Blog Category: Young Agrarians

FEB 9-10: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER

Posted by Robin Hunt on December 15, 2018

Join us for our first ever Central B.C. winter mixer at Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake Campus!    Based on your feedback and insights we’ve crafted an awesome program for this year’s Williams Lake Mixer with two full days of workshops and sessions you will be sure to sharpen your farm and business skills, and build connections with other new farmers. We will have two streams of content that will kick start new farmers, and that will deepen the knowledge and success of those with a few seasons in their pocket. Saturday night we will host a community Potluck and hear your stories … Continue reading FEB 9-10: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER

Land Opportunity: 1.75 acres Available for Market Gardening – Vernon, B.C

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on December 12, 2018

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ABOUT THE PROPERTY: The Curlew Orchard land is 20 acres with a 6 acre high density apple orchard and newly fenced 1 acre permaculture mixed fruit orchard with companion plantings.  Sean and Patrick are entering their third year of transitioning the orchard to organic status.  Curlew Orchard is a community supported agriculture (CSA) based farm and also sell at the local Farmer’s Market.  ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY: The land share available for market garden is 1.75 acres.  The lovely flat field that is available was formerly an orchard and in recent past used for hay crops. It has been composted with chicken manure and green … Continue reading Land Opportunity: 1.75 acres Available for Market Gardening – Vernon, B.C

YA Apprenticeship: Steel Pony Farm – Red Deer, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 07, 2018

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Photo: 2017 Steel Pony Apprentice, MacKenzie, and 2018 Steel Pony Apprentice, Julie Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on a vegetable farm? Are you wanting to learn about market gardening and lean farm management? Steel Pony Farm is offering a unique apprenticeship, join their team! About the Farm Steel Pony Farm is a 7 acre market garden which grows a diversity of vegetables for a CSA program and for wholesale. Mike Kozlowski grows his veggies with an emphasis on soil health and high nutrient density.  Steel Pony is located on the Tamara Ranch just south of Red Deer … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Steel Pony Farm – Red Deer, AB

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

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 06, 2018 1 Comment

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

YA Apprenticeship: Redtail Farms – Castor, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 05, 2018 1 Comment

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Photo by Jens Gerbitz . 2018 Farm Apprentice Karel and Rusty on the Farm Are you an aspiring farmer, rancher or grazier looking to gain the hands-on skills and experience? Are you feeling like you’re not quite ready to start your own business yet but want to keep the dream moving along? Retail Farms is excited to offer a meaningful apprenticeship to help you on your farming journey. About the Farm Redtail Farms is located 3 kilometers south of Castor, Alberta, on a rich mix of rejuvenated grasslands and wetlands.  Ian Griebel and Dana Blume (young farmers themselves) are building on the legacy of Ian’s parents, … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Redtail Farms – Castor, AB

January 12 & 13: ALIX, AB – Young Agrarians Central Alberta Winter Mixer

Posted by Dana Penrice on November 29, 2018 2 Comments

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Calling all farm dreamers and food growers! Join us for our 2nd Young Agrarians Winter Mixer in Alix, AB for two days farm inspiration and skill sharing to help you grow your farm business. There will be workshops on getting your farm started, farm financial planning, direct marketing, and stories from successful farm start ups. Meet with other farmers and share ideas, struggles and successes. Find mentors and supporters and learn what works right here in Central Alberta. And come for the fun! There will be farmer slide shows, the Farmer’s Library, campfires and more!!! When: Saturday, January 12 – Sunday January 13, 2019 Where:  Deer Valley … Continue reading January 12 & 13: ALIX, AB – Young Agrarians Central Alberta Winter Mixer

Feb 2: Farm Business Planning 101 + Community Potluck & Farmer Slideshows

Posted by Brittny Anderson on November 18, 2018

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Join Young Agrarians, Community Futures and Kootenay Food at Vallican Whole for two farm focused events:  1-5 pm Farm Business Planning 101 5-8 pm Community Potluck & Farmer Slideshows Location: 3762 Little Slocan South Rd, Winlaw, BC Date: Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 The Farm Business Planning 101 Workshop will be lead by Paul Kelly, the Self Employment Program Manager at Community Futures, and a Local Food Procurement Consultant with Columbia Basin Trust. This workshop is geared towards new farmers, and farmers who might be looking at diversifying or professionalizing their operation. Business planning is one of the most important steps in creating a thriving and viable  business. This four … Continue reading Feb 2: Farm Business Planning 101 + Community Potluck & Farmer Slideshows

Land Opportunity: 2.5 acres for Market Garden, West Kelowna, B.C

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on November 14, 2018

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ABOUT THE LAND Our land is broken up into several fields. There is a non-irrigated sand ring….191’ x 70’…0.31 acre. The main grass field is 280’ x 326’…2 acres with 22 deciduous trees and two green gage plum trees. There is underground irrigation in this field and the smaller grass field. The smaller grass field is about 187’ x 282’ x 400’ triangle…0.86 acres. This has no trees. The 4 paddocks comprise a total of 0.9 acres and don’t have irrigation. They do have two open shed areas. This area and the sand ring could be supplied with above ground … Continue reading Land Opportunity: 2.5 acres for Market Garden, West Kelowna, B.C

EVENT RECAP: Young Agrarians Columbia Basin Land Linking Workshop

Posted by Hailey Troock on November 08, 2018

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On Saturday, October 27th, 30 landowners and current and prospective farmers converged on the Creston & District Community Complex to talk land access, lease agreements and farming in the Columbia Basin. We saw a great turnout of both farmers looking for land and landowners, and the event welcomed a good mix of new and experienced farmers, including some farmers who are currently leasing or had leased land previously. People came out from as far as Shore Acres, Cranbrook, Harrop and Nelson and there was great local participation from Creston. Activities kicked off at 1pm with an introduction circle and networking … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Young Agrarians Columbia Basin Land Linking Workshop

Nov 30: Glade Organics – Tapas & Tunes: Greenhouse Tour and Community Social

Posted by Brittny Anderson on November 08, 2018

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Join Young Agrarians at Glade Organics for a Greenhouse Tour & Community Potluck Social. We’ll learn about overwintering in a greenhouse, network, and celebrate the season around a bonfire!  Date: Friday, November 30th, 2018, Time: 5:00-10:00pm Location: 2305 Highway 3A Glade B.C. Between Nelson and Castlegar. Event Overview: Greenhouse tour and discussion on overwintering, introduction circle, community social including potluck tapas and live music in the greenhouse and a bonfire outside. Glade Organics Glade Organics is a small-scale Certified Organic farm that is operated by Mira and Ross who are first-generation farmers that generate income through direct sales, including farm gate and farmers … Continue reading Nov 30: Glade Organics – Tapas & Tunes: Greenhouse Tour and Community Social