Blog Category: Education

University of Alberta: Indigenous Canada-Online Course-Register NOW

Posted by Lilli Klamke on June 25, 2020

About the Course: Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Indigenous Canada is for students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relationships. Topics Covered The fur trade and other exchange relationships, Land claims and environmental impacts, Legal systems and rights, Political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, Contemporary Indigenous life, art and … Continue reading University of Alberta: Indigenous Canada-Online Course-Register NOW

8 Contributions of Black Farmers to Regenerative Agriculture

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 18, 2020

8 Contributions of Black Farmers to Regenerative Agriculture

Photo via Grist As an organization that works to increase access to land for new and young farmers, we deeply acknowledge the racism and inequality within our food systems. Farming in North America takes place on the stolen lands of Indigenous peoples, and is built on the enslavement and exploitation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC). Check out the documentaries We Are the Roots and Secret Alberta: The Former Life of Amber Valley to learn more. For agriculture to be truly regenerative, as a society, we must address the embedded racism that permeates our communities and institutions. Major contributions … Continue reading 8 Contributions of Black Farmers to Regenerative Agriculture

How To Farm a Vacant Urban Lot

Posted by Alex on May 14, 2020

How To Farm a Vacant Urban Lot. Photo credit: TOPSOIL Are you living in the city but find yourself aching to farm? Urban agriculture may be just the right fit for you! But wait…how do you even find enough land to start a farm in the city? That’s where vacant lots come in to the picture. This post is all about how you can find a vacant lot and things to consider when starting an urban farm! So, what is a vacant lot? A vacant lot is classified as a registered lot (serviced or unserviced) that contains no permanent structures … Continue reading How To Farm a Vacant Urban Lot

May 5: Webinar – How to Launch Perishable Shipping Business From Scratch

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 04, 2020

Understanding Ag presents Blaine Hitzfield and Brooks Hitzfield, Seven Sons Farms When: May 5, 2020 7:00 – 8:30 pm Central  Fee: $25 (non-refundable) Registration: https://understandingag.com/webinars Blaine Hitzfield, CEO of Marketing & Distribution Blaine has spent his life working on the family farm. During high school Blaine pursued an interest in multimedia design and marketing. Blaine’s interest in marketing served as an integral part of helping his family develop a direct marketing business. Today Blaine is employed full time at Seven Sons and is responsible for overseeing daily marketing and distribution activities. Blaine enjoys sharing the Seven Sons story by speaking to consumer and … Continue reading May 5: Webinar – How to Launch Perishable Shipping Business From Scratch

Meet Your Future Farmers – Alberta Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Kolby Peterson on April 29, 2020 4 Comments

We want to introduce the 2020 Apprenticeship Cohort to you, our YA community. They’re a pretty big deal. This crew is committing to a season of learning and working on some top-notch regenerative farms in Alberta. They are committing to long days, short nights, sore muscles, muddy boots, and sunburn. They are also committing to the cultivation of life in many forms, fresh food in abundance, skill-building, enriching experiences, and irreplaceable community bonds that are part-and-parcel of farming. When we can gather again, be sure to give them a warm handshake and hello. Erika Dickson – Lazy T & Lady’s Hat Farm Hi, my … Continue reading Meet Your Future Farmers – Alberta Apprenticeship Program

Small Farm Software Tools

Posted by Melanie Buffel on April 29, 2020 13 Comments

Software Tools for Small Farms This article was originally written by Chris Bodnar, and was published in COABC’s BC Organic Grower, Volume 16, Number 3, Summer, 2013. It has since been expanded and updated by YA staff.  Find more farm business resources  on our 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 … Continue reading Small Farm Software Tools

Farmer Podcast Club: Focusing on Holistic Management and Regenerative Agriculture with Becky Doherty

Posted by Lilli Klamke on April 28, 2020

Enjoy listening to your weekly Farmer Podcast Club episode. Focusing on Holistic Management and Regenerative Agriculture with Becky Doherty– Wildrose Farmer Released April 24, 2020 On this week’s episode of The Rural Woman Podcast you’ll meet Becky Doherty. Becky became a first generation farmer back in 2016 when she and her husband John, along with their two young kids Cadence and Keagan, bought a farm and started Stonepost Farms. They are a mixed operation offering pasture raised meats, naturally grown produce, free range eggs and unpasteurized honey. For show notes and links mentioned in the show, head on over to … Continue reading Farmer Podcast Club: Focusing on Holistic Management and Regenerative Agriculture with Becky Doherty

MAY 7: WEBINAR – Selling Food in Alberta? Know the Regulations!

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 27, 2020

Photo by Kelly Neil on Unsplash When: Thurs, May 7, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST Where: Online Webinar (Register here) What: f you are new to or considering selling food in Alberta, join Eileen Kotowich and Karen Goad for a quick review of the regulations you need to know before selling food in Alberta. Know that different regulations apply to different market channels and different types of food. Understand the regulatory agency roles, build your industry network and learn where to get more information. This webinar is being put on in conjunction with the Chinook Applied Research Association (CARA). … Continue reading MAY 7: WEBINAR – Selling Food in Alberta? Know the Regulations!

MAY 5: WEBINAR – Alberta Local Food Market Channels – an Overview

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 27, 2020

When: Tue, May 5, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM MST Where: Online Webinar (Register here) What: This webinar is for producers who are considering selling food in Alberta. Eileen Kotowich, farmers’ market specialist and Karen Goad, farm direct marketing specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will discuss the scope of the local food opportunity in Alberta and market strategies for selling food products direct to consumers. We will explore the advantages and challenges of common market channel options including farmers’ market and farm gate sales, online, foodservice, retail and more. This webinar is being put on in conjunction with the … Continue reading MAY 5: WEBINAR – Alberta Local Food Market Channels – an Overview

DIY Website Toolkit for Farmers & Food Producers: Ecommerce Tricks, Tips & Tools!

Posted by Hailey Troock on April 21, 2020

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20 minute read Are you looking to move your business online, transition from what you’re currently using, or integrate Point of Sale with your online sales for your farm or food business? This article will provide a toolkit for farmers and food producers who would like to build or manage their own online business, or be better equipped to work with a web or marketing professional. Consultants and agencies can be hired to build your site for you or customize certain aspects of plug-and-play software or standard theme designs. Marketing professionals can help you build out an amazing plan and … Continue reading DIY Website Toolkit for Farmers & Food Producers: Ecommerce Tricks, Tips & Tools!