Blog Category: Alberta

#RISINGYOUTH community service grants

Posted by Michalina Hunter on May 05, 2021

Do you have a simple project idea to support your community? #RisingYouth is a program led by TakingITGlobal that empowers young people aged 15 to 30 across Canada to give back to their community through grants of $250, $750, and $1,500. THEY HAVE THREE LEVELS OF GRANTS AVAILABLE: Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. You’ll hear from them within 30 days of applying! They are currently prioritizing grant applications that respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic. All grantees and projects must comply with applicable public health guidelines in their province or territory. Please postpone applications for any projects involving in-person … Continue reading #RISINGYOUTH community service grants

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”

Grand Trunk Veggies: Maximizing Urban Farming Potential

Posted by Michelle Lam on April 25, 2021

Grand Trunk Veggies is based on Treaty 7 territory, a traditional gathering place, travelling route and home for many Indigenous Peoples including the Kainai (Blood), Siksika, Piikani, Tsuut’ina and Stoney Nakoda. In addition, Métis peoples. The land is also known in Canadian geography as Calgary, AB.  This case study is a part of Young Agrarians Alberta Land Access Guide, a toolkit for farmers seeking land opportunities. Kye started his urban farm by growing veggies in the backyard of the house he was renting. Soon after he found more yards through a plot listing compiled by YYC Growers & Distributors. Kye … Continue reading Grand Trunk Veggies: Maximizing Urban Farming Potential

APPRENTICESHIP: FLATBUSH, AB – Chickadee Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 20, 2021

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Chickadee Farm in Flatbush, Alberta, is seeking a farm apprentice for the 2021 season! About Chickadee Farm Chickadee Farm is a second-generation family farm located near the community of Flatbush, Alberta, on the banks of the Pembina River. We grow herbal teas and culinary herbs and raise sheep and chickens (for home consumption). We have been certified organic since 2003. We also wildcraft medicinal teas in the forests around our farm and community. This is a unique apprenticeship opportunity to work on a herbal tea farm. You will be able to learn about all the steps in producing dried herbal … Continue reading APPRENTICESHIP: FLATBUSH, AB – Chickadee Farm

Freshpal Farms: A Geologist Turned Farmer Shares His Story

Posted by Michelle Lam on April 18, 2021

Freshpal Farms is based on Treaty 7 territory, a traditional gathering place, travelling route and home for many Indigenous Peoples including the Kainai (Blood), Siksika, Piikani, Tsuut’ina and Stoney Nakoda. In addition, Métis peoples. The land is also known in Canadian geography as Olds, AB.  This case study is a part of Young Agrarians Alberta Land Access Guide, a toolkit for farmers seeking land opportunities. Farming wasn’t always in the books for Jianyi Dong, co-owner and operator of Freshpal Farms in Olds, AB. With a background in geology from China, he hoped to continue his career when he arrived in … Continue reading Freshpal Farms: A Geologist Turned Farmer Shares His Story

Fork in the Rowed Farms: The Journey of a Small-Scale Market Garden

Posted by Michelle Lam on April 11, 2021

Fork in the Rowed Farms is based on Treaty 7 territory, a traditional gathering place, travelling route and home for many Indigenous Peoples including the Niitsítpiis-stahkoii ᖹᐟᒧᐧᐨᑯᐧ ᓴᐦᖾᐟ (Blackfoot / Niitsítapi ᖹᐟᒧᐧᒣᑯ), Ktunaxa ɁamakɁis, Tsuu T’ina, Michif Piyii (Métis), Očhéthi Šakówiŋ. The land is also known in Canadian geography as Lethbridge, AB. This case study is a part of Young Agrarians Alberta Land Access Guide, a toolkit for farmers seeking land opportunities. Jodi and Moira didn’t want to start farming when they did. They had a five year plan to get into market gardening but things sped up when a … Continue reading Fork in the Rowed Farms: The Journey of a Small-Scale Market Garden

The Northern Table: A Non-Traditional Trade for Land Use

Posted by Michelle Lam on April 07, 2021

The Northern Table 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 Edmonton, Alberta. This case study is a part of Young Agrarians Alberta Land Access Guide, a toolkit for farmers seeking land opportunities. While Melanie was working her magic in the kitchen of the YA Winter Mixer in Alix, Alberta, Tom was busy socializing with the wonderful Phil and Heather Seutter of Bretona Farm Co. It … Continue reading The Northern Table: A Non-Traditional Trade for Land Use

FARM JOB: Beaver Mines, Alberta – Grazing Hand at Goats for Weeds

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 06, 2021

Goats for Weeds in Beaver Mines, Alberta is seeking a Grazing Hand! ABOUT Goats for Weeds Goats for Weeds, a family owned business dedicated to land regeneration through weed control for large scale landowners, is looking for a Grazing Hand to work on various contract sites in Alberta this summer with our incredible herd of goats. If you like camping & hiking (sometimes sprinting), love animals, can sleep with one ear open, and want to spend the summer outside – we want to hear from you. Please note this is a seasonal position from mid May to mid September, with … Continue reading FARM JOB: Beaver Mines, Alberta – Grazing Hand at Goats for Weeds

Lazy T Farm: A Story of a Generational Farm Transition

Posted by Michelle Lam on March 25, 2021

Lazy T Farm is located on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place, travelling route and home for many Indigenous Peoples including the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Cree, Michif Piyii (Métis), Tsuu T’ina, and Niitsítpiis-stahkoii ᖹᐟᒧᐧᐨᑯᐧ ᓴᐦᖾᐟ (Blackfoot / Niitsítapi ᖹᐟᒧᐧᒣᑯ) nations. The land is also known in Canadian geography as Halkirk, Alberta. This case study is a part of Young Agrarians Alberta Land Access Guide, a toolkit for farmers seeking land opportunities. Brett and Jenna live and farm on Lazy T Farm, which was homesteaded in 1904 by Jenna’s great great grandfather. The farm has since been transitioned through the females … Continue reading Lazy T Farm: A Story of a Generational Farm Transition

New Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 24, 2021

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The Stigma-Free Society has just released their new Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit! The Stigma-Free Society created the Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit to let individuals living in rural communities know that it is OK to reach out for help and that they are not alone. We all have mental health, and it is just as important as our physical health. Inside the toolkit you will find engaging resources for audiences including youth, families and seniors. The Inspiring Stories for You section showcases videos of rural residents who open up the conversation around mental health and stigma. Peer Support Facilitator Training Program in … Continue reading New Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit