Blog Category: Young Agrarians

JULY 16: CASTOR, AB – Redtail Farms Riparian Workshop

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 14, 2017

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Looking for ideas on what to do with that spot that’s too wet to farm? Interested in building your farm’s resilience to flooding and droughts while improving water quality within the greater watershed? Join Luke Wonneck from the Agroforestry and Woodlot Extension Society for a hands-on workshop on establishing and managing riparian forest buffers. You will gain skills in understanding what’s going on in your riparian area, what (if anything) needs to be done about it, and how to design forest buffers that provide valuable ecosystem services for your farm (e.g. bank stabilization, water filtration, pollinator habitat, food products, etc.). … Continue reading JULY 16: CASTOR, AB – Redtail Farms Riparian Workshop

JULY 16: SAANICH, BC – Little Mountain Farm Tour + Potluck

Posted by Moss Dance on June 09, 2017

Little Mountain Farm Tour Potluck

Come spend your Sunday afternoon at Little Mountain Farm! Enjoy a farm tour and potluck, and visit with other farmy and foodie folks. The farm tour begins at 12:00PM and will be followed by a potluck lunch around 1:00PM. WHEN: Sunday, July 16 from noon-4PM WHERE: Little Mountain Farm, 4658 Cordova Bay Road, Saanich, BC Bring a dish to share and tools to eat with! JOIN the Facebook event here! Feel free to stay and enjoy the afternoon in the orchard – we might get into some good conversations about the joys of collaboration and how we can use our skills and resources … Continue reading JULY 16: SAANICH, BC – Little Mountain Farm Tour + Potluck

June 21-22: Ferintosh, AB – Soil Health Masterclass with Nicole Masters

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 02, 2017

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Interested in digging deeper to improve soil health? Join agroecologist Nicole Masters, Integrity Soils, for a surprising and revealing look at your most valuable asset… your soil. Workshop Topics Deepen your understanding of soil health and soil microbes The vital role of soil microbes in building resilience Enhancing water, carbon and nutrient cycles Using soil organisms and/or livestock to lift microbial function on the land Soil detective tools Download & print workshop poster here for more details! About Nicole Masters Nicole Masters, director of Integrity Soils, is an agro-ecologist with over 17 years’ extensive practical and theoretical experience in regenerative … Continue reading June 21-22: Ferintosh, AB – Soil Health Masterclass with Nicole Masters

June 18: Red Deer, AB – Steel Pony Farm & Prairie Gold Meats Farm Tour and Potluck

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 25, 2017

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Hey farming folk! We’re headed back to the place where it all started for YA Alberta. Three years ago we held our first YA event with these fine folks and we’re excited to be back. We hope you can join us! Where: Farm Tour at Tamara Ranch (home of Steel Pony Farm and Prairie Gold Meats) Range Road 270A off Township Road 372. Look for the Tamara Ranch sign and you’ve got the place! When: June 18th, 2017 Time: 2:00pm-12:00am (Farm Tour at 2pm & Potluck at 4:00pm) RSVP: This event is FREE but please RSVP here.  Schedule of Events 2:00 pm – … Continue reading June 18: Red Deer, AB – Steel Pony Farm & Prairie Gold Meats Farm Tour and Potluck

HOW TO: Enterprise Budgets for Small Farms

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 19, 2017

Farm Business Management tools for small scale farmers

OK. So what are enterprise budgets exactly?! Good question! Enterprise budgets are a farm business management tool which project the costs and returns of a specific activity (ie: growing a vegetable crop or raising livestock) over a specified period of time (typically annually). WATCH: Enterprise Budgets Webinar (April 14, 2017) They are both a physical and financial plan for raising and selling a particular crop or livestock enterprise. As a physical plan, enterprise budgets list types and quantities of production inputs and track crop yields. From a financial perspective, they also assign costs to inputs related to producing that crop … Continue reading HOW TO: Enterprise Budgets for Small Farms

YA Alberta Apprenticeships: Reflections from the Orientation Weekend

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 16, 2017

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A review of the first Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Orientation weekend written by YA Alberta Coordinator, Dana Penrice.  This year we launched the Alberta Young Agrarian Apprenticeship program with the goal of providing hands-on, practical learning for aspiring farmers and supporting farmers that want have apprenticeship programs at their farm. The orientation weekend was held at Don and Marie Ruzicka’s Sunrise Organic Farm near Killam, AB. Nine aspiring farmers came from six host farms across the province including Nature’s Way Farm, Redtail Farm, Prairie Gold Pasture Meats, Steel Pony Farm, Kettle Crossing Farm and Duban Farms. Throughout the summer and fall, apprentices will visit each host … Continue reading YA Alberta Apprenticeships: Reflections from the Orientation Weekend

Bursaries: Success for Women in Agri-Food Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 09, 2017

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Organic Alberta and Young Agrarians are excited to announce that we are providing bursaries for women farmers in Alberta to participate in the Success for Women in Agri-Food Program hosted by the Agriculture and Food Council. Aspiring, new and current farmers who are looking to develop their business skills, gain knowledge from experts and to develop their network are encouraged to apply. Take the program for only $55! Regular cost is $350 per person (Savings of $295!) Program Description:  Learn the foundations of running a successful business through the GoForth 100 Essential Small Business Skills Learning Series through an online format … Continue reading Bursaries: Success for Women in Agri-Food Program

June 1: Edmonton, AB – Grow an Urban Farmer Mixer

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 05, 2017 3 Comments

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Join Young Agrarians, the Edmonton Multicultural Coalition and Fresh (City of Edmonton) to grow the community of urban farmers and gardeners in Edmonton! When: June 1st, 2017 from 5:30pm to 8:00pm Where: Edmonton Intercultural Centre, 9538 – 107 Avenue (McCauley School), Edmonton, AB Who: Urban Farmers, Gardeners and Food Lovers What: Meet fellow Edmontonians growing food and growing communities! Learn skills, find opportunities and tap into a network of urban farmers and gardeners. AND EAT GREAT FOOD TOO! Supper to be provided. Hosted by:         

JUNE 24: ARMSTRONG, BC – Fresh Valley Farms Annual YA Mixer!

Posted by Moss Dance on May 01, 2017

Fresh Valley Farms Annual YA Mixer

Join Fresh Valley Farms and YA for another annual farmer mixer. This year, you will have a chance to get dirty with FARM OLYMPICS! Where: Fresh Valley Farms, 1346 Mountain View Rd, Armstrong, BC Time: 3:00-10:00PM Check it out on Facebook! Schedule of Events: 3:00pm – Farm tour – come and see what we’ve been up to in the past year and how this farm functions. We will do a walk-through of our animal pastures, give an overview of our popular monthly meat CSA program, and show our growing home garden and orchard. 4:30pm – Farm olympics – bring some shoes you don’t mind getting … Continue reading JUNE 24: ARMSTRONG, BC – Fresh Valley Farms Annual YA Mixer!

Opportunity: Edmonton Food Council Seeking New Members

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 21, 2017

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Would you like to join the Edmonton Food Council? The 2017 applications close on April 30, 2017. Apply here.  The Edmonton Food Council was created as a committee of administration in 2013, as a Strategic Direction in line with fresh: Edmonton’s Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy, with a mandate to advise and act on the implementation of the strategy.  The Food Council is made up of 15 citizen volunteers who are actively involved in food systems work. Vision and Mandate The Edmonton Food Council shares the vision held in fresh, namely, that Edmonton has a resilient food and agriculture system that contributes to … Continue reading Opportunity: Edmonton Food Council Seeking New Members