Blog Category: Indigenous Land & Food

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

FARM JOBS: Kitwanga, BC – Tea Creek is Seeking Farmers

Posted by Michalina Hunter on December 23, 2022

Tea Creek, near Kitwanga in rural Northwestern BC, is seeking farmers for the 2023 season! Overview: Tea Creek is looking to bring on 2 farmers to join our team for the 2023 growing season from April until October. Tea Creek is an Indigenous-led, land-based and culturally-safe food sovereignty employment and training initiative located near Kitwanga in rural Northwestern BC. We farm mixed vegetables both in our field blocks (currently about 2.5 acres) and 4 greenhouses. We practice a combination of hand/low-till and tractor farming. We generate food that is mostly gifted or traded within our local Indigenous communities. A bulk … Continue reading FARM JOBS: Kitwanga, BC – Tea Creek is Seeking Farmers

YA APPRENTICESHIP 2023: Mayerthorpe, AB – Backwoods Buffalo Ranch

Posted by Kolby Peterson on November 30, 2022 6 Comments

Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on a diversified farm? Are you wanting to learn about raising pastured livestock, including Plains Bison? Backwoods Buffalo Ranch is offering a unique farming apprenticeship; join their team! About the Farm Backwoods Buffalo Ranch is owned and operated by Chad and Laurie Trigg, a Metis family from rural Mayerthorpe, Alberta. Backwoods is an organically minded ranch and homestead situated on 320 stunning acres of natural Alberta prairie grasses, striking woods, rolling hills and scenic river views. They raise a variety of proteins including: pastured Pure Plains Bison, Pastured Pork, Pastured Chicken … Continue reading YA APPRENTICESHIP 2023: Mayerthorpe, AB – Backwoods Buffalo Ranch

YA APPRENTICESHIP 2023: Calgary, AB – Leaf & Lyre Urban Farms, Root & Regenerate Urban Farms, & Chef’s Farmer

Posted by Kolby Peterson on November 20, 2022 2 Comments

Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on urban farms, learn about soil health, work with multicultural communities, and create opportunities for people to grow their own food – all the while growing nutrient-dense food for CSA programs, Farmers Markets, and restaurants? Well then, join this trifecta of urban regenerative farms across Calgary! Michael Gavin of Root and Regenerate, Rod Olson of Leaf & Lyre, and Josh Spackman of Chef’s Farmer are offering a diverse apprenticeship shared between their farms. About the Farms Root & Regenerate Urban Farms (formerly Dirtboys Urban Farm) has been running for about 8 … Continue reading YA APPRENTICESHIP 2023: Calgary, AB – Leaf & Lyre Urban Farms, Root & Regenerate Urban Farms, & Chef’s Farmer

YA APPRENTICESHIP 2023: Camrose, AB – Grey Arrow Farm

Posted by Kolby Peterson on November 14, 2022 2 Comments

Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain experience on a certified organic market garden farm? Are you wanting to learn about growing over 50 varieties of veggies?!  Grey Arrow Farm is offering an apprenticeship at their slice of farming paradise; join their team! About the Farm Grey Arrow Farm is a young family farm. Andrea and Denis, along with their five children, are growing clean, healthy produce for their CSA, restaurants, and community in Camrose, Alberta. They grow approximately 55 types of vegetables and herbs over 2.5 acres of cultivated land on their beautiful 35 acre oasis in the … Continue reading YA APPRENTICESHIP 2023: Camrose, AB – Grey Arrow Farm

Reconciliation Training is Available for BC Farmers!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on November 06, 2022

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Are you a farmer located in BC 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. Introductory Sessions: Elements of Truth About the Training These introductory workshops are a 4-part series called “Elements of Truth: Before Reconciliation”. Learn, ask questions, and make mistakes in a safer environment, while building a foundation for engaging meaningfully with Indigenous peoples. An experiential workshop series of 4 x 2.5 hour workshops guided by Indigenous values: reciprocity, inclusion, curiosity, and … Continue reading Reconciliation Training is Available for BC Farmers!

Seasonal Changes Are Constant: Summer and Fall Reflections from the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers Course

Posted by Alex on October 25, 2022

Photo by Natasha As part of the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers course, a group of farmers, growers, and food lovers across many Indigenous territories and ecosystems have committed to one year of active ecological observation based on the Blackfoot lunar calendar. Students pick a study site in their area and visit it often in order to recognize and learn from the patterns, relationships, and cycles they observe. Here are some of their reflections from the second half of summer. The latter part of summer was dry and warm with a long, drawn-out fall. There were lots of opportunities to harvest … Continue reading Seasonal Changes Are Constant: Summer and Fall Reflections from the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers Course

Soaking It All In: Spring and Summer Reflections from the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers Course

Posted by Alex on September 08, 2022

Photo by Brenda B. As part of the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers course, a group of farmers, growers, and food lovers across many Indigenous territories and ecosystems have committed to one year of active ecological observation based on the Blackfoot lunar calendar. Students pick a study site in their area and visit it often in order to recognize and learn from the patterns, relationships, and cycles they observe. Here are some of their reflections from the first part of summer. The first few lunar cycles of summer have been dynamic and vibrant. We passed though the summer solstice and watched … Continue reading Soaking It All In: Spring and Summer Reflections from the Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers Course

The Art of Growing Food and Relationships with Natasha Anderson – Business Bootcamp Stories

Posted by Rachel Spruston on July 11, 2022

Natasha Anderson is member of the Key First Nation from Treaty 4 territory and is currently farming at Amara Farm, a small-scale, certified organic market farm on the unceded territory of the K’ómoks First Nation. In the Fall of 2021, Natasha took part in the Business Bootcamp, an 11-week online business planning course for new farmers. She sat down with the Young Agrarians team to talk about her experience in the Business Bootcamp and her vision for a collaborative farm community centred around Indigenous culture and food sovereignty.   For Natasha, there is no singular moment she can point to when … Continue reading The Art of Growing Food and Relationships with Natasha Anderson – Business Bootcamp Stories

FARM JOB: CHASE, BC – Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Cwelcwelt Kuc “We are Well” Garden Manager

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 07, 2022

Photo credit Billie Jean Gabriel The Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty in Secwepemc territory (Chase, BC), is seeking a Cwelcwelt Kuc “We are Well” Garden Manager! Discipline: Indigenous Permaculture, Eco-cultural Restoration, Indigenous Food Sovereignty Duration: 8 months with possibility of extension, pending future funding Location: Neskonlith IR #1, Secwepemc territory (Chase, BC) Start Date: When position is filled Remuneration: Based on experience Background The Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty (WGIFS) was founded in 2006 out of a recognized need to carry Indigenous voice and vision in food systems research, action, and policy. The WGIFS has since become an internationally recognized … Continue reading FARM JOB: CHASE, BC – Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Cwelcwelt Kuc “We are Well” Garden Manager