Blog Category: Young Agrarians

Jan 25 & 26: Fort Saskatchewan, AB – Farm to Fork Workshops with Sally Fallon

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 17, 2019

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Join us for a weekend of connections and conversations about food with Sally Fallon! This series will be taking place at the Dow Centennial Centre in Fort Saskatchewan as a part of the 2019 Organic Alberta Conference. Organic Food and Wine Gala with keynote from Sally Fallon Morell With great food and company, you won’t want to miss our gala! Sally Fallon Morell will be giving a keynote on Nourishing Diets: How Paleo, Ancestral, and Traditional Peoples Really Ate. Sally Fallon has studied ancestral diets around the world from Australian Aborigines, Asians, Europeans African and Native American. The diets of healthy traditional … Continue reading Jan 25 & 26: Fort Saskatchewan, AB – Farm to Fork Workshops with Sally Fallon

YA Apprenticeship: Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm – Carstairs, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 17, 2019

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking for hands-on farming experience on an ecological farm? Are you interested in organic farming and biodynamic practices? Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm is looking for a farm apprentice starting this spring to join their team. About the Farm Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm is a highly diversified operation located on 160 acres of rolling prairie and parkland. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Kris and Tamara, the farm produces cereal grains, forage crops, culinary herbs, vegetables, eggs and meat products, all of which are produced organically and certified biodynamic by Demeter Canada. Farm products are marketed locally, … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm – Carstairs, AB

FARM THE BASIN: Beyond the Button with Mr. Mercy’s Mushrooms

Posted by Hailey Troock on January 16, 2019

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Robin Mercy is the owner of Mr. Mercy’s Mushrooms. He lives and farms in Kaslo, BC with his partner Tamara and son Kirin. They produce strains appropriate for the local climate, from blue oysters and enoki in the shoulder seasons to white elms, lion’s mane, and reishi in the hotter months. Considering there is an estimated five million types of fungi, they hope to “stimulate curiosity and appetite in their clientele with an assortment of beautiful and unique gourmet varieties,” going beyond the white button mushroom. They also produce nourishing fungal tinctures with the help of local herbalists. Robin and … Continue reading FARM THE BASIN: Beyond the Button with Mr. Mercy’s Mushrooms

YA Apprenticeship: Reflections from Redtail Farms, Castor AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 07, 2019

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by Karel Beijer Many times during my apprenticeship I was asked, “How is working on RedTail Farms?” During all my time there, the best answer that I could come up with is that it is a very “real” experience. While this may seem quite vague, this one word personally embodies everything that I felt during my apprenticeship. When working with living beings that don’t have a “nine-to-five” routine your life changes to a different flow – a more natural yet no less demanding routine. Allow me to explain. Coming into the apprenticeship, I had the questions, “Is farming, especially a … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Reflections from Redtail Farms, Castor AB

YA Apprenticeship: The Homestead – Goodfare, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 04, 2019

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking for an adventure in mixed farming? The Homestead is looking for a farm apprentice starting this spring to join their team. About the Farm The Homestead is a certified organic farm started in 2015 by Lisa and Donovan Kitt, two young farmers passionate about sustainable agriculture. The farm is off-grid and is situated near the community of Goodfare, AB, between the arable prairie of the Peace Country and a wilderness extending all the way to the Pacific Ocean. The landscape of The Homestead includes pastured meats, including lamb, beef, and pork, as well as eggs, … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: The Homestead – Goodfare, AB

The Path from Farm to Table at the Basin Food and Buyers Expo in Nelson, BC

Posted by Hailey Troock on January 03, 2019

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On November 29, 2018, the inaugural Food and Buyers Expo hosted by Columbia Basin Trust took place in Nelson, BC. The event brought together hundreds of people involved in food production, distribution and sales from across the region to participate in a day-long series of activities including workshops involving panel sessions, a networking luncheon and a trade expo. The Columbia Basin Land Matcher, Hailey Troock, had the opportunity to moderate the workshop entitled the “Path from Farm to Table”. This particular workshop was facilitated by Greg McLaren, the Managing Director of Farm | Food | Drink. The Food and Buyers Expo … Continue reading The Path from Farm to Table at the Basin Food and Buyers Expo in Nelson, BC

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