Blog Category: Indigenous Land & Food

My very first sp’e’qum tu speenhw

Posted by Jared Qwustenuxun Williams on June 17, 2024

Many of us GenX/Millennials were taught in grade school that Indigenous people were basic hunter gatherers, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Speenhw* is great example of Indigenous agriculture, or permaculture, or maybe just culture. See speenhw is grown in p’hwulhp* meadows and grasslands which date back thousands of years. Dendrochronological data, basically the rings found in the p’hwulhp, show annual burning of the grasslands going back generations. Burning that made way for the speenhw to grow. Certain family members would specialize in looking after their family’s fields. By breaking apart the dirt into square mats, and rolling … Continue reading My very first sp’e’qum tu speenhw

The Salish Apocalypse

Posted by Jared Qwustenuxun Williams on June 03, 2024

Jared Qwustenuxun Williams

It’s hard to fully imagine what happened here, on Turtle Island when the Hwunitum* arrived. But, in order to understand the current state of Indigenous Cultures we must understand, not only where it comes from, but what it went through to survive. Any Indigenous culture that exists under colonialism has had to suffer and endure to still exist in any form today. As if germ warfare, directly stealing land, and gunboat diplomacy weren’t enough. Our cultures further endured over a hundred years of anti Indigenous ‘kill the Indian save the child’ education, a full on multi generational potlatch ban that … Continue reading The Salish Apocalypse

Reconciliation Training is Available for BC Farmers

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 30, 2024 1 Comment

Are you a farmer located in B.C. 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. Discount codes of 50% or 90% off are available for people who work on farms or otherwise provision food in B.C. Not sure if you qualify? Send us a message at community@youngagrarians.org For every B.C. farmer who participates in a kinSHIFT training, funds will go to IndigenEYEZ, an Indigenous youth arts empowerment program! Elements of Truth: Before Reconciliation Immerse … Continue reading Reconciliation Training is Available for BC Farmers

Holding the Sacred Space and Taking Care of Business

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 21, 2024

Minwaadizi Farm

Greenhouse build spring 2024. (Photo credit: Natasha Anderson-Brass) In the summer of 2022 I sat down with Young Agrarians for an interview to talk about my experience in their Business Bootcamp program (you can read that interview here). At that time I was still an intern at Amara Farm with dreams of developing my own community oriented farm business. Fast forward two years and I can hardly believe that, with a lot of help, I am making those dreams come true! Having signed a sub-lease agreement on Amara Farm property, I was able to officially launch Minwaadizi Farm in the … Continue reading Holding the Sacred Space and Taking Care of Business

Event Recap: Work Party at Ntamtqen Community Garden

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 10, 2024

A wonderful group came out to our second work party at Ntampqen Community Garden on syilx territory (near Cawston, BC) last weekend in April. We shared a lot of laughs, got a ton of work done, and enjoyed some incredible food together. We are grateful to everyone who contributed their time and energy, and to Dixon and Hannah for hosting us. Read on for more details and photos from the day. Updates to the Farm A lot has happened at the garden since our last work party six months ago. For starters, the project has a new name! Ntamtqen means … Continue reading Event Recap: Work Party at Ntamtqen Community Garden

Intergenerational Beauty

Posted by Natasha Anderson-Brass on May 04, 2024

Photo by Lime Soda Photography This poem was submitted by Natasha Anderson-Brass, a Saulteaux, Ukrainian and French Canadian farmer, artist, knowledge keeper, and scientist, to raise awareness of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls (MMIWG) Report and its Calls for Justice. May 5th is recognized annually as Red Dress Day, or the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirit People.  INTERGENERATIONAL BEAUTY By Natasha Anderson-Brass We are violated on deaf ears Over and over again Raw and bloodied You yearn to hear our pain and see our beauty But only want … Continue reading Intergenerational Beauty

MAR 24, 2024: LYTTON, BC – Pruning Workshop with Kanaka Bar Indian Band

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 06, 2024

You’re invited to a pruning workshop and potluck at Kanaka Bar! Join us for a day in the orchard learning how to prune various types of fruit trees, led by local farmer Ashala Daniel of Solstedt Organics. Afterwards we will enjoy a potluck lunch. We can’t wait to gather with you and celebrate spring together. WHEN: March 24, 2024 | 10am-3pm LOCATION: T’eqt”aqtn’mux & Nlaka’pamux Territories. 2693 Siwash Road, Lytton BC (10 mins south of Lytton). Park at the Community Building (first building on the righthand side) REGISTER: This event is free, but if you want to support more events … Continue reading MAR 24, 2024: LYTTON, BC – Pruning Workshop with Kanaka Bar Indian Band

APR 27-28 2024: CAWSTON, BC – Work Party at the Lower Similkameen Community Food Hub, Farm and Garden

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 21, 2024

We’re back with another work party at the Lower Similkameen Community Food Hub, Farm and Garden! Come out to lend a hand with spring farm work and building infrastructure to grow Indigenous food sovereignty. Everyone is welcome to attend. There are a variety of tasks to do such as seeding, transplanting, building, cooking for the volunteers, and more. We can’t wait to gather with you and celebrate spring together! DATE: April 27-28, 2024. Join for the whole weekend or as much as you’re able. (If you’d like to drop in to help leading up to the event, contact Dixon and … Continue reading APR 27-28 2024: CAWSTON, BC – Work Party at the Lower Similkameen Community Food Hub, Farm and Garden

2023 Prairies Mixer Recap

Posted by Lourdes Still on February 09, 2024

What an incredible Prairies Mixer weekend! Thank you to everyone who has participated and supported this gathering. The Young Agrarians (YA) team hosted 94 attendees across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba for community building, knowledge sharing, and storytelling.  Everyone’s enthusiasm to meet new folks, reconnect with their farming acquaintances and eagerness to learn new things made the event buzzing with energy. We had an incredible line-up of engaging speakers and a variety of topics that captivated the audience, ensuring a dynamic and enriching event for all in attendance. The mixer’s theme, Rooted: Grow Deep helped foster meaningful connections and conversations, creating … Continue reading 2023 Prairies Mixer Recap

Celebrating Black History Month: 8 Contributions of Black Farmers to Regenerative Agriculture

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 01, 2024 6 Comments

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 Celebrating Black History Month: 8 Contributions of Black Farmers to Regenerative Agriculture