Blog Category: Skills Sharing

Bursaries: Success for Women in Agri-Food Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 09, 2017

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Organic Alberta and Young Agrarians are excited to announce that we are providing bursaries for women farmers in Alberta to participate in the Success for Women in Agri-Food Program hosted by the Agriculture and Food Council. Aspiring, new and current farmers who are looking to develop their business skills, gain knowledge from experts and to develop their network are encouraged to apply. Take the program for only $55! Regular cost is $350 per person (Savings of $295!) Program Description:  Learn the foundations of running a successful business through the GoForth 100 Essential Small Business Skills Learning Series through an online format … Continue reading Bursaries: Success for Women in Agri-Food Program

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

April 8 & 9: Ferintosh, AB – Beekeeping Workshop

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 23, 2017 2 Comments

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10% Discounts Available Now Available for 5 Young Agrarians Grass Roots Family Farm and Young Agrarians are happy to host Eliese Watson from ABC Bees for a Level One Beekeeping Certificate  Date: April 8th & 9th, 2017 Time: 9 am – 5 pm Location: Ferintosh Community Rec. Centre Cost: $325 (Discounts now available, use code: YOUNGAGRARIANS10% when you register) REGISTER at here or call Takota Coen at (780) 781-5929  Homemade lunches, light refreshments, coffee & tea provided Eliese Watson is the Founder of ABC Bees and an advocate for small-scale beekeeping across Canada. This 16-hour intensive program will offer everything you need to know to … Continue reading April 8 & 9: Ferintosh, AB – Beekeeping Workshop

APRIL 12: Enterprise Budgets for Small Scale Farmers Webinar

Posted by Kristen Nammour on March 23, 2017 1 Comment

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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

Soil Testing for New Farmers: a Step by Step Guide

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 22, 2017

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‘Feed the soil, not the plants’ is a great way of looking at the importance of managing soils for food production. Soils vary in diversity from one location to another, and require comprehensive management strategies for on-site nutrient recycling and long-term land stewardship. Healthy soils will grow healthy crops, and knowing what types of soils you are working with will help you figure out what will grow best on your land. For a farmer on a new piece of land, there are a few methods that will reveal what type of soil and nutrient content you are working with. Soil testing, on … Continue reading Soil Testing for New Farmers: a Step by Step Guide

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

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

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 14, 2017 1 Comment

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on an organic farm? Are you wanting to learn about agriculture education? Sand Springs Ranch is offering a unique apprenticeship program providing experience in organic livestock and vegetable production while offering opportunities to work with them on in-classroom agriculture education and farm tours. 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 … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Sand Springs Ranch – Lac La Biche, AB

APPRENTICESHIP: Vilicus Farms – Havre, Montana

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 27, 2017

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking to take your learning to the next level? Are you struggling with figuring out how we can scale up regenerative farming, mitigate climate change and feed the world? Meet Doug Crabtree and Anna Jones-Crabtree. At Vilicus Farms they are offering a unique opportunity for aspiring farmers to apprentice in organic, dry land farming in Havre, Montana. Learn the ins and outs of organic farming and explore the potential of managing a regenerative, resilient, profitable farm business. Vilicus Farms has two formal Apprenticeship opportunities with a third in development: 1. New Agrarian Immersion Experience: Intensive immersion into day-to-day organic … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: Vilicus Farms – Havre, Montana

MARCH 8: Beginner Farm Bookkeeping Webinar

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 27, 2017 1 Comment

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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

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

Posted by Moss Dance on January 23, 2017 4 Comments

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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