Donate to grow the next generation of farmers and food lovers in Canada!
Young Agrarians (YA), is a farmer2farmer resource network, that delivers programs and services year round to support the next generation of ecological food growers in Canada. Help us grow more new and young land stewards, farmers and food lovers!
YA is a program of Agrarians Foundation (AF), whose mission is to educate the public by providing courses, seminars, workshops, and counselling about agriculture, farming, food processing, entrepreneurship, community economic development and environmental sustainability.
Your donation is an investment in the renewal and revitalization of sustainable agriculture. With people 35 and younger making up just 9% of Canada’s farmers, new farmers need your support more than ever! Your gift will help YA to support the growth of new and young farmers through educational and networking events, business mentorships, land access programming, and online resources and tools.
Roger Woo, The Farmhouse Bard, Surrey, B.C.
“I knew I wanted to farm in B.C., but I saw significant challenges to acquiring appropriate farmland in the area [Lower Mainland], both in terms of finding land and cultivating relationships with landowners. Young Agrarians excels at opening up avenues for those relationships to begin. Through the Land Matching Program, I’ve been able to find a supportive land owner who has agreed to let me farm his land. I’ve also found that by getting involved with Young Agrarians, I am now connected into the local agriculture community, and have accessed a wide variety of farm resources. Young Agrarians connects people to land, and ultimately facilitates relationships – which is the most important piece in building sustainable local foodsheds. I came to this process with my farm dream, and have received step-by-step support to make it reality.”
Robin Sturley, Merville Organics Farmers’ Cooperative, Merville, B.C.
“In the beginning, as a brand new farmer, I didn’t have a network of people to reach out to. Young Agrarians helped me discover the wider community of small-scale farmers on Vancouver Island. Through YA’s farm tours, workshops and mixers, I was able to connect to moral support (whew, I wasn’t alone!) and meet my current farm business partners. Later I was able to participate in the Young Agrarians Business Mentorship program and get the training I need to become financially viable. Today I’m a part of a thriving farmers’ co-operative and have found my niche within the sector. Thanks, Young Agrarians, for being part of this journey.”
Michelle Tsutsumi, Golden Ears Community Farm, Chase, B.C.
“Finding other young farmers in the area was such a relief to me — it feels way less lonely to pursue farming and has given me hope to continue on. Farming (in addition to being exciting, satisfying, and meaningful) is exhausting and hard work and is not sustainable alone. A community is absolutely necessary. Since connecting with Young Agrarians, the expansion of the network of organic young farmers, new-to-farming folks, and supporters of local good food has been phenomenal. I love the diversity of people and their interests, the kind of farming / growing they are involved in, and the overwhelming encouraging response from the community at large. There is a definite buzz about YA in the North Okanagan.”
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Much LOVE to all of our donors, funders, supporters, friends and farm lovers! For questions about becoming a Young Agrarians’ donor, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.