Now’s the time to support your local farmers!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 19, 2020

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The Young Agrarians team has been brainstorming ways we can support farmers during these challenging times, and ensure our communities have access to safe and nutritious food. Supporting our local food systems is more important than ever. Small farms will have a much harder time riding the economic slowdown than bigger businesses. As restaurants and other markets close, some farmers are experiencing challenges getting their produce to consumers.  Fortunately, farmers are a creative bunch, and many are restructuring their sales channels via online pre-ordering, pickup, and delivery to optimize safety and make sure their food gets to eaters. We’re all in this together, and … Continue reading Now’s the time to support your local farmers!

Buy from SPUD.ca in March & Support Women Farmers!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 08, 2020

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Gender Equality For Food Sustainability In celebration of all the hard-working women in the food system, SPUD.ca is donating 25% of all sales from eight highlighted women-led vendors to Young Agrarians! Thank you SPUD.ca! Buy from any of their women-owned vendors this month and a portion of your purchase will support aspiring women farmers in BC and Alberta. Get groceries, grow a farmer! >> Shop SPUD’s Women-Owned Businesses << Funds raised will go towards the Young Agrarians B.C. Business Mentorship Network, and the Alberta Apprenticeship Program, which pair up new and seasoned farmers to cultivate skills for running ecologically sustainable and financially viable businesses. Get … Continue reading Buy from SPUD.ca in March & Support Women Farmers!

Apprenticeships: Goodfare, AB – The Homestead

Posted by Kolby Peterson on March 30, 2020

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking for an adventure in mixed farming? The Homestead is looking for a farm apprentice starting this spring to join their team. About the Farm  The Homestead is a certified organic farm situated between the arable prairie of the Peace Country and a wilderness that extends all the way to the Pacific Ocean. It was started by Lisa and Donovan Kitt, two young farmers passionate about growing their own food. 2019 was a transformative year for The Homestead. They ‘levelled-up’ and sold their small-scale, off-grid farm to move to Jerry Kitt’s (Donovan’s father’s) farm – … Continue reading Apprenticeships: Goodfare, AB – The Homestead

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Brass Bell Farm

Posted by Melanie Buffel on March 30, 2020

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Young Agrarians is celebrating the sixth year of the Business Mentorship Network (BMN) program. The BMN offers business mentorships  to a diverse array of new and young farmers across BC. Through one-on-one mentorship and peer networks, young farmers develop the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses. We love to profile our program participants and celebrate their efforts! My name is Amber Rowse-Robinson from Brass Bell Farm and my Mentor is Blake Hall from Prairie Gold Meats in Alberta.  Where do you farm? I farm in Sooke, BC.  What do you farm? I raise and sell heritage breed grass-fed beef and pastured chicken. What inspired you … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Brass Bell Farm

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 150 acres with housing, Vinsulla, BC

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on March 26, 2020

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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 150 acre large parcel of farm land has been farmed for the last 30 years. Mostly it has been in hay production, occasionally used as pasture for 100 head of cattle and had a brief stint as a ginseng field during the 90’s!  It is located on the Yellowhead Highway, just north of Kamloops and backs on to the Thompson River. The land is fully fenced and has irrigation … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 150 acres with housing, Vinsulla, BC

Land Opportunity: Off-grid Ranch in the Beautiful Bulkley canyon, Hazelton BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on March 25, 2020

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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 OPPORTUNITY What do you want out of life? If your answer is to live in harmony with nature, contribute to a sustainable local food system, and have endless opportunities to learn more about everything going on around you, then the Hazeltons are a good choice for settling down. Our homestead/farm is a lifelong project and we are only 10 years in. We’re new enough to the land here that there are … Continue reading Land Opportunity: Off-grid Ranch in the Beautiful Bulkley canyon, Hazelton BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 20 acres near Coronation, AB

Posted by Alex on March 25, 2020

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ABOUT THE LAND This 20 acre property, located 2 hours east of Red Deer, is current set up for growing vegetables and raising small livestock. The owners have a large greenhouse (22×48) and have intensively cultivated 4 acres for vegetable production for a local CSA. There are also buildings to accommodate meat and layer chickens. This land was formerly corals for livestock so the soil is extremely fertile with lots of organic matter. The owners have never used chemical on the land but the farm is not certified organic. The property has a 4-bedroom house, a heated shop (40×60), and several outbuildings.  ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 20 acres near Coronation, AB

Kootenay Farm Directory: Spring 2020

Posted by Hailey Troock on March 24, 2020

It’s March 2020 and in the face of a global health crisis, we’re experiencing some supply chain disruptions and an increased local demand for healthy food. It’s more important than ever to support your local farmers! Food producers have had to quickly pivot their business models and sales channels to adapt to the evolving market and regulatory conditions. If you are located in southeastern BC and are looking for ways to connect directly with farmers and food producers in your area, consider joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for weekly boxes, purchasing online for delivery, pick-up or from your local Farmers’ Markets, … Continue reading Kootenay Farm Directory: Spring 2020

Farmer Podcast Club: Ep. 123: A taste of Indigenous food politics

Posted by Lilli Klamke on March 24, 2020

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Enjoy listening to your weekly Farmer Podcast Club episode. A taste of Indigenous food politics – Media Indigena Released July 13, 2018 Note: Portions of this transcript have been edited for clarity and/or flow. Rick Harp, Host: Welcome to MEDIA INDIGENA, The Summer Edition. I’m Rick Harp. On this week’s collected, connected conversations, we dig into the subject of food. It’s a veritable buffet of some of our most filling discussions: from access to traditional foods to clashes of culture over Settler-versus-Indigenous diets. Our first course takes us back to July 2016, when I spoke to Madeleine Redfern, Mayor of … Continue reading Farmer Podcast Club: Ep. 123: A taste of Indigenous food politics

LAND OPPORTUNITY : 6 acres on the Naramata Bench

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on March 24, 2020

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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 idyllic 6.48 acre property on the Naramata bench is mostly planted out  in apple orchard on a  west facing slope. The varieties currently planted are Spartans, Macintosh and Red Delicious with an average annual harvest  of 40,000 lbs.  There is also a pear block with Anjou and Bartlett varieties that produces about 8000 lbs per year. The orchard is currently leased out until November 2020.  The owners have installed a … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY : 6 acres on the Naramata Bench

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Denman Island Heritage Apples

Posted by Melanie Buffel on March 23, 2020

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Young Agrarians is celebrating the sixth year of the Business Mentorship Network (BMN) program. The BMN offers business mentorships  to a diverse array of new and young farmers across BC. Through one-on-one mentorship and peer networks, young farmers develop the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses. We love to profile our program participants and celebrate their efforts! My name is Kate Janeway from Denman Island Heritage Apples and my Mentors are Chris Bodnar from Close to Home Organics and Kent Mullinex, Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security at Kwatlan Polytechnic University.  Where do you farm? I farm on Denman Island, one of the … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Denman Island Heritage Apples

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Up to 25 Acres for Cropping or Grazing Lease and Potential for Market Garden Collaboration – Nanaimo, BC

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on March 22, 2020

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There are more available land listings available than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory in your region. ABOUT THE LAND Empress Acres (empressacres.ca) is a 69 acre farm that was purchased in 2017 to grow a unique tree, the Empress tree in partnership with the World Tree Eco-Tree program (worldtree.info). NatureBank estimates that this Eco-Tree Program supports an incredible 7 of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. A “Bonafide Miracle Tree” is how the primary author of World Tree’s recent report The Social and Environmental Impacts of our … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Up to 25 Acres for Cropping or Grazing Lease and Potential for Market Garden Collaboration – Nanaimo, BC