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LAND OPPORTUNITY: 35 acres of forest and meadow land near Nelson, BC

Posted by Alex on June 22, 2020

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. About the land This 35 acre parcel is located in Beasley, about a 10 minute drive from Nelson. The land is south facing with a gentle slope and is mostly forested with a meadow that has perennial grasses, wildflowers, and ferns. There is also a flat area at the bottom of the slope that has standing water in the early spring. In general the meadow is … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 35 acres of forest and meadow land near Nelson, BC

How To Farm a Vacant Urban Lot

Posted by Alex on May 14, 2020

How To Farm a Vacant Urban Lot. Photo credit: TOPSOIL Are you living in the city but find yourself aching to farm? Urban agriculture may be just the right fit for you! But wait…how do you even find enough land to start a farm in the city? That’s where vacant lots come in to the picture. This post is all about how you can find a vacant lot and things to consider when starting an urban farm! So, what is a vacant lot? A vacant lot is classified as a registered lot (serviced or unserviced) that contains no permanent structures … Continue reading How To Farm a Vacant Urban Lot

Local Seed Producers in Canada

Posted by Alex on April 14, 2020

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Photo Credit: Patchwork City Farms It’s spring and you know what that means…SEEDS!! In the same way that we promote buying local food, we also promote buying local seeds. Seed sovereignty is, of course, foundational to food sovereignty! Virtually all vegetable seed planted in Canada is imported. Buying, planting, and saving local seed is one way to support local growers and strengthen our food system, starting with regionally adapted seeds. Steph Hughes, from The Bauta Family Initiative for Canadian Seed Security, talks about five reasons to buy local seed: Seeds learn as they grow. By saving seed, farmers adapt their crop varieties to their growing conditions, and improve … Continue reading Local Seed Producers in Canada

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 20 acres near Coronation, Alberta

Posted by Alex on March 25, 2020 1 Comment

ABOUT THE LAND This 20 acre property, located 2 hours east of Red Deer, is current set up for growing vegetables and raising small livestock. The owners have a large greenhouse (22×48) and have intensively cultivated 4 acres for vegetable production for a local CSA. There are also buildings to accommodate meat and layer chickens. This land was formerly corals for livestock so the soil is extremely fertile with lots of organic matter. The owners have never used chemical on the land but the farm is not certified organic. The property has a 4-bedroom house, a heated shop (40×60), and several outbuildings.  ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 20 acres near Coronation, Alberta

VIRTUAL FARM TOUR – Cold Climate Water Resilience Virtual Field Day at Coen Farm

Posted by Alex on March 10, 2020

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Join us for a VIRTUAL field day at Coen Farm to learn about simple, low-cost, low-tech systems for harvesting snowmelt to improve your water resilience in a cold climate. During this video tour you will see over 3 km of swales, 40 million litres of water storage in ponds, dams, dugouts and wetlands, solar-powered water pumping, gravity water reticulation system, and energy-free livestock waterers. If the spring melt cooperates then there will also be a flood irrigation demonstration into one of the swales to water one of the farm’s food forests. The tour will also cover topics like permaculture design, … Continue reading VIRTUAL FARM TOUR – Cold Climate Water Resilience Virtual Field Day at Coen Farm

EVENT RECAP: CENTRAL ALBERTA WINTER MIXER 2020

Posted by Alex on January 16, 2020 1 Comment

The Central Alberta Winter Mixer was a fantastic weekend full of inspiring and passionate people! Despite the frigid temperatures, more than 80 people participated over the two days. Some highlights of the Mixer included fun networking activities (the Chicken Mingle was a hit!), an impressive potluck and jam session on Saturday evening, farmer slide shows that featured ten different farms, and farmer yoga on Sunday morning with retired-farmer-turned-yoga-teacher Kathleen Charpentier. Over the two days we also had twelve speakers and workshop hosts share their skills and knowledge. Check out the full session descriptions and some quotes from Mixer participants below. The whole YA community … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: CENTRAL ALBERTA WINTER MIXER 2020

Kolby Peterson on farmers at the frontline of the climate crisis

Posted by Alex on December 12, 2019

This year’s National Farmers Union essay competition received a stellar submission from Young Agrarian’s own Kolby Peterson (YA Alberta Program Coordinator). She wrote about what it means to be a farmer during an era of climate change and how we can find hope in regenerative farming and building strong communities. The essay topic was “Farmers are on the frontline of the climate crisis. At this critical juncture when farmers must consider and employ climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, what does farming in a changing climate look like to you?”. Enjoy this burst of inspiration!  Hope Beneath Our Feet Kolby Peterson Like … Continue reading Kolby Peterson on farmers at the frontline of the climate crisis

GRANT: Young Edmonton Grant

Posted by Alex on October 30, 2019

Young Edmonton Grant Are you a youth living in the Edmonton area and have a great idea for a farming-related event? Young Edmonton Grants (YEG) may be a great way to do that! The YEG program gives funding for projects initiated, led, and organized by young Edmonton and area residents. These grants range from $500-$3,000 and are available for residents between the ages of 13 and 24. The grant is intended to support young residents who partner with a registered charity to create their own projects or initiatives. Find out more at www.ecfoundation.org/yeg Application Details Application deadlines are three times a year, February 15 … Continue reading GRANT: Young Edmonton Grant

OCT 12, 2019: WOODBEND, AB – FARMER DELL FARM TOUR & POTLUCK

Posted by Alex on September 24, 2019

Julia Martin was a city girl through-and-through until she got her calling to country living and farm life in 2012. Starting out small, Julia eventually branded to Farmer Dell – raising sheep, chickens, and adopting permaculture farming. Now her farmstead flourishes. Take a look into life with Farmer Dell on Facebook or by following @FarmerDell! Join the tour to learn about sheep and local fibre arts as well as permaculture at a farm scale! Earlier that day there will also be a Fall Harvest Sale where Julia will be selling lamb sausage, various cuts of lamb, eggs, garden produce, wool … Continue reading OCT 12, 2019: WOODBEND, AB – FARMER DELL FARM TOUR & POTLUCK