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YA Apprenticeship: Duban Farms

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 21, 2016 2 Comments

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Are you looking for a hands-on, practical learning experience in environmentally and economically sustainable farming? Are you wanting to work alongside a farmer that is innovative, forward thinking and working to mitigate climate change?  Duban Farms is excited to offer a unique apprenticeship in regenerative farming. About the Farm Duban Farms is a third generation, irrigated grain and oilseed farm located 15 minutes NW of Lethbridge.  The farm is currently transitioning into Certified Organic production and strives to grow food in an environmentally and economically sustainable fashion.  Utilizing biological principles, Duban Farms is working to improve plant and soil health while maximizing yields of … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Duban Farms

#foodandlabour 3/3: Food Justice and The Face of Ecological Farm Interns in Ontario

Posted by Moss Dance on August 26, 2016

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By Charles Z Levkoe and Michael Ekers Originally published in the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario’s May-June 2016 newsletter, Volume 37, Issue 3. This article is the third in a series that describes the increasing numbers of non-waged interns working on ecological farms across Ontario.  As farmers welcome those seeking seasonal farm experiences as a way to share knowledge and skills and to meet labour demands, our research has been exploring the broader implications of these trends. In this article, we look at who exactly is being trained to farm through ecological farm internships and the potential impact on the future … Continue reading #foodandlabour 3/3: Food Justice and The Face of Ecological Farm Interns in Ontario

10 Things I Learned Our First Year Farming

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 14, 2016

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by Keely Wohlgemuth of The Z Spread Farm, Organic Grain farmer at Wanham, Alberta Follow her blog at https://barefootonthefurrows.com/ or on Facebook facebook.com/thezspreadltd What a difference a year makes! We just finished spring seeding here and with the recent moisture we’ve found some time for rest and have been reflecting on how different this farm season has been going so far. This time last year, we were only just settling into our new life on the farm, and full of anxiety and uncertainties. While we still have much yet to learn, I really feel like Nolan and I are beginning … Continue reading 10 Things I Learned Our First Year Farming

July 26: Alameda, SK Holistic Management Workshop Using Grazing Systems to Create Healthy Food and Ecosystems

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 10, 2016

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Topics covered will include holistic decision making, planned grazing, improving wildlife habitat, soil health and conservation practices, forage assessment, and biological monitoring techniques. When: July 26th 9:30 am to 3:00 pm Where: Alameda, SK What: Hosted by Trent and Carolyn Walls and Holistic Management Certified Educators Blain Hjertaas and Kylie McRae 9:30 AM Registration 10:00 Purpose of day overview of HM  – Blain 10:30 Grazing systems and soil health  – Kylie McRae 11:00 How decisions are made  – Trent & Carolyn 11:30 Decision making exercise – Blain 12:00 Lunch 1:00 Healthy Soil and Carbon Sequestration  – Blain 1:30 Tour exercises … Continue reading July 26: Alameda, SK Holistic Management Workshop Using Grazing Systems to Create Healthy Food and Ecosystems

JOB: Steel Pony Farm, Red Deer, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 21, 2016

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APPLICATION PERIOD NOW CLOSED Steel Pony Farm is looking for a few good hands this summer to help bring the magic of local food to eaters in Red Deer. They’re looking for positive, physically strong, and self-starting people to work on all farm tasks with farm owner Mike Kozlowski. No gardening or farm experience is required, but a good work ethic is a must. Positions start near the beginning of May and can run until the end of August (for college/university students), or the end of October. Duties include transplanting, weeding, harvesting and packing, and there are a lot of other tasks that … Continue reading JOB: Steel Pony Farm, Red Deer, AB

Holistic Management Course: Ferintosh, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 29, 2016

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Note to readers: This event will be running again in early 2017. If you are interested contact Takota Coen at takota_coen@live.com or (780) 781-5929. Deep Roots Design is hosting a six-day Holistic Management course taught by HMI Certified Educators Brian Luce and Kelly Sidoryk that will provide participants with the tools and knowledge to make decisions towards a known direction. Participants will learn how to apply the principles of Holistic Management to their operation through creating a Holistic Goal, a profs-based fnancial plan and a biological/grazing plan. Hands on learning will be supported through a combination of large group, small group and independent activities. At the end … Continue reading Holistic Management Course: Ferintosh, AB

March 8: NFU Youth Retreat Farmer Potluck, Pigeon Lake, Alberta

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 21, 2016

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On March 8th, we invite you to a farmer potluck and feast with young farmer leaders and organizers from across the country at Rundle’s Mission at Pigeon Lake, Alberta. Meet with other new farmers, hear about the work on the National New Farmer Report and enjoy good food and good company. To RSVP

Feb 25: Young Agrarians Mixer, Olds, Alberta

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 17, 2016

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We’re growing the next generation of ecological farmers in Alberta! Join us February 25th in Olds, AB at 7pm at the Land and Science Building at Olds College. There will be a little networking, a little learning, a little sharing, a little food, a little enjoyment of libations and A LOT of fun! This event is being organized as part of the 2016 Organic Alberta & Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Conference but anyone is welcome to come!    

Audio: Maintaining Healthy Farm Business Partnerships and a Farmland Cooperative Done Well

Posted by Jordan Marr on February 27, 2014

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This episode features part one of my conversation with veggie grower Chris Bodnar of Close to Home Organics in Abbotsford, BC. In this segment, Chris tells me about his background, his partnership with another farmer when he first started out, and about the cooperatively-owned farm on which he works and lives.