Blog Category: Business

Herbs & Heritage With Rachelle Pinto – Business Bootcamp Stories

Posted by Michelle Lam on July 04, 2021

Rachelle Pinto is the mom of 3, and a lover of herbs and heritage. She is based out of Winnipeg, with a small farm located just 20 minutes away, and is passionate about empowering her community by strengthening food security. Rachelle participated in the Young Agrarians Business Bootcamp, a five-week long online program that ran from February to March 2021. She chatted with our Young Agrarians Prairies team about her experience with the Bootcamp and how it intersects with her farm, Planted Allies.  Find Planted Allies on Facebook and Instagram. Like many of us, Rachelle grew up in the public … Continue reading Herbs & Heritage With Rachelle Pinto – Business Bootcamp Stories

Florals with Ashley Currie – Business Bootcamp Stories

Posted by Michelle Lam on June 10, 2021

Bountiful Bay Farm & Nursery is an up and coming farm located in Sooke, BC. Once a week, farm owners Ashley Currie and her partner, Aidan, watched a pre-recorded video with their morning coffee while taking detailed notes from farm experts. These videos were part of the Young Agrarians (YA) Business Bootcamp, a five-week long online course that helps new farmers build their business plans. Ashley spoke with the YA team to talk about her personal experience with the Bootcamp. Ashley’s love for growing things began in university when she started growing plants from seed in her windowsill. She was … Continue reading Florals with Ashley Currie – Business Bootcamp Stories

FUNDING: Organic Conversion Support Program

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 09, 2021

Funding is available for farmers to support the transition to organic production! The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) is thrilled to announce the launch of their new Support Organic Change Fund. With a booming $6.6 billion in sales, Canada is the sixth largest organic market in the world. Yet, demand continuously outpaces supply, despite double digit production growth. Two thirds of Canadians purchase organic products weekly and organic is the fastest growing part of the Canadian agriculture landscape. These facts are both extremely positive for the Canadian organic industry, yet without continued efforts to train organic techniques and support Canadian farmers to … Continue reading FUNDING: Organic Conversion Support Program

How to Select Vegetable Varieties for Greenhouse Growing

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 04, 2021

How to Select Vegetable Varieties for Greenhouse Growing

Got a new greenhouse or poly tunnel and wondering what varieties to plant? Experiencing issues with low yields or disease in your greenhouse? Check out this interview with Gemma McNeill, Owner-Operator of Zaklan Farm, a suburban microfarm in Surrey, British Columbia. Once you’ve gleaned some wisdom from Gemma, you may want to learn more. We recommend you follow up by reading an outline on how to select vegetable varieties for greenhouse growing, plus recommendations for the best greenhouse tomato, pepper, cucumber, eggplant, and lettuce varieties to try, from Johnny’s Selected Seeds. Photo above is of Gemma by Zaklan Farm. Greenhouse … Continue reading How to Select Vegetable Varieties for Greenhouse Growing

What is sliding scale payment? Why are we using it?

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 25, 2021

Thank you to Underground Alchemy, Albany, NY for providing the sample text that this post is based on.  Sliding scale payment is a tool for building economic justice, and it requires your active participation and reflection. The core principle is to provide a price range that makes an event more broadly accessible to people with diverse financial means, while ensuring fair compensation for the organizers and educators. You are asked to pay according to your available resources. When everyone participates in this way, we are able to create a more equitable, diverse, and supportive farming community.  Young Agrarians has been … Continue reading What is sliding scale payment? Why are we using it?

Updates to Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Posting Policy

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 18, 2021

Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Posting Policy

After some years of debate and discussion, Young Agrarians has decided to require all apprenticeship opportunities we post to be paid. We came to this decision for a few reasons, which we hope will lead to more just and enriching outcomes for both host farmers and apprentices: It is in the best interest of farms to adhere to provincial labour laws to avoid the risk of litigation. Unpaid apprenticeships for farming in many provinces is not allowed, even if in exchange for room and board. There are examples of legal cases for example in B.C. where apprentices received back-pay for … Continue reading Updates to Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Posting Policy

Porcupines, Plants, and People with David Benjestorf – Business Bootcamp Stories

Posted by Michelle Lam on May 17, 2021

When the pandemic hit, David Benjestorf knew he needed to do something to combat the rising food security crisis amongst Edmontonians. As the Vice Chair of the Edmonton Food Bank, he’s familiar with creating solutions for feeding those in need, but hadn’t ever experienced anything quite like the uncertainties of Covid-19. “How would food trucks get across the border? Will there still be volunteers in the warehouse? Will we have to give up fresh food for processed food for a long period of time?”. These are all questions that David worried about. The solution? To grow this much-needed food himself!  … Continue reading Porcupines, Plants, and People with David Benjestorf – Business Bootcamp Stories

Prairie Gold Meats & Meadow Farm Florals: The Perfect Pairing

Posted by Michelle Lam on May 14, 2021

Photo Credit: Ashlea Kooman Location: Tamara Ranch, Red Deer , AB

Prairie Gold Meats & Meadow Farm Florals is based on Treaty 6 and 7 territory, a traditional gathering place, travelling route and home for many Indigenous Peoples including the Blackfoot, Tsuu T’ina, Stoney Nakoda, traditional Métis, Cree and Saulteaux. The land is also known in Canadian geography as Forshee, AB.  This case study is a part of Young Agrarians Alberta Land Access Guide, a toolkit for farmers seeking land opportunities. Blake Hall grew up in the City of Red Deer, Alberta and got into farming through the CRAFT Apprenticeship program in Southern Ontario. Having caught a bug for grazing, pasture … Continue reading Prairie Gold Meats & Meadow Farm Florals: The Perfect Pairing

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Belle-Isle Farm

Posted by Melanie Buffel on May 06, 2021

Young Agrarians is celebrating the seventh year of the Business Mentorship Network (BMN) program. The BMN offers business mentorships  to a diverse array of new and young farmers across BC. Through one-on-one mentorship and peer networks, young farmers develop the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses. The 2021 Mentee Cohort are hard at work planning for the season ahead and we are thrilled to profile them and celebrate their efforts! My name is Christine Sayegh owner of Belle-Isle Farm and my mentor is Robin Tunnicliffe of Sea Bluff Farm.  Where do you farm? We are located … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Belle-Isle Farm

#RISINGYOUTH community service grants

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 05, 2021

Do you have a simple project idea to support your community? #RisingYouth is a program led by TakingITGlobal that empowers young people aged 15 to 30 across Canada to give back to their community through grants of $250, $750, and $1,500. THEY HAVE THREE LEVELS OF GRANTS AVAILABLE: Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. You’ll hear from them within 30 days of applying! They are currently prioritizing grant applications that respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic. All grantees and projects must comply with applicable public health guidelines in their province or territory. Please postpone applications for any projects involving in-person … Continue reading #RISINGYOUTH community service grants