Blog Category: Young Agrarians

FEB 10: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Vancouver Island Land Linking

Posted by Moss Dance on February 01, 2018

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WANT LAND? GOT LAND? Join us for a Vancouver Island Land Linking Session at the Young Agrarians Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer!  Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? We Want You! Join us to network, learn about leases, and more! Topics you want to learn? Email land@youngagrarians.org. WARNING: You may find a farmer who can turn your vacant field into a productive farm, or keep your productive farm in production! Land seekers, you may find a landowner with the land opportunity you’ve been seeking! Come with an idea of what you are looking for, and a … Continue reading FEB 10: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Vancouver Island Land Linking

Regenerate! Reflections on the 1st YA Alberta Winter Mixer

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 01, 2018

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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

FARM JOB: Carstairs, AB – Garden Gnome or Student on Summer break

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 30, 2018

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Happiness By The Acre is a small start-up farm between Didsbury and Carstairs that operates a non-certified organic market garden, orchard, and 125 acres of pasture. We are currently looking for a student, or garden gnome, interested in working on our farm. We deliver product to Calgary and the surrounding area, as well as are opening a trust-based on-farm store in 2018. Primary job duties will revolve around the market garden and orchard. A great deal of the job is weed identification and manual removal; but plenty of opportunities for general labour, washing and bagging vegetables, and chasing cows or … Continue reading FARM JOB: Carstairs, AB – Garden Gnome or Student on Summer break

FEB 10-11: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Vancouver Island 5th Winter Mixer

Posted by Moss Dance on January 29, 2018

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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

YA Alberta Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 25, 2018 2 Comments

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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JAN 30. Get your applications in! 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?  Young Agrarians, Organic Alberta and our network of exceptional mentor farmers are now offering advanced, hands-on apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture. Participants with a serious interest, curiosity and commitment to full-time farming are invited to apply. Our apprenticeships are a full immersion program that puts you into the heart of running a farm business, day in and day out. Our carefully selected … Continue reading YA Alberta Apprenticeship Program

Feb 20: Small Farm Summit – Calgary, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 24, 2018

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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: farmsmall@gmail.com

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

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 24, 2018

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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

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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

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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

Number of female farmers has risen in Canada since 2011

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 19, 2018

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Despite an increase in their numbers, women are still having trouble being taken seriously on the farm. | Getty Images Originally published January 18, 2018 in The Western Producer by Nikki Wiart At Lazy T Farm, a holistic cattle ranch near Halkirk, Alta., and a short drive from my own family farm, the future really is female. Jenna Hauck and her mother, Clara Nibourg, represent the fourth and fifth generations of women in Nibourg’s family to take over the farm. With that kind of history — a farm being passed down through five generations of females where duties are equally shared, … Continue reading Number of female farmers has risen in Canada since 2011