All posts by Kolby Peterson

Meet Your Future Farmers – Alberta Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Kolby Peterson on April 29, 2020 4 Comments

We want to introduce the 2020 Apprenticeship Cohort to you, our YA community. They’re a pretty big deal. This crew is committing to a season of learning and working on some top-notch regenerative farms in Alberta. They are committing to long days, short nights, sore muscles, muddy boots, and sunburn. They are also committing to the cultivation of life in many forms, fresh food in abundance, skill-building, enriching experiences, and irreplaceable community bonds that are part-and-parcel of farming. When we can gather again, be sure to give them a warm handshake and hello. Erika Dickson – Lazy T & Lady’s Hat Farm Hi, my … Continue reading Meet Your Future Farmers – Alberta Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeships: Goodfare, AB – The Homestead

Posted by Kolby Peterson on March 30, 2020

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

YA Apprenticeship 2020: Lady’s Hat Farm & Lazy T Farm

Posted by Kolby Peterson on January 04, 2020 1 Comment

Are you an aspiring farmer looking for hands-on farming experience on an ecological farm? Flowers, chickens, lambs, cows, bees and more! Spend your summer helping out at two small farms under the endless skies of Central Alberta. Lazy T Farm and Lady’s Hat Farm near Halkirk, Alberta are looking to share an apprentice this upcoming spring and summer. The two farms work closely together under the umbrella The Prairie Farm Project – an informal cooperative of farms in the area that hosts dinners, plans workbees, and markets collaboratively. About the Farms Brett and Jenna Hauck of Lazy T Farm moved … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship 2020: Lady’s Hat Farm & Lazy T Farm

YA Apprenticeship 2020: Sunrise Gardens – Onoway, AB

Posted by Kolby Peterson on January 03, 2020 2 Comments

Are you an aspiring farmer looking for hands-on farming experience on an ecological and certified organic farm?  Sunrise Gardens is looking for farm apprentices starting this spring to join their team. About the Farm Sunrise Gardens is a market garden, in operation since 2003 and certified organic since 2007. First and foremost we recognize that we are stewards of Soil. Our livelihood is a product of our successful care for ourselves, the soil and the ecological systems we live within. We practice crop rotation, soil monitoring, compost building (thermal and static), biodynamic and permaculture practices, low-till, high density bed systems, … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship 2020: Sunrise Gardens – Onoway, AB

YA Apprenticeship 2020: Good Note Community Farm – Edmonton, AB

Posted by Kolby Peterson on December 31, 2019

Are you an aspiring farmer looking for hands-on farming experience on an ecological farm? Are you interested in organic farming and homesteading practices? Good Note Community Farm is looking for a farm apprentice starting this spring to join their team. About the Farm Good Note Community Farm is a diversified Community Farm, sharing food producing knowledge with families and individuals from nearby cities and acreages.  They care for two dairy cows and their young, as well as 8 dairy goats and their young. They have a flock of 100 chickens and 10 Muscovy ducks. In all cases they steward these animals with as much … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship 2020: Good Note Community Farm – Edmonton, AB

YA Apprenticeship 2020: Sundog Organic Farm – Fort Saskatchewan, AB

Posted by Kolby Peterson on December 27, 2019

Photo: 2018 Sundog Organic Farm Apprentice, Sam Flasha Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on a vegetable farm? Are you interested in learning organic farming management? Sundog Organic Farm is offering a unique apprenticeship; join their team! About the Farm Both Jenny and James have a heritage of market gardening that extends to their families in the Netherlands.  Farming is literally in their blood!  Sundog Organic Farm (est. 2009) started out on the Vriend Organic Farm land and after two years there, moved to its current location in Sturgeon County, near the Sturgeon river. James and Jenny now have one dog, three … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship 2020: Sundog Organic Farm – Fort Saskatchewan, AB

YA Apprenticeship 2020: Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm – Carstairs, AB

Posted by Kolby Peterson on December 27, 2019

Are you an aspiring farmer looking for hands-on farming experience on an ecological farm? Are you interested in organic farming and biodynamic practices? Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm is looking for a farm apprentice starting this spring to join their team. About the Farm Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm is a highly diversified operation located on 160 acres of rolling prairie and parkland. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Kris and Tamara, the farm produces cereal grains, forage crops, culinary herbs, vegetables, flowers, eggs and meat products, and the farm as a whole is certified organic by Ecocert, with our gardens also being … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship 2020: Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm – Carstairs, AB

YA Apprenticeship 2020: Steel Pony Farm – Red Deer, AB

Posted by Kolby Peterson on December 27, 2019

Photo: 2017 Steel Pony Apprentice, MacKenzie, and 2018 Steel Pony Apprentice, Julie Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on a vegetable farm? Are you wanting to learn about market gardening and lean farm management? Steel Pony Farm is offering a unique apprenticeship, join their team! About the Farm Steel Pony Farm is an 8 acre market garden which grows a diversity of vegetables for a CSA program and for wholesale. Mike Kozlowski grows his veggies with an emphasis on soil health and high nutrient density. Specifically, he is on a path right now transitioning toward no-till production and is also … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship 2020: Steel Pony Farm – Red Deer, AB

YA Apprenticeship 2020: The Homestead – Goodfare, AB

Posted by Kolby Peterson on December 27, 2019 4 Comments

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 – a … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship 2020: The Homestead – Goodfare, AB

Opportunity: It’s time for Mentors to Apply for Funding Internships and Apprenticeships

Posted by Kolby Peterson on December 14, 2019

Are you a farmer looking to hire and mentor a young, new, or aspiring farmer? Youth Employment and Skills Program  The Youth Employment and Skills Program is providing funding in 2020 for the creation of agricultural internships to youth and youth facing barriers. This is a program of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and employers across the agriculture sector may apply for funding to hire Canadians, age 15 to 30. We reached out to inquire about their upcoming funding. “We plan to have a short intake starting Jan 13, 2020 at 10:00 am EST for the $864,000 and then another in … Continue reading Opportunity: It’s time for Mentors to Apply for Funding Internships and Apprenticeships