Young Agrarians is growing! April 1st, 2019 – Young Agrarians (YA), a network for new and young ecological farmers in Canada, is moving from FarmFolk CityFolk to Agrarians Foundation, a Canadian charity. Young Agrarians, established in 2012, is a network for new and young farmers in B.C. that has grown across Canada. YA coordinates educational events from farm tours to two-day farmer “mixers”, a B.C. Business Mentorship Network, the B.C. Land Matching Program, an Alberta apprenticeship program, and an extensive online resource network. Since 2012, YA has hosted 222 events with more than 10,000 participants, representing 4,750 farmer volunteer hours. … Continue reading Young Agrarians is growing!
What an inspiring first ever 2-day Young Agrarians William’s Lake Winter Mixer! Thanks to everyone who came, to our speakers and to our sponsors. The Williams Lake Winter Mixer brought together 91 people from across our region February 9-10th to learn, share stories and knowledge, and to make new connections. It was a fantastic, diverse group with lots of familiar faces and a whole bunch of new ones, from people just starting out to farmers and ranchers who’ve been working the fields for many years. We welcomed every new face into our YA community and are thrilled about the growing network that is just starting out in the north. There … Continue reading Collaborate! First ever Williams Lake Winter Mixer Wrap up and Resources
By Tessa Wetherill, Okanagan Land Matcher in our B.C. Land Matching Program Listening to people is just as fascinating as listening to plants. For the first growing season in 12 years, I won’t be farming as my primary occupation, instead I’m joyfully continuing on in the role of the Okanagan Land Matcher with the B.C. Land Matching Program delivered by Young Agrarians. Watching and nurturing these new collaborations between new farmers without land and property owners wanting to see their land farmed is both enlivening and encouraging. Not much different than my other much loved spring activity, caring for seedlings. After kicking off … Continue reading Land Matching for the Next Generation of Farmers: Okanagan Update, April 2019
Young Agrarians BC is hiring a Land Matcher for the Central & Northern B.C. region! Are you a connector? An intuitive networker? That person in your friend group who always has the dirt on hot jobs and cool apartments? Do complete strangers tell you their life story at the drop of a hat? Did you once set up your friends from college, and now they’ve got kids and you gave a speech at their wedding and they send you a thank you card every year? Young Agrarians needs someone with that magic matchmaking quality to connect farmers seeking land with farmland … Continue reading JOB: Young Agrarians Central & Northern B.C. Land Matcher
On March 8-10, 2019, hundreds of farmers, vendors and farmers market managers, mixed with a few local and provincial government reps, non-profits and food-related businesses, came together in the East Kootenay town of Kimberley for the annual conference of the British Columbia Association of Farmers’ Markets. The three-day event was jam-packed with social events, workshops, keynotes and lots of delicious fare! Saturday morning’s plenary on elevating the BC Farmers’ Markets brand was delivered by industry professionals including Heather O’Hara, Executive Director of BCAFM, followed by a presentation on food safety. Attendees had the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: 2019 BC Association of Farmers’ Markets Conference in Kimberley, BC
Winter in northern Alberta, yes, it was cold during our second Peace Country Mixer! Nevertheless we had a fantastic time in Grande Prairie during the weekend March 2 and 3. What a wonderful and diverse crowd we got to spend the days with. There were new farmers, YA apprentices, farmers travelling the country to gather experience on different farms and of course our very supportive farm friends in the Peace Country, that run well established farms and are keen on growing the new generation of young farmers. We welcomed every new face into our YA community and are thrilled about the … Continue reading Peace Country Winter Mixer 2019 Recap
On March 5th, young farmers from across Alberta came to the Legislature in Edmonton to meet with Honourable Oneil Carlier, Minister of Agriculture. In attendance were Blake Hall of Prairie Gold Meats (Red Deer, AB), Ian Griebel of Redtail Farms (Castor, AB), Lilli Klamke of Nature’s Way Farm (Grimshaw, AB), Ryan Mason of Reclaim Urban Organics (Pigeon Lake, AB), Moira Watson of Fork in the Rowed Farm (Lethbridge, AB) and Dana Penrice, Young Agrarians Alberta Program Manager. We met with the minister, Assistant Deputy Minister Dave Burdek and Ministerial Assistant Epiphany Dober. Young Agrarians shared some of what we are learning … Continue reading Alberta Young Agrarians Meet with Agriculture Minister
The Comox Valley New Farmer Loan and Mentorship Program matches up new farmers that require small loans to purchase farming equipment with lenders and mentors who are interested in supporting local agriculture. Loans made to farmers range from $1,000 to a maximum of $5,000. New farmers are required to have a minimum of one year of farming experience. Participation in the Young Agrarians Business Mentorship Network or equivalent would be a bonus! Farmers will be asked to submit a plan as part of their application to show how the loan will increase their crop production and sales. If you are farmer … Continue reading COMOX VALLEY, BC: Micro Loan Program Looking for Farmers!
Are you an experienced farmer looking to mentor the next generation of ecological farmers in Alberta? Develop your mentoring skills and learn how to support aspiring and new farmers during Young Agrarians’ Mentor Training Session. When: March 18, 2019, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm MST Where: Conference call + Webinar, call-in and login details to follow Who: Young Agrarians Prairie Coordinator Dana Penrice will be leading the session along with YA Alberta Coordinator Kolby Peterson. Cost: Free Register in advance for this meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/38a8af70c54430a6cde7dc3c8da9331e After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. To call … Continue reading March 18: Mentor Training Session
Ohhhhhh the farm! When I think about my time spent as an apprentice at Steel Pony Farm, my heart just warms right up and my face turns into this expansive grin. It was seriously the best time. I’m stoked to have the chance to say a few words about it! Apprenticing at Steel Pony Farm was my first real exposure to farm labour, and the daily ins and outs of operating a small vegetable farm. I specifically remember one afternoon early in the season, when Mike and I were setting up a hose and pump at our water source (a … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Reflections from Steel Pony Farm, Red Deer AB