour and Potluck

June 1: Edmonton, AB – Grow an Urban Farmer Mixer

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 05, 2017 3 Comments

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Join Young Agrarians, the Edmonton Multicultural Coalition and Fresh (City of Edmonton) to grow the community of urban farmers and gardeners in Edmonton! When: June 1st, 2017 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm Where: Edmonton Intercultural Centre, 9538 – 107 Avenue (McCauley School), Edmonton, AB Who: Urban Farmers, Gardeners and Food Lovers What: Meet fellow Edmontonians growing food and growing communities! Learn skills, find opportunities and tap into a network of urban farmers and gardeners. AND EAT GREAT FOOD TOO! Supper to be provided. Hosted by:         

APRIL 22-23: CRESTON, BC – Soil Workshop and Field Training in Creston & the East Shore

Posted by Paris Marshall Smith on April 17, 2017

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Join in this field-based workshop in Creston & District to experience different soils and crop production environments! The workshop will travel to Herbada Farm, a commercial dairy farm on the Creston Flats; Cartwheel Farm, an organic market vegetable farm in Erickson; Twisted Roots, a four season community greenhouse in Crawford Bay; Yasodhara Ashram, an organic market garden; and Kootenay Honey Berry Farm, an emerging buckwheat, blueberry and honey farm. Fields Forward is excited to welcome educators Bill and Laticia Chapman to our region. Bill is an agrologist with the Ministry of Forest, Land and Natural Resource Operations. Currently based in Williams Lake, Bill has … Continue reading APRIL 22-23: CRESTON, BC – Soil Workshop and Field Training in Creston & the East Shore