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How To Start Farming In Manitoba

Posted by Lourdes Still on February 26, 2024

A starter kit for those wondering how to start farming in Manitoba. Young Agrarians (YA) is a farmer to farmer educational resource network for new and young ecological, organic and regenerative farmers in Canada. Read more about us here. Young Agrarians recognizes the unresolved Indigenous land title and rights in the diverse territories in what is today called Canada. As we live and work in the context of and in response to a colonial system of laws and policies, it is important to acknowledge the historical and ongoing impact of agriculture and land enclosure on Indigenous lands and food systems. In … Continue reading How To Start Farming In Manitoba

How To Start Farming In Saskatchewan

Posted by Lourdes Still on January 29, 2024

A starter kit for those wondering how to start farming in Saskatchewan. Young Agrarians (YA) is a farmer to farmer educational resource network for new and young ecological, organic and regenerative farmers in Canada. Read more about us here. Young Agrarians recognizes the unresolved Indigenous land title and rights in the diverse territories in what is today called Canada. As we live and work in the context of and in response to a colonial system of laws and policies, it is important to acknowledge the historical and ongoing impact of agriculture and land enclosure on Indigenous lands and food systems. In … Continue reading How To Start Farming In Saskatchewan

Resources for Farmers Affected by BC Wildfires

Posted by JoHana Harcourt on August 22, 2023 2 Comments

We have been devastated to see wildfires sweeping across BC, the Northwest Territories, and beyond. Our hearts go out to all the farmers affected by the wildfires, and their families, animals, and communities. This post contains resources for those affected by the wildfires in BC, with some specific resources for farmers. We have also included options for those wishing to support recovery efforts. Resources for Farmers Affected By BC Wildfires General Government of BC Emergency Support Services: Register as an evacuee and claim support through your regional office. AgSafe BC Wildfire Emergency Planning Resources:  Links to evacuation support and financial assistance. Fire Smart BC: Provides checklists and … Continue reading Resources for Farmers Affected by BC Wildfires

Local Seed Producers in Canada

Posted by Alex on February 14, 2023 13 Comments

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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

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

How to Apply for Farm Grants in Canada

Posted by Rachel Spruston on January 17, 2022 15 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 farm grants for beginning 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

Resources for Farmers Affected by BC Floods

Posted by Michalina Hunter on November 24, 2021

Resources for Farmers Affected by BC Floods

We are devastated about the recent flooding in southern BC. Our hearts go out to all the farmers affected by flooding, and their families, animals, and communities. This post contains resources for farmers, as well as options for those wishing to support with recovery efforts. Resources for Farmers Affected By BC Floods Funding: Provincial Disaster Funding BC Agri-Business Disaster Recovery BC Economic Development Association Resources AgriRecovery The AgriRecovery program assists livestock and crop producers with recovery costs which are beyond the supports provided by existing government disaster financial assistance, risk management programs, and private insurance. The governments of B.C. and … Continue reading Resources for Farmers Affected by BC Floods

How To Start Farming In Alberta

Posted by Michelle Lam on September 03, 2021 6 Comments

How to start farming in Alberta

A starter kit for those wondering how to start farming in Alberta. Young Agrarians (YA) is a farmer to farmer educational resource network for new and young ecological, organic and regenerative farmers in Canada. Read more about us here. Young Agrarians recognizes the unresolved Indigenous land title and rights in the diverse territories in what is today called Canada. As we live and work in the context of and in response to a colonial system of laws and policies, it is important to acknowledge the historical and ongoing impact of agriculture and land enclosure on Indigenous lands and food systems. In … Continue reading How To Start Farming In Alberta

How to Select Vegetable Varieties for Greenhouse Growing

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 04, 2021

How to Select Vegetable Varieties for Greenhouse Growing

Got a new greenhouse or poly tunnel and wondering what varieties to plant? Experiencing issues with low yields or disease in your greenhouse? Check out this interview with Gemma McNeill, Owner-Operator of Zaklan Farm, a suburban microfarm in Surrey, British Columbia. Once you’ve gleaned some wisdom from Gemma, you may want to learn more. We recommend you follow up by reading an outline on how to select vegetable varieties for greenhouse growing, plus recommendations for the best greenhouse tomato, pepper, cucumber, eggplant, and lettuce varieties to try, from Johnny’s Selected Seeds. Photo above is of Gemma by Zaklan Farm. Greenhouse … Continue reading How to Select Vegetable Varieties for Greenhouse Growing

Alberta Land Access Guide

Posted by Michelle Lam on May 01, 2021 10 Comments

Photo Credit: Kevin Kossowan Location: Lady’s Hat Farm, Castor, AB

Feature image above: Photo Credit: Kevin Kossowan // Location: Lady’s Hat Farm, Castor, AB The Young Agrarians team and our contributors have been working hard at creating the first edition of the Alberta Land Access Guide. It’s a toolkit for new farmers like YOU. It’s a collection of stories of wins, losses, and everything in-between. We hope you can use these experiences to guide you through this big, rather intimidating step in your career path as a regenerative farmer. (Don’t worry, we’re here to walk you through it, step-by-step). For land seekers, it will give you ideas to explore when … Continue reading Alberta Land Access Guide