All posts by Dana Penrice

YA Apprenticeship 2022: First Nature Farms – Goodfare, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 02, 2022

Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on a mixed, long-time-organic farm? Are  you wanting to learn about a mixed livestock operation and heritage breeds? First Nature Farms is offering a unique apprenticeship; join their team! About the Farm First Nature Farms is surrounded by land held within ecological reserves of the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ducks Unlimited, crown land, and other organic neighbours.  The 3000 acres of aspen forest, creeks, beaver ponds, pastures and farmland hold a rich diversity of both wildlife and wilderness, and domesticated species. Organic since 1990 and WWOOF hosts for almost as long, the … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship 2022: First Nature Farms – Goodfare, AB

FEB: ONLINE – Holistic Management Canada Conference

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 27, 2022

Interested in how to make decisions that are ecologically, financially and socially sound? No matter what your production interests – be it livestock, gardening or cropping – this conference is for you. Hear from new farmers and experienced farmers who are using Holistic Management to improve their farms, their profitability and their quality of life. Hear from Holistic Management Practitioners Across Canada For many, many years we’ve hosted the Western Canadian HM Conference and we are so excited to be expanding to offer the 2022 Holistic Management Canada Conference: Coast to Coast to Coast. Its about time! Save your Thursday … Continue reading FEB: ONLINE – Holistic Management Canada Conference

We’re Hiring: YA Apprenticeship Program Admin & Saskatchewan Coordinator

Posted by Dana Penrice on October 27, 2021

Young Agrarians is seeking to hire an Apprenticeship Program Administrator and Saskatchewan Coordinator. Do you thrive working with people from diverse walks of life? Are you a person that loves to help others learn and grow? Would you consider yourself a computer-savvy person who loves checking things off of the to-do list? If you have this magic mix of skills then we would love to hear from you.  Region & Scope: Saskatchewan & Prairies, Full-Time Contract Position for a Saskatchewan-based candidate.  Deadline for Applications: 12pm Monday, November 8, 2021. This position will start when we find the right candidate.  ABOUT … Continue reading We’re Hiring: YA Apprenticeship Program Admin & Saskatchewan Coordinator

Call for Mentors: Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on September 22, 2021 2 Comments

We are seeking 2022 Host Mentor Farms for the YA Apprenticeship Program in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to grow the next generation of regenerative agriculture practitioners. Are you a rancher or farmer who is a dedicated steward of the land? Are you a skilled and enthusiastic teachers who has a passion for mentoring young and aspiring farmers? Do you have a farm philosophy that recognizes the connectedness of the land and people? Well if the boot fits, then you would likely make a good mentor in our program! What it’s like to be a Host Farm Mentor About the YA … Continue reading Call for Mentors: Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Winnipeg, MB – Looking to Share our 2 Acres

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 17, 2021

About the Opportunity These land holders are passionate about supporting local, sustainable agriculture and excited by the farm to table movement. They are looking to connect with a motivated, self sufficient and responsible gardener or farmer who is interested in growing vegetables on their property in the South Wilkes area (near Ikea) in Winnipeg, MB. They reside on the property, however, the specific garden area has not been landscaped or developed. They are in the process of building a small goat shed, storage unit and greenhouse which they anticipate to be ready around mid-April. If a good match is interested, … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Winnipeg, MB – Looking to Share our 2 Acres

MAR 3- 5: Organic Alberta Conference – Revitalizing the Web: Cultivating Crops and Community

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 17, 2021

Do you miss going to gatherings where you can meet new people who are into organic and ecological agriculture, catch up with old friends, and discuss the latest research or innovations that might apply to your farm? We miss that too. We’re moving online this year, but we aren’t sacrificing the personal connections that make our conferences so special. The work that farmers do in cultivating connections between people, food, and soil is more important than ever. We’re here to support your learning and to help create and strengthen new links in our farm communities. This is your chance to … Continue reading MAR 3- 5: Organic Alberta Conference – Revitalizing the Web: Cultivating Crops and Community

Mar 1: Connecting Land and Water: Stories from the Eastern Slope

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 17, 2021

Join Cows & Fish on Monday, March 1st at 7 pm for a screening of Connecting Land and Water: Stories from the Eastern Slopes, followed by an open discussion period with a panel of guests featured in the film.   This film features inspiring stories of the people Cows and Fish has worked with; the landowners, user groups, and partner organizations, that have undertaken riparian stewardship projects in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes. The intent of this video series is to showcase local champions involved in stewardship, highlighting the reasons why they implemented management changes, how Cows and Fish and other partners … Continue reading Mar 1: Connecting Land and Water: Stories from the Eastern Slope

YA Apprenticeship 2022: Grimshaw, AB – Nature’s Way Farm

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 08, 2021 1 Comment

Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain skills and knowledge that match the ecological values you hold? Peter and Mary Lundgard are excited to provide you with a meaningful apprenticeship experience in your path to becoming a farmer. About the Farm Nature’s Way Farm, a 640 acre farm close to the banks of the Peace River in northern Alberta. Covered by aspen, birch, spruce, pine, and willow shelter belts, this farm provides wildlife habitat for moose, deer, beaver, foxes, coyotes, grouse, partridge, and migratory birds. This farm includes a livestock operation with cattle, pigs, dairy cattle and a farm … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship 2022: Grimshaw, AB – Nature’s Way Farm

Job Opportunity: Alberta New Farmer Engagement Coordinator

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 22, 2020 2 Comments

Young Agrarians is partnering with Organic Alberta to hire a New Farmer Engagement Coordinator for Alberta. Do you thrive working with people from diverse walks of life? Are you a creative communicator and talented storyteller? If you’re passionate about local food systems, love working to bring out the best in others and are a savvy online marketer then we would love to hear from you.  Region & Scope: Alberta, Part-Time Contract Position Deadline for Applications: 12pm Monday, Feb 8, 2021. This position will start when we find the right candidate.  Young Agrarians (est. 2012) is an educational resource network whose … Continue reading Job Opportunity: Alberta New Farmer Engagement Coordinator

Your Q’s Answered on Alberta’s New On-Farm Slaughter Operation Licence

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 17, 2020

On December 3, 2020 we hosted a workshop in partnership with Mountain View County, Alberta Farm Animal Care, and Grey Wooded Forage Association on the new On Farm Slaughter Operation Licence in Alberta. Note that the regulations were changed slightly in 2021 to allow for selling quarters of large animals. The Q&A reflects this change. If you are thinking about bringing this to your farm, make sure to visit Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s On-Farm Slaughter Operation License website. Here you can find out more about applying for the program, reporting requirements and more. Watch a recording of the webinar to learn … Continue reading Your Q’s Answered on Alberta’s New On-Farm Slaughter Operation Licence