Young Agrarians is a farmer2farmer resource network with a lens on ecological, organic and regenerative agriculture in Canada. In 2012, we were excited by what groups like the The Greenhorns and the National Young Farmers Coalition were doing in the U.S., and we wanted to get something growing for new and young farmers in Canada. We are inspired by farmers and food provisioners everywhere who are stewarding the land and our food systems for future generations.
The issues today in our food systems are complex; it’s going to take many people and solutions to adapt to climate change and move us into the future of food. And we need to do that fast- implementing best practices for agro-ecological food production that can mitigate climate change, sequester carbon, and regenerate resilient ecosystems!
We have a niche role as a community builder in the sector to grow the connectivity of new and young farmers to each other, and build tools and programs for the next generation. Collaboration and communication are key to this work. We are currently Western Canada (B.C. to Manitoba) focused, with a grassroots network that stretches from coast to coast.
The network of farm and organizational collaborators and partnerships is growing: from farmers hosting events, to data collection for the farmer resource UMAP, to land access programming, farm apprenticeships, and business mentorships– Young Agrarians works to grow supports for new farmers. The list of fantastic farmers we work with is extensive. Please check out the Farmer Resource UMAP and Events Blog to learn more about the farms and farmers we work with! Contact us to get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a list of the amazing organizations we have collaborated with over the years to grow resilient food systems in Canada:
Common Future (previously BALLE)