All posts by Dana Penrice

FARM JOB: Cartwright, MB – Fresh Roots Farm – FILLED

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 19, 2020

Fresh Roots Farm is looking to ideally hire a summer student (18 yrs+), or alternatively a non-student, willing to help our family with farm work this Spring and/or Summer. Tasks may include: – working with livestock (cattle, sheep) and poultry (laying hens) – working in our apiary with bees – building, maintaining and moving fences for livestock – helping tend to family vegetable garden – gathering and cartoning eggs from pastured poultry operation – collection of honey supers and honey extraction/bottling in our processing facility Job Details An ideal candidate will be willing to work hard, willing to learn and … Continue reading FARM JOB: Cartwright, MB – Fresh Roots Farm – FILLED

May 5: Webinar – How to Launch Perishable Shipping Business From Scratch

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 04, 2020

Understanding Ag presents Blaine Hitzfield and Brooks Hitzfield, Seven Sons Farms When: May 5, 2020 7:00 – 8:30 pm Central  Fee: $25 (non-refundable) Registration: https://understandingag.com/webinars Blaine Hitzfield, CEO of Marketing & Distribution Blaine has spent his life working on the family farm. During high school Blaine pursued an interest in multimedia design and marketing. Blaine’s interest in marketing served as an integral part of helping his family develop a direct marketing business. Today Blaine is employed full time at Seven Sons and is responsible for overseeing daily marketing and distribution activities. Blaine enjoys sharing the Seven Sons story by speaking to consumer and … Continue reading May 5: Webinar – How to Launch Perishable Shipping Business From Scratch

NEED YOUR INPUT: COVID-19 Alberta Food Assessment

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 04, 2020

Share what kind of support Alberta food business need. As you are aware, COVID-19 is causing massive disruption across our food system and creating concerns about Food Security. Northlands, in partnership with other organizations, has developed a survey to do an initial assessment to determine what information consumers are looking for, as well as what kind of support food businesses need. Please complete this survey and then share it with your networks of food businesses and organizations, as well as any networks that would engage guests, customers or the general public. Here is a link to the survey directly – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ABFood … Continue reading NEED YOUR INPUT: COVID-19 Alberta Food Assessment

MAY 7: WEBINAR – Selling Food in Alberta? Know the Regulations!

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 27, 2020

Photo by Kelly Neil on Unsplash When: Thurs, May 7, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST Where: Online Webinar (Register here) What: f you are new to or considering selling food in Alberta, join Eileen Kotowich and Karen Goad for a quick review of the regulations you need to know before selling food in Alberta. Know that different regulations apply to different market channels and different types of food. Understand the regulatory agency roles, build your industry network and learn where to get more information. This webinar is being put on in conjunction with the Chinook Applied Research Association (CARA). … Continue reading MAY 7: WEBINAR – Selling Food in Alberta? Know the Regulations!

MAY 5: WEBINAR – Alberta Local Food Market Channels – an Overview

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 27, 2020

When: Tue, May 5, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST Where: Online Webinar (Register here) What: This webinar is for producers who are considering selling food in Alberta. Eileen Kotowich, farmers’ market specialist and Karen Goad, farm direct marketing specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will discuss the scope of the local food opportunity in Alberta and market strategies for selling food products direct to consumers. We will explore the advantages and challenges of common market channel options including farmers’ market and farm gate sales, online, foodservice, retail and more. This webinar is being put on in conjunction with the … Continue reading MAY 5: WEBINAR – Alberta Local Food Market Channels – an Overview

INTERNSHIP: BANGOR, SK – Richards Family Farm and Livestock Ltd.

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 09, 2020

Richards Family Farm and Livestock Ltd. is looking for an intern for the growing season of 2020. Come learn on a mixed farm using regenerative agriculture principles. We integrate cattle and grain enterprises using Holistic Management to create healthy people, land, and profits. Intercropping, cover cropping, low-input conventional and organic grain production, AMP grazing, and perennial pasture management are all used on our farm. Learn how to evaluate, monitor, and improve soil health and ecosystem function. Concepts and ideas to improve production and profit will be looked at along with pasture design, crop rotation, and enterprise integration. We also have … Continue reading INTERNSHIP: BANGOR, SK – Richards Family Farm and Livestock Ltd.

March 17-19: Manitoba – Dr. Fred Provenza Workshops

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 05, 2020

Dr. Fred Provenza, the author of Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us about Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom  will be on a workshop tour around Manitoba. Tuesday, March 17 – MBFI  Wednesday, March 18 – Glenboro Theatre Thursday, March 19 – Pipestone Community Hall All workshops start at 10:00 am and wrap up at 3:30 pm. Dr. Provenza was a faculty member in the Department of Range Science from 1982 to 2009. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University For the past 30 years, his group has produced ground-breaking research that laid the foundations for what … Continue reading March 17-19: Manitoba – Dr. Fred Provenza Workshops

POSTPONED: APR 4, 2020: CLEARWATER, MB – Introduction to Pastured Poultry Workshop

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 05, 2020

This event has been postponed. We’re partnering with the Harvest Moon Society to bring you a workshop to get you started in poultry. WHEN: Saturday, April 4th 9:30 am to 4:00 pm WHERE: The Harvest Moon Learning Centre, Clearwater, MB WHAT: This workshop will cover: FARM & ENTERPRISE GOALS BREED & STRAIN SELECTION BASICS OF BROODING MANAGING POULTRY ON PASTURE POULTRY EQUIPMENT WINTER HOUSING REGISTRATION:  $75 per person (includes lunch). Space is limited so register by March 31st. To register contact info@harvestmoonsociety.org      

Take the Survey: 2020 National New Farmer Survey

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 03, 2020

If you are intending to farm, are currently farming, or have recently exited farming, please fill out the National New Farmer Survey 2020! This survey is a follow-up to our important 2015 survey which was used to advocate for better policies to support new farmers in Canada, including through Canada’s national food policy at a Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food. The results will help understand the unique experiences of new farmers in Canada in 2020. In order to give weight to our recommendations, we need as many farmer voices as possible.  We want to hear from people who are currently … Continue reading Take the Survey: 2020 National New Farmer Survey