Blog Category: Education

Treaty Land Sharing Network Launches in the Alberta Side of Treaty Six

Posted by Alex on July 12, 2024

A group of people posing in front of the Treaty Land Sharing Network sign in a field

On Saturday July 6th the Treaty Land Sharing Network (TLSN) officially expanded into the western half of Treaty Six territory — also known as central Alberta. Eighty people gathered on Brenda Bohmer’s beautiful 640 acre farm near Bawlf to welcome the TLSN into this region. The TLSN is a grassroots group of farmers, ranchers, and other landholders who have come together to begin the crucial work of honouring Treaties. In the spirit of sharing the land, members provide access for First Nations and Métis people to practice their way of life, such as hunting or gathering plants and medicines, or … Continue reading Treaty Land Sharing Network Launches in the Alberta Side of Treaty Six

LAND ACCESS STORIES: Common Acres Community Farm – Squamish, BC

Posted by Kat Roger on July 03, 2024

ABOUT COMMON ACRES COMMUNITY FARM Common Acres Community Farm is a community farm in Squamish, BC dedicated to local food production, community food security and affordable land access. Common Acres started out as a B.C. Land Matching Program (BCLMP) match in 2022 between Squamish Climate Action Network (Squamish CAN) and one acre of ALR land held by Easter Seals, and the community farm now subleases ¼ acre plots to new entrant farmers through the BCLMP. Current farm businesses on the land include Aura Rosa Florals and Local Roots Farm Market. Check out our features on Aura Rosa and Local Roots … Continue reading LAND ACCESS STORIES: Common Acres Community Farm – Squamish, BC

Farmer Podcast Club: The Current State of Farmers Markets in BC

Posted by Chantelle Chan on June 10, 2024

Enjoy listening to this Farmer Podcast Club episode. From the podcast series Farming in British Columbia, we are sharing their episode on the current state of farmer’s markets in BC, featuring Wylie Bystedt. Released April 17th 2024 “My guest today is Wylie Bystedt, a farmer based in Quesnel and the current board chair of the British Columbia Association of Farmers Markets. Wylie joined me on the phone to trumpet a recent study conducted at the University of Northern British Columbia that confirms what Wylie already knew: that farmers markets in BC are growing in popularity and economic impact. We’ll talk … Continue reading Farmer Podcast Club: The Current State of Farmers Markets in BC

Reconciliation Training is Available for BC Farmers

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 30, 2024 1 Comment

Are you a farmer located in B.C. wondering how to honour the Indigenous lands you steward? kinSHIFT hosts beautiful online trainings about cultivating stronger relationships with Indigenous peoples and places, and we’ve received funds to subsidize the cost for BC farmers. Discount codes of 50% or 90% off are available for people who work on farms or otherwise provision food in B.C. Not sure if you qualify? Send us a message at community@youngagrarians.org For every B.C. farmer who participates in a kinSHIFT training, funds will go to IndigenEYEZ, an Indigenous youth arts empowerment program! Elements of Truth: Before Reconciliation Immerse … Continue reading Reconciliation Training is Available for BC Farmers

MEET YOUR FUTURE FARMERS – 2024 YA APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

Posted by Lourdes Still on May 30, 2024

Meet your future farmers! The latest cohort of the Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program has landed on their host farms in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The apprentices in each province recently got together for orientation weekend to get acquainted and connect over their shared passion for nature and regenerative agriculture. Their time together involved sharing farm-sourced meals, farm chores (like milking a goat!), hikes, bonfires, and guided city tours with local businesses that are food grower advocates. It was time well spent building new friendships as they prepared for the season ahead on their host farms. Join us in … Continue reading MEET YOUR FUTURE FARMERS – 2024 YA APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

Farmer Podcast Club: Impact Farming – Conflict on the Farm, with Elaine Froese

Posted by Chantelle Chan on May 22, 2024

Enjoy listening to this Farmer Podcast Club episode. Impact Farming – Elaine Froese, Canada’s farm whisperer discusses the loaded topic of “Farm Family Conflict”. Released June 6th 2019 On this episode of Impact Farming, we sit down with Elaine Froese to discuss the loaded topic of “Farm Family Conflict.” Whether it’s open conflict or hidden resentments, Tracy and Elaine speak about the importance of discussing the “undiscussables”. Elaine shares “the unwritten rules” that are on every farm and dictate how the farm family functions and operates. She speaks about communication styles, negative & positive conflict behaviours and hot buttons. Have you ever noticed how … Continue reading Farmer Podcast Club: Impact Farming – Conflict on the Farm, with Elaine Froese

Position filled! National Policy Coordinator

Posted by Taina Uitto on May 01, 2024

Young Agrarians is hiring a National Policy Coordinator! Location:  Remote office in Canada, with a preference for a bilingual Ontario or Quebec based lead. Please indicate where you live on your application. Deadline for Applications: End of day May 20th, 2024. This position will start when we find the right candidate. The National Policy Coordinator will play a crucial facilitation role in convening to advance policies and programming to support new and young farmers in Canada.   The ideal candidate has experience in building reports and public communication materials, as well as convening stakeholders online and through in-person events towards common … Continue reading Position filled! National Policy Coordinator

LAND ACCESS STORIES: Make Do Acres – Burnaby, BC

Posted by Kat Roger on May 01, 2024

ABOUT MAKE DO ACRES Make Do Acres is an ecological micro-farm and creative gathering space located on unceded Sto:lo territory in Burnaby, B.C. Leasing farmer Jesse Orr was matched to 0.25 acres of land at Big Bend Urban Farm through the B.C. Land Matching Program for the 2023 season and is now entering her fourth farming season and her second season on the land. Make Do Acres grows mixed vegetables, flowers and medicinal herbs for veggie-lovers, herbalists and restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver. Farmer Jesse specializes in unique intercropping experiments and niche climate-resilient varieties. Jesse also creates installation plant-art exhibitions, hosts … Continue reading LAND ACCESS STORIES: Make Do Acres – Burnaby, BC

Farmer Podcast Club: No-Till Market Garden Podcast – Scaling-up from Homestead to Farm Business | Roundtable w/ Cedar Chest Farm & Wild East Farm

Posted by Chantelle Chan on April 30, 2024

Enjoy listening to this Farmer Podcast Club episode. The No-Till Market Garden Podcast – Scaling-up from Homestead to Farm Business | Roundtable w/ Cedar Chest Farm & Wild East Farm Released April 15th 2024 In March, part of the No-Till Growers team went to the Organic Growers School in NC and held a roundtable with Erin of Cedar Chest Farm and Lyric and Noah of Wild East Farm about scaling-up from homestead to full-fledged farm business. We get to hear the stories of how both farms started on a very small scale and smartly grew their operations, plus tips, lessons, and helpful thoughts on business startups. … Continue reading Farmer Podcast Club: No-Till Market Garden Podcast – Scaling-up from Homestead to Farm Business | Roundtable w/ Cedar Chest Farm & Wild East Farm

Position Filled! E-Learning & Website Support

Posted by Taina Uitto on April 10, 2024

Young Agrarians is hiring for an E-Learning and Website Support role. Location: Remote office in Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba). Please indicate where you live on your application. Deadline for Applications: 5pm PST, April 28, 2024. This position will start when we find the right candidate. Are websites and content management your jam? Are you a person that gets joy from finding creative ways to design online learning materials? Would you consider yourself a computer-savvy, process-oriented person who can’t wait to check things off of your to-do list? If you have this magic mix of skills then … Continue reading Position Filled! E-Learning & Website Support