Blog Category: Young Agrarians

Feb. 17-19: Lacombe, AB – Holistic Management & Organic Alberta Conferences

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 31, 2017

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Holistic Management Canada and Organic Alberta are teaming up to co-host their conference in Lacombe, Alberta. This conference includes sessions of interest to new and young farmers looking for knowledge and skills in ecological agriculture. Join us for a Young Agrarians networking social and build your network of mentors and get your farming career started here! Full Schedule and Registration: http://holisticmanagement.ca/conference/ Opportunity: Some conference bursaries may be available for new and young farmers. Inquire with alberta@youngagrarians.org Sessions for new and young farmers: “Sheep, Poultry and Pork: The Livestock Startup” – Donovan Kit & Lisa Lundgard (The Homestead Farm) and Patrick VanderBurg and Marnie … Continue reading Feb. 17-19: Lacombe, AB – Holistic Management & Organic Alberta Conferences

Getting Started with Holistic Management

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 28, 2017

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Adapted from Dana Penrice and Ted Chastko’s Intro to Holistic Management presentation at the YA Kelowna and Vancouver Island Winter Mixers. The nature of managing natural systems requires that we create farms and farm businesses that are adaptive. The challenge is that farming is complex and things are always emerging and evolving and we need to be able to adapt. In other words, we need to fit our skills capacities, resources to the context of threats, challenges and opportunities in which we’re working.  As farmers, on a typical day, any number of ideas, questions and thoughts run through our head in a … Continue reading Getting Started with Holistic Management

Lessons Learned: Graham Bradley and the Gabriola Food Hub

Posted by Kristen Nammour on January 26, 2017 1 Comment

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Name, Farm, Location? Graham Bradley, 40×40 Farm, the Gabriola Food Hub, and I have been very involved at Good Earth Farm.  All of these businesses are on Gabriola Island, BC. What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve those? My main goals take form in two mottos: ‘work to learn’ and ‘don’t stop’. ‘Work to learn’ comes from something I read from Curtis Stone (an urban farmer from Kelowna who played a role in inspiring me to become a farmer). The full quote is “Work to learn and not to earn.” Often businesses lose money in … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Graham Bradley and the Gabriola Food Hub

January 28-29: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Young Agrarians 4th Vancouver Island Winter Farmer Mixer

Posted by Moss Dance on January 23, 2017

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Join us for two days of workshops for small-scale, ecological farmers and farmers-to-be on Vancouver Island. Dive in to amazing networking opportunities and skills-sharing with experienced farmer facilitators who are ready to help you grow your farm business. We’ve got workshops on everything from farm business planning to holistic management and livestock to crop planning, land access, and more! Are you farm-curious, or thinking about becoming a farmer? JOIN US! Everyone is welcome! When: Saturday, January 28 – Sunday January 29, 2017 Where:  Camp Pringle, Coast Salish Territory Camp (Shawnigan Lake), 2520 West Shawnigan Lake Rd, Shawnigan Lake B.C. V0R 2W3 Cost: Our updated price is … Continue reading January 28-29: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Young Agrarians 4th Vancouver Island Winter Farmer Mixer

The College Farmer: An Interview with Erlend Bjorklund

Posted by Monica Allaby on January 21, 2017

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This is the first in a series of interviews with student farmers from across Canada.  Erlend Bjørklund graduated from McGill University in December 2016 with Honours in International Development Studies. During his time at McGill, he worked at the Macdonald Student-Run Ecological Garden (MSEG), a diversified vegetable farm located on McGill University’s Macdonald Campus in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. Run entirely by student apprentices and managers, the Garden offers a one-of-a-kind experience in sustainable agriculture and farm management, serving as an intense farmer incubator. Each student commits to two seasons at the farm: the first as an apprentice and the second as a manager, responsible for … Continue reading The College Farmer: An Interview with Erlend Bjorklund

January 21-22: Kelowna, BC – Young Agrarians 4th Okanagan Winter Farmer Mixer

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on January 20, 2017

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Looking for the Young Agrarians Vancouver Island Winter Mixer? Click here! This year’s Okangan Winter Farmer Mixer is going to offer a full two days of workshops and sessions to sharpen your farm skills, and build connections with other new farmers. Join us to learn about Holistic Management, Indigenous Land and Food Systems, Crop Planning, Business Management and more! Saturday night we will host an awesome Potluck too: new and young(ish) farmers, foodies, and farm friends are all welcome! WHEN: Saturday January 21 – Sunday January 22, 2017 WHERE: Okanagan Mission Community Hall, 4409 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC COST:  Sliding scale $50-100.  All funds raised go … Continue reading January 21-22: Kelowna, BC – Young Agrarians 4th Okanagan Winter Farmer Mixer

Ideas & Inspiration from the 2016 Holistic Management Gathering at Paicines Ranch, California!

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 10, 2017

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At the generous invitation of Sally Calhoun, owner of the Paicines Ranch, Sara Dent, BC Coordinator of Young Agrarians, Kelly Sidoryk of Holistic Management Canada and I (Young Agrarians Alberta Coordinator) were invited to participate in the Holistic Management International conference in California in October 2016. Representing both Young Agrarians and Holistic Management Canada, the experience provided an opportunity to “cross-pollinate” with international Holistic Management networks, sharing ideas, learning new skills and supporting the regenerative agriculture movement. As an outsider, it was fascinating to step into the Paicines Ranch community and get a sense for the agrarian, regenerative ideals they are living by … Continue reading Ideas & Inspiration from the 2016 Holistic Management Gathering at Paicines Ranch, California!

FEB 19: LAND LINKING WORKSHOP – SURREY, BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on December 22, 2016 3 Comments

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Land Linking workshop hosted by Young Agrarians in partnership with the City of Surrey. Want Land? Got Land? Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? We Want You! 2-6 pm Land Linking Workshop – Networking, Land Access Arrangements, UMAP Demo, 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 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 … Continue reading FEB 19: LAND LINKING WORKSHOP – SURREY, BC

YA Apprenticeship: Prairie Gold Pastured Meats – POSITION FILLED!

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 21, 2016

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Are you an aspiring grazier looking to gain the hands-on skills and experience? Are you feeling like you’re not quite ready to start your own grass-fed, pasture-raised livestock business yet? Prairie Gold Pastured Meats is excited to offer a meaningful apprenticeship to help you on your grazing journey. About the Farm Prairie Gold Pastured Meats raises grass-finished beef, pastured pork, and eggs in Central Alberta. The animals are cared for in a manner that is harmonious with nature and regenerative to the soil, the grasses, the animals, and the eater. Prairie Gold Meats operates on the Tamara Ranch located just south of Red Deer which … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Prairie Gold Pastured Meats – POSITION FILLED!

YA Apprenticeship: Duban Farms – POSITION FILLED!

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 21, 2016

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Are you looking for a hands-on, practical learning experience in environmentally and economically sustainable farming? Are you wanting to work alongside a farmer that is innovative, forward thinking and working to mitigate climate change?  Duban Farms is excited to offer a unique apprenticeship in regenerative farming. About the Farm Duban Farms is a third generation, irrigated grain and oilseed farm located 15 minutes NW of Lethbridge.  The farm is currently transitioning into Certified Organic production and strives to grow food in an environmentally and economically sustainable fashion.  Utilizing biological principles, Duban Farms is working to improve plant and soil health while maximizing yields of … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Duban Farms – POSITION FILLED!