Blog Category: National

2016 Census of Agriculture Results Are In!

Posted by Darcy Smith on May 10, 2017

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Farm data nerds, the day is finally here! Canada’s 2016 Census of Agriculture results have arrived—along with some interesting shifts in the sector. Here are some highlights of the good, the bad, and the promising: Farmers are getting older—and younger Farmers 55+ is the fastest growing age group, with the average national age of operators edging up from 54 in 2011 to 55. This trend parallels the general population. On the other hand, this year we saw an increase in the number of farm operators under 35. This is the first time there has been an increase in farmers under 35 since … Continue reading 2016 Census of Agriculture Results Are In!

Agroecology in Canada: Food Sovereignty in Action—National Farmers Union

Posted by Moss Dance on April 25, 2017 1 Comment

Agroecology in Canada

The following article consists of excerpts from Agroecology in Canada: Food Sovereignty in Action published by the National Farmers’ Union. “Agroecology is much more than a set of technologies; it is a political and social system, a way of life, a form of resistance against corporate control of the food system, and quite simply the best means of achieving food sovereignty.” — Ayla Fenton, NFU Youth Vice President “Agroecology is the answer to how to transform and repair our material reality in a food system and rural world that has been devastated by industrial food production and its so-called Green and … Continue reading Agroecology in Canada: Food Sovereignty in Action—National Farmers Union

APRIL 12: Enterprise Budgets for Small Scale Farmers Webinar

Posted by Kristen Nammour on March 23, 2017 1 Comment

Enterprise Budget Webinar

Have you ever wondered “What exactly are enterprise budgets?! How do they work? And why would I use them in my farm planning?”  Join YA and KPU’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems for a FREE webinar that will help you understand how enterprise budgets can be a powerful planning and financial analysis tool that can be used to guide business decisions on your farm. Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST Cost: FREE! Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1777763349004622850 A recording of this webinar session will be available to those who register at the link above. Enterprise Budgets for Small Scale Farms Part 1: Why do you … Continue reading APRIL 12: Enterprise Budgets for Small Scale Farmers Webinar

ONLINE COURSE: Organic Vegetable Seed Production Certificate

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 21, 2017

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COG will host Canada’s first intermediate, online certificate program on Canadian Organic Vegetable Seed Production in the Spring of 2017. Course starts on April 10, 2017! Want to learn more about producing organic seeds? Want to learn more about their commercial production, harvesting, quality, marketing, breeding and more? Want to build your own seed business following your own unique seed-farm business plan? If so, this course is for you! In partnership with USC Canada through The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, COG is excited to open registration for Canada’s first, intermediate-level Organic Vegetable Seed Production e-learning certificate! This … Continue reading ONLINE COURSE: Organic Vegetable Seed Production Certificate

MARCH 8: Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 27, 2017

Farm Bookkeeping Webinar

Looking to learn the basics of bookkeeping for farms? It’s the first step in growing solid financial management practices for your business. Join YA and SPEC (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation) for a 1.5 hour webinar laying out the foundations of farm bookkeeping, business set up, payroll and your first year-end tax report! NOTE: This webinar is going to focus on bookkeeping within the context of Canadian agriculture and tax regulation. Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM PST Cost: FREE! Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7568652497864152321 Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar will cover: Basic Principles of Bookkeeping GST & PST Registration Assets Cashflow … Continue reading MARCH 8: Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar

Dec 7: Celebrating Canada’s Seed Innovators Webinar

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 01, 2016

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photo by greenkeepers.ca This is the 4th and final webinar of the 2016 season hosted by the BAUTA Initiative – time to celebrate! Please join us to hear from seed leaders in three regions of Canada. They’ll talk about their diverse and forward thinking seed initiatives that are advancing ecological seed and regional seed systems across the country. We’ll hear from Sarah Hargreaves (Ecological Farming Association of Ontario) on “farmer-led research”; Teprine Baldo & Stephen McComber (organizers of Strawberry Moon and Crow Moon Festivals, and owners of Fire Council Farms) on “seed for the community”; and Mel Sylvestre (BC Seed … Continue reading Dec 7: Celebrating Canada’s Seed Innovators Webinar

SEPT 18: David Suzuki: Climate, Food and the Future – Saskatoon, SK

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 31, 2016

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Sunday September 18th, 2016; Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon 7:30 PM – An evening with David Suzuki – Climate, Food and the Future. Pre-order tickets at: https://broadwaytheatre.ca/events?p=event&event=3770 DOORS OPEN at 6:30 PM Dr. David Suzuki is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster.  He holds a Ph.D in zoology and genetics, has won numerous academic awards, and holds 25 honorary degrees from academic institutions in Canada and around the world.  He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.  Dr. Suzuki has written 52 books. David will be joined by Ian Mauro and Darrin Qualman. … Continue reading SEPT 18: David Suzuki: Climate, Food and the Future – Saskatoon, SK

Grant Opportunity for Farmers Interested in Ecological Seed Production

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 18, 2016

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photo by Sara Dent.  The BAUTA Family Seed Security Initiative is offering grants to farmers interested in building their capacity and understanding of seed production through their Seed Training Support Grant.  Growers can apply for up to $500 to attend the following training events on ecological seed production. These events offer intermediate to advanced training on growing vegetable seeds and field crops. Eligible costs include travel expenses and registration fees. Kneading Conference: Skowhegan, Maine – July 28, 29, 2016 Seed Savers Exchange Annual Conference & Campout: Decorah, Iowa – Jul. 15-17, 2016 NOVIC 2-day Plant Breeding Intensive: Pablo, Montana – Sept. … Continue reading Grant Opportunity for Farmers Interested in Ecological Seed Production

March 8: NFU Youth Retreat Farmer Potluck, Pigeon Lake, Alberta

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 21, 2016

Farmer Potluck at Pigeon Lake

On March 8th, we invite you to a farmer potluck and feast with young farmer leaders and organizers from across the country at Rundle’s Mission at Pigeon Lake, Alberta. Meet with other new farmers, hear about the work on the National New Farmer Report and enjoy good food and good company. To RSVP