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Down on the Farm: Women Farmers in the Peace Country

Posted by Lilli Klamke on November 27, 2017

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“From the time that I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to be a farmer,” recalls Mary Lundgard from her family’s home, just outside Grimshaw, Alberta. As she talks, she minces a clove of garlic – locally grown by her daughter, Lisa – and adds it to the mushroom soup simmering on the stovetop. Born and raised in the eastern Maritimes of Canada, Lundgard was a town girl with the dream to grow and raise her own food. “My mom grew up on a farm in Nova Scotia,” Mary remembers, “She always said, ‘Oh no, you don’t … Continue reading Down on the Farm: Women Farmers in the Peace Country

Getting Started with Holistic Management

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 28, 2017

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Adapted from Dana Penrice and Ted Chastko’s Intro to Holistic Management presentation at the YA Kelowna and Vancouver Island Winter Mixers. The nature of managing natural systems requires that we create farms and farm businesses that are adaptive. The challenge is that farming is complex and things are always emerging and evolving and we need to be able to adapt. In other words, we need to fit our skills capacities, resources to the context of threats, challenges and opportunities in which we’re working.  As farmers, on a typical day, any number of ideas, questions and thoughts run through our head in a … Continue reading Getting Started with Holistic Management

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