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AUGUST 10, 2019: ALCOMDALE, AB – 1st Generation Farmer Conference

Posted by Alex on June 13, 2019 2 Comments

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Are you a 1st generation farmer looking to connect with a strong community of friends and mentors? Do you want to make your farm business more resilient by improving your financial plan and communication strategies? Are you an urbanite itching to get your boots on the ground but don’t know where to start? Join us at the 1st Generation Farmer Conference to get relevant, ready-to-apply farm knowledge from a fantastic line up of speakers and to meet other passionate farmers in Alberta! When: Saturday, August 10, 2019 Where: Rosy Farms (about 1h NW of Edmonton, AB). Lots of parking and … Continue reading AUGUST 10, 2019: ALCOMDALE, AB – 1st Generation Farmer Conference

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 15 Acres for lease, Spruce Grove AB

Posted by Alex on June 04, 2019 2 Comments

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ABOUT THE LAND This beautiful 15 acre property is located just outside of Spruce Grove, AB (15 minute drive from Edmonton). The land owner is looking to lease the land to one or more farmers who are interested in veggies, small animals, and/or perennial crops. Lease terms are currently open for discussion. The land mostly consists of pasture with some trees along the property perimeter and rented for horse grazing but has good potential for growing vegetables and perennial crops. Approximately half of the property is flat with areas that are prone to spring flooding, while the other half has … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 15 Acres for lease, Spruce Grove AB

New farmers & Food Policy in Canada – Survey Results

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 14, 2019

Photo courtesy of farmlove.org We dug up the results from a national new farmer survey conducted a few years ago. A paper was recently published on the study, and we want to share the results with you! Pour yourself a cup of tea and delve into the challenges and opportunities for Canadian farmers with us. Below is a summary of the paper with a few highlights. Please download the whole paper for more detail here: New farmers and food policies in Canada By Julia Laforge (Lakehead University), Ayla Fenton (Farmer and on Board of Directors, National Farmers Union), Virginie Lavalée-Picard (Farmer), Stéphane McLachlan (University of … Continue reading New farmers & Food Policy in Canada – Survey Results

B.C. Land Matching Program Brings Opportunities for New Farmers

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 26, 2019

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Our Okanagan Land Matcher Tessa had an exciting day as Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham visited Alpine Roots Farm, matched to a property in Kelowna through the B.C. Land Matching Program. Minister Popham was there to celebrate what we’ve been up to over the past year, and to announce another year of funding for the program! A huge thank you to the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture for helping us support new entrants and farmland owners across B.C., as well as to our other amazing funders, Columbia Basin Trust, Cowichan Valley Regional District, Metro Vancouver, Vancity, and Regional District of North Okanagan. Castanet came out with a … Continue reading B.C. Land Matching Program Brings Opportunities for New Farmers

Collaborate! First ever Williams Lake Winter Mixer Wrap up and Resources

Posted by Robin Hunt on April 10, 2019

What an inspiring first ever 2-day Young Agrarians William’s Lake Winter Mixer! Thanks to everyone who came, to our speakers and to our sponsors. The Williams Lake Winter Mixer brought together  91 people from across our region February 9-10th to learn, share stories and knowledge, and to make new connections.  It was a fantastic, diverse group with lots of familiar faces and a whole bunch of new ones, from people just starting out to farmers and ranchers who’ve been working the fields for many years. We welcomed every new face into our YA community and are thrilled about the growing network that is just starting out in the north. There … Continue reading Collaborate! First ever Williams Lake Winter Mixer Wrap up and Resources

JOB: Young Agrarians Central & Northern B.C. Land Matcher

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 04, 2019

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Young Agrarians BC is hiring a Land Matcher for the Central & Northern B.C. region! Are you a connector? An intuitive networker? That person in your friend group who always has the dirt on hot jobs and cool apartments? Do complete strangers tell you their life story at the drop of a hat? Did you once set up your friends from college, and now they’ve got kids and you gave a speech at their wedding and they send you a thank you card every year? Young Agrarians needs someone with that magic matchmaking quality to connect farmers seeking land with farmland … Continue reading JOB: Young Agrarians Central & Northern B.C. Land Matcher

YA Apprenticeship: Reflections from Steel Pony Farm, Red Deer AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 25, 2019

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Ohhhhhh the farm! When I think about my time spent as an apprentice at Steel Pony Farm, my heart just warms right up and my face turns into this expansive grin.  It was seriously the best time.  I’m stoked to have the chance to say a few words about it!  Apprenticing at Steel Pony Farm was my first real exposure to farm labour, and the daily ins and outs of operating a small vegetable farm.  I specifically remember one afternoon early in the season, when Mike and I were setting up a hose and pump at our water source (a … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Reflections from Steel Pony Farm, Red Deer AB

Prospective and Unrealized Farmers in BC: We want you!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 25, 2019 2 Comments

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The BC Ministry of Agriculture is coordinating focus groups to develop their New Entrants to Farming Strategy. They are currently recruiting for two web-based focus groups: Are you planning to enter farming or ranching in the next 10 years? (Prospective) Within the last 10 years, did you start or consider starting a career in farming, but then decide not to continue? (Unrealized) The total time commitment is 1-3 hours and participants will receive a $75 gift card. To Participate Anyone who would like to take part in online focus groups can contact Malatest toll-free 1-866-247-6465 and refer to the Agriculture Focus … Continue reading Prospective and Unrealized Farmers in BC: We want you!

YA Apprenticeship: First Nature Farms – Goodfare, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 19, 2019

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on a mixed, long-time-organic farm? Are  you wanting to learn about a mixed livestock operation and heritage breeds? First Nature Farms is offering a unique apprenticeship; join their team! About the Farm First Nature Farms is surrounded by land held within ecological reserves of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ducks Unlimited, crown land, and other organic neighbours.  The 3000 acres of aspen forest, creeks, beaver ponds, pastures and farmland hold a rich diversity of both wildlife and wilderness, and domesticated species. Organic since 1990 and WWOOF hosts for almost as long, the … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: First Nature Farms – Goodfare, AB

March 2, 2019: SMITHERS, BC – Carrots to Cattle Conference, Keynote with Ben Hartman

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 19, 2019

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Carrots to Cattle – Growing from the Ground Up Coordinated by the Smithers Farmers Institute in partnership with Young Agrarians Keynote Address From Ben Hartman on Lean Farming What’s Wrong with Working 35 Hours Per Week? Using the Lean System to Increase Profits with Less Waste on Your Farm In this keynote, Ben Hartman, author of The Lean Farm and The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables, will share stories of waste cutting from Japanese and Scandinavian farmers and from his own small-scale vegetable farm. Along the way, he will explain powerful concepts from the lean system that any farmer … Continue reading March 2, 2019: SMITHERS, BC – Carrots to Cattle Conference, Keynote with Ben Hartman