Blog Category: Alberta

Dec 3: WEBINAR – New On-Farm Slaughter Regulations in Alberta

Posted by Dana Penrice on November 16, 2020

The new On-Farm Slaughter Operation License under the Meat Inspection Act and Meat Inspection Regulation offers exciting opportunities for farmers in Alberta. Learn about what this means for you and get your questions answered at this free webinar.  WHEN: December 3rd, 2020 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm WHERE: Online. Join us from the comfort of your couch, office, tractor, compost heap – wherever you find yourself able to tune in! RSVP:  Register for this FREE online webinar here https://bit.ly/3lvyclL. You’ll receive a link to join the session either by computer, mobile or phone. This workshop will cover: On-Farm Slaughter Operation License – Sandy Stafford … Continue reading Dec 3: WEBINAR – New On-Farm Slaughter Regulations in Alberta

OCT 28 – NOV 28: ONLINE – National Farmers Union Convention

Posted by Dana Penrice on November 02, 2020

About the National Farmers Union Convention 2020 What a year 2020 has been! Throughout, the National Farmers Union has continued to work diligently on behalf of family and cooperative farmers and progressive eaters and thinkers across Canada.  calling for measures to support family and cooperative farms fighting for farmers and farmers markets to be recognized as essential services highlighting the importance of localized food systems speaking for the health of all workers in the food system including farmers, migrant workers, inspectors and processors In addition, the NFU has created a Vision of a post-COVID Food System that we look forward … Continue reading OCT 28 – NOV 28: ONLINE – National Farmers Union Convention

Customer Relationships During Farm Transition

Posted by Alex on October 06, 2020

Photo credit: Sole Food Street Farms Successful customer relationships are at the heart of successful businesses. Informing customers and nurturing these relationships during the transition period (and before!) is crucial for a smooth transfer.  Many farms sell their products through a variety of sales channels. Indirect sales occur when sales are Business-to-Business (B2B), and the customer is a buyer from a store or distributor, rather than the end consumer. Direct sales channels occur when a farm is selling directly to the person who consumes the products (B2C), and may include Farmers’ Markets, CSAs, farmgate and online sales.  Your approach to … Continue reading Customer Relationships During Farm Transition

Thinking of Hosting an Apprenticeship – Are You a Good Fit?

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 24, 2020

Mentoring the next generation of ranchers and farmers can be extremely rewarding. As an expert in your field with many years of experience running a business, you are in an excellent position to introduce a novice to the many and nuanced aspects of running an agricultural business, from building fence or caring for a sick animal to fixing the farm truck, developing a marketing strategy, designing a label for your products, or making important financial decisions. No one is better qualified to grow a new agrarian than an experienced mentor with many years on the land, yet not every rancher or … Continue reading Thinking of Hosting an Apprenticeship – Are You a Good Fit?

AUG 23, 2020: ROSE PRAIRIE, BC – Land Social at Whiskey Creek Ranch

Posted by Jolene Swain on August 12, 2020

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You’re invited to a socially-distanced Land Social at Whiskey Creek Ranch, a first generation, family-run farm in B.C’.s Peace region that is also home to Hip Peace Produce. If you’re curious about what land matching and sharing is all about, join us for the event. We will tour the farm, enjoy local food prepared by Whiskey Creek Ranch, and dive into the steps to building a successful farm on leased land. We’ll learn about how the B.C. Land Matching Program can help you find the perfect piece of land for you to build your dream farm business – or the perfect farmer … Continue reading AUG 23, 2020: ROSE PRAIRIE, BC – Land Social at Whiskey Creek Ranch

Call for Mentors: Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 10, 2020 2 Comments

Mentor application deadline extended to November 6th. We are seeking Host Mentor Farms for the YA Apprenticeship Program in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba We are excited to announce that in 2021, in addition to Alberta, we will be expanding the Young Agrarians Apprenticeship program into Saskatchewan and Manitoba. We are actively seeking farms and ranches in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to join our program and grow the next generation of regenerative agriculture practitioners. We are looking for farmers who are dedicated stewards of the land; are skilled and enthusiastic teachers who have a passion for mentoring young and aspiring farmers; and have a farm … Continue reading Call for Mentors: Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program

New On-Farm Slaughter Regulations in Alberta Will Help New Farmers

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 02, 2020 2 Comments

For years, small-scale meat producers in Alberta have been calling for scale-appropriate regulations that improved access to slaughter and processing. On July 29, 2020, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Devin Dreeshen announced big changes to the Meat Inspection Regulation including a new license allowing farmers to slaughter animals and process meat on-site. This Uninspected Slaughter Operation License will enable a livestock farmer to sell a live animal to a customer and the customer can have the animal slaughtered on the farm. The meat from the animal will be uninspected and for the consumption of the customer and the customer’s household only. The … Continue reading New On-Farm Slaughter Regulations in Alberta Will Help New Farmers

REMOTE JOB: CANADA – Indigenous Climate Action, Director of Operations

Posted by Michalina Hunter on July 30, 2020

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Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) is looking for someone with passion, who enjoys working on a team, setting precedents, and is committed to true Indigenous Climate Justice to serve as its Director of Operations in a REMOTE full-time position. ICA has no centralized office and all staff and employees work from various locations across the country. About Indigenous Climate Action At ICA we inspire climate action by centering Indigenous nationhood and autonomy as a primary climate solution. ICA provides tools for our communities, promotes sustainable ways of life and uplifts our solutions and voices within the climate crisis. As Indigenous Peoples, we … Continue reading REMOTE JOB: CANADA – Indigenous Climate Action, Director of Operations

INTERNSHIP: ALBERTA: Indigenous Climate Action, Intersectional Movement Building Research Intern

Posted by Michalina Hunter on July 23, 2020

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Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) is looking for someone with passion, who enjoys working on a team, conducting research, building connections, and is committed to true Indigenous Climate Justice to serve as its Intersectional Movement Building Research Intern. About Indigenous Climate Action At ICA we inspire climate action by centering Indigenous sovereignty and autonomy as a primary climate solution. ICA provides tools for our communities, promotes sustainable ways of life and uplifts our solutions and voices within the climate crisis. As Indigenous Peoples, we must realize that we are our own experts. Together we support a world with sovereign and thriving … Continue reading INTERNSHIP: ALBERTA: Indigenous Climate Action, Intersectional Movement Building Research Intern

New Farmer Shout Out: Peace River, AB-Green Acres

Posted by Lilli Klamke on July 17, 2020

Are you looking for producers of fresh and local vegetables in the Peace Country? Here they are! Katharina and John’s market garden is called “Green Acres”. They took on the challenge of producing fresh vegetables like peppers, leafy greens, cucumbers and much more in the oftentimes difficult climate of northern Alberta. They are not certified organic vegetable producers yet but are purposely not using any chemicals on their land and are following organically-oriented ways of vegetable production. Katharina and John Klassen are in their second season of farming a little acreage just outside of Peace River, AB.  Each of them … Continue reading New Farmer Shout Out: Peace River, AB-Green Acres