Blog Category: Workshops

Regenerate! Reflections on the 1st YA Alberta Winter Mixer

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 01, 2018


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


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 20: Small Farm Summit – Calgary, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 24, 2018


This event is for small farms, family farms, organic, sustainable or biodynamic farms, new farmers, old farmers, and young farmers. For farms or ranches of any size exploring alternatives for big ag and factory farming. When: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Where: Gunn’s Dairy Barn at Heritage Park Contact & Register:

Feb 9 & 10: Organic Alberta Conference – Red Deer, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 24, 2018


February 9 & 10, 2018 – Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta If you are a farmer or rancher working to grow a sustainable and profitable farm business, this is the event for you! This year we have partnered with Rural Routes to Climate Solutions to bring you a special series on climate change (click here to learn more). Discover innovative ideas, practical techniques and sensible management practices for every farmer at the 2018 Organic Alberta conference. Full conference program & registration here. Sessions of interest to aspiring and new farmers: Indigenous Agriculture Models – Joe Munro Saving Seed: Looking at … Continue reading Feb 9 & 10: Organic Alberta Conference – Red Deer, AB

Feb 23 & 24: Prairie Organics Conference – Brandon, MB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 23, 2018


This conference is free to students with valid student id.  The second Prairie Organics Conference and Trade Show will reprise its successful 2016 format of pairing leading edge science with the best organic farmers in Canada. With 26,000 square feet of exhibit space, the free trade show features its own Ag Innovation Stage, the largest organic tradeshow in western Canada and free customized meetings for buyers and growers of organic grain. Below are some of the highlights from the conference stream. Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, February 23-24, 2018 The conference and trade show will take place in the Keystone Centre in … Continue reading Feb 23 & 24: Prairie Organics Conference – Brandon, MB

March 11: Land Link – Richmond, BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on January 22, 2018


WANT LAND? GOT LAND? Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? We want you! 11 am – 4 pm Land Linking Workshop – Networking, Land Access Arrangements, Young Agrarians Land Matching Program, Expert Panel, & more! Join us for a workshop on the nuts and bolts of land linking. We’ll network, learn about land access, leases and licenses, and the Young Agrarians Land Matching Program, and hear from our expert panel on topics such as housing, finances, and more! You just might find a farmer who can turn your vacant field into a productive farm, or … Continue reading March 11: Land Link – Richmond, BC

FEB & MAR: 6-Day Holistic Land Design Course – Castor, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 18, 2018


Course Details: Facilitator: Takota Coen, Grass Roots Family Farm Where: Castor, Alberta When: February 20, 21 and 22  March 2, 3 and 4 Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Course Description: The best person to design and manage your land is you. Every landowner or land steward holds a vast collection of personal and inherited experience and wisdom unique to them and their landbase. This 6 day workshop acknowledges that fact and provides you with the tools and resources that will help you successfully design, establish, and manage resilient human habitats that are ecologically sound and economically profitable. It is … Continue reading FEB & MAR: 6-Day Holistic Land Design Course – Castor, AB

Penticton, BC: Organic Pest Control Workshop

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on January 04, 2018

Photo credit: Cherry Tree Permaculture

The West Bench Community Recreation and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen are hosting a series of three workshops on ecological growing. Rick Hatch from Cherry Tree Permaculture will be teaching these workshops. When: January 20th 10:00—11:00—Organic Pest Control February 17th 10:00-11:00—Water Efficient Gardens and Orchards (Location TBA) March 17th 10:00-11:00 — The Soil Food Web: Our Invisible Allies (Location TBA) Where: West Bench Elementary School, 1604 W Bench Drive, West Bench, British Columbia, Canada V2A 8Z3 Registration: $20 for each workshop or $50 to attend all three, please email Amanda Murai at to register

Dec 13: Online Webinar – Novice Farm Finance Management

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 11, 2017


Novice Farm Finance Management Webinar Michigan State University Extension Date: December 13, 2017 Time: 8-9 p.m. Location: Online Webinar Contact: Frank Wardynski,, 906-884-4386 Learn how to: Organize your farm accounting Develop detailed balance sheets Analyze Farm Profitability Understand financial measures such as liquidity, solvency, working capital, debt to asset ratio. Cost to participate is $5 per person. Register here. Photo by Autumn Mott on Unsplash