Blog Category: Workshops

VIRTUAL FARM TOUR – Cold Climate Water Resilience Virtual Field Day at Coen Farm

Posted by Alex on March 10, 2020

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Join us for a VIRTUAL field day at Coen Farm to learn about simple, low-cost, low-tech systems for harvesting snowmelt to improve your water resilience in a cold climate. During this video tour you will see over 3 km of swales, 40 million litres of water storage in ponds, dams, dugouts and wetlands, solar-powered water pumping, gravity water reticulation system, and energy-free livestock waterers. If the spring melt cooperates then there will also be a flood irrigation demonstration into one of the swales to water one of the farm’s food forests. The tour will also cover topics like permaculture design, … Continue reading VIRTUAL FARM TOUR – Cold Climate Water Resilience Virtual Field Day at Coen Farm

March 17-19: Manitoba – Dr. Fred Provenza Workshops

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 05, 2020

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Dr. Fred Provenza, the author of Nourishment: What Animals Can Teach Us about Rediscovering Our Nutritional Wisdom  will be on a workshop tour around Manitoba. Tuesday, March 17 – MBFI  Wednesday, March 18 – Glenboro Theatre Thursday, March 19 – Pipestone Community Hall All workshops start at 10:00 am and wrap up at 3:30 pm. Dr. Provenza was a faculty member in the Department of Range Science from 1982 to 2009. He is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University For the past 30 years, his group has produced ground-breaking research that laid the foundations for what … Continue reading March 17-19: Manitoba – Dr. Fred Provenza Workshops

POSTPONED: APR 4, 2020: CLEARWATER, MB – Introduction to Pastured Poultry Workshop

Posted by Dana Penrice on March 05, 2020

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This event has been postponed. We’re partnering with the Harvest Moon Society to bring you a workshop to get you started in poultry. WHEN: Saturday, April 4th 9:30 am to 4:00 pm WHERE: The Harvest Moon Learning Centre, Clearwater, MB WHAT: This workshop will cover: FARM & ENTERPRISE GOALS BREED & STRAIN SELECTION BASICS OF BROODING MANAGING POULTRY ON PASTURE POULTRY EQUIPMENT WINTER HOUSING REGISTRATION:  $75 per person (includes lunch). Space is limited so register by March 31st. To register contact info@harvestmoonsociety.org      

POSTPONED – MAR 23, 2020: CHILLIWACK, BC – Farmer Self Care Social

Posted by Michalina Hunter on March 04, 2020

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Photo of Late Bloomers Flower Farm, by Damaris Riedinger We are postponing this event. If you’d like to be notified by email when we reschedule, please register on eventbrite.  Stay well farm friends! Join us in Chilliwack, BC for a casual social and potluck on self care for farmers. Make 2020 your best season yet by establishing self care practices to reduce stress and enhance your wellbeing both on and off-farm. Farmer Self Care Social WHEN: Monday, March 23rd, 2020 – 6pm-8:30pm WHERE: Thrive Collective: 203-5960 Tyson Road Chilliwack, BC V2R 3R5 SCHEDULE: 6:00pm- Introduction to the Facility (facilitated by a Thrive Collective Counsellor) 6:30pm- Introduction … Continue reading POSTPONED – MAR 23, 2020: CHILLIWACK, BC – Farmer Self Care Social

Seeds, Fermentation, Mushrooms & More: A look back at 2019 Columbia Basin events

Posted by Hailey Troock on February 21, 2020

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Thanks to the farms and friends who hosted and the generous support of Columbia Basin Trust, Young Agrarians was able to organize seven different on-farm and educational events across the region in 2019 and early 2020. We learned about tools, seed saving, nurseries, fermentation, mushrooms and more, we toured some groundbreaking farms, and we shared meals with new and old friends. We partnered with some fantastic like-minded organizations and teamed up with innovative entrepreneurs. We look forward to what this year will bring! Scroll on for links to recaps from the whole series to see what we did at each event. We’re … Continue reading Seeds, Fermentation, Mushrooms & More: A look back at 2019 Columbia Basin events

EVENT RECAP: Wet and Wild Farming Fungi Forum

Posted by Hailey Troock on February 20, 2020

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Nearly 50 people joined Young Agrarians at Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort on Sunday, February 16, 2020, for a half-day of discussions all about farming and fungi! This inaugural event solely about MUSHROOMS filled up in two days after registration opened, with a waiting list. People joined us from as far away as Armstrong, Revelstoke and Naksup. Without a doubt, we’ll be talking farming and fungi at another upcoming YA event.  The forum brought together four local guest speakers to the Nasookin meeting room, with a stunning view of Kootenay Lake.  To provide the group with an introduction to fungi farming in the … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Wet and Wild Farming Fungi Forum

FEB 22 & 23: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – YA Peace Country Winter Mixer

Posted by Lilli Klamke on February 18, 2020

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The third annual Young Agrarians Farmer Mixer in the Peace Country is coming up! If you are a farmer, passionate food lover, grower, or a farm dreamer, join us! These two days will be filled with networking, skill-sharing, and farm inspiration to help you grow your own farm business and brand your farm story. Meet with other farmers and share your story, your ideas, struggles, and successes. Find mentors and supporters, engage in new opportunities and get to know your farming companions in the Peace Country. When: Saturday, February 22 – Sunday, February 23, 2020 Where:  Camp Tamarack, Grande Prairie. Follow Highway … Continue reading FEB 22 & 23: GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB – YA Peace Country Winter Mixer

FEB 23-29, 2020: SOUTHERN BC – Tackling the Farm Crisis & the Climate Crisis Events

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 13, 2020 4 Comments

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EVENT SERIES: Tackling the Farm Crisis & the Climate Crisis National Farmers Union Youth President Stuart Oke, will explore the connections between the farm income crisis and the climate crisis and ways farmers can increase revenues and help to mitigate the effects of climate change. In December the National Farmers Union (NFU) release a report called Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis: A Transformative Strategy for Canadian Farmers and Food Systems.  Key conclusions include: The climate crisis is a threat to Canadian farms, but also an opportunity to re-orient our farms to become more integrated, life-sustaining and community-sustaining. The … Continue reading FEB 23-29, 2020: SOUTHERN BC – Tackling the Farm Crisis & the Climate Crisis Events

Tools for Farmer Mental Health and Wellness

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on January 03, 2020

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Farmers work hard, and the conversation around farmer stress and burnout is not a new one. Young Agrarians hears about these challenges from farmers all the time – there is a huge burden on farmers to be superheroes! We know how much loving care you put into your crops and animals, and want to support you in caring for yourself as well. As you (hopefully!) take a bit of time off this winter, we wanted to share some resources with you that might be helpful in building up a toolbox of supports for your health and wellness this winter, in the 2020 season, and beyond! … Continue reading Tools for Farmer Mental Health and Wellness