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ALBERTA: We’re hiring! Young Agrarians Digital Storyteller

Posted by Alex on April 13, 2022

Young Agrarians is partnering with Organic Alberta to hire a New Farmer Digital Storyteller in Alberta. Are you a creative communicator and talented storyteller? Would you enjoy working with people who grow food from diverse walks of life? If you’re passionate about local food systems, love working to bring out the best in others and are savvy with social media then we would love to hear from you.  Region & Scope: Alberta, Part-Time Contract Position Contract duration: May 2-August 31, 2022 Deadline for Applications: 12 pm MT Thursday, April 21, 2022 ABOUT YOUNG AGRARIANS AND ORGANIC ALBERTA Young Agrarians (YA) … Continue reading ALBERTA: We’re hiring! Young Agrarians Digital Storyteller

How This Farmer Brought Back the Meadowlark: Using Regenerative Practices to Restore Farm Ecosystems

Posted by Alex on February 24, 2022

Don and Marie Ruzicka recently retired after more than 35 years of farming. During their time at Sunrise Farm in central-eastern Alberta on Treaty 6 land, they transitioned from conventional to regenerative farming by altering their farming practices, protecting riparian areas, planting trees, and restoring grasslands. In the process, they witnessed incredible changes in the ecology of their farm. Don shares the story of how they used regenerative practices to restore their farm ecosystems. EARLY DAYS It would be a mistake to suggest that my wife Marie and I began farming with the knowledge of how the importance of the … Continue reading How This Farmer Brought Back the Meadowlark: Using Regenerative Practices to Restore Farm Ecosystems

We’re hiring! Young Agrarians E-Learning Facilitator

Posted by Alex on September 10, 2021

Deadline for Applications: September 20th, 2021 Start Date: October 4th, 2021 This job is funded through an Eco-Canada Wage Subsidy and requires the successful applicant to be: 30 years of age or younger Unemployed, underemployed, or a student/recent graduate  Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or refugee status ABOUT YOUNG AGRARIANS A Canadian Charity, the mission of Agrarians Foundation is to educate the public by providing courses, seminars, workshops, and counselling about agriculture, farming, food processing, entrepreneurship, community economic development and environmental sustainability. It’s Grow-a-Farmer strategy Young Agrarians (YA) is a farmer2farmer educational resource network that delivers programs year round to increase … Continue reading We’re hiring! Young Agrarians E-Learning Facilitator

Business Bootcamp Speakers

Posted by Alex on August 29, 2021

The Business Bootcamp for New Farmers features a carefully selected team of exceptional speakers that will help you get your farm business off the ground! Learn from these amazing first-generation farmers and business experts. Note that all these speakers have contributed content to the Business Bootcamp but some may not be present during the live sessions due to scheduling conflicts.  Shelby Montgomery was born and raised in Mohkinstsis, on Treaty 7 land in the settler-city of Calgary. By day, she works for a food access charity. In her remaining time, she is dedicated to building and supporting grassroots food justice … Continue reading Business Bootcamp Speakers

Help us make a video!

Posted by Alex on August 20, 2021

Calling all awesome farmers — yup, that’s you! Young Agrarians is making a series of short videos about new farmers and we need your help. We’re crowd sourcing the video footage for these videos and we want as many new farmers as possible to talk about farming and the future of food systems. These videos will be used to promote farming as a career, explain the benefits and challenges of ecological agriculture to policy makers and funders, and celebrate our amazing farmer network! To participate, just record a video of yourself on the farm answering any or all of these … Continue reading Help us make a video!

Resources & Recap – Columbia Basin Mixer 2021

Posted by Alex on January 07, 2021

Thank you to everyone who has been participating in the Columbia Basin Mixer! We’ve had some incredible workshops so far and we can’t wait to share all the great learning with everyone. On this page, you’ll find the needs and opportunities that people wish to share, many farming resources to help you bring your farming to the next level, and a recap of all the workshops (including recordings where possible) from the Mixer. Enjoy the resources and recap for the Columbia Basin Mixer! Don’t forget to check out the full schedule for the Columbia Basin Mixer and to register for … Continue reading Resources & Recap – Columbia Basin Mixer 2021

January 2021: ONLINE – Columbia Basin Mixer

Posted by Alex on November 05, 2020 2 Comments

Missed the Columbia Basin Mixer but want to check out the recordings and resources? You can find all that as well as the participants’ needs and opportunities list on the Columbia Basin Mixer Recap & Resources page! Join us online for farm workshops and networking at the Columbia Basin Mixer! This year’s mixer will be hosted virtually throughout the month of January. Although we are not able to gather in person, we’re excited to bring you a stellar line-up of speakers from across the Columbia Basin and beyond! Join us for discussions about Indigenous land stewardship, growing your farm, online … Continue reading January 2021: ONLINE – Columbia Basin Mixer

Farm Legacy Letters: Linda and Tim Ewert, Wildwood Farm

Posted by Alex on October 05, 2020 2 Comments

To future generations, We came to the Peace River region (near Pouce Coupe) with our baby and toddler in 1974. We took on an agricultural lease, which required us to clear land, and prepare fields for seeding before we were able to purchase the land. We are still here on our 160-acre farm with fields, forest, hand-built buildings, fences, ponds etc. We have worked over the years to realize our dream of using draft horses for as much of the mechanized work as possible. We have used our horses for cutting, raking and hauling hay; field preparation; ploughing, discing, harrowing, … Continue reading Farm Legacy Letters: Linda and Tim Ewert, Wildwood Farm

Farm Legacy Letters: Rob Hettler, Pilgrims’ Produce Farm

Posted by Alex on October 05, 2020 2 Comments

To future generations: I personally can trace a farming heritage on my father’s side back to 1770 in Alsace-Lorraine in the Black Forest region of Germany. Our current farm was bought in 1991 at 1568 Eagle Rock Road in Spallumcheen. Prior to our taking over the farm it had been a pig farm, a mixed farm and a raspberry farm dating back to the 1930’s. The farm began as a hay farm when we took over, which we quickly converted back to a market garden vegetable operation, also growing strawberries and raspberries.  We transitioned to being an organic farm from … Continue reading Farm Legacy Letters: Rob Hettler, Pilgrims’ Produce Farm

Farm Legacy Letter: Lorne & Barbara Ebell, Nanoose Edibles Farm

Posted by Alex on October 05, 2020 2 Comments

To future generations: Nanoose Edibles is a certified organic farm located in Nanoose Bay, on Vancouver Island. The land has been farmed off and on since 1909. We have owned it since 1985. It is a little more than 22 acres. It had previously been used as cattle pasture and perhaps the odd cut of hay.  I want people to remember that we grew delicious organically grown greens for the people in the region and encouraged people to grown their own greens and gardens. And that is still our goal. We love it when people come to volunteer as that … Continue reading Farm Legacy Letter: Lorne & Barbara Ebell, Nanoose Edibles Farm