Blog Category: Saskatchewan

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

Nov. 5 & 6: Organic Connections – SaskOrganics

Posted by Dana Penrice on October 30, 2020

Thursday, November 5, 2020- Online Program 8:15-8:30am  Welcome & Opening Remarks – Organic Connections Chair Marla Carlson 8:30-9:15am  Bob Quinn- Taking Farming Back to the Future for Health, Prosperity and Fun BREAK 9:30-10:15am  Don M. Huber, PhD, Professor Emeritus – Managing Nutrition to Control Plant Diseases and Pests BREAK 10:30-11:15am  Chris Trump – Overview of the Complexity of the Interconnection Between Soil Microbial Life and Nutrient Uptake and Yield BREAK 11:30-12:15pm  Dr. Andrew Hammermeister- Translating Organic Science into Practice 12:15pm  Closing Remarks – Organic Connections Chair Marla Carlson Friday, November 6, 2020- Online Program  8:15-8:30am  Welcome & Opening Remarks – … Continue reading Nov. 5 & 6: Organic Connections – SaskOrganics

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?

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

Farming in Canada: Who else do you have to thank?

Posted by Kyla P on July 14, 2020 7 Comments

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The author, Kyla, at the BIPOC farming immersion at Soul Fire Farm. Photo by Quin Buck, @kisewehtawin. On June 18th, Statistics Canada released an infographic thanking Canadian farmers for their role in the Canadian food chain and for helping to get food on the table of millions of Canadians. Amongst the facts about growing fruit and meat production, I couldn’t help but notice the glaring omission of labour and violence that has led us to where we are in the narrative around the Canadian food chain. Now without a doubt, if you ate today you can thank a farmer. But … Continue reading Farming in Canada: Who else do you have to thank?

FARM JOB: LANIGAN, SK – Grovenland Farm, Farm Hand

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 20, 2020

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Grovenland Farm in Lanigan, Saskatchewan is hiring a farm hand for the 2020 season!  About Grovenland Farm Grovenland farm is a mixed farm set in the open prairies of Saskatchewan. We have a market garden that grow for a 35 member CSA and 2 rural markets. We also have a variety of pasture raised livestock: grass finished beef, heritage breed pastured pigs, pastured chickens (both for meat and eggs). We sell all of our products directly to the consumer, through farmers markets, csa, our online store and through a couple resturants/butchers and one local retail store. We have three quarter sections (480 … Continue reading FARM JOB: LANIGAN, SK – Grovenland Farm, Farm Hand

Local Seed Producers in Canada

Posted by Alex on April 14, 2020 1 Comment

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Photo Credit: Patchwork City Farms It’s spring and you know what that means…SEEDS!! In the same way that we promote buying local food, we also promote buying local seeds. Seed sovereignty is, of course, foundational to food sovereignty! Virtually all vegetable seed planted in Canada is imported. Buying, planting, and saving local seed is one way to support local growers and strengthen our food system, starting with regionally adapted seeds. Steph Hughes, from The Bauta Family Initiative for Canadian Seed Security, talks about five reasons to buy local seed: Seeds learn as they grow. By saving seed, farmers adapt their crop varieties to their growing conditions, and improve … Continue reading Local Seed Producers in Canada

INTERNSHIP: BANGOR, SK – Richards Family Farm and Livestock Ltd.

Posted by Dana Penrice on April 09, 2020

Richards Family Farm and Livestock Ltd. is looking for an intern for the growing season of 2020. Come learn on a mixed farm using regenerative agriculture principles. We integrate cattle and grain enterprises using Holistic Management to create healthy people, land, and profits. Intercropping, cover cropping, low-input conventional and organic grain production, AMP grazing, and perennial pasture management are all used on our farm. Learn how to evaluate, monitor, and improve soil health and ecosystem function. Concepts and ideas to improve production and profit will be looked at along with pasture design, crop rotation, and enterprise integration. We also have … Continue reading INTERNSHIP: BANGOR, SK – Richards Family Farm and Livestock Ltd.

COVID-19 Resources for Farmers

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 06, 2020

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Thank you farmers for ensuring our communities have access to safe and nutritious food! We’ve pulled together this list of resources from across the internet to help you and your farm business during this time. Please reach out if you have other ideas for ways we can support you, or if you have other great resources to add to this list. Farm on! Farmers are heroes! Resources for Farmers: 1. Add your farm to the U-Map Add yourself to the U-Map so consumers can find your farm, or ensure your current listing is up to date. Consider including any pickup or delivery information … Continue reading COVID-19 Resources for Farmers

Support your local farmers- buy direct!

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 19, 2020 1 Comment

The Young Agrarians team has been brainstorming ways we can support farmers during these challenging times, and ensure our communities have access to safe and nutritious food. Supporting our local food systems is more important than ever. Small farms will have a much harder time surviving the economic slowdown than bigger businesses. As restaurants and other markets close, some farmers are experiencing challenges getting their produce to consumers.  Fortunately, farmers are a creative bunch, and many are restructuring their sales channels to offer online ordering and contactless pickup and delivery to optimize safety and make sure their food gets to eaters. We’re all in this together, … Continue reading Support your local farmers- buy direct!