Blog Category: Alberta Land Access

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”

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 15 Acres for lease, Spruce Grove, Alberta

Posted by Alex on June 04, 2019 5 Comments

ABOUT THE LAND This beautiful 15 acre property is located just outside of Spruce Grove, AB (15 minute drive from Edmonton). The land owner is looking to lease the land to one or more farmers who are interested in veggies, small animals, and/or perennial crops. Lease terms are currently open for discussion. The land mostly consists of pasture with some trees along the property perimeter and rented for horse grazing but has good potential for growing vegetables and perennial crops. Approximately half of the property is flat with areas that are prone to spring flooding, while the other half has … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 15 Acres for lease, Spruce Grove, Alberta

Opportunity: Sedgewick, AB – Broadview Farm

Posted by Dana Penrice on May 05, 2018

Farm with Roy!  Roy has more growing space than he can farm and is looking for someone to come and work with him. If you are a person wishing to farm but unable to find land, Roy would love to hear from you! Roy is currently marketing vegetables and seeds but there are opportunities on the farm for small scale livestock. He markets at Seedy Saturdays and at the Camrose Farmers Market. Roy would love to share his horticultural and gardening knowledge. Roy is open to lots of options from working a few days a week to living on the farm. If … Continue reading Opportunity: Sedgewick, AB – Broadview Farm

Land: Central Alberta – Purebred Cow/Calf Farm

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 03, 2017

Farmer Wanted Earn your way to own a small cow/calf farm in Central Alberta. We are offering this opportunity to s sincere person or couple that has experience with cattle and related equipment. This opportunity involves a small purebred her on an established facility that focuses on the welfare of the animals and the environment. We are almost ready to retire. Therefore, we are looking for a young person(s) to work with us, with the goal of taking over the farm. We are looking for someone with a great interest in cattle. The applicant must be of good character, physically capable … Continue reading Land: Central Alberta – Purebred Cow/Calf Farm

LAND: Cattle Ranch Opportunity at Edgerton, Alberta

Posted by Dana Penrice on November 21, 2016

Bar U.J. Ranch & Farm Ltd. has 250 cows for sale and land for rent. The purchase of these cows includes and opportunity to use our ranch land at a very reasonable price. This package together with our mentorship would be an excellent way to optimize the benefits of a cow herd that works and is well adapted to some of the unique challenges and opportunities that exist on our ranch. Living quarters are available on the ranch. Call Jim & Bonnie Brown 780-755-2550 Bar U.J. Ranch & Farm Ltd. Edgerton, AB