Blog Category: Young Agrarians

Opportunity: Edmonton Food Council Seeking New Members

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 21, 2017

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Would you like to join the Edmonton Food Council? The 2017 applications close on April 30, 2017. Apply here.  The Edmonton Food Council was created as a committee of administration in 2013, as a Strategic Direction in line with fresh: Edmonton’s Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy, with a mandate to advise and act on the implementation of the strategy.  The Food Council is made up of 15 citizen volunteers who are actively involved in food systems work. Vision and Mandate The Edmonton Food Council shares the vision held in fresh, namely, that Edmonton has a resilient food and agriculture system that contributes to … Continue reading Opportunity: Edmonton Food Council Seeking New Members

Business Mentorship Network – Rachael & Dane, Paradise Valley Produce

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 11, 2017

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Name? Rachael and Dane Sherstad Where do you farm? Paradise Valley Produce, Powell River, BC What do you farm? At this point buttercup… but hopefully delicious mixed veggies coming soon! What type of business structure is your farm? Partnership What is your land tenure? We purchased this land last summer and made the move to the Sunshine Coast in November.  Endless thanks to the most supportive family ever for making this possible! How did you seriously get into farming? Farming is a new adventure for both of us as we transition from backgrounds in outdoor education/guiding.  We both feel as if we are in the early … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Rachael & Dane, Paradise Valley Produce

Business Mentorship Network – Kimi & Kareno, Sweet Digz Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 07, 2017

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Name? Sweet Digz Farm – Kareno Hawbolt & Kimi Hendess Where do you farm? Richmond, BC What do you farm? We use organic farming practices to grow veggies, seed and herbal medicinals. What type of business structure is your farm? Our business is a partnership of two sole proprietors: Kareno & Kimi.  Officially, we are “Sweet Digz Farm & Construction.” Up until last year we had a carpentry side where Kimi did renovations and in 2014-15 built a tiny house for a client.  Since 2016 we are trying to have Kimi full time on the farm along with head farmer Kareno.  We also have been able … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Kimi & Kareno, Sweet Digz Farm

Business Mentorship Network – Alyssa & David, Plenty Wild Farms

Posted by Alyssa Belter on April 03, 2017

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We are David and Alyssa of Plenty Wild Farms – we are part of the Young Agrarians Business Mentorship Network and are working with Chris Bodnar, our mentor from Close to Home Organics. We feel incredibly fortunate to receive mentorship support – thank you Young Agrarians! The primary goal for our mentorship this season is to prepare Plenty Wild Farms for the birth of our first child in June (model timing, am I right?). In a normal season, Alyssa works full-time on the farm – in the field managing day-to-day operations, at a desk bookkeeping and on the road marketing. Frankly, her … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Alyssa & David, Plenty Wild Farms

Business Mentorship Network – Maddy & Elana, City Beet Farm

Posted by Kristen Nammour on March 30, 2017

CSA PIck Up Day for City Beet Farm

We are Maddy and Elana and we are the new farmers at City Beet Farm in Vancouver. We farm on a dozen different properties in East Van, around the Riley Park neighbourhood. This summer we are growing over 70 types of veggies and cut flowers for our 22 week CSA program that runs from end of May to mid-October. Our land tenure model is pretty unique. We are very fortunate to have a community of homeowners who support our business and trade us the land around their homes for weekly vegetables. We came into farming from different angles but with … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network – Maddy & Elana, City Beet Farm

April 8 & 9: Ferintosh, AB – Beekeeping Workshop

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 23, 2017

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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

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

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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

Getting Together: Reflections on the 4th Vancouver Island Winter Mixer

Posted by Moss Dance on March 06, 2017

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A review of the Fourth Vancouver Island Winter Mixer, written by Young Agrarians Vancouver Island Coordinator Moss Dance On the morning of Saturday, January 28, I was sitting in a circle of over 100 farmers and friends in Quw’utsun Territory on beautiful Shawnigan Lake at the 4th Vancouver Island Winter Mixer. In the centre of that circle, three inspiring Quw’utsun land and food activists were singing us a welcome. Ron & Deb George and their nephew Joe Akerman taught us to sing a Quw’utsun song, and soon enough, we were all standing up singing together. This powerful moment grounded my experience of this … Continue reading Getting Together: Reflections on the 4th Vancouver Island Winter Mixer

4th Okanagan Winter Mixer – that’s a wrap!

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on March 06, 2017

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What a fantastic weekend! The 4th Okanagan Winter Mixer brought together 100 people from across the Okanagan-Thompson region and beyond – as far as Williams Lake! We enjoyed two days of networking activities and workshops on a range of topics focused on building farming and business skills. There was a great energy in the room – a lot of passion and excitement about the coming season! A highlight for many people were the business skills workshops lead by Chris Bodnar from Close to Home Organics. Attendees expressed their gratitude for learning about what it takes to build and run their farm … Continue reading 4th Okanagan Winter Mixer – that’s a wrap!