Blog Category: Yukon

How to Reduce Plastic in Agriculture

Posted by Rachel Spruston on May 02, 2022

Plastic is widely used in agriculture for weed suppression, packaging, seed starting, and more. However, studies show that plastic can disrupt soil health, stunt plant growth, and leach from soils into aquatic environments. Here we dive into the issue of plastic in agriculture, and showcase Canadian farmers who’ve found alternatives. The phrase ‘plastic pollution’ is more likely to bring to mind heartbreaking photos of remote Pacific Ocean beaches littered with plastic or wildlife trapped in six-pack rings than images of earthworms and soil profiles. While marine plastic pollution tends to get the most attention, and for good reason (a recent … Continue reading How to Reduce Plastic in Agriculture

[UNAVAILABLE] FARM JOB: Whitehorse, Yukon – Sundog Veggies, Farm Hand

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 08, 2022

This position is unavailable. View more Farm Jobs and Apprenticeships on our Job Board Sundog Veggies in Whitehorse, Yukon is seeking a Farm Hand! ABOUT Sundog Veggies Sundog Veggies Training Farm is located about twenty minutes outside of Whitehorse, YT and is located on the traditional territories of the Ta’an Kwach’an Council and the Kwanlin Dun First Nation. We produce a variety of vegetables and do beekeeping. Sundog Veggies is working together with youth and organic farming mentors to strengthen northern food security. Our goal is to help our trainees gain knowledge about organic farming with hands-on training. DESIRED QUALITIES … Continue reading [UNAVAILABLE] FARM JOB: Whitehorse, Yukon – Sundog Veggies, Farm Hand

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

How to Apply for Farm Grants in Canada

Posted by Rachel Spruston on January 17, 2022 8 Comments

As a new farmer, access to capital in the early years of operation, or during periods of significant change such as farm transition or expansion, can be a challenge. The good news is, there are many grants available for new farmers in Canada, and we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourites below, as well as tips for applying. This post was inspired by and based on the generous expertise of Andrew Rosychuk of Rosy Farms, a regenerative haskap farm in Alberta and a speaker for our Business Bootcamp. Over the course of his farming career Andrew has become … Continue reading How to Apply for Farm Grants in Canada

#RISINGYOUTH community service grants

Posted by Michalina Hunter on October 20, 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

APPRENTICESHIP: Whitehorse, Yukon – Mandalay Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on October 14, 2021

Mandalay Farm in Whitehorse, Yukon is seeking an apprentice! ABOUT Mandalay Farm The farm is 20 minutes north of the city of Whitehorse, on the banks of the Yukon River. We have two flocks of Brown free range laying hens for a total if 4000 birds. Our CFIA licensed grading station allows us to sell our eggs commercially into stores, bakeries and other commercial establishments. The summer sees us growing grains and hay. Up to this winter we have cared for 50 horses that spend the summer in hunting camps. We are a farm that believes in reducing the Yukon’s … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: Whitehorse, Yukon – Mandalay Farm

We’re hiring! YOUNG AGRARIANS OPERATIONS MANAGER

Posted by Darcy Smith on August 16, 2021

Young Agrarians is hiring an Operations Manager RELATIONAL > TECHNICAL > ORGANIZED DEADLINE TO APPLY: 12pm, Friday September 10, 2021 ABOUT Young Agrarians Young Agrarians (YA) is a farmer-to-farmer educational resource network for new and young ecological farmers in Canada. We recognize the Indigenous lands and territories that we work on and alongside, and are committed to providing programs and services that are inclusive and available to farmers and friends of diverse backgrounds. Since 2012, our network is volunteer-driven, with farmers across the country organizing on-farm events and building community to create spaces for knowledge sharing and growth. YA began … Continue reading We’re hiring! YOUNG AGRARIANS OPERATIONS MANAGER

FARM JOB: Whitehorse, Yukon – Sundog Veggies, Field Operations Manager

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 20, 2021

Sundog Veggies in Whitehorse, Yukon is seeking a Field Operations Manager! ABOUT Sundog Veggies Sundog Veggies is training farm located on the traditional territories of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. We are in our second year of production after a quick pivot from two decades as a successful northern tourism resort (#1 on TripAdvisor for 12 years). In 2020 transformed our field of grass into a functioning farm with a greenhouse, pond, and gazebo. This year we are continuing to grow with plans to introduce 8 bee hives, build another greenhouse and a new root … Continue reading FARM JOB: Whitehorse, Yukon – Sundog Veggies, Field Operations Manager

New Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 24, 2021

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The Stigma-Free Society has just released their new Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit! The Stigma-Free Society created the Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit to let individuals living in rural communities know that it is OK to reach out for help and that they are not alone. We all have mental health, and it is just as important as our physical health. Inside the toolkit you will find engaging resources for audiences including youth, families and seniors. The Inspiring Stories for You section showcases videos of rural residents who open up the conversation around mental health and stigma. Peer Support Facilitator Training Program in … Continue reading New Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit

Beyond the Market: Selling to Retailers

Posted by Jolene Swain on March 18, 2021

Have you outgrown the farmers’ market? Can you produce more than you can sell direct to customers? Are you ready to branch out to retailers? Here are some tips and tricks from retailers and producers to help assess your readiness and provide some considerations when it comes to moving your product beyond the market. Flexible farm business incubators Farmers’ Markets are a great incubator for local producers to fine tune their growing practices while building up a customer base and brand. Direct to customer sales offer a short supply chain and forge valuable relationships with the community. Cutting out the … Continue reading Beyond the Market: Selling to Retailers