Call for Mentors: Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on September 22, 2021

Mentor application deadline extended to October 30th, 2021 We are seeking 2022 Host Mentor Farms for the YA Apprenticeship Program in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to grow the next generation of regenerative agriculture practitioners. Are you a rancher or farmer who is a dedicated steward of the land? Are you a skilled and enthusiastic teachers who has a passion for mentoring young and aspiring farmers? Do you have a farm philosophy that recognizes the connectedness of the land and people? Well if the boot fits, then you would likely make a good mentor in our program! About the YA Apprenticeship … Continue reading Call for Mentors: Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Two Approximately 1/3 Acre Fields, Shared Barn Space and 4 Acres of Forest – Saanichton, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on October 20, 2021

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND This opportunity includes two separate field spaces for cultivation, as well as forest space: Approximately 0.28 acre flat field with frontage on a popular agri-tourism road is currently in grass with full exposure except for shade from a few fruit trees (three apple trees will remain, old cherry trees will be taken down) Approximately 0.44 acre cleared space further into the property, backing on to forest to … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Two Approximately 1/3 Acre Fields, Shared Barn Space and 4 Acres of Forest – Saanichton, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 6.5 Acre Blueberry Orchard with On-Farm Store – North Cowichan, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on October 20, 2021

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND This is an opportunity to lease 6.5 acres of blueberry orchard in a low-lying, fertile peat bog in the heart of the Cowichan Valley. The bushes are very well established and were planted in approximately the 1970s and 1990s. The peat soils hold water very well, and the orchard usually does not need irrigation, but flood irrigation infrastructure is in place. The perimeter of the orchard is … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 6.5 Acre Blueberry Orchard with On-Farm Store – North Cowichan, BC

NOV 14, 2021: ONLINE, BC – Kootenay Farms Food Hub Tour

Posted by Hailey Troock on October 19, 2021

You’re invited to a virtual tour of the NEW Kootenay Farms Food Hub in Creston presented by Young Agrarians and Fields Forward Society. This is the eighth event of the Young Agrarians 2021 Farm Club event series. What is a Farm Club? A Farm Club is when farmers come together to connect and nerd out with other farmers. It can be on any topic the group wants to discuss and can take many different shapes and sizes. The goal of this tour is to provide farmers and food producers in the region with an inside look at the new facility … Continue reading NOV 14, 2021: ONLINE, BC – Kootenay Farms Food Hub Tour

APPRENTICESHIP: Whitehorse, Yukon – Mandalay Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on October 14, 2021

Mandalay Farm in Whitehorse, Yukon is seeking an apprentice! ABOUT Mandalay Farm The farm is 20 minutes north of the city of Whitehorse, on the banks of the Yukon River. We have two flocks of Brown free range laying hens for a total if 4000 birds. Our CFIA licensed grading station allows us to sell our eggs commercially into stores, bakeries and other commercial establishments. The summer sees us growing grains and hay. Up to this winter we have cared for 50 horses that spend the summer in hunting camps. We are a farm that believes in reducing the Yukon’s … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: Whitehorse, Yukon – Mandalay Farm

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1 Acre Organic Incubator Farm Plot at Haliburton Farm – Saanich, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on October 14, 2021

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. A 1 acre plot is available to lease at Haliburton Community Organic Farm starting January 2022. This is an amazing opportunity for someone with previous farming experience to start or build your farm business in a supportive environment, on a well-maintained, turn-key ready plot! About Haliburton Community Organic Farm Haliburton Farm is an incubator farm on land owned by the District of Saanich, on the traditional unceded territories of the … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 1 Acre Organic Incubator Farm Plot at Haliburton Farm – Saanich, BC

VANCOUVER, BC: 2022 UBC Farm Practicum Now Accepting Applications

Posted by Seth Friedman on October 13, 2021

The 2022 UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture is now accepting applications! The UBC Farm Practicum can be taken as either a six-month (April – October), or as a four-month (April – August), experiential-learning program.  The program is part-time (20 hours per week), and is designed for aspiring farmers, urban gardeners, environmental educators, and students with an interest in applying their learning about sustainable agriculture and food systems. The program is often taken as a non-credit Certificate program; however, 6-9 academic credits are available for interested students. Participants gain a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, and a … Continue reading VANCOUVER, BC: 2022 UBC Farm Practicum Now Accepting Applications

Brewery Waste, Mushrooms, and Animal Feed: A Zero-Waste Solution

Posted by Michelle Lam on October 12, 2021

Turning beer waste into mushrooms, and mushroom waste into feed — that’s what Alex Villeneuve is doing with Ceres Solutions, a farm located in the Treaty 7 region (Olds, AB).  Alex Villeneuve was completing a Chef’s Apprenticeship at NAIT when he decided to take the Brewmaster’s Program at Old’s College. After witnessing the amount of waste that comes from the brewing process while in the program, he knew there had to be a better way. This is when he began to experiment with cultivating mushrooms. His set-up was simple; Ziploc bags, bale twine, plastic buckets, and duct tape were used … Continue reading Brewery Waste, Mushrooms, and Animal Feed: A Zero-Waste Solution

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 60+ Acres of Farmland with House, Workshop and Barn for long-term lease – Hornby Island, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on October 12, 2021

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND We are offering up our farm in beautiful Strachan Valley on Hornby Island for a long-term land lease and house rental, starting September 1, 2022. The valley is in the centre of the island and is surrounded by park and crown land so is very peaceful and private. This opportunity includes:  Access to over 60 acres of mixed-use farmland and 35 acres of woodlands Rental of a … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 60+ Acres of Farmland with House, Workshop and Barn for long-term lease – Hornby Island, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 4 Acre Field with 1 Acre Market Garden – Courtenay, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on October 12, 2021

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND This approximately 5.45 acre land opportunity consists of a one acre market garden and three acres of field space recently hayed and currently in rye cover crop. An approximately 30×50 barn with power and water would also be part of the leased area, as well as a roughly 0.45 acre old paddock space. The market garden area is deer fenced with 7-8 ft heavy net fencing. The … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 4 Acre Field with 1 Acre Market Garden – Courtenay, BC

A Day in the Life of an Apprentice: Chelsea Klinke – Dirt Boys Urban Farm

Posted by Michelle Lam on October 08, 2021

“I don’t grow plants, I help plants grow” — Michael Gavin of Dirt Boys Urban Farm, as quoted by Chelsea Klinke, Young Agrarians (YA) Apprentice.  Chelsea Klinke moved to Calgary from the United States in 2019 to start her master’s program in Anthropology, quickly bypassing that into the Ph.D. program. She describes her focus in “ecofeminism and the gendered implications of different subsistence strategies, primarily large scale agriculture”. This includes the “divisions of labour and power, inequalities and decision making within and among households, and at different levels and value chains along the way, from… farm to fork,” says Chelsea. … Continue reading A Day in the Life of an Apprentice: Chelsea Klinke – Dirt Boys Urban Farm