Blog Category: Young Agrarians

Sparkly Eyes, Grit, and Land Access: New Organic Farmers on Leased Land

Posted by Darcy Smith on July 05, 2020

This article was originally published in the BC Organic Grower Summer 2020 and is shared here with thanks! Spring on an organic produce farm looks like baby greens, tiny radishes, overflowing seedling greenhouses, and freshly turned soil. Everything feels precious and new and brimming with possibility. Touring around Loveland Acres in Salmon Arm with farmers Robin and Maylene, those feelings were especially palpable and poignant since it’s their first season on the land. They’ve had a long journey getting here, one filled with familiar challenges and dreams. The other familiar things these farmers have are sparkly eyes and grit, ineffable … Continue reading Sparkly Eyes, Grit, and Land Access: New Organic Farmers on Leased Land

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 160 acres of fields and forest for grazing near Vanderhoof, BC

Posted by Jolene Swain on July 02, 2020

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND Situated 30 minutes Southwest of Vanderhoof, this 160 acre parcel is in the Nechako region, characterized by fertile farmlands and miles of forests. Just south of recreational retreat lakes, Nulki and Tachick, the land and fields have ample water with two streams and a creek running through the property, making it a resilient pasture during the dry season. The fields are a mix of open pasture and forest, … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 160 acres of fields and forest for grazing near Vanderhoof, BC

Spotlight on Akesi Farms & Fungi Akuafo in Sundre, AB

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 30, 2020 2 Comments

Kwesi and Meghan of Akesi Farms are mentoring Phil (left) as their intern this year through the Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program.  Meghan Vesey and Kwesi Haizel operate Akesi Farms, a diversified ecological farm that currently hosts chickens, geese, bees, and annual and perennial gardens. They farm in a very cold climate, and demonstrate the abundance that can be produced in a short season! They also welcome many visitors to their farm in the summer, involving them in whatever projects are happening at that time, and giving them a taste of the farming life.  Meghan also operates Fungi Akuafo with Tara … Continue reading Spotlight on Akesi Farms & Fungi Akuafo in Sundre, AB

University of Alberta: Indigenous Canada-Online Course-Register NOW

Posted by Lilli Klamke on June 25, 2020

About the Course: Indigenous Canada is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Indigenous Canada is for students from faculties outside the Faculty of Native Studies with an interest in acquiring a basic familiarity with Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal relationships. Topics Covered The fur trade and other exchange relationships, Land claims and environmental impacts, Legal systems and rights, Political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, Contemporary Indigenous life, art and … Continue reading University of Alberta: Indigenous Canada-Online Course-Register NOW

LAND OPPORTUNITY: 35 acres of forest and meadow land near Nelson, BC

Posted by Alex on June 22, 2020

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. About the land This 35 acre parcel is located in Beasley, about a 10 minute drive from Nelson. The land is south facing with a gentle slope and is mostly forested with a meadow that has perennial grasses, wildflowers, and ferns. There is also a flat area at the bottom of the slope that has standing water in the early spring. In general the meadow is … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: 35 acres of forest and meadow land near Nelson, BC

8 Contributions of Black Farmers to Regenerative Agriculture

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 18, 2020

8 Contributions of Black Farmers to Regenerative Agriculture

Photo via Grist As an organization that works to increase access to land for new and young farmers, we deeply acknowledge the racism and inequality within our food systems. Farming in North America takes place on the stolen lands of Indigenous peoples, and is built on the enslavement and exploitation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC). Check out the documentaries We Are the Roots and Secret Alberta: The Former Life of Amber Valley to learn more. For agriculture to be truly regenerative, as a society, we must address the embedded racism that permeates our communities and institutions. Major contributions … Continue reading 8 Contributions of Black Farmers to Regenerative Agriculture

Updates from the Okanagan Land Matcher: Summerland Success!

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on June 18, 2020

pravin and tony summerland

I stopped in recently to check in with Pravin and Tony in Summerland, two of the B.C. Land Matching Program participants who were successfully matched last year. Pravin was matched with 18 acres of land for a vineyard and it just so happened to be vine planting day! He’s struggled to secure labour this spring because of COVID19, but still managed to get 17 workers out in the field including his Dad, cousins, sister Navneet   and workers from Spain, Jamaica and Mexico. Navneet is trimming vine roots that are covered in wax to prevent rot and soaked in seaweed juice … Continue reading Updates from the Okanagan Land Matcher: Summerland Success!

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Up To Eight Acres for Crop Production! – Richmond, BC

Posted by Ashlee Brillert on June 12, 2020 3 Comments

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND This gorgeous Richmond property features eight acres of cleared flat farmland. This land has been in production for many years, and the rest of the acreage is currently being farmed in vegetable production. Mostly brassicas are currently being grown on the rest of the land, following conventional farming methods. The landowners live on site, and the land is located within a nice residential neighbourhood. There are shops … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Up To Eight Acres for Crop Production! – Richmond, BC

LAND OPPORTUNITY: Fenced & Cross-Fenced 5+ acre Property, Langley BC

Posted by Ashlee Brillert on June 12, 2020 2 Comments

We have more land opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region. ABOUT THE LAND This stunning Langley property is available for a free lease for a farmer who shares the same values for the land. The landowners are primarily looking to regain farm classification, and help out a new or young farmer to access land. The landowners live on site, and are open to occasionally assisting with simple quick tasks, so the farmer is able to take a day off here … Continue reading LAND OPPORTUNITY: Fenced & Cross-Fenced 5+ acre Property, Langley BC

Looking for Land: Farmer Seeking Land in South Okanagan

Posted by Tessa Wetherill on June 08, 2020

We have more landseekers and opportunities than what is listed here! Get in touch with the a Land Matcher at land@youngagrarians.org to access our full land inventory and B.C. Land Matching Program support in your region.  ABOUT THE FARMER I was born in 1999 and raised in Oliver BC my whole life. My earliest childhood memories involve me running and playing around the orchard. Agriculture has been in my roots for many generations. My father started his orchard career in 1995 and I have been helping him since I was a young child. During my childhood, I did everything I could to be … Continue reading Looking for Land: Farmer Seeking Land in South Okanagan