FARM JOB: Blueberry Packing Line, Ruby Red Farms, North Saanich BC

Posted by Darcy Smith on May 25, 2017

Ruby Red Certified Organic Blueberry Farm

Packing Line Staff – Organic Blueberry Farm Ruby Red Farms is hiring staff for its blueberry packing line. Work includes inspection of berries, packing of pint blueberries and packing of bulk berries in 5 and 10 pound boxes. This job requires a sustained effort of repetitive tasks. The environment is friendly and sociable. The packing house will run 3 to 4 shifts per week. Additional shifts might be required during peak times. Both full and part time positions are available. Preference is given to candidates looking for full time work for 3 or 4 days per week. In the early … Continue reading FARM JOB: Blueberry Packing Line, Ruby Red Farms, North Saanich BC

July 22: Celista, BC – Spotted Moose Farm Farm Tour & Mixer!

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on May 24, 2017

Spotted Moose Farm Tour

Join Spotted Moose Farm and YA for a fun filled day of innovative agriculture and community building in the Shuswap!  We will have demonstrations in the afternoon followed by an evening farm tour, potluck and barn dance. Chris will take visitors through the magic of their natural, bio-intensive, and no till gardening system. Stick around for a fire, potluck and barn dance, and there will be plenty of space to put up a tent for anyone wishing to stay the night and avoid the drive home! Where: Spotted Moose Farm, 5067 Line 17 Road, Celista, BC When: Saturday, July 22, 2017 Time: 10:00AM-12:00AM (Farm … Continue reading July 22: Celista, BC – Spotted Moose Farm Farm Tour & Mixer!

HOW TO: Enterprise Budgets for Small Farms

Posted by Kristen Nammour on May 19, 2017

Farm Business Management tools for small scale farmers

OK. So what are enterprise budgets exactly?! Good question! Enterprise budgets are a farm business management tool which project the costs and returns of a specific activity (ie: growing a vegetable crop or raising livestock) over a specified period of time (typically annually). WATCH: Enterprise Budgets Webinar (April 14, 2017) They are both a physical and financial plan for raising and selling a particular crop or livestock enterprise. As a physical plan, enterprise budgets list types and quantities of production inputs and track crop yields. From a financial perspective, they also assign costs to inputs related to producing that crop … Continue reading HOW TO: Enterprise Budgets for Small Farms

JOB: RICHMOND, BC – Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator

Posted by Moss Dance on May 18, 2017

Richmond Food Security Society

Richmond Food Security Society (RFSS) is inspiring a robust Richmond food system through education, advocacy, and community building initiatives. We are a small team of staff supported by many volunteers all passionate about urban agriculture and food security. We live the values of the Richmond Food Charter, we courageously engage our community to address challenges, we grow community and have fun doing it, and we inspire long term, tangible, systemic results. We are an equal opportunity organization, and will not discriminate on any basis. We are seeking an Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator to join our team for the long term. … Continue reading JOB: RICHMOND, BC – Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator

YA Alberta Apprenticeships: Reflections from the Orientation Weekend

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 16, 2017

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A review of the first Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Orientation weekend written by YA Alberta Coordinator, Dana Penrice.  This year we launched the Alberta Young Agrarian Apprenticeship program with the goal of providing hands-on, practical learning for aspiring farmers and supporting farmers that want have apprenticeship programs at their farm. The orientation weekend was held at Don and Marie Ruzicka’s Sunrise Organic Farm near Killam, AB. Nine aspiring farmers came from six host farms across the province including Nature’s Way Farm, Redtail Farm, Prairie Gold Pasture Meats, Steel Pony Farm, Kettle Crossing Farm and Duban Farms. Throughout the summer and fall, apprentices will visit each host … Continue reading YA Alberta Apprenticeships: Reflections from the Orientation Weekend

INTERNSHIP: LEAKSDALE, ON – Montgomeryshire Orchards

Posted by Moss Dance on May 12, 2017

Montgomeryshire Internship

At Montgomeryshire Orchard, we are expanding our berry orchard to include fruits and a diverse range of berries inter-planted with nitrogen fixers and vegetables. The applicant for this position will be required to work with us on developing an organic permaculture orchard and vegetable garden. The goal is to establish an onsite farm market and u-pick operation. We will also be expanding our propagation efforts and have a nursery selling trees and shrubs. You would be involved with all aspects of the orchard from land clearing and new bed setup to seeding, planting, general maintenance, propagation from cuttings and rhizomes, harvesting and hoop … Continue reading INTERNSHIP: LEAKSDALE, ON – Montgomeryshire Orchards

2016 Census of Agriculture Results Are In!

Posted by Darcy Smith on May 10, 2017

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Farm data nerds, the day is finally here! Canada’s 2016 Census of Agriculture results have arrived—along with some interesting shifts in the sector. Here are some highlights of the good, the bad, and the promising: Farmers are getting older—and younger Farmers 55+ is the fastest growing age group, with the average national age of operators edging up from 54 in 2011 to 55. This trend parallels the general population. On the other hand, this year we saw an increase in the number of farm operators under 35. This is the first time there has been an increase in farmers under 35 since … Continue reading 2016 Census of Agriculture Results Are In!

May 28: Armstrong, BC – Soil Health Workshop

Posted by Emily Jubenvill on May 10, 2017

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This workshop for food producers will include a morning classroom component, and an afternoon field walk. Students will learn to use the basic tools for monitoring soil and crop conditions, and how to analyze the results to gradually improve the growing environment, maximize plant quality and soil health regardless of changing weather conditions. In addition to improved crop quality and yield, producers applying the scientific principles to produce nutrient dense plants also report significant reductions in disease, insect, and weed pressures. They also observe increased drought and frost tolerance in crops, and improved soil tilth. The principles and techniques taught are … Continue reading May 28: Armstrong, BC – Soil Health Workshop

Bursaries: Success for Women in Agri-Food Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 09, 2017

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Organic Alberta and Young Agrarians are excited to announce that we are providing bursaries for women farmers in Alberta to participate in the Success for Women in Agri-Food Program hosted by the Agriculture and Food Council. Aspiring, new and current farmers who are looking to develop their business skills, gain knowledge from experts and to develop their network are encouraged to apply. Take the program for only $55! Regular cost is $350 per person (Savings of $295!) Program Description:  Learn the foundations of running a successful business through the GoForth 100 Essential Small Business Skills Learning Series through an online format … Continue reading Bursaries: Success for Women in Agri-Food Program

FARM JOB: PITT MEADOWS, BC – Blue Magic Greenhouses Ltd.

Posted by Moss Dance on May 08, 2017

Blue Magic Greenhouses is hiring

Summer Student Position – Cut Flower Farm Blue Magic Greenhouses Ltd. is a second generation family owned and operated farm in Pitt Meadows, BC. We grow on 12 acres and are passionate about growing high quality cut flowers. Most of the work is done by hand including planting bulbs, weeding, picking and bunching flowers but mechanization is sought out wherever possible in our modern facilities. We use a mixture of field and greenhouse production to optimize growing space and quality including: rolling glass greenhouses, poly greenhouses, hoop houses and shade structures. We employ integrated pest management, composting, soil amendments, crop … Continue reading FARM JOB: PITT MEADOWS, BC – Blue Magic Greenhouses Ltd.