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 148 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.

2017 Community Calendar:

April 22: SALMON ARM, BC – Haskap Berry 2.0 Workshop

April 23: ENDERBY, BC – Farm Tour & Hoop House Demo 

May 16 & 17: RED DEER & SPRUCE GROVE, ALBERTA – Small Flock Poultry Workshops

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

 

EVENTS BLOG


CHANGE OF DATE May 16 & 17: Small Flock Poultry Workshops

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 27, 2017

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Join us for an evening of chicken education with poultry science professionals! This workshop is aimed at current small flock owners, or those planning to become poultry people! We hope to address common questions and concerns for those raising poultry in a non-commercial setting to help you keep your birds happy and healthy. The workshop will address chicken anatomy, egg production, biosecurity for your flock, chicken feed and feeding, which chicken breed is right for you, normal and abnormal chicken behaviour, poultry housing and more! You will receive handouts covering the topics of the workshop, resources for raising your chickens … Continue reading CHANGE OF DATE May 16 & 17: Small Flock Poultry Workshops

APRIL 22-23: CRESTON, BC – Soil Workshop and Field Training in Creston & the East Shore

Posted by Paris Marshall Smith on April 17, 2017

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Join in this field-based workshop in Creston & District to experience different soils and crop production environments! The workshop will travel to Herbada Farm, a commercial dairy farm on the Creston Flats; Cartwheel Farm, an organic market vegetable farm in Erickson; Twisted Roots, a four season community greenhouse in Crawford Bay; Yasodhara Ashram, an organic market garden; and Kootenay Honey Berry Farm, an emerging buckwheat, blueberry and honey farm. Fields Forward is excited to welcome educators Bill and Laticia Chapman to our region. Bill is an agrologist with the Ministry of Forest, Land and Natural Resource Operations. Currently based in Williams Lake, Bill has … Continue reading APRIL 22-23: CRESTON, BC – Soil Workshop and Field Training in Creston & the East Shore

April 23: Enderby, BC – Enderberry Farm Tour & Hoop House Demo

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on April 12, 2017

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Where: Enderberry Farm, 64 Springbend Road, Enderby, BC V0E 1V3 When: 1:00-4:00pm, Sunday April 23rd, 2017 What to bring: A snack to share! Extra shovels, levels, and long measuring tapes would be useful, but are not required. Join us for a tour of our farm, and then a hands on “workbee” to set up a new propagation hoop house. We’ll be able to get the site “level” and square, anchors in, and ribs up. We may or may not have time to get the plastic on.   I’m not an expert, but we just put up a 90ft hoop house.  It is … Continue reading April 23: Enderby, BC – Enderberry Farm Tour & Hoop House Demo

Event: Salmon Arm, BC – Haskap 2.0 Workshop

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on April 05, 2017

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Image Credit: Karen_Hine on Flickr Dr. Bob Bors from the University of Saskatchewan and Dr. Andrew Hammermeister from Dalhousie University are coming to Salmon Arm to lead a one day workshop focusing on organic Haskap Berry production opportunities in the Shuswap. Participants will learn about plant biology, establishing and maintaining a Haskap orchard, harvesting methods, and getting your product to market. Experts will share research and best practice examples, highlighting Haskap production opportunities in the Shuswap. When: April 22, 2017 Where: Comfort Inn & Suites, 1090 22nd Street NE, Salmon Arm, BC Cost: $25 per person, includes lunch. Register Here: Salmon … Continue reading Event: Salmon Arm, BC – Haskap 2.0 Workshop

EVENT: Calgary, AB – Towards a Prairie Atonement with author Trevor Herriot

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 03, 2017

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The Calgary Public Library is pleased to host award-winning author and naturalist, Trevor Herriot.   The discussion will focus on Herriot’s latest book, Towards a Prairie Atonement where he recounts what happened to First Nations and Metis communities who were moved off the grasslands. April 20 | 6:30 pm Memorial Park Library | 1221 2 St. S.W. | Calgary Towards a Prairie Atonement addresses the question of our relationship with the land. Enlisting the help of a Metis Elder, Trevor Herriot revisits the history of one corner of the Great Plains. This book’s lyrical blend of personal narrative, prairie history, imagery, … Continue reading EVENT: Calgary, AB – Towards a Prairie Atonement with author Trevor Herriot

April 8 & 9: Ferintosh, AB – Beekeeping Workshop

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 23, 2017

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10% Discounts Available Now Available for 5 Young Agrarians Grass Roots Family Farm and Young Agrarians are happy to host Eliese Watson from ABC Bees for a Level One Beekeeping Certificate  Date: April 8th & 9th, 2017 Time: 9 am – 5 pm Location: Ferintosh Community Rec. Centre Cost: $325 (Discounts now available, use code: YOUNGAGRARIANS10% when you register) REGISTER at here or call Takota Coen at (780) 781-5929  Homemade lunches, light refreshments, coffee & tea provided Eliese Watson is the Founder of ABC Bees and an advocate for small-scale beekeeping across Canada. This 16-hour intensive program will offer everything you need to know to … Continue reading April 8 & 9: Ferintosh, AB – Beekeeping Workshop

APRIL 5: BRANTFORD, ON – Tools for Protecting Farmland Forum

Posted by Moss Dance on March 16, 2017

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Attention new farmers, retiring farmers, and organizations that support the protection of farmland and access to land for new farmers: Join us to learn about Tools for Protecting Farmland, a speakers panel followed by working round table discussion about innovative and effective ways to fund and protect farmland in Ontario. This forum will be hosted by Sustainable Brant, rare Charitable Research Reserve, and Langford Conservancy Speakers to include: Wally Seccombe, formerly of Everdale Farm; Dan Naccarato, New and Young Farmers; Scott Hughes, Capacity Build; Tom Woodcock, rare Charitable Research Reserve; Kathryn Enders, Ontario Farmland Trust; and Erin Shapiro, Ontario Greenbelt Alliance. Topics to be covered: … Continue reading APRIL 5: BRANTFORD, ON – Tools for Protecting Farmland Forum

Getting Together: Reflections on the 4th Vancouver Island Winter Mixer

Posted by Moss Dance on March 06, 2017

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A review of the Fourth Vancouver Island Winter Mixer, written by Young Agrarians Vancouver Island Coordinator Moss Dance On the morning of Saturday, January 28, I was sitting in a circle of over 100 farmers and friends in Quw’utsun Territory on beautiful Shawnigan Lake at the 4th Vancouver Island Winter Mixer. In the centre of that circle, three inspiring Quw’utsun land and food activists were singing us a welcome. Ron & Deb George and their nephew Joe Akerman taught us to sing a Quw’utsun song, and soon enough, we were all standing up singing together. This powerful moment grounded my experience of this … Continue reading Getting Together: Reflections on the 4th Vancouver Island Winter Mixer

4th Okanagan Winter Mixer – that’s a wrap!

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on March 06, 2017

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What a fantastic weekend! The 4th Okanagan Winter Mixer brought together 100 people from across the Okanagan-Thompson region and beyond – as far as Williams Lake! We enjoyed two days of networking activities and workshops on a range of topics focused on building farming and business skills. There was a great energy in the room – a lot of passion and excitement about the coming season! A highlight for many people were the business skills workshops lead by Chris Bodnar from Close to Home Organics. Attendees expressed their gratitude for learning about what it takes to build and run their farm … Continue reading 4th Okanagan Winter Mixer – that’s a wrap!

March 4: AGASSIZ, BC – New Farm Start-Up Workshop

Posted by Moss Dance on February 28, 2017

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The New Farm Start-Up workshop is a great learning opportunity for those who are thinking of a career in farming.  There will be a workshop hosted by the District of Kent (Agassiz) on March 4th, at 7170 Cheam Avenue. If you are wanting to farm you may want to consider locating in Agassiz. The community has many attributes that make it a very good place to start a farm, including somewhat lower land prices, excellent water resources and very good soil. In addition, the climate in Agassiz tends to be quite warm in the summer.  In short, the growing conditions in Agassiz … Continue reading March 4: AGASSIZ, BC – New Farm Start-Up Workshop