February 17: Young Agrarians Social & Networking Event – Lacombe, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 12, 2017

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As part of the Holistic Management & Organic Alberta Conference we are hosting an event for aspiring, new and young farmers in Central Alberta! Join us for an evening social and networking event and connect with other farmers! When: February 17th 7:30pm Where: Uglies Pub, 5010 50 St, Lacombe, AB Who: Everyone welcome! Aspiring farmers, new farmers and existing farmers, food lovers and gardeners who are interested in supporting the next generation of ecological farmers in Alberta! RSVP: This event is free! If you plan on coming feel free to send us a note at alberta@youngagrarians.org or just show up at the door!

APPRENTICESHIPS: Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm, Carstairs, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 10, 2017

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Blue Mountain Biodynamics has up to 6 apprentice positions available for our 2017 season. About the Farm We are a certified biodynamic farm, we grow 4-6 acres of vegetables a year, we raise laying hens, meat birds and hogs, and grow field crops to feed the animals here on farm. We are also seed savers! We run a CSA as well as selling to farmers markets, retails stores, home delivery services and restaurants. We are passionate about producing good, clean and fair food for everyone. About the Apprenticeship Our fist apprentices arrive between April – May (depending on the weather) and stay until … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIPS: Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm, Carstairs, AB

INTERNSHIP: Blue Wheelbarrow Farm, Prince Edward County, Ontario

Posted by Moss Dance on February 08, 2017

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Who We Are Blue Wheelbarrow Farm is crazy excited to be starting its second season in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario (2.5 hours east of Toronto). Holy crap­ we made it through our first drought filled season! Located just outside Bloomfield in the heart of “The County”, we are dedicated to producing fresh, organically grown vegetables of the highest quality and taste, with a strong focus on promoting local agriculture and local food autonomy. The farm is a 17 acre property with 1.5 acres cultivated for vegetable growing. We specialize in salad mixes and baby greens, but grow a wide … Continue reading INTERNSHIP: Blue Wheelbarrow Farm, Prince Edward County, Ontario

The College Farmer: An Interview with Lucas Chan

Posted by Monica Allaby on February 06, 2017

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This article is part of The College Farmer, a series of interviews with student farmers from across Canada.  Born and raised in Vancouver, Lucas Chan is a student in the Faculty of Land Systems at the University of British Columbia. He is currently the President of Roots on the Roof, a student-run club that manages the rooftop garden space and the community garden plots on the Student Union Building at the University of British Columbia. Founded in 2014, Roots on the Roof creates a communal space that celebrates sustainable and just food systems through healthy relationships with food, each other, and the natural world. … Continue reading The College Farmer: An Interview with Lucas Chan

The College Farmer: An Interview with Marisa Lenetsky

Posted by Monica Allaby on February 04, 2017

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This is part of The College Farmer, a series of interviews with student farmers from across Canada. Marisa Lenetsky is a farm worker from Brooklyn, New York, and a recent graduate from the Sustainability, Science, and Society program at McGill University. During her time at McGill, Marisa worked at the Macdonald Student-Run Ecological Garden (MSEG), a diversified vegetable farm on MacDonald Campus in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec. Run entirely by student apprentices and managers, the Garden is an intense farmer incubator program. Each student commits to two seasons at the farm: the first as an apprentice and the second as a manager, responsible for training new apprentices. Young Agrarians … Continue reading The College Farmer: An Interview with Marisa Lenetsky

February 25-26: CORNWALL, ON – 33rd Annual Farmers Conference Eco Farm Day

Posted by Moss Dance on February 03, 2017

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The 33rd annual Eco Farm Day is organized by volunteers of the Ottawa-St Lawrence-Outaouais Chapter of Canadian Organic Growers (COG OSO). The focus is on practical techniques and management skills that work in our area, with an emphasis on sustainable organic stewardship of land, food and fibre. As a highlight event of the season for organic (and organic curious) farmers, each year brings new opportunities for learning and building new connections. This year’s theme is The 3 R’s for Organic Agriculture: Restorative, Responsible Resilient. To fit the theme, we have aptly invited as keynote speaker world renown permaculture educator Mark … Continue reading February 25-26: CORNWALL, ON – 33rd Annual Farmers Conference Eco Farm Day

APPRENTICESHIP: French Creek, BC – Salt & Harrow Farm

Posted by Moss Dance on February 02, 2017

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An apprenticeship at Salt & Harrow Farm is for individuals with a serious interest in gaining the skills necessary to grow food for market or those who are interested in exploring farming as a career. The program provides each participant with the opportunity to spend a season working on an organic farming operation. Most of the education will be through hands-on experience and the skills learned will be focused on organic agriculture and marketing. We have a diverse, innovative farming operation which requires a wide range of skills: greenhouse seedling production, field planting, weeding and harvesting, produce deliveries, building and repairing … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: French Creek, BC – Salt & Harrow Farm

February 11: Winnipeg, MB – YA & NFU Youth Mixer

Posted by Jeanette Sivilay on January 31, 2017

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When: Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 3pm to 6pm Where: Great Hall at Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd, Winnipeg, MB What: Looking to connect with new and aspiring small farmers in Manitoba? Join us at the Young Agrarians and NFU Youth Mixer & Potluck after Winnipeg’s Seedy Saturday! We’re bringing together young, new, and aspiring small farmers to socialize, network, share and support each other in our farming endeavours. Please bring a dish to share and  tools to eat with! If you want to share your farm / food project, bring 10 slides on a USB. Presenters will have 5-10 minutes to … Continue reading February 11: Winnipeg, MB – YA & NFU Youth Mixer

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

Feb. 21: Calgary, AB – Alberta Small Farm Summit

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 31, 2017

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When: February 21st from 1:00pm to 5:00pm Where: Gunn’s Dairy Barn, Heritage Park, Calgary AB What: The small farm summit is for family farms, organic, sustainable, biodynamic farms, new farmers, old farmers and young farmer…ANY size farm or ranch exploring alternatives to big ag. Contact: farmsmall@gmail.com