Blog Category: Education

NFU 2019 Young Farmer Convergence – Apply To Attend

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 24, 2019

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The National Farmers Union (NFU) Youth and in partnership with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario is planning for the 2019 Young Farmer Convergence! The purpose for the gathering is to offer young farmers workshops, planning and skill-sharing. Our mission is to build capacity for young farmers to be part of an effective social movement and empower them with tools to employ creative solutions to the challenges posed by climate change! This event will bring together dozens of young farmers chosen from around Canada. Successful participants will learn about political organizing and social movements, climate action and agriculture and indigenous … Continue reading NFU 2019 Young Farmer Convergence – Apply To Attend

APPRENTICESHIP: COURTENAY, BC – Lost Savanna Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 23, 2019

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Are you interested to learn about organic pasture raised meat production? Lost Savanna Farm is now accepting applications for 2019 interns. Interns will work and live in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Vancouver Island. They will learn first hand, the tools necessary to become a pasture based organic meat farmer, while working alongside the farmer and farm manager. This internship opportunity starts April 1st with a minimum commitment of 4 months. ABOUT LOST SAVANNA FARM Our 73 acre Certified Organic, Certified Demeter farm is devoted to raising animals on pasture to produce the highest quality meat (chicken, … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: COURTENAY, BC – Lost Savanna Farm

APPRENTICESHIPS: PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, ON – Blue Wheelbarrow Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 23, 2019

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Looking for a farming apprenticeship in Ontario? Check out Blue Wheelbarrow Farm in Prince Edward County, ON! If you find dirt under your fingernails soothing and the physical exhaustion of a day’s work in the field strangely satisfying… read on! About Blue Wheelbarrow Farm Blue Wheelbarrow Farm is crazy excited to be starting its fourth (!) season in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario. Located just outside Bloomfield in the heart of “The County”, we are dedicated to producing fresh, organically grown vegetables of the highest quality and taste, with a strong focus on promoting local agriculture and local food autonomy. The farm is a 17 … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIPS: PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, ON – Blue Wheelbarrow Farm

APPRENTICESHIP: LILLOOET, BC – One Love Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 23, 2019

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Looking for a farming apprenticeship in BC? Check out One Love Farm in Lillooet, BC! About One Love Farm Our farm is located on a very scenic and rural Mountain Bench in the rugged Fraser Canyon. We are located twenty minutes from the town of Lillooet, B.C. Town offers an organic sourdough bakery, a well-stocked grocery store and a health food store. We are in a rain shadow but have access to pure gravity fed mountain spring water; providing great conditions for growing and working in. We farm with respect for the land, environment and our customers by only using organic and sustainable growing … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: LILLOOET, BC – One Love Farm

2nd Annual Central Alberta Winter Mixer – That’s a (W)Rap!

Posted by Erika Heiberg on January 21, 2019

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The 2nd Annual Central Alberta Winter Mixer brought together around 65 people from January 12-13th to learn, share stories and knowledge, and to make new connections. What a lovely group of new and old faces to spend the weekend with! We were able to close out this mixer feeling inspired and excited about the future of farming in this region. Thank you to all of our fantastic speakers – you engaged us in your passions, and left us feeling inspired and more knowledgeable. We jumped right into the tough stuff (because we know you can all handle it) with our … Continue reading 2nd Annual Central Alberta Winter Mixer – That’s a (W)Rap!

Feb. 2: Stettler, AB – Creating a Farmers Co-operative workshop

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 18, 2019

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Working together is not exactly a new concept to agriculture in Alberta. The vast majority of agricultural producers are willing to drop whatever they are doing if a neighbour, friend or family member needs a hand. There are also producers in Alberta who have found it benficial to take things one step further by creating a co-operative with other producers. Rural Routes to Climate Solutions has partnered up with the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association (ACCA) to host a full day workshop for agricultural producers to learn how to form their very own co-operative that will help producers save on … Continue reading Feb. 2: Stettler, AB – Creating a Farmers Co-operative workshop

APPRENTICESHIP: EDGEWOOD, BC – Intentional Peasants

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 17, 2019

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Looking for a farming apprenticeship in the Kootenays? Check out Intentional Peasants in Edgewood, BC! About Intentional Peasants We operate an 80 acre mixed farm nestled in a beautiful mountain valley in the northwest Kootenays, blessed with great soil and plenty of water. We are primarily vegetable growers, with an abundance of veggies through the summer and fall for a small CSA, local farmers markets, restaurants and stores. The focus is on storable root crops, which we continue to sell throughout the winter. We also have a small apple and plum orchard. We have a small herd of cattle that we raise … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: EDGEWOOD, BC – Intentional Peasants

APPRENTICESHIP: CUMBERLAND, BC – Black Horse Apiary

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 17, 2019

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Looking for a beekeeping apprenticeship on Vancouver Island? Check out Black Horse Apiary in Cumberland! About Black Horse Apiary We are a small scale sustainable apiary producing local varietal honey and bees – queens, packages, and nucs. We are passionate about breeding the best honey bees to share with other beekeepers in Canada. Visit Black Horse Apiary on Facebook here. Desired Qualities An enthusiasm and love for honey bees and an eagerness to immerse themselves into this fascinating world. Job Tasks Beekeeping: seasonal management and small scale queen rearing. Job Details Contract duration: March 1 through to November 1, 2019 Weekly hours: 25 hours … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: CUMBERLAND, BC – Black Horse Apiary

YA Apprenticeship: Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm – Carstairs, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 17, 2019

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking for hands-on farming experience on an ecological farm? Are you interested in organic farming and biodynamic practices? Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm is looking for a farm apprentice starting this spring to join their team. About the Farm Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm is a highly diversified operation located on 160 acres of rolling prairie and parkland. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Kris and Tamara, the farm produces cereal grains, forage crops, culinary herbs, vegetables, eggs and meat products, all of which are produced organically and certified biodynamic by Demeter Canada. Farm products are marketed locally, … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farm – Carstairs, AB

YA Apprenticeship: Reflections from Redtail Farms, Castor AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 07, 2019

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by Karel Beijer Many times during my apprenticeship I was asked, “How is working on RedTail Farms?” During all my time there, the best answer that I could come up with is that it is a very “real” experience. While this may seem quite vague, this one word personally embodies everything that I felt during my apprenticeship. When working with living beings that don’t have a “nine-to-five” routine your life changes to a different flow – a more natural yet no less demanding routine. Allow me to explain. Coming into the apprenticeship, I had the questions, “Is farming, especially a … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Reflections from Redtail Farms, Castor AB