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:

JAN 16-17, 2020: WILLIAMS LAKE, BC – BC INTERIOR SOILS CONFERENCE (YA will be facilitating a networking circle on the evening of the 16th)

JAN 20 – FEB 10, 2020: DUNCAN, BC – Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Farmers

JAN 31, 2020: CAMROSE, AB – Farm Transition Cafe

FEB 16, 2020: AINSWORTH HOT SPRINGS, BC – Wet and Wild: Farming Funghi Forum

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

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

Other Food & Farm Events:

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

JAN 14-16, 2020: SALMON ARM, DUNCAN, & ABBOTSFORD, BC – Farm Financial Literacy for Dairy Producers (Farm Credit Canada)

JAN 14, 2020: PONOKA, AB – What to know before you buy or rent farmland

JAN 15, 2020: DELBURNE, AB – How to build a tax-saving transition plan

JAN 15, 2020: SWAN RIVER, MB – Ag Knowledge Exchange

JAN 16, 2020: SALMON ARM, BC: BC Agriculture and Wildfire Risk Reduction Workshop

JAN 17, 2020: HUSSAR, AB – How to build a tax-saving transition plan 

JAN 17-18, 2020: QUESNEL, BC – Kersley Farmers Institute Winter Workshop and New Entrant Networking Event: Download the PDF:  KFI-Final-Poster-003.pdf

JAN 18, 2020: MERRITT, BC: BC Agriculture and Wildfire Risk Reduction Workshop

JAN 19, 2020: 9th Vancouver Urban Farming Forum

JAN 22, 2020: TARRYS, BC: BC Agriculture and Wildfire Risk Reduction Workshop

JAN 22, 2020: KELOWNA, BC – Cost of Production Workshop

JAN 23-26, 2020: GUELPH, ON – Guelph Organic Conference

JAN 23, 2020: VERNON, BC – Eating Local in Winter Download the poster: im2.jpeg (1 download)

JAN 24, 2020: KAMLOOPS, BC – Cost of Production Workshop

JAN 27, 2020: MILLET, AB – Farming with Nature Workshop

JAN 30, 2020 OUNGRE, SK – Farm business plans: Risk, reward and profit + Breaking Barriers in Agriculture

JAN 30, 2020: LANGLEY, BC – Growing Your Farm On Social Media Workshop

JAN 30-FEB 1, 2020: ABBOTSFORD, BC – Pacific Agriculture Show

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

JAN 31, 2020: STONY PLAIN, AB – Ladies Ranching Retreat

FEB 3-4, 2020: TRURU, NS – Farmer to Farmer Gathering

FEB 7-8, 2020: ORCAS ISLAND, WA – 2020 San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit

FEB 10, 2020: COMOX VALLEY, BC: BC Agriculture and Wildfire Risk Reduction Workshop

FEB 11, 2020: OLDS, AB – FCC Young Farmer Summit – Ignite

FEB 15, 2020: SURREY, BC – SPEC Small Farm Session

FEB 18, 2020: LANGLEY, BC – How To Run An Online Store For Your Farm

FEB 18, 2020: REDWATER, AB – Giving Credits to Soil Carbon Workshop

FEB 19, 2020: MAYERTHORPE, AB – Giving Credits to Soil Carbon Workshop

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

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

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

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

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 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 

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

EVENTS BLOG


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

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

Posted by Lilli Klamke on January 15, 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

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. Its 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

EVENT RECAP: Saskatchewan Agrarians Mixer @ The Wandering Market

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 17, 2019

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Young Agrarians comes to Saskatchewan! On December 14th, 45 farmers and food lovers gathered at the amazing Wandering Market in Moose Jaw, SK. People came from far and wide across the province to share their farm stories, make new connections (we hear lots of “hey we’re friends on instagram!”) and we talked about how we can grow the new farmer movement. The event showed the diversity of new farmers from urban microgreen farmers, to market gardeners, to grain farmers, to cattle and goat farmers and more! Participants did some Farmer Speed Dating and learned about the challenges and successes on each others … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Saskatchewan Agrarians Mixer @ The Wandering Market

JAN & FEB, 2020: DUNCAN, BC – Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Farmers

Posted by Michalina Hunter on December 09, 2019

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Join us in Duncan, Vancouver Island for a workshop series for farmer wellness. Make 2020 your best season yet with a toolbox of practices to reduce stress and enhance your wellbeing both on and off-farm. Young Agrarians and Harmony Yoga and Wellness Center present: Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Farmers – Gentle stretching – Deep breathing – Learn to learn to calm the mind and tame the nervous system.  4 DATES: Mondays, 3-4:30pm | January 20, 27, February 3, 10 WHERE: Harmony Yoga Centre, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan, BC COST: A suggested $20 donation for the full four sessions can be paid online during … Continue reading JAN & FEB, 2020: DUNCAN, BC – Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Farmers

EVENT RECAP: Manitoba Mini-Mixer @ Rackham Hall

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 09, 2019

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Young Agrarians comes to Manitoba! On December 7, 38 farmers and food lovers gathered at the beautiful Rackham hall near Riding Mountain National Park for a Young Agrarians Mixer. Being one of the first Young Agrarians gatherings in Manitoba, we spent time getting to know each other and discussing the needs and opportunities for new and existing farmers in the region. We met people raising livestock, organic grain, doing marketing gardening, growing mushrooms and of course much, much more! We shared laughs, ideas and of course some amazing food! Ryan Ryan Pengelly of Tamarack Farms near Erickson, MB spoke getting his farm started and … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Manitoba Mini-Mixer @ Rackham Hall

FEB 16, 2020: AINSWORTH HOT SPRINGS – Wet and Wild: Farming Funghi Forum

Posted by Hailey Troock on December 05, 2019

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Join Young Agrarians at Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort on Sunday, February 16, 2020, for a day all about farming and funghi! This event is by sliding-scale donation from $25-$40, lunch is included. This event requires registration, as there are only 30 spots available. REGISTER HERE! WHEN: Sunday, February 16, 2020 | 10am-2pm LOCATION: Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort, Ainsworth, BC BRING: Your questions, your curiosity and your SWIM SUIT AND TOWEL, if you want to take a dip before or after the event! Entry is $14 to the pools and is not included in the donation to this event. Lunch, coffee, and tea are included … Continue reading FEB 16, 2020: AINSWORTH HOT SPRINGS – Wet and Wild: Farming Funghi Forum