Posted by Melanie Buffel on October 31, 2023

Ready to Grow Your Farm Business?

Are you a new farmer, operating a new farm or taking over as the next generation on your family farm? Do you need guidance to grow your business? Do you live in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba?

Apply NOW for the Young Agrarians Business Mentorship Network!


The Young Agrarians Business Mentorship Network is going into it’s tenth year in BC and second year in the Prairie provinces.  The BMN pairs new and seasoned farmers to cultivate the skills for running ecologically sustainable and financially viable businesses. Mentors support you to dig into the business of farming and lay the groundwork for your farm’s long term viability.

Whether you need business basics or strategic planning for long-term growth, gaining business development skills is one of the biggest challenges facing new farmers. Our aim is to provide new farmers with an opportunity to build their business knowledge and use it to grow their farm operations to achieve long-term viability.

Results have been instant! Since the program’s inception, BMN mentees have generated on average a 147% increase in revenues, a 98% increase in the volume of food grown, and a 12% increase of land in production during their year of mentorship.

What You Get:

As a participant in this program you will receive 30 hours of one-on-one mentorship with an experienced farmer, a financial and marketing web series specifically for farmers, profile on the YA website and social media and opportunities for peer networking. 

Mentors are guided by your goals and may help you evaluate multiple facets of your business: production, operations, marketing, financial and risk management, as well as assist in developing and implementing strategic business goals for the upcoming season and beyond.

Priority will be given to applicants who are new entrants into agriculture, residing in BC, AB, SK or MB, ages 18-35, having been in operation for 1-5 years.

For more details and to apply please visit our Business Mentorship Network Page.


Mentor applications are received year round. If you are interested to be a Mentor (paid position) please be in touch at the email below for more information. We will also ask you to fill out a Mentor Application.

Please reach out if you have any questions!

In BC:  Melanie Buffel at business@youngagrarians.org

In AB:  Tori Ames at tori@youngagrarians.org

In SK/MB: Lydia Carpenter at lydia@youngagrarians.org

We greatly appreciate your help in sharing this opportunity with your networks.

Funding for the Young Agrarians Business Mentorship Network is provided by Vancity Credit Union, Endswell Foundation and Columbia Basin Trust.


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