Blog Category: Young Agrarians

Opportunity: Funding Program for Agricultural Internships

Posted by Kolby Peterson on June 24, 2019

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Are you a farmer looking to hire and mentor a young, new, or aspiring farmer? The Youth Employment and Skills Program is providing funding for the creation of agricultural internships to youth and youth facing barriers. This is a program of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and employers across the agriculture sector may apply for funding to hire Canadians, age 15 to 30. Approved projects will be eligible to receive 50% of total eligible costs, up to a maximum of $14,000 in matching funds. For those hiring youth facing barriers, 80 percent of total eligible costs up to $14, 000 may … Continue reading Opportunity: Funding Program for Agricultural Internships

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 7 acres of sloped, deer-fenced land in Wynndel, BC

Posted by Hailey Troock on June 13, 2019

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ABOUT THE LAND This land opportunity is located in the community of Wynndel, on the south eastern side of Kootenay Lake and northern end of the Creston Valley. The total area of the non-ALR property is 10 acres, with 7 acres deer-fenced and cleared of trees. The west-facing slope looks over Kootenay River. The property is situated on a hillside with forested Crown land above. The previous owner grew strawberries and pumpkins and the area for lease was formerly a cherry orchard. The land has been organic since 2010 when the orchard was removed.   The land is just off … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 7 acres of sloped, deer-fenced land in Wynndel, BC

AUGUST 10, 2019: ALCOMDALE, AB – 1st Generation Farmer Conference

Posted by Alex on June 13, 2019 2 Comments

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Are you a 1st generation farmer looking to connect with a strong community of friends and mentors? Do you want to make your farm business more resilient by improving your financial plan and communication strategies? Are you an urbanite itching to get your boots on the ground but don’t know where to start? Join us at the 1st Generation Farmer Conference to get relevant, ready-to-apply farm knowledge from a fantastic line up of speakers and to meet other passionate farmers in Alberta! When: Saturday, August 10, 2019 Where: Rosy Farms (about 1h NW of Edmonton, AB). Lots of parking and … Continue reading AUGUST 10, 2019: ALCOMDALE, AB – 1st Generation Farmer Conference

YA Alberta Apprenticeship Orientation Weekend

Posted by Kolby Peterson on June 11, 2019

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“Young farmer, learn as much as you can about farming and life. Listen to your elders, for they are wise… Whatever you learn, share that knowledge with others; whatever you grow, share with those who have less. Be prepared to meet the challenges ahead, but know that you are not alone.” – Karen Washington, activist and farmer, Rise & Root Farm Young Agrarians has launched its 2019 Alberta Apprenticeship Program, and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce this year’s crew. How they all ended up on Alberta farms would require a long night of storytelling around a campfire, but … Continue reading YA Alberta Apprenticeship Orientation Weekend

JUNE 14, 2019: HYTHE, AB – Soil Workshop, Farm Tour, Potluck at Armstrong Acres

Posted by Lilli Klamke on June 10, 2019

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Soil Workshop with Dr. Kris Nichols & Farm Tour at Armstrong Acres Join us for an afternoon at Armstrong Acres to check out how Clay and Ash apply rotational grazing, see their the pastured poultry operation and much more. Followed by a workshop about soil health with Dr. Kris Nichols. When: June 14, 2019 Where: Armstrong Acres, Farm near Hythe-AB Directions from Hythe- follow Highway  43 towards Dawson Creek, turn left onto Range Rd 120, then turn right onto Township Rd 740, after 2 km it will be the first house to your right. Schedule: 1.00 pm Introduction and Farm … Continue reading JUNE 14, 2019: HYTHE, AB – Soil Workshop, Farm Tour, Potluck at Armstrong Acres

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Feature on Peninsula Kiwi

Posted by Melanie Buffel on June 10, 2019

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Stuart Basset is one of ten participants in the 2018/2019 YA Business Mentorship Program. His business is aptly named Peninsula Kiwi as he is growing kiwis in the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. Stuart is new to the area and has developed a profit sharing arrangement with the landowner and is taking the stewardship of the land very seriously. Stuart’s inspiration to grow kiwis comes from growing up on a farm  in New Zealand, a love for working with plants and literally being able to seeing the fruits of his labour. Peninsula Kiwi is the first business Stuart has run and he applied for the Young Agrarian … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Feature on Peninsula Kiwi

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 3/4 acre Farm Site Available, Vernon, B.C.

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on June 06, 2019

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ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY: Okanagan College – Vernon Campus has created a two-acre Demonstration Garden that promotes sustainable practices in an effort to preserve, stimulate and promote agricultural and ecological ventures in the Okanagan Valley. The initiative has been focused on providing a space for education, learning, and community programming regarding local food and agriculture. At this time, the site includes Patchworks Farms (a community garden/farm for vulnerable citizens), a demonstration xeriscape garden, an Indigenous garden and a food forest. These activities use approximately 1.25 acres leaving .75 acre for new sustainable farming activities. The College is interested in licensing the … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 3/4 acre Farm Site Available, Vernon, B.C.

JULY 14, 2019: MERVILLE, BC – Farm Tour, Potluck, Weeding Party & Co-op Discussion with Tendergreens Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 06, 2019

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Join us at Tendergreens Farm in Merville, BC (Vancouver Island) for a farm tour, weeding party, discussion on co-operatives, and potluck social! Come out to beautiful “Deep Merville” and get a tour of Tendergreens Farm, one of the four farms that make up Merville Organics Growers’ Cooperative.  Jay will talk about adventures in starting up a low-budget farm from a field of grass, farming on leased land, transitioning to certified organic, and farming solo.  We’ll do a bit of social weeding to chat and meet new people (and help Jay get on top of those weeds!) and then sit down for a … Continue reading JULY 14, 2019: MERVILLE, BC – Farm Tour, Potluck, Weeding Party & Co-op Discussion with Tendergreens Farm

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 15 Acres for lease, Spruce Grove AB

Posted by Alex on June 04, 2019 2 Comments

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ABOUT THE LAND This beautiful 15 acre property is located just outside of Spruce Grove, AB (15 minute drive from Edmonton). The land owner is looking to lease the land to one or more farmers who are interested in veggies, small animals, and/or perennial crops. Lease terms are currently open for discussion. The land mostly consists of pasture with some trees along the property perimeter and rented for horse grazing but has good potential for growing vegetables and perennial crops. Approximately half of the property is flat with areas that are prone to spring flooding, while the other half has … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 15 Acres for lease, Spruce Grove AB

POSTPONED June 8+9 2019: Grimshaw, AB – Low Stress Livestock Handling Workshop with Dylan Biggs

Posted by Lilli Klamke on June 02, 2019 2 Comments

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Good news. Bad New. Bad news is that this workshop won’t be happening this weekend but the good news is that we will be postponing it to a later date so you will still be able to take this amazing course later this year. To get on the list for more information contact Lilli at albertapeace@youngagrarians.org. Workshop: Low-Stress Livestock Handling with Dylan Biggs “Low-stress livestock handling can contribute to the well being of your cattle by allowing you to handle them in all situations in a safe, calm, efficient manner — effectively minimizing the amount of stress you expose your … Continue reading POSTPONED June 8+9 2019: Grimshaw, AB – Low Stress Livestock Handling Workshop with Dylan Biggs