Blog Category: Maritimes

How to Reduce Plastic in Agriculture

Posted by Rachel Spruston on May 02, 2022

Plastic is widely used in agriculture for weed suppression, packaging, seed starting, and more. However, studies show that plastic can disrupt soil health, stunt plant growth, and leach from soils into aquatic environments. Here we dive into the issue of plastic in agriculture, and showcase Canadian farmers who’ve found alternatives. The phrase ‘plastic pollution’ is more likely to bring to mind heartbreaking photos of remote Pacific Ocean beaches littered with plastic or wildlife trapped in six-pack rings than images of earthworms and soil profiles. While marine plastic pollution tends to get the most attention, and for good reason (a recent … Continue reading How to Reduce Plastic in Agriculture

FEB: ONLINE – Holistic Management Canada Conference

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 27, 2022

Interested in how to make decisions that are ecologically, financially and socially sound? No matter what your production interests – be it livestock, gardening or cropping – this conference is for you. Hear from new farmers and experienced farmers who are using Holistic Management to improve their farms, their profitability and their quality of life. Hear from Holistic Management Practitioners Across Canada For many, many years we’ve hosted the Western Canadian HM Conference and we are so excited to be expanding to offer the 2022 Holistic Management Canada Conference: Coast to Coast to Coast. Its about time! Save your Thursday … Continue reading FEB: ONLINE – Holistic Management Canada Conference

How to Apply for Farm Grants in Canada

Posted by Rachel Spruston on January 17, 2022 4 Comments

As a new farmer, access to capital in the early years of operation, or during periods of significant change such as farm transition or expansion, can be a challenge. The good news is, there are many grants available for new farmers in Canada, and we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourites below, as well as tips for applying. This post was inspired by and based on the generous expertise of Andrew Rosychuk of Rosy Farms, a regenerative haskap farm in Alberta and a speaker for our Business Bootcamp. Over the course of his farming career Andrew has become … Continue reading How to Apply for Farm Grants in Canada

#RISINGYOUTH community service grants

Posted by Michalina Hunter on October 20, 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

We’re hiring! YOUNG AGRARIANS OPERATIONS MANAGER

Posted by Darcy Smith on August 16, 2021

Young Agrarians is hiring an Operations Manager RELATIONAL > TECHNICAL > ORGANIZED DEADLINE TO APPLY: 12pm, Friday September 10, 2021 ABOUT Young Agrarians Young Agrarians (YA) is a farmer-to-farmer educational resource network for new and young ecological farmers in Canada. We recognize the Indigenous lands and territories that we work on and alongside, and are committed to providing programs and services that are inclusive and available to farmers and friends of diverse backgrounds. Since 2012, our network is volunteer-driven, with farmers across the country organizing on-farm events and building community to create spaces for knowledge sharing and growth. YA began … Continue reading We’re hiring! YOUNG AGRARIANS OPERATIONS MANAGER

New Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 24, 2021

rural mental wellness toolkit

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

Beyond the Market: Selling to Retailers

Posted by Jolene Swain on March 18, 2021

Have you outgrown the farmers’ market? Can you produce more than you can sell direct to customers? Are you ready to branch out to retailers? Here are some tips and tricks from retailers and producers to help assess your readiness and provide some considerations when it comes to moving your product beyond the market. Flexible farm business incubators Farmers’ Markets are a great incubator for local producers to fine tune their growing practices while building up a customer base and brand. Direct to customer sales offer a short supply chain and forge valuable relationships with the community. Cutting out the … Continue reading Beyond the Market: Selling to Retailers

We’re hiring! YA ADMINISTRATION & SPECIAL PROJECTS LEAD

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 15, 2021 2 Comments

Young Agrarians Admin Job

Young Agrarians is hiring an Administration & Special Projects Lead! RELATIONAL > TECHNICAL > ORGANIZED DEADLINE TO APPLY: March 31, 2021 ABOUT Young Agrarians Young Agrarians (YA) is a farmer-to-farmer educational resource network for new and young ecological farmers in Canada. We recognize the Indigenous lands and territories that we work on and alongside, and are committed to providing programs and services that are inclusive and available to farmers and friends of diverse backgrounds. Since 2012, our network is volunteer-driven, with farmers across the country organizing on-farm events and building community to create spaces for knowledge sharing and growth. YA … Continue reading We’re hiring! YA ADMINISTRATION & SPECIAL PROJECTS LEAD

FREDERICTON, NB: Regenerative Farming Internship at Hayes Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 18, 2021

Looking to learn about Regenerative Agriculture? Check out the Regenerative Farming Internship in Fredericton, New Brunswick!

Looking to learn about Regenerative Agriculture? Check out the Regenerative Farming Internship in Fredericton, New Brunswick! Reconnect with the land and community to find your purpose. This is no ordinary program. If you’re looking to see how food justice, food security, and climate issues play out in the real world, this program is for you. Put your knowledge to work in the fields of Hayes Farm, a working farm in the heart of Fredericton. Regenerative agriculture enriches the soil instead of depleting it, respects nature instead of exploiting it, captures carbon instead of releasing it, and supports the interconnectedness of … Continue reading FREDERICTON, NB: Regenerative Farming Internship at Hayes Farm

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