Blog Category: Alberta Land Access

MAR 11, 2024: ONLINE – Finding Farmland on the Prairies: Land Access through Conservation

Posted by Fred Reibin on February 08, 2024

Are you dreaming of growing food on the prairies? Have you been dropping hints to your friends to join you? Looking for land, but don’t know how to make it a reality? The third of three stories on how to find farmland on the prairies features Ross MacDonald of 98 Ranch – Ross is a first-generation rancher and professional agrologist in southern Saskatchewan. 98 Ranch Inc. is a 5,000 acre ranch that produces grass-fed beef and strives for grassland and related wildlife habitat conservation. Ross was able to access his land through conservation initiatives.  He is actively engaged with the … Continue reading MAR 11, 2024: ONLINE – Finding Farmland on the Prairies: Land Access through Conservation

FEB 12, 2024: ONLINE – Finding Farmland on the Prairies: Turning Lawns into Food

Posted by Fred Reibin on January 22, 2024

Are you dreaming of growing food on the prairies? Have you been dropping hints to your friends to join you? Looking for land, but don’t know how to make it a reality? The second of three stories on how to find farm land on the prairies features urban farmers Miranda Holt & Candace Benson of City Street Farms – a social enterprise that transforms front and back yards in Regina, SK into productive vegetable and flower gardens. The business was founded in the fall of 2020 by Miranda Holt and Candace Benson when they came together to discuss how to make use … Continue reading FEB 12, 2024: ONLINE – Finding Farmland on the Prairies: Turning Lawns into Food

JAN 15, 2024: ONLINE – Finding Farmland on the Prairies: The Story of The Dogs Run Farm

Posted by Fred Reibin on December 21, 2023

The Dogs Run Farm

Are you dreaming of growing food on the prairies? Have you been dropping hints to your friends to join you? Looking for land, but don’t know how to make it a reality? The first of three webinars on how to find farmland on the prairies features first generation farmer Katie McInnes of The Dogs Run Farm. Katie has been farming with her husband, Colin, for ten years and will share their story of becoming farmers, how they accessed land and capital, joined existing communities and built new networks. Scrappy starts: The Story of The Dogs Run Farm Hear about their … Continue reading JAN 15, 2024: ONLINE – Finding Farmland on the Prairies: The Story of The Dogs Run Farm

Meet the Ethiopian Farmer growing Anchote in Edmonton

Posted by Alex on September 18, 2023 10 Comments

The first thing that strikes you when you meet Ebsa is that he is full of energy! He is so passionate about farming and is excited to share that with those around him.  Ebsa is an Ethiopian farmer who moved to Canada in 2014 and grows vegetables right outside of Edmonton. He has 32 acres of leased land, which is divided into blocks of onions, potatoes, corn, kale, chard, and beets. Before Ebsa started farming on this piece of land, he grew and experimented with many vegetables at his house using grow lights and pots and the results provided the … Continue reading Meet the Ethiopian Farmer growing Anchote in Edmonton

FEEDING YOUR COMMUNITY AS A FIRST-GENERATION FARMER

Posted by Alex on October 05, 2022

Dylan and Tom (and their dogs Coconut and Hank) have jumped into farming with both feet! They are first-generation, queer farmers who started Coconut Grove Urban Farmstead near Edmonton. Tom and Dylan shared with us some of the highlights and lessons learned of their first three years of farming and how they are feeding their community as first-generation farmers. You can follow their farm journey on IG @coconutgroveurbanfarmstead and on their website coconutgroveurbanfarmstead.com. JOYS AND STRUGGLES OF BEING NEW FARMERS   Tom and Dylan found land for lease near Edmonton through the Young Agrarians U-Map and decided to make that … Continue reading FEEDING YOUR COMMUNITY AS A FIRST-GENERATION FARMER

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Multiple 2-Acre Parcels Ready For Planting – Leduc County, Alberta

Posted by Melisa Zapisocky on January 07, 2022

ABOUT THE LAND There are four 2-acre parcels of land ready to be planted in the spring of 2022 that include north, south and east facing fields. Each parcel of land is surrounded by trees and water is drawn from a dugout. Crop rotations, cover crops and green manures have been used throughout production to build soil health and minimize disease and weeds and the land is free of contaminants (and will stay that way).  Since purchasing the property in 1983, this land has been cared for and used to grow vegetables, berries and flowers that have supplied produce to … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Multiple 2-Acre Parcels Ready For Planting – Leduc County, Alberta

Alberta Land Linking Workshop 2022

Posted by Alex on October 26, 2021 4 Comments

Are you a landholder looking for farmers? Are you a new farmer looking for land? Land access is a major barrier to new and aspiring farmers. With increasing land prices, ownership is often not an option. At the same time, many landholders don’t have family members who want to take on the farm or have land that is not currently in production.  There is a growing opportunity for new farmers, land managers and food growers, who come from a wide variety of backgrounds, to explore creative land sharing arrangements with those offering land. This online workshop will bring together landholders … Continue reading Alberta Land Linking Workshop 2022

Land Access Support is coming to Alberta

Posted by Michelle Lam on October 22, 2021

The future of food systems lies in the hands of our next generation of farmers — but what do we do when our future farmers don’t have access to land? Young Agrarians (YA) hopes to offer solutions that will bridge the gap between landholders and land seekers with two Land Linking Workshops coming to Leduc County later this year.   These online workshops are being modelled off of the YA B.C. Land Matching Program, which provides personalized land matching and business support services for both farmers looking for land to start or expand their farm and landholders interested in finding someone … Continue reading Land Access Support is coming to Alberta

Prairie Gold Meats & Meadow Farm Florals: The Perfect Pairing

Posted by Michelle Lam on May 14, 2021

Photo Credit: Ashlea Kooman Location: Tamara Ranch, Red Deer , AB

Prairie Gold Meats & Meadow Farm Florals is based on Treaty 6 and 7 territory, a traditional gathering place, travelling route and home for many Indigenous Peoples including the Blackfoot, Tsuu T’ina, Stoney Nakoda, traditional Métis, Cree and Saulteaux. The land is also known in Canadian geography as Forshee, AB.  This case study is a part of Young Agrarians Alberta Land Access Guide, a toolkit for farmers seeking land opportunities. Blake Hall grew up in the City of Red Deer, Alberta and got into farming through the CRAFT Apprenticeship program in Southern Ontario. Having caught a bug for grazing, pasture … Continue reading Prairie Gold Meats & Meadow Farm Florals: The Perfect Pairing

Peas on Earth: “It Runs in the Family”

Posted by Michelle Lam on May 02, 2021

Peas on Earth is based on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place, travelling route and home for many Indigenous Peoples including the Nehiyawak/Cree, Tsuut’ina, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Haudenosaunee/Iroquois, Dene Suliné, Anishinaabe/Ojibway/Saulteaux, and the Inuk/Inuit. The land is also known in Canadian geography as Sturgeon County, AB.  This case study is a part of Young Agrarians Alberta Land Access Guide, a toolkit for farmers seeking land opportunities. Eric and Ruby Chen are a couple based out of Edmonton, AB, who have always had a passion for growing food. When asked about their farming history, they explain that it “runs … Continue reading Peas on Earth: “It Runs in the Family”