Blog Category: Alberta

Farmer Podcast Club: Holistic Management with First Generation Farmer Ashley Armstrong

Posted by Lilli Klamke on June 18, 2019

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Enjoy listening to your weekly Farmer Podcast Club episode. Holistic Management with First Generation Farmer Ashley Armstrong –The Rural Woman Podcast Released Jun 14, 2019 On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you’ll meet my fellow Albertan, Ashley Armstrong. Ashley along with her husband, Clay and their children run Armstrong Acres located near Hythe, Alberta. The Armstrong’s began their journey into agriculture back in 2010 when they decided they wanted to know where their food came from…   Listen to the full episode: http://theruralwomanpodcast.libsyn.com/holistic-management-with-first-generation-farmer-ashley-armstrong Subscribe to The Rural Woman Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/holistic-management-first-generation-farmer-ashley/id1456194942?i=1000441478894 Share This With a Farming … Continue reading Farmer Podcast Club: Holistic Management with First Generation Farmer Ashley Armstrong

AUGUST 10, 2019: ALCOMDALE, AB – 1st Generation Farmer Conference

Posted by Alex on June 13, 2019 6 Comments

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Are you a 1st generation farmer looking to connect with a strong community of friends and mentors? Do you want to make your farm business more resilient by improving your financial plan and communication strategies? Are you an urbanite itching to get your boots on the ground but don’t know where to start? Join us at the 1st Generation Farmer Conference to get relevant, ready-to-apply farm knowledge from a fantastic line up of speakers and to meet other passionate farmers in Alberta! Farmers, food lovers, and the farm-curious of all ages are all invited! When: Saturday, August 10, 2019 Where: Rosy … Continue reading AUGUST 10, 2019: ALCOMDALE, AB – 1st Generation Farmer Conference

YA Alberta Apprenticeship Orientation Weekend

Posted by Kolby Peterson on June 11, 2019 2 Comments

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“Young farmer, learn as much as you can about farming and life. Listen to your elders, for they are wise… Whatever you learn, share that knowledge with others; whatever you grow, share with those who have less. Be prepared to meet the challenges ahead, but know that you are not alone.” – Karen Washington, activist and farmer, Rise & Root Farm Young Agrarians has launched its 2019 Alberta Apprenticeship Program, and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce this year’s crew. How they all ended up on Alberta farms would require a long night of storytelling around a campfire, but … Continue reading YA Alberta Apprenticeship Orientation Weekend

JUNE 14, 2019: HYTHE, AB – Soil Workshop, Farm Tour, Potluck at Armstrong Acres

Posted by Lilli Klamke on June 10, 2019

June 14│ Armstrong Acres│ Hythe, AB

Soil Workshop with Dr. Kris Nichols & Farm Tour at Armstrong Acres Join us for an afternoon at Armstrong Acres to check out how Clay and Ash apply rotational grazing, see their the pastured poultry operation and much more. Followed by a workshop about soil health with Dr. Kris Nichols. When: June 14, 2019 Where: Armstrong Acres, Farm near Hythe-AB Directions from Hythe- follow Highway  43 towards Dawson Creek, turn left onto Range Rd 120, then turn right onto Township Rd 740, after 2 km it will be the first house to your right. Schedule: 1.00 pm Introduction and Farm … Continue reading JUNE 14, 2019: HYTHE, AB – Soil Workshop, Farm Tour, Potluck at Armstrong Acres

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 15 Acres for lease, Spruce Grove AB

Posted by Alex on June 04, 2019 2 Comments

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ABOUT THE LAND This beautiful 15 acre property is located just outside of Spruce Grove, AB (15 minute drive from Edmonton). The land owner is looking to lease the land to one or more farmers who are interested in veggies, small animals, and/or perennial crops. Lease terms are currently open for discussion. The land mostly consists of pasture with some trees along the property perimeter and rented for horse grazing but has good potential for growing vegetables and perennial crops. Approximately half of the property is flat with areas that are prone to spring flooding, while the other half has … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 15 Acres for lease, Spruce Grove AB

POSTPONED June 8+9 2019: Grimshaw, AB – Low Stress Livestock Handling Workshop with Dylan Biggs

Posted by Lilli Klamke on June 02, 2019 2 Comments

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Good news. Bad New. Bad news is that this workshop won’t be happening this weekend but the good news is that we will be postponing it to a later date so you will still be able to take this amazing course later this year. To get on the list for more information contact Lilli at albertapeace@youngagrarians.org. Workshop: Low-Stress Livestock Handling with Dylan Biggs “Low-stress livestock handling can contribute to the well being of your cattle by allowing you to handle them in all situations in a safe, calm, efficient manner — effectively minimizing the amount of stress you expose your … Continue reading POSTPONED June 8+9 2019: Grimshaw, AB – Low Stress Livestock Handling Workshop with Dylan Biggs

JUNE 29, 2019: ACME, AB – Farm tour & potluck social at Dancing Goats Farm

Posted by Alex on May 31, 2019

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Do goats make you giddy? Does cheese make you celebrate? Then you won’t want to miss this tour! Craig and Paul of Dancing Goats Farm will show off their artisanal creamery and talk about how you go from grass to goats to milk to cheese. Come meet the farmers behind some of Alberta’s finest cheeses and enjoy our local food culture (both human and bacterial)! The tour will be followed by a social potluck and cheese tasting. Date: Saturday, June 29th, 2019 Location: Dancing Goats Farm (~1h NE of Calgary, near Acme AB). Directions will be sent out to registrants … Continue reading JUNE 29, 2019: ACME, AB – Farm tour & potluck social at Dancing Goats Farm

AUGUST 9, 2019: ALCOMDALE, AB – Multi-Farm Tour & Potluck Social (Rosy Farms, Greener Pastures Ranching, Swiss Leaf Farms)

Posted by Alex on May 21, 2019

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This farm tour is one you most certainly won’t want to miss! We’ll be visiting three farms that highlight the incredible diversity of producers in Central Alberta, including a haskap orchard, a rotational-grazing ranch and a hydroponics lettuce grower. During a walk around of each farm, the farmers will talk about about how they started up, how their operation is unique, their future plans for the operation, and share advice to people wanting to enter the industry. We’ll wrap up the day with a social potluck. All food-lovers and agrarians – new,  experienced and everything in between – are welcome … Continue reading AUGUST 9, 2019: ALCOMDALE, AB – Multi-Farm Tour & Potluck Social (Rosy Farms, Greener Pastures Ranching, Swiss Leaf Farms)

New farmers & Food Policy in Canada – Survey Results

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 14, 2019

Photo courtesy of farmlove.org We dug up the results from a national new farmer survey conducted a few years ago. A paper was recently published on the study, and we want to share the results with you! Pour yourself a cup of tea and delve into the challenges and opportunities for Canadian farmers with us. Below is a summary of the paper with a few highlights. Please download the whole paper for more detail here: New farmers and food policies in Canada By Julia Laforge (Lakehead University), Ayla Fenton (Farmer and on Board of Directors, National Farmers Union), Virginie Lavalée-Picard (Farmer), Stéphane McLachlan (University of … Continue reading New farmers & Food Policy in Canada – Survey Results

JUNE 8, 2019: MORINVILLE, AB – Haskap Alberta Association 2nd Annual Grower Day

Posted by Alex on May 08, 2019 1 Comment

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Join the Haskap Alberta Association for their 2nd Annual Grower Day! Learn about how to manage and monitor the health of a haskap orchard and how to work with other producers to market these amazing berries. This jam packed day will be the perfect opportunity to learn about how to grow haskaps in Alberta and to connect with other producers. Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019 Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm Location: Sturgeon County (10 min N of St. Albert and 2 min S of Morinville) Agenda 9:00 – 9:30   Coffee, refreshments and networking 9:30 – 10:00  Craig Toth 10:00 – 12:00  … Continue reading JUNE 8, 2019: MORINVILLE, AB – Haskap Alberta Association 2nd Annual Grower Day