Our hearts were filled and our minds inspired after the first 2-day Young Agrarians Alberta Winter Mixer! Thanks to everyone who came, to our speakers and to our sponsors. Here’s a little recap on the event. We opened the weekend by getting into the situation our food system is in today and more about the demographics of aspiring and young farmers. There are 6% fewer farms in Alberta in 2016 as compared to 2011. In that time the average farm size grew (Source: StatsCanada) Almost half of farm operators in Alberta reported having an off farm job in 2015 The average age of a farm operator in Alberta in … Continue reading Regenerate! Reflections on the 1st YA Alberta Winter Mixer
Body Mechanics for Farmers Workshop – Presented by Vancouver Urban Farming Society July 2nd, 2017 | 2:00 to 4:00 pm | Strathcona Park, Vancouver | $10 As a farmer, your body is your most important tool! It is a body that has an indispensable task, to work the land and bring food to the community, family and self. Join physiotherapist Nam Do for a class on proper body mechanics, tool use, and avoiding injury to keep you and your body farming with pleasure for a long time. This workshop is open to all. Location We’ll be meeting at the entrance … Continue reading JULY 2: VANCOUVER, BC – Body Mechanics for Farmers Workshop
Donate on Giving Tuesday and Help Grow the Next Generation of Farmers in BC! This winter, Young Agrarians (YA) is asking you to participate in Giving Tuesday Canada, a national day dedicated to charitable giving on November 29th. YA’s Grow A Farmer program provides resources and tools, educational and community-building events, business mentorships, and land access programming. Help us raise funds for 2017 programs! Interested? Here’s how you can join: Donate to YA. Make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor. Complete your donation online and obtain a charitable tax receipt. Yes, it’s that easy! Share this blog post on social … Continue reading Support YA this Giving Tuesday – Nov. 29
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
It was a remarkable day to gather and talk about our passion for stewarding the land, getting our hands dirty, and savouring the most nourishing, delectable food ever! We were thrilled to have @ 125 people in attendance throughout the day, travelling from all over the South Interior, Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland to be in Kelowna. It was exciting to see that close to half of the room were new to the Young Agrarians and, based on feedback so far, there are some clear needs in terms of supporting new entrants to agro-ecology. We’re working on it! People commented … Continue reading 3rd Winter Okanagan Mixer a Whirlwind Day!
Young Agrarians is coming to Calgary! Join us and the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association on December 3rd at 7:00pm. Meet some amazing urban farmers in Calgary, visit with some farmers from Central Alberta and get to know the people behind the food you eat. Register here.
By Alicia Baddorf 9/10 of the bites we take start with seed. The range of seed diversity that exists is breathtaking, but consider this: over the past 80 years, we have lost 93% of variety in our food seeds. At the BCSeed Gathering in Richmond this November, a group of seed activists, farmers and concerned citizens from the province came together for a weekend of workshops, skills sharing and dialogue around seeds. Going into the gathering, I was aware of a number of environmental and social issues surrounding seed sovereignty, but the breadth of knowledge and passion exuded by these seed … Continue reading Building a Seed Saving Legacy