Blog Category: Manitoba

New farmers & Food Policy in Canada – Survey Results

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 14, 2019

Photo courtesy of farmlove.org We dug up the results from a national new farmer survey conducted a few years ago. A paper was recently published on the study, and we want to share the results with you! Pour yourself a cup of tea and delve into the challenges and opportunities for Canadian farmers with us. Below is a summary of the paper with a few highlights. Please download the whole paper for more detail here: New farmers and food policies in Canada By Julia Laforge (Lakehead University), Ayla Fenton (Farmer and on Board of Directors, National Farmers Union), Virginie Lavalée-Picard (Farmer), Stéphane McLachlan (University of … Continue reading New farmers & Food Policy in Canada – Survey Results

Are you a certified organic farmer in Canada? Tell us about it!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 22, 2019

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Are you a Certified Organic Farmer in Canada? Please take this survey to contribute to research on the social, environmental, and business motivations of organic producers in Canada.  This survey, designed by a research team from the University of Guelph, is collecting information on the motivations of Canadian organic farmers to farm organically. If you are a certified organic farmer and over 18 then you can participate! Take the Survey here: https://uoguelph.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bdBsBwpugMNXXzD Background information Organic agriculture is growing fast and that is a good thing! However that also means that the organic movement is evolving. While this is true for all actors in … Continue reading Are you a certified organic farmer in Canada? Tell us about it!

SURVEY: Understanding Farmers’ Need for Seed!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 29, 2019

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Seed Savers Exchange is looking for insight from farmers and seed breeders about how you source seeds. Please consider taking the short survey. Thank you! Survey for BREEDERS: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SSEBreederSurvey  Survey for FARMERS: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SSEFarmerSurvey Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit that aims to conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.  We are seeking to understand how farmers source seeds and how this process can be improved. Providing input from your experiences will help us better serve the farming community.  Questions about this survey can be directed to kgilbery@seedsavers.org

FARM JOB: WINNIPEG, MB – Heart Acres Farm, Farm Worker

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 27, 2019

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Heart Acres Farm in Winnipeg, MB is looking for a Farm Worker for the 2019 season!  ABOUT HEART ACRES FARM Heart Acres is a small no till operation, farming on 1½ acres 10 minutes south of Winnipeg, near St Adolphe, MB. We are starting our second season of production, and grow a diversity of plants, vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers using ecological practices that prioritize soil and water health. We grow for a 70 person CSA, two markets, and restaurants. Save for using the tractor to turn our compost, we primarily use hand tools in our operation. Efficiencies are very important in our system, … Continue reading FARM JOB: WINNIPEG, MB – Heart Acres Farm, Farm Worker

Organic Vegetable Seed Production Course

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 10, 2019

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PRODUCING ORGANIC SEEDS? WANT TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION, HARVESTING, QUALITY, MARKETING, BREEDING AND MORE?  WANT TO BUILD YOUR OWN BUSINESS FOLLOWING YOUR OWN UNIQUE SEED-FARM BUSINESS PLAN? IF SO, THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU! In partnership with USC Canada through The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, COG is excited to open registration for Canada’s only intermediate-level Organic Vegetable Seed Production e-learning certificate! This 22-week program runs April 8th – November 1st, 2019 (with a summer break from July 9th – September 2nd). Designed with flexibility, this certificate program will be delivered in a part-time blended format featuring live, online instruction … Continue reading Organic Vegetable Seed Production Course

Are you a direct marketing farmer in Canada? Please take this survey!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 27, 2019

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Are you a Direct Marketing Farmer? Please take this survey to contribute to research on the economic and social impacts of direct farm marketing in Canada. Research title: Assumed virtues or tangible benefits? An analysis of the economic and social impacts of short food supply chains in Canada Take the Survey here:  https://survey.cirano.qc.ca/index.php/429639?token=DsnWz94Nf9z5q46&lang=en   Research Aim Our research aim is to look at the impacts of direct marketing on farms, farmers and local development in Canada. Direct marketing involves at most one middleman between the producer and the consumer (e.g. farm stand, farmers’ market, sales to restaurants, etc.). The requested information relates to the … Continue reading Are you a direct marketing farmer in Canada? Please take this survey!

NFU 2019 Young Farmer Convergence – Apply To Attend

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 24, 2019

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The National Farmers Union (NFU) Youth and in partnership with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario is planning for the 2019 Young Farmer Convergence! The purpose for the gathering is to offer young farmers workshops, planning and skill-sharing. Our mission is to build capacity for young farmers to be part of an effective social movement and empower them with tools to employ creative solutions to the challenges posed by climate change! This event will bring together dozens of young farmers chosen from around Canada. Successful participants will learn about political organizing and social movements, climate action and agriculture and indigenous … Continue reading NFU 2019 Young Farmer Convergence – Apply To Attend

FARM JOBS: CAMROSE, AB – Grey Arrow Farm, Part-time Garden Workers

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 18, 2019 2 Comments

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Grey Arrow Farm in Camrose, AB is looking for part-time Garden Workers (morning shift) for the 2019 season!  ABOUT GREY ARROW FARM MARKET GARDEN FARM organically growing delicious produce + microgreens for our CSA, restaurants and farmers markets. We grow approximately 55 types of vegetables and herbs over 2.5 acres of cultivated land on our beautiful 35 acre oasis here in the Alberta prairies (just 45 min. south of Edmonton). Our property is surrounded on 3 sides by water (take the canoe or kayak out after work!). We sow our crops through seeding and hand transplanting. We control weeds with mechanical cultivation, hoes, hands, … Continue reading FARM JOBS: CAMROSE, AB – Grey Arrow Farm, Part-time Garden Workers

Feb. 2 & 3: RUSSELL, MB – Holistic Management Conference

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 11, 2019

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Are starting up a farm? Is your farm business struggling to make a profit? Do you struggle with the farm-work-life balance?Are your land, water and ecosystems in need of rejuvenation? Are you wondering about how you can pass on your farm and legacy? Join us at the Western Canadian Holistic Management Conference.  Discover tools to help you make better, more informed decisions to reach your family and farm goals. Meet fellow farmers who are creating regenerative, resilient farms right here on the prairies. Hear inspiring stories and learn practical techniques for improving your farm. Learn more about the speakers and … Continue reading Feb. 2 & 3: RUSSELL, MB – Holistic Management Conference

January 31: Clearwater, MB – Introduction to Holistic Land Design Workshop

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 11, 2019

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In this presentation, Takota Coen will use his family’s 250 acre diversified organic farm as a case study for how we can regenerate the health of the planet and its people, by designing and managing our gardens, homesteads and farms after nature’s patterns. Topics include principles of permaculture design, water harvesting earthworks, livestock integration, agroforestry, aquaculture, and soil health. When: Thursday, January 31st from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm  Where:  Harvest Moon Learning Centre, 8-10th Street, Clearwater Potluck from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at the Learning Centre ~ bring a dish to share! Cost:  $40 + tax per person or $30 + tax per … Continue reading January 31: Clearwater, MB – Introduction to Holistic Land Design Workshop