Blog Category: Business


Posted by Michalina Hunter on July 12, 2019


What is the Feeding Growth “Scale Your Progressive Food Business” workshop series? This series of five workshops provides practical tips for progressive retail and packaged goods companies to reach and maintain success. Each workshop follows the Feeding Growth recipe: personable and caring food industry mentors share advice; participants engage in hands-on exercises; and the helpful community of progressive change-makers connects over tasty local food. The series culminates with a keynote event celebrating our graduates and the local food movement. Learn more and register here!  THE “SCALE YOUR PROGRESSIVE FOOD BUSINESS” WORKSHOP SERIES RUNS EVERY FALL, FROM LATE SEPTEMBER TO LATE NOVEMBER, AT A FREQUENCY OF ONE … Continue reading SEPT-NOV, 2019: VANCOUVER, BC – SCALE YOUR PROGRESSIVE FOOD BUSINESS

Opportunity: Funding Program for Agricultural Internships

Posted by Kolby Peterson on June 24, 2019


Are you a farmer looking to hire and mentor a young, new, or aspiring farmer? The Youth Employment and Skills Program is providing funding for the creation of agricultural internships to youth and youth facing barriers. This is a program of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and employers across the agriculture sector may apply for funding to hire Canadians, age 15 to 30. Approved projects will be eligible to receive 50% of total eligible costs, up to a maximum of $14,000 in matching funds. For those hiring youth facing barriers, 80 percent of total eligible costs up to $14, 000 may … Continue reading Opportunity: Funding Program for Agricultural Internships

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

Posted by Alex on June 13, 2019 4 Comments


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

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Feature on Peninsula Kiwi

Posted by Melanie Buffel on June 10, 2019

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Stuart Basset is one of ten participants in the 2018/2019 YA Business Mentorship Program. His business is aptly named Peninsula Kiwi as he is growing kiwis in the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. Stuart is new to the area and has developed a profit sharing arrangement with the landowner and is taking the stewardship of the land very seriously. Stuart’s inspiration to grow kiwis comes from growing up on a farm  in New Zealand, a love for working with plants and literally being able to seeing the fruits of his labour. Peninsula Kiwi is the first business Stuart has run and he applied for the Young Agrarian … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Feature on Peninsula Kiwi

SURVEY: Financing for Value-Added Processors

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 24, 2019

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Do you do incorporate any value-added activity in your business? The Small Scale Food Processor Association is carrying out a project to determine needs for financing at all stages of business development. Please contribute with your experiences!  “We have heard over the years that finding financing to start up and to grow is one of the major issues facing small scale food processors.  The more we know about you and your business, the better we will be able to understand financing needs.  Once we have a clear picture of the issues small scale food processors face, we will be working with financing … Continue reading SURVEY: Financing for Value-Added Processors

Are you a certified organic farmer in Canada? Tell us about it!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 22, 2019


Are you a Certified Organic Farmer in Canada? Please take this survey to contribute to research on the social, environmental, and business motivations of organic producers in Canada.  This survey, designed by a research team from the University of Guelph, is collecting information on the motivations of Canadian organic farmers to farm organically. If you are a certified organic farmer and over 18 then you can participate! Take the Survey here: Background information Organic agriculture is growing fast and that is a good thing! However that also means that the organic movement is evolving. While this is true for all actors in … Continue reading Are you a certified organic farmer in Canada? Tell us about it!

Small Farm Software Tools

Posted by Kristen Nammour on April 01, 2019 2 Comments

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Software Tools for Small Farms, By Chris Bodnar This article has been expanded from the original which was published in COABC’s BC Organic Grower, Volume 16, Number 3, Summer, 2013 Find all of these resources and more on YA’s FARM BUSINESS TOOLS PAGE Many organic farms have a special binder. The binder holds field records, crop plans, a multitude of to-do lists and miscellaneous notes. The binder is sacred; should it ever go missing, the following year’s organic inspection would be a nightmare. The farm’s operations depend on a bundle of papers that, with one drop in a mud puddle, could cause a lot of … Continue reading Small Farm Software Tools

SURVEY: Understanding Farmers’ Need for Seed!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 29, 2019

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Seed Savers Exchange is looking for insight from farmers and seed breeders about how you source seeds. Please consider taking the short survey. Thank you! Survey for BREEDERS:  Survey for FARMERS: Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit that aims to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.  We are seeking to understand how farmers source seeds and how this process can be improved. Providing input from your experiences will help us better serve the farming community.  Questions about this survey can be directed to

Peace Country Winter Mixer 2019 Recap

Posted by Lilli Klamke on March 11, 2019


Winter in northern Alberta, yes, it was cold during our second Peace Country Mixer! Nevertheless we had a fantastic time in Grande Prairie during the weekend March 2 and 3. What a wonderful and diverse crowd we got to spend the days with. There were new farmers, YA apprentices, farmers travelling the country to gather experience on different farms and of course our very supportive farm friends in the Peace Country, that run well established farms and are keen on growing the new generation of young farmers. We welcomed every new face into our YA community and are thrilled about the … Continue reading Peace Country Winter Mixer 2019 Recap

MARCH 23, 2019: QUESNEL, BC – Social Media Marketing Workshop for Farmers

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 04, 2019

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Young Agrarians and Long Table Grocery are partnering up to offer a fun, accessible, and interactive Social Media Marketing Workshop for Farmers with Evie Lavers, co-founder of Rhythm Club – a marketing agency with a combined 14 years of arts, music, and event marketing experience, whose founders take pride in creating accessible, entertaining, and immersive workshops and who are highly skilled at translating novel ideas into revenue. Learn to make your social media routine more effective and efficient, broaden your reach, and engage more deeply with your existing customers. No matter where you are at in your farming journey or … Continue reading MARCH 23, 2019: QUESNEL, BC – Social Media Marketing Workshop for Farmers