Blog Category: Indigenous Land & Food

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

Putting the Young in Young Agrarians: Growing on Gitxsan Territory

Posted by Jolene Swain on May 15, 2020 1 Comment

One of the most common questions we get is whether Young Agrarians has an age limit. The answer is no! We are happy to support the young and the young at heart when it comes to folks growing food and stewarding land. Noah definitely falls on the young end of the spectrum, he is the youngest farmer I know.  From an early age, Noah developed a fascination with growing, getting into propagation by taking clippings from all the house plants and potting them up. “For awhile, we had a huge surplus of plants around the house” says Jacob, Noahs father. … Continue reading Putting the Young in Young Agrarians: Growing on Gitxsan Territory

JOB: OTTAWA, ON – USC Canada, Indigenous Seed Sovereignty Manager

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 17, 2019

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USC Canada, in partnership with the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, is hiring a Program Manager for a one-year Indigenous Seed Sovereignty Project. Apply by June 6, 2019 12 PM EST for an opportunity to join the team! Position details: Start date July 9, 2019 (negotiable) to April 30, 2020, possibly renewable Location: Ideally Ottawa, Canada. Remote work may be possible. Why This Project Indigenous Peoples and smallholder farmers are the original plant breeders. The diversity of crops all people benefit from today is thanks to their careful stewardship and knowledge of their territories. Despite the disruption of traditional land-based practices, … Continue reading JOB: OTTAWA, ON – USC Canada, Indigenous Seed Sovereignty Manager

Peace Country Winter Mixer 2019 Recap

Posted by Lilli Klamke on March 11, 2019

Winter in northern Alberta, yes, it was cold during our second Peace Country Mixer! Nevertheless we had a fantastic time in Grande Prairie during the weekend March 2 and 3. What a wonderful and diverse crowd we got to spend the days with. There were new farmers, YA apprentices, farmers travelling the country to gather experience on different farms and of course our very supportive farm friends in the Peace Country, that run well established farms and are keen on growing the new generation of young farmers. We welcomed every new face into our YA community and are thrilled about the … Continue reading Peace Country Winter Mixer 2019 Recap

Farmer 2 Farmer: Lessons From a Week Volunteering on a Patagonian Farm

Posted by Heather Shobe on February 28, 2019

“¡Tú lo sabes!” Says Aunt Rosita (You know it!). “So tidy, so good. You are a farmer!” It’s February of 20017, and I’m on a South American odyssey that includes one week volunteering on a traditional farm in Patagonia. I speak very little Spanish, and what I do know is very different than the Argentinian dialect that surrounds me. My host family speaks little English, and we’re getting by on a series of hand signals, facial expressions, and a translation app I’ve downloaded to my Ipad. As a small farm operator, I’ve hosted a number of farm-stay helpers in the past, … Continue reading Farmer 2 Farmer: Lessons From a Week Volunteering on a Patagonian Farm

MARCH 2-3, 2019: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – YA Peace Country Winter Mixer

Posted by Lilli Klamke on February 12, 2019

The second Young Agrarians Farmer Mixer in the Peace Country is coming up! If you are a farmer, passionate food lover, grower, or a farm dreamer, join us! These two days will be filled with networking, skill sharing, and farm inspiration to help you grow your own farm business and farm story. When: Saturday, March 2 – Sunday, March 3, 2019 Where:  Camp Tamarack located south of Grande Prairie. Follow Highway 40 south, turn east onto secondary Highway 668, turn south onto Range Road 62 and you will find the camp on your left side. Find it on Google Maps. Cost: $75 + … Continue reading MARCH 2-3, 2019: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – YA Peace Country Winter Mixer

FEB 9-10, 2019: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER

Posted by Robin Hunt on February 01, 2019 6 Comments

Join us for our first ever Central B.C. winter mixer at Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake Campus!  Based on your feedback and insights we’ve crafted an awesome program for this year’s Williams Lake Mixer with two full days of workshops and sessions you will be sure to sharpen your farm and business skills, and build connections with other new farmers. We will have two streams of content that will kick start new farmers, and that will deepen the knowledge and success of those with a few seasons in their pocket. Saturday night we will host a community Potluck and hear your stories at … Continue reading FEB 9-10, 2019: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER

Oct 27: Camrose, AB – Spirit of the Land Conference

Posted by Dana Penrice on October 09, 2018

7th Annual Spirit of the Land Conference The conference will examine ‘storytelling’ and the links between place, space, and the stories we tell and share. The conference program includes: Alice Major, writer of 12 collections of poetry, and first poet laureate of Edmonton David A. Robertson, graphic novelist and writer and member of Norway House Cree Nations Tenille K. Campbell,  Dene and Métis poet and photographer from English River First Nation Learn more about speakers and the program, here. Click here for the poster. Date: 10:00am – 3:30pm on October 27, 2018 Location: Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta in Camrose Register: Click here … Continue reading Oct 27: Camrose, AB – Spirit of the Land Conference

CALL FOR DONATIONS: Food for Unist’ot’en

Posted by Moss Dance on September 26, 2017

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Note: This blog post comes to us from Chelsea Tims, a Vancouver Island farmer who is supporting the Unist’ot’en Camp in Wet’suwet’en by gathering food donations for the volunteer work camp in October. Click here to learn more about Unist’ot’en. And please contact Chelsea (chelseatims@gmail.com) to donate! Dear Farmers, I hope this email is finding you well as we begin to enter the fall season. My name is Chelsea Tims and I am a fellow farmer on Vancouver Island in my third season of growing at various farms. I am emailing you today to make a request for food donations on behalf of the Unist’ot’en Camp located in northern … Continue reading CALL FOR DONATIONS: Food for Unist’ot’en