Blog Category: Education

Employees wanted: Hiring that special 1.3% of the population

Posted by Andrew Adams on January 26, 2023

 As it’s January and we are finalizing crop plans and looking at our labour needs on our farm for the season and I thought I would share thoughts and tips for your labour needs on  your farm.  We’ve yet to enter the age of the jetsons, though we are getting closer every day. Until that day comes when automation and robots do most physical labour, the human power component of a farm is integral to its success.    I’d rather see the human component in agriculture continue and only become better in terms of conditions and wages. Each step we take … Continue reading Employees wanted: Hiring that special 1.3% of the population

Farm Start Up with Cheyenne Sundance

Posted by Alex on January 26, 2023

Do you dream of starting a farm but feel stuck on how to begin? Join for an in-depth conversation with Cheyenne Sundance about her farm start up journey! In this two-hour online workshop you will learn how Cheyenne, a first-generation, black farmer, grew Sundance Harvest from the start to today. Hear about her mistakes, her regrets, her simple blueprints and join for a lengthy question and answer period. You will walk away from the workshop knowing the following: What is Sundance Harvest’s Business Plan 2019- present Basic Financial Modelling of Sundance Harvest Hiring + Profit Principles How We Do Marketing … Continue reading Farm Start Up with Cheyenne Sundance

2023 PRAIRIES BUSINESS MENTORSHIP NETWORK – APPLY!

Posted by Melanie Buffel on January 25, 2023

Ready to Grow Your Farm Business? Are you a young (or young at heart) animal or vegetable producer living in Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba? Are you operating a new farm and looking for guidance to grow your business? Young Agrarians is excited to announce the expansion of our successful Business Mentorship Network into the Prairie provinces! This program pairs new and seasoned farmers together to cultivate the skills for running ecologically sustainable and financially viable businesses. Mentors support you to dig into the business of farming and lay the groundwork for your farm’s long term viability.  What You Get: As … Continue reading 2023 PRAIRIES BUSINESS MENTORSHIP NETWORK – APPLY!

Aiming for the stars within: Setting goals and benchmarks on the farm

Posted by Andrew Adams on January 18, 2023

Creating a trajectory for achieving a personal/farm business goal feels like what I imagine Mario feels like when he attains a “star” in the OG Mario Brothers game for Nintendo. You are bright, flashing with energy and moving quickly while avoiding obstacles and tactically knocking over Koopa troopas and Goombas (risk) in pursuit of your raised flag pole. It’s exhilarating. As we begin a new turn around the sun, many folks have set their new year resolutions – and if you are a farmer, you have likely analyzed last year’s data and begun crop planning for the upcoming season. Creating … Continue reading Aiming for the stars within: Setting goals and benchmarks on the farm

YA APPRENTICESHIP 2023: North Battleford, SK – Katerynych Family Farm

Posted by Alieka Beckett on January 15, 2023

Are you an aspiring grain grower looking to gain experience in organic grain farming? The Katerynych Family Farm is excited to offer an apprenticeship just for you? About the Farm Katerynych Family Farm is located on Treaty 6 territory, near North Battleford SK.  David Katerynych operates a 1500-acre organic gluten-free farm on a regenerative path in northwest Saskatchewan.  The farm is currently experimenting with different cover crops in addition to introducing animal integration. Their busy season is April/May through to Nov/Dec. On Katerynych farm there will be opportunities for formal as well as informal learning.  Apprentices will learn modern organic … Continue reading YA APPRENTICESHIP 2023: North Battleford, SK – Katerynych Family Farm

FEB 25-26, 2023: NELSON, BC – Columbia Basin Mixer

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 12, 2023

Calling all new and young farmers, the farm curious and food growers! Thank you for growing food and farming. Join us to connect, dialogue, eat, workshop, and celebrate the hard work of the growing season with two days of networking and sharing at the Columbia Basin Mixer! We will gather from across Sinixt, Ktunaxa and Syilx Territories in Nelson for two days of workshops and networking! In the spirit of YA Mixers, this will be an opportunity to engage and connect with others, share ideas, and access the knowledge and experience you need to build your farm and business for success. … Continue reading FEB 25-26, 2023: NELSON, BC – Columbia Basin Mixer

YA APPRENTICESHIP 2023: Foam Lake, SK – Springer Family Farm

Posted by Alieka Beckett on January 09, 2023 2 Comments

Are you an aspiring rancher looking to gain experience in regenerative farming integrating biodiversity through intercropping, cattle, composting, and bees! in a way that’s good for the planet?  Springer Family Farm is excited to offer an apprenticeship just for you. About the Farm Springer Family Farm is located on Treaty 4 territory, near Foam Lake SK.  Kris Springer, and his wife Jay,  operate a mixed grain and cattle farm.  Biodiversity is at the core of the Springer family farm, focused on growing diverse cash crops, cover crops for grazing, and feed crops.  Kris incorporates crop rotation with vermi -extract, compost … Continue reading YA APPRENTICESHIP 2023: Foam Lake, SK – Springer Family Farm

Farmer Podcast Club: Knowledge for Resilience – Adaptive grazing management & portable fencing solutions with Norm Ward

Posted by Alex on January 02, 2023

Enjoy listening to this Farmer Podcast Club episode! Adaptive grazing management & portable fencing solutions with Norm Ward – Knowledge for Resilience Released February 24, 2022 Norm Ward, holistic grazing manager, owner of Range Ward and former ranch manger, discusses lessons learnt around portable fencing solutions and using adaptive grazing management to improve soil health and pasture productivity. Range Ward and its Power Grazer fencing products center around the use and management of grazing animals in regenerative agriculture. Check out the Forage Fact Sheet: Hot Tips from Electric Fencers Listen to the full episode: https://knowledgeforresilience.podbean.com/e/adaptive-grazing-management-portable-fencing-solutions-ep01-norm-ward/ Subscribe to the podcast on … Continue reading Farmer Podcast Club: Knowledge for Resilience – Adaptive grazing management & portable fencing solutions with Norm Ward

YA Apprenticeship 2023: Carseland, AB – Carrots by Cam

Posted by Kolby Peterson on December 22, 2022

Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on an organic vegetable farm known for the unmatched flavour of its veggies? Are you wanting to learn about growing a variety of root veggies using organic soil stewardship? Cam has been on the land for over 50 years, and is looking forward to working with someone who wants to learn how to feed others and preserve healthy farmland. About the Farm Carrots by Cam grows a diversity of root vegetables (though the main focus is on carrots) for retail, delivery services, and restaurants in partnership with Poplar Bluff Organics. Cam … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship 2023: Carseland, AB – Carrots by Cam

YA APPRENTICESHIP 2023: MINTON, SK – AXTEN FARMS

Posted by Alieka Beckett on December 21, 2022

Are you looking for a farming adventure in the full cycle of growing and harvesting multiple grains to a finished food product check out Axten Farms. ABOUT AXTEN FARMS Axten Farms is located near Minton, Saskatchewan on Treaty 4 Territory Derek and Tannis Axten own and operate Axten Farms which has been in Derek’s family for over a century.  With dry, fragile soils, and limited rainfall they made it their mission to “be loyal to the soil” and regenerate their soil life.  Axten farms’ goal is to regenerate the health and vitality of the soil, themselves, the farm, and their … Continue reading YA APPRENTICESHIP 2023: MINTON, SK – AXTEN FARMS