Blog Category: Skills Sharing

January 28-29: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Young Agrarians 4th Vancouver Island Winter Farmer Mixer

Posted by Moss Dance on January 23, 2017

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Join us for two days of workshops for small-scale, ecological farmers and farmers-to-be on Vancouver Island. Dive in to amazing networking opportunities and skills-sharing with experienced farmer facilitators who are ready to help you grow your farm business. We’ve got workshops on everything from farm business planning to holistic management and livestock to crop planning, land access, and more! Are you farm-curious, or thinking about becoming a farmer? JOIN US! Everyone is welcome! When: Saturday, January 28 – Sunday January 29, 2017 Where:  Camp Pringle, Coast Salish Territory Camp (Shawnigan Lake), 2520 West Shawnigan Lake Rd, Shawnigan Lake B.C. V0R 2W3 Cost: Our updated price is … Continue reading January 28-29: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Young Agrarians 4th Vancouver Island Winter Farmer Mixer

YA Apprenticeship: Duban Farms – Lethbridge, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 21, 2016

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Are you looking for a hands-on, practical learning experience in environmentally and economically sustainable farming? Are you wanting to work alongside a farmer that is innovative, forward thinking and working to mitigate climate change?  Duban Farms is excited to offer a unique apprenticeship in regenerative farming. About the Farm Duban Farms is a third generation, irrigated grain and oilseed farm located 15 minutes NW of Lethbridge.  The farm is currently transitioning into Certified Organic production and strives to grow food in an environmentally and economically sustainable fashion.  Utilizing biological principles, Duban Farms is working to improve plant and soil health while maximizing yields of … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Duban Farms – Lethbridge, AB

Announcing the Host Farms of the new Alberta YA Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 13, 2016 2 Comments

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KETTLE CROSSING FARM – Sundre, AB This farm lies on the eastern slopes of the Rockies, an hour and a quarter northwest of Calgary. Work alongside Sandy Easterbrook, Bob Griebel and their niece Tess Griebel (a fellow young farmer) with their East Friesian sheep and dairy cows. Find out more.  SANDSPRING RANCH – Lac La Biche, AB Sand Springs Ranch is located near Lac La Biche and includes a large market garden, an organic, grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork and chicken enterprises. Be exposed to a variety of enterprises and learn about what kinds of production fit you best. Find out more.  REDTAIL FARMS – Castor, AB Redtail Farms … Continue reading Announcing the Host Farms of the new Alberta YA Apprenticeship Program

YA Apprenticeship: Sand Springs Ranch – Lac La Biche, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 12, 2016

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on a diversified, mixed farm? Is farming in your future, but you feel you need more experience before starting your own farm? Sand Springs Ranch is offering a unique apprenticeship program providing experience in livestock and vegetable production. About the Farm Sand Springs Ranch, located near Lac La Biche, Alberta is run by Ty and Janice Shelton, their daughter Jolene and son Tyler.  Including Ty and Janice’s grandchildren, there are 3 generations working on this farm. A certified organic farm, Sand Springs Ranch includes a large certified organic market garden, a certified organic, grass-fed beef … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Sand Springs Ranch – Lac La Biche, AB

YA Apprenticeship: Nature’s Way Farm – Grimshaw, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 09, 2016

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain skills and knowledge that match the ecological values you hold? Are you feeling the farming bug, but not quite ready to take the plunge and launch your own business? Peter and Mary Lundgard and their farm manager Lilli Klamke (a fellow-young farmer herself) are excited to provide you with a meaningful apprenticeship experience in your path to becoming a farmer. About the Farm Nature’s Way Farm, a 640 acre farm close to the banks of the Peace River in northern Alberta. Covered by aspen, birch, spruce, pine, and willow shelter belts, this farm provides wildlife habitat for moose, deer, beaver, foxes, … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Nature’s Way Farm – Grimshaw, AB

Jan 11: AIRDRIE, AB – Closing the Gap: Creating a More Profitable Business

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 01, 2016

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Registration deadline: Friday, Dec. 2nd This workshop will introduce you to the concept of continuous improvement, a holistic approach to identify sources of waste and overcome specific challenges in your business. It is the start of a journey towards increased business and operational efficiency. Learn how to: maximize your employee asset base establish a preventative maintenance program incorporate the latest technology create a culture of continuous improvement deliver value to your customers What’s in it for you? reduce inefficiencies in your business add value from field to market increase business profitability potential for one-on-one business coaching with an industry expert … Continue reading Jan 11: AIRDRIE, AB – Closing the Gap: Creating a More Profitable Business

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

SKILL SHARE: Succession Planting Salad Greens

Posted by Moss Dance on November 15, 2016

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This is the fourth and final post in a series of skill share videos from Edible Garden Project in North Vancouver, BC! Holly Rooke, Farm Manager for the North Shore Neighbourhood House’s Edible Garden Project, provides an introduction to growing salad greens using intensive planting practices. Including: timing, tools, and tips. www.ediblegardenproject.com North Shore Food Charter Implementation: Growing Greens from Emily Jubenvill on Vimeo.

SKILL SHARE: Harvesting Basil with Edible Garden Project

Posted by Moss Dance on November 11, 2016

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This post is the third in a series of four fabulous skill share videos from Edible Garden Project in North Vancouver, BC. Enjoy! Learn this how to harvest your basil plants the correct way. This quick tip from Holly Rooke, Farm Manager for the North Shore Neighbourhood House’s Edible Garden Project, will encourage more growth and prolonged harvests. www.ediblegardenproject.com North Shore Food Charter Implementation: How to Harvest Basil from Emily Jubenvill on Vimeo.

November 26: VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Urban Farming Forum & Mixer

Posted by Moss Dance on November 10, 2016

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The Vancouver Urban Farming Society is pleased to host the 6th Annual Vancouver Urban Farming Forum on November 26. The theme for 2016 is Sustainable Futures: Sowing Knowledge, Skills & Connection. Get Tickets: http://bit.ly/VUFF2016 About the Vancouver Urban Farming Forum Community building and opportunities to share and mingle will be at the heart of the Forum – VUFS is excited to welcome co-host Mutya Macatumpag, an interdisciplinary artist who will be animating the event and strengthening person-to-person connections alongside Marcela Crowe, Executive Director of VUFS. The Forum will also feature Sara Dent, BC Coordinator and Co-Founder of Young Agrarians, who will … Continue reading November 26: VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Urban Farming Forum & Mixer