Farm Tours & Potlucks, Workshops, Mixers and Socials

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Young Agrarians collaborates regularly with farmers and farm organizations to offer an on-going, community building event series. Since we were born January 2012, the network has coordinated 166 events representing 1000’s of farmers organizing to build community across Canada! Get in touch with us if you would like to co-host a Young Agrarians event: farm@youngagrarians.org.

Community Calendar:

JAN 27-28, 2018: KELOWNA, BC – Young Agrarians 5th Okanagan Winter Mixer

FEB 9-10, 2018: RED DEER, AB – Organic Alberta Conference

FEB 10-11, 2018: SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC – Young Agrarians 5th Vancouver Island Winter Mixer & Land Linking Workshop

FEB 17: PENTICTON, BC – South Okanagan Land Linking Workshop

FEB 20: CALGARY, AB – Alberta Small Farm Summit

FEB 23-25: ABBOTSFORD, BC – Bioregionalism: Resilience in a Changing Climate – 2018 COABC Conference

FEB 23-24: BRANDON, MB – Prairie Organics Conference

MAR 11: RICHMOND, BC – Lower Mainland Land Linking Workshop


 

EVENTS BLOG


5th Okanagan Winter Mixer: Wrap-Up Post & Resources!

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on February 20, 2018

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The 5th Okanagan Winter Mixer brought together @ 100 people over the weekend to learn, share skills, and make new connections. It was a fantastic group with lots of familiar faces and a whole bunch of new ones. A huge thank you to all our amazing speakers – you were engaging, thoughtful, and inspiring! The slideshows and handouts are available from almost all of the sessions. You can DOWNLOAD RESOURCES FROM SPEAKERS here (email Emily at okanagan@youngagrarians.org if you have technical difficulties). Tara Nakashima from Invati Yoga wanted to share this YouTube video with you – Yoga for Farmers. Danny Harris who led the … Continue reading 5th Okanagan Winter Mixer: Wrap-Up Post & Resources!

February 27: Paul Stamets in Lillooet

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on February 15, 2018

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MARCH 6 & 13: LEAN FARM MANAGEMENT WEBINARS

Posted by Kristen Nammour on February 08, 2018

Ben Hartman will present two lean farm management business webinars for Young Agrarians

Higher Profits. Less Work.  Sound like your farm business goals for 2018? Join Young Agrarians and author Ben Hartman for a series of webinars focused on how lean principles of efficiency can be applied to your farm enterprise to decrease waste and increase profitability. DATES: March 6, 2018 – An Introduction to Lean Concepts for the Small Farm March 13, 2018 – Five Lean Business Management Tools to Increase Profits w/ Less Work TIME: 10:00AM – 12:00PM (PST) COST: $45 If you’re not able to join for both sessions, please contact kristen(at)youngagrarians.org for single session payment options – cost: $25/session REGISTER NOW: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3653149762140663811 Once you register on the GoToWebinar page … Continue reading MARCH 6 & 13: LEAN FARM MANAGEMENT WEBINARS

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

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

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