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LAND OPPORTUNITY: Active Pastures Farm, Mayne Island

Posted by Darcy Smith on March 07, 2017

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About Active Pastures Farm Active Pastures is a six acre farm on beautiful Mayne Island (located between Vancouver on the mainland and Victoria on Vancouver Island). The farm was established over 100 years ago and has been part of the Mayne Island agriculture story ever since. Originally started by the early explorers heading for the gold fields in the interior, it has seen the glory days of the Japanese Tomato Farms and numerous farming operations since. The fields have been fallow producing hay for the past decade before being actively farmed this past year producing an abundant Market Garden for … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Active Pastures Farm, Mayne Island

OCT 29th & 30th – FERINTOSH, AB Level 1 Beekeeping Certificate Course with Eliese Watson

Posted by Dana Penrice on September 01, 2016

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Grass Roots Family Farm is pleased to be partnering with ABC Bees to offer a Level One Beekeeping Certificate for hobby beekeepers in an urban and rural setting. The 16 hour intensive beekeeping course will offer everything you need to know to begin beekeeping. The course is taught by Eliese Watson, founder of ABC Bees and advocate for legalizing urban beekeeping in Edmonton. Travelling all-over North America teaching and mentoring under beekeepers such as Corwin Bell, Sam Comfort, and Kirk Anderson. Eliese has a wide knowledge of natural beekeeping practices with both Top Bar Hive and Langstroth equipment. Course includes textbook, … Continue reading OCT 29th & 30th – FERINTOSH, AB Level 1 Beekeeping Certificate Course with Eliese Watson

#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

Sept 10: Young Agrarians Mixer at Fork in the Rowed Farms – Lethbridge, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 01, 2016

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Farm Tour, Speakers,  Demos,  Food & Live Music! If you’re an aspiring farmer, current farmer, seasoned farmer, gardener or you’re a food lover that just loves to hang out with farmers (who isn’t?), we’re hosting an event for you. When: Saturday, September 10th, 2016 Time: 3:00pm (sharp) – Farm Tour Start & Speakers to Follow 6:30pm –  Supper Into the Evening –  Music, Mingling and Hanging Out! Who: An event for EVERYONE interested in learning about sustainable farming and growing techniques. Open to all ages and levels of farming experience. Location: Fork in the Rowed Farms 211052 township 9-0a, Lethbridge county​​ (See map)  Cost: $25/person … Continue reading Sept 10: Young Agrarians Mixer at Fork in the Rowed Farms – Lethbridge, AB

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

PAID TRAINING: Cowichan Agriculture Training Project, Duncan, BC

Posted by Kristen Nammour on March 23, 2015

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Cowichan Agriculture Training Participant Cowichan Green Community Society – Duncan, BC Overview: The “Cowichan Agriculture Training Project” encompasses 1 year of training in agricultural skills for those who have a desire to work in this growing sector. Participants will be provided with classroom training and hands-on agricultural work placements over the course of this one year program, based in the Cowichan Region. Participants will complete detailed learning plans and participate in life and employability skill sessions in addition to field training. The project will involve a total of 10 Project Participants who will report directly to the Project Supervisor. DUTIES: … Continue reading PAID TRAINING: Cowichan Agriculture Training Project, Duncan, BC

2015 Urban Farming Certificate Program: Food Skills in Action

Posted by Jess Brown on March 17, 2015 1 Comment

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Mason Street City Farm Victoria BC Starts March 28th and runs to October 2015 What is the Urban Farming Certificate Program? In the Urban Farming Certificate Program, students will learn the theory and application of intensive urban food production and the foundations of holistic ecological farming. The focus of this program will be on the application of the theory learned in the classroom. Over 60% of the instruction will be on the ground building soil, building farm infrastructure, planting, propagating and growing food. Mason Street City Farm has spent a decade honing techniques specific to ecological urban food cultivation. Whether … Continue reading 2015 Urban Farming Certificate Program: Food Skills in Action

Yasodhara Ashram Internship Opportunities

Posted by Paris Marshall Smith on February 09, 2015

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We are excited to launch our expanded Internship Program with new positions for this spring and summer! Join our community for 6 to 8 months and practice selfless service as you gain professional skills and experience for your future. Internships are available on our Accommodations, Garden, Kitchen, Grounds, Marketing & Communications and Infrastructure Teams, with specializations in organic gardening, food preparation, housekeeping, photography and web design, lands and grounds management, building project coordination and management of our repair and maintenance shop. Internships at Yasodhara Ashram are a unique opportunity to deepen your skill-sets at the same time as you offer … Continue reading Yasodhara Ashram Internship Opportunities

Reinstating Soil as Alberta’s First Natural Resource

Posted by Blake Hall on March 28, 2014 2 Comments

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Blake Hall is herdsman for Prairie Gold Pastured Meats and runs a unique herdshare program which direct markets grass-finished beef and pastured pork into Red Deer and Calgary, AB. Blake recently attended the National Farm Union‘s Youth Retreat in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island (BC) where he rocked out with us at the Young Agrarians Vancouver Island Mixer and we lassoed him into blogging.        The short grass prairie on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountain Range is Alberta’s first natural resource.  The great plains supported vast numbers of bison and sustained the First Nations for millennia.  Sixty years … Continue reading Reinstating Soil as Alberta’s First Natural Resource