Young Agrarians Events: Farm Tours & Potlucks, Workshops, Mixers and Land Links!

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

Community Calendar

SAVE THE DATES: Lots of amazing farmer events coming up this Winter and Spring!

Young Agrarians Events:

FEB 21, 2020: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – Farm Transition Café

FEB 22-23, 2020: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – Peace Country Mixer

FEB 29, 2020: Deadline to apply for the Alberta Apprenticeship Program

MAR 7, 2020: TERRACE, BC – Skeena-Bulkley Farmers Meet & Greet with Thimbleberry Farm

MAR 7, 2020: POWELL RIVER, BC – Terra Nostra Farm Tour & Potluck Social

Other Food & Farm Events:

ONGOING: BC COAST – Various Permaculture Design courses/workshops – permaculturedesign.ca

FEB 22, 2020: CALGARY, AB – Farming Solutions to the Climate Crisis

FEB 22, 2020: ATHABASCA, AB – Passive Solar Greenhouse Workshop

FEB 22, 2020: LANGLEY, BC – Basic Tree Pruning Workshop

FEB 22, 2020: PORT ALBERNI, BC – Pruning Basics Workshop

FEB 23, 2020: LADYSMITH, BC – Pruning Basics Workshop

FEB 23-29, 2020: SOUTHERN BC – Tackling the Farm Crisis & the Climate Crisis Events

FEB 24, 2020: KELOWNA, BC – Stronger Relationships = Stronger Businesses

FEB 26, 2020: ARMSTRONG, BC – Tackling the Farm Crisis & the Climate Crisis (link coming soon)

FEB 26, 2020: GRAND FORKS, BC – Soil Health: “What’s in Your Soil’s Bank Account” Seminar

FEB 26 – 28, 2020: REVELSTOKE, INVERMERE, CRESTON – Agri-tourism as a Diversification Tool for BC Farms

FEB 27, 2020: BONNYVILLE, AB  – Farming, Energy, and Ecosystems Workshop

FEB 28-MAR 1, 2020: RICHMOND, BC – BC Certified Organic Conference 2020

FEB 29, 2020: SHERWOOD PARK, AB – Pruning Workshop

FEB 29, 2020: PRINCE GEORGE, BC – Prince George Keyline Design Workshop

MAR 4, 2020: WINNIPEG, MB – FCC Young Farmer Summit – Ignite

MAR 5-6, 2020: BRANDON, MD – Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm Conference

MAR 6-8, 2020: HARRISON HOT SPRINGS, BC: BC Farmers’ Market Conference

MAR 6-9, 2020: WALDECK WEST, NC – BioDynamic Study Workshop

MAR 7, 2020: LANGLEY, BC – Langley Seed Celebration

MAR 11, 2020: YORKTON, SK – FCC Young Farmer Summit

MAR 12, 2020: CRESTON, BC – Irrigation & Soil Management Symposium

MAR 18-21, 2020: MONTREAL, QC – Regeneration Canada Living Soils Symposium

MAR 21-OCT 22, 2020: NANAIMO, BC – Organic Food Production Mentorship

MAR 26, 2020: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – FCC Young Farmer Summit – Ignite 

MAR 30-31, 2020: PENTICTON, BC – Advanced Training: Assessing Biodiversity and Natural Resources

MAY 14, 2020: VANCOUVER, BC – Workshop: Growing Food in Difficult Spaces

AUG 29, 2020: VICTORIA, BC – Summer Fruit Tree Pruning

NOV 24-26, 2020: Alberta – Agricultural Excellence Conference

EVENTS BLOG


EVENT RECAP: Wet and Wild Farming Fungi Forum

Posted by Hailey Troock on February 20, 2020

Kim Watt from Thimble Hill Nursery

Nearly 50 people joined Young Agrarians at Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort on Sunday, February 16, 2020, for a half-day of discussions all about farming and fungi! This inaugural event solely about MUSHROOMS filled up in two days after registration opened, with a waiting list. People joined us from as far away as Armstrong, Revelstoke and Naksup. Without a doubt, we’ll be talking farming and fungi at another upcoming YA event.  The forum brought together four local guest speakers to the Nasookin meeting room, with a stunning view of Kootenay Lake.  To provide the group with an introduction to fungi farming in the … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Wet and Wild Farming Fungi Forum

FEB 22 & 23: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – YA Peace Country Winter Mixer

Posted by Lilli Klamke on February 18, 2020

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The third annual Young Agrarians Farmer Mixer in the Peace Country is coming up! If you are a farmer, passionate food lover, grower, or a farm dreamer, join us! These two days will be filled with networking, skill-sharing, and farm inspiration to help you grow your own farm business and brand your farm story. Meet with other farmers and share your story, your ideas, struggles, and successes. Find mentors and supporters, engage in new opportunities and get to know your farming companions in the Peace Country. When: Saturday, February 22 – Sunday, February 23, 2020 Where:  Camp Tamarack, Grande Prairie. Follow Highway … Continue reading FEB 22 & 23: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – YA Peace Country Winter Mixer

MARCH 7, 2020: POWELL RIVER, BC – Farm Tour & Potluck at Terra Nostra Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 14, 2020

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Join us at Terra Nostra Farm in Powell River, BC for a farm tour and potluck social! Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 Schedule: 4-5 Farm Tour 5-5:30 Intro Circle 5:30-7:30 Potluck Social Location: 3244 Byron Road, Powell River, BC What to Bring: Please bring a dish to share, a plate and tools to eat with, and a chair or a blanket. SHARE: Planning on joining us? Please invite your friends and share the Facebook event! This event is free and open to everyone! About Terra Nostra Farm Aaron has loved gardening and plants his whole life and decided to start a farm about 5 years ago. Terra Nostra is … Continue reading MARCH 7, 2020: POWELL RIVER, BC – Farm Tour & Potluck at Terra Nostra Farm

FEB 23-29, 2020: SOUTHERN BC – Tackling the Farm Crisis & the Climate Crisis Events

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 13, 2020

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EVENT SERIES: Tackling the Farm Crisis & the Climate Crisis National Farmers Union Youth President Stuart Oke, will explore the connections between the farm income crisis and the climate crisis and ways farmers can increase revenues and help to mitigate the effects of climate change. In December the National Farmers Union (NFU) release a report called Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis: A Transformative Strategy for Canadian Farmers and Food Systems.  Key conclusions include: The climate crisis is a threat to Canadian farms, but also an opportunity to re-orient our farms to become more integrated, life-sustaining and community-sustaining. The … Continue reading FEB 23-29, 2020: SOUTHERN BC – Tackling the Farm Crisis & the Climate Crisis Events

FEB 21: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – Farm Transition Cafe

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 04, 2020

A conversation for young and old on passing on the farm.

  Did you know that 92% of farms in Alberta don’t have a transition or succession plan for their farm? At the same time, there’s a growing movement of new and beginning farmers seeking land and farm opportunities. How we steward the transition of farm land and businesses from one generation to the next is going to have a major impact on the future of agriculture and the food system. It’s time we get the conversation started. WHAT: Join us for a participatory conversation and hear about the opportunities and challenges of farm transition. Raise questions and expand your thinking through discussions with fellow farmers. WHO: For current … Continue reading FEB 21: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – Farm Transition Cafe

EVENT RECAP: CENTRAL ALBERTA WINTER MIXER 2020

Posted by Alex on January 16, 2020

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The Central Alberta Winter Mixer was a fantastic weekend full of inspiring and passionate people! Despite the frigid temperatures, more than 80 people participated over the two days. Some highlights of the Mixer included fun networking activities (the Chicken Mingle was a hit!), an impressive potluck and jam session on Saturday evening, farmer slide shows that featured ten different farms, and farmer yoga on Sunday morning with retired-farmer-turned-yoga-teacher Kathleen Charpentier. Over the two days we also had twelve speakers and workshop hosts share their skills and knowledge. Check out the full session descriptions and some quotes from Mixer participants below. The whole YA community … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: CENTRAL ALBERTA WINTER MIXER 2020

Tools for Farmer Mental Health and Wellness

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on January 03, 2020

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Happy New Year farmers! We hope you are enjoying a quieter time on the farm and taking some time for self care this winter season. Farmers work hard, and the conversation around farmer stress and burnout is not a new one. Young Agrarians hears about these challenges from farmers all the time – there is a huge burden on farmers to be superheroes! We know how much loving care you put into your crops and animals, and want to support you in caring for yourself as well. As you (hopefully!) take a bit of time off this winter, we wanted to share some resources with you that might be helpful in … Continue reading Tools for Farmer Mental Health and Wellness

MAR 7, 2020: TERRACE, BC – Skeena-Bulkley Farmers Meet & Greet with Thimbleberry Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on December 30, 2019

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Interested in local food systems and security? You’re invited to an afternoon of connecting with local farmers, food producers at the second annual Skeena-Bulkley Valley Meet and Greet. Join Vicky and Chris of Thimbleberry Farm for an afternoon of networking and idea-sharing. Make new connections and strengthen old ones among the region’s agricultural community members. This casual afternoon will consist of an introduction circle, farm tour, and potluck grazing table. Bring a snack or dish to share, and get ready to make new farm friends and expand your support network! WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 2–6PM WHERE: Thimbleberry Farm, 2206 Archer Avenue, Terrace, … Continue reading MAR 7, 2020: TERRACE, BC – Skeena-Bulkley Farmers Meet & Greet with Thimbleberry Farm

JAN 31-FEB 2, 2020: CAMROSE, AB – Organic Alberta & Holistic Management 2020 Conference

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 18, 2019

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A conference for farmers, ranchers and industry to grow regenerative agriculture. The Western Canadian Holistic Management Conference is partnering with Organic Alberta to provide 3 days of information, insight and inspiration. Early Bird Ends Jan. 3rd. What to Expect: Practical Tools for Your Farm Holistic Management educates and empowers people to make socially, environmentally and financially sound decisions. Take home new ideas and practices to improve your land and your business. Inspiring Community Known for attracting an amazing community of farm families this is the place to meet farmers who are exploring new practices, ways of thinking and supporting the paradigm shift in … Continue reading JAN 31-FEB 2, 2020: CAMROSE, AB – Organic Alberta & Holistic Management 2020 Conference

JANUARY 31: CAMROSE, AB – Farm Transition Cafe

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 18, 2019

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Did you know that 92% of farms in Alberta don’t have a transition or succession plan for their farm? At the same time, there’s a growing movement of new and beginning farmers seeking land and farm opportunities. How we steward the transition of farm land and businesses from one generation to the next is going to have a major impact on the future of agriculture and the food system. It’s time we get the conversation started. WHAT: Join us for a participatory conversation and hear about the opportunities and challenges of farm transition. Raise questions and expand your thinking through discussions with fellow farmers. WHO: For current farmers … Continue reading JANUARY 31: CAMROSE, AB – Farm Transition Cafe