Blog Category: National

8 Contributions of Black Farmers to Regenerative Agriculture

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 18, 2020

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 8 Contributions of Black Farmers to Regenerative Agriculture

How To Farm a Vacant Urban Lot

Posted by Alex on May 14, 2020

How To Farm a Vacant Urban Lot. Photo credit: TOPSOIL Are you living in the city but find yourself aching to farm? Urban agriculture may be just the right fit for you! But wait…how do you even find enough land to start a farm in the city? That’s where vacant lots come in to the picture. This post is all about how you can find a vacant lot and things to consider when starting an urban farm! So, what is a vacant lot? A vacant lot is classified as a registered lot (serviced or unserviced) that contains no permanent structures … Continue reading How To Farm a Vacant Urban Lot

Small Farm Software Tools

Posted by Melanie Buffel on April 29, 2020 13 Comments

Software Tools for Small Farms This article was originally written by Chris Bodnar, and was published in COABC’s BC Organic Grower, Volume 16, Number 3, Summer, 2013. It has since been expanded and updated by YA staff.  Find more farm business resources  on our FARM BUSINESS TOOLS PAGE Many organic farms have a special binder. The binder holds field records, crop plans, a multitude of to-do lists and miscellaneous notes. The binder is sacred; should it ever go missing, the following year’s organic inspection would be a nightmare. The farm’s operations depend on a bundle of papers that, with one drop in … Continue reading Small Farm Software Tools

Wage Subsidy Programs for Farms

Posted by Moss Dance on April 26, 2020

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WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAMS FOR FARMS Are you a farm looking for a wage subsidy to hire labour? Here are five federally funded programs to consider. For a youth to qualify to be hired using one of these programs, they cannot be accessing a wage subsidy through another federally funded program. This is a one wage subsidy program per employee opportunity. ECO CANADA  This program will cover up to 50% of a student’s wages to $5,000 when employers hire the brightest minds in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) and Business. Funding is for paid work terms. Work terms can be full time or … Continue reading Wage Subsidy Programs for Farms

2019 Farmland Values Report Recap

Posted by Darcy Smith on April 08, 2020

Each spring, while farmers are waiting for seeds to germinate, I eagerly anticipate the Farmland Values Report published by Farm Credit Canada (FCC). Anyone who’s come out to one of our land linking events will know what a sucker I am for good data – along with the rest of our land matching team! Resources like the Farmland Values Report help us keep up to date on the challenges farmers are facing, and how we can best support. The Farmland Values Report tracks changes in the price of farmland across Canada, as well as by province and region. Increasingly, the cost of … Continue reading 2019 Farmland Values Report Recap

Opportunity: It’s time for Mentors to Apply for Funding Internships and Apprenticeships

Posted by Kolby Peterson on December 14, 2019

Are you a farmer looking to hire and mentor a young, new, or aspiring farmer? Youth Employment and Skills Program  The Youth Employment and Skills Program is providing funding in 2020 for the creation of agricultural internships to youth and youth facing barriers. This is a program of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and employers across the agriculture sector may apply for funding to hire Canadians, age 15 to 30. We reached out to inquire about their upcoming funding. “We plan to have a short intake starting Jan 13, 2020 at 10:00 am EST for the $864,000 and then another in … Continue reading Opportunity: It’s time for Mentors to Apply for Funding Internships and Apprenticeships

Kolby Peterson on farmers at the frontline of the climate crisis

Posted by Alex on December 12, 2019

This year’s National Farmers Union essay competition received a stellar submission from Young Agrarian’s own Kolby Peterson (YA Alberta Program Coordinator). She wrote about what it means to be a farmer during an era of climate change and how we can find hope in regenerative farming and building strong communities. The essay topic was “Farmers are on the frontline of the climate crisis. At this critical juncture when farmers must consider and employ climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, what does farming in a changing climate look like to you?”. Enjoy this burst of inspiration!  Hope Beneath Our Feet Kolby Peterson Like … Continue reading Kolby Peterson on farmers at the frontline of the climate crisis

Fields of Hope: Farm Photography Book Fundraiser

Posted by Michalina Hunter on August 15, 2019 1 Comment

Doublejay Farms. Photo by Andrée Thorpe Local photographer Andrée Thorpe has been photographing life on farms for four years. She goes beyond capturing daily activities to focus on what it really means to have a deep commitment to the land, to the community, and to social good. She has learned that farming is serious hard work and that you cannot be afraid to embrace it.  Andrée has published a beautiful book called Fields of Hope. It is a collection of images that celebrates farmers and their way of life. With it, the goal is to create a sequence of images in unity to … Continue reading Fields of Hope: Farm Photography Book Fundraiser

Short Film: Counting on a New Crop

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 12, 2019

Can two unconventional friends keep a decades-old family farm from disappearing? COUNTING ON A NEW CROP is a short documentary directed by Brina Romanek, produced in partnership with CBCShort Docs. The film follows best friends, Sixty-six-year-old farmer Jim Giffen and quiet, 23 year-old electrician, Jonas they struggle to keep Edencrest Farm alive. Before Giffen met Jon, he feared he would lose Edencrest Farms, a staple in the Minesing community since the early1900s. With his four children uninterested in the family business, the question of who would take over the property was looming and the idea that he would have no … Continue reading Short Film: Counting on a New Crop

New farmers & Food Policy in Canada – Survey Results

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 14, 2019

Photo courtesy of 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