Blog Category: Young Agrarians

YA Apprenticeship: Akesi Farm – Sundre, AB

Posted by Dana Penrice on January 18, 2020

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain skills and knowledge that match the ecological values you hold? Are you feeling the farming bug, but not quite ready to take the plunge and launch your own business? Meghan Vesey, Kwesi Haizelare and Tara Stephens are excited to provide you with a meaningful apprenticeship experience in your path to becoming a farmer. About the Farm Akesi Farms was started in 2014. The farm was previously used to raise chickens and sheep. The goals of Akesi Farms including having challenging and meaningful livelihoods, seeking resiliency, participating in community, and learning. Currently, Akesi Farms hosts chickens, geese, bees and annual/perennial … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship: Akesi Farm – Sundre, AB

EVENT RECAP: CENTRAL ALBERTA WINTER MIXER 2020

Posted by Alex on January 16, 2020

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The Central Alberta Winter Mixer was a fantastic weekend full of inspiring and passionate people! Despite the frigid temperatures, more than 80 people participated over the two days. Some highlights of the Mixer included fun networking activities (the Chicken Mingle was a hit!), an impressive potluck and jam session on Saturday evening, farmer slide shows that featured ten different farms, and farmer yoga on Sunday morning with retired-farmer-turned-yoga-teacher Kathleen Charpentier. Over the two days we also had twelve speakers and workshop hosts share their skills and knowledge. Check out the full session descriptions and some quotes from Mixer participants below. The whole YA community … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: CENTRAL ALBERTA WINTER MIXER 2020

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

Posted by Lilli Klamke on January 15, 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

YA Apprenticeship – Lady’s Hat Farm & Lazy T Farm

Posted by Kolby Peterson on January 04, 2020 1 Comment

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking for hands-on farming experience on an ecological farm? Flowers, chickens, lambs, cows, bees and more! Spend your summer helping out at two small farms under the endless skies of Central Alberta. Lazy T Farm and Lady’s Hat Farm near Halkirk, Alberta are looking to share an apprentice this upcoming spring and summer. The two farms work closely together under the umbrella The Prairie Farm Project – an informal cooperative of farms in the area that hosts dinners, plans workbees, and markets collaboratively. About the Farms Brett and Jenna Hauck of Lazy T Farm moved … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship – Lady’s Hat Farm & Lazy T Farm

Tools for Farmer Mental Health and Wellness

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on January 03, 2020

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Happy New Year farmers! We hope you are enjoying a quieter time on the farm and taking some time for self care this winter season. 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 … Continue reading Tools for Farmer Mental Health and Wellness

YA Apprenticeship 2020: Sunrise Gardens – Onoway, AB

Posted by Kolby Peterson on January 03, 2020

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Are you an aspiring farmer looking for hands-on farming experience on an ecological and certified organic farm?  Sunrise Gardens is looking for farm apprentices starting this spring to join their team. About the Farm Sunrise Gardens is a market garden, in operation since 2003 and certified organic since 2007. First and foremost we recognize that we are stewards of Soil. Our livelihood is a product of our successful care for ourselves, the soil and the ecological systems we live within. We practice crop rotation, soil monitoring, compost building (thermal and static), biodynamic and permaculture practices, low-till, high density bed systems, … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship 2020: Sunrise Gardens – Onoway, AB

B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Bees Please

Posted by Melanie Buffel on January 02, 2020

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Young Agrarians is celebrating the sixth year of the Business Mentorship Network (BMN) Program. The BMN offers business mentorships  to a diverse array of new and young farmers across BC. Through one-on-one mentorship and peer networks, young farmers develops the skills necessary to operate ecologically sustainable and financially viable farm businesses. We love to profile our program participants and celebrate their efforts! Bees Please Farms is owned and operated by Kate Fraser. This year with the Young Agrarians mentorship program I teamed with Liam and Deb from Six Legs Good, and Seann Dory from Salt & Harrow. What were your goals for this season and how did you work to achieve … Continue reading B.C. Business Mentorship Network – Bees Please

FARM APPRENTICESHIP: GUELPH, ON – Ignatius Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 02, 2020

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Looking for a farming apprenticeship in Ontario? Check out Ignatius Farm in Guelph! About Ignatius Farm Ignatius Farm grows certified organic produce for Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) members, farmers’ markets, local businesses and service agencies. The programs include community gardens, acreage rentals, internships and farmer training, working shares, volunteer opportunities, and seasonal community events. The Ignatius Jesuit Centre (IJC) is a not for profit charity situated on 600 acres of woodlands, wetlands and farmland just outside of Guelph Ontario. IJC welcomes all and is home to Loyola Retreat House & Ignatian Training, Ignatius Farm and the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest. Are you passionate … Continue reading FARM APPRENTICESHIP: GUELPH, ON – Ignatius Farm

FARM JOB: VANCOUVER, BC – UBC Farm, Sales Assistant

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 02, 2020

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The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm, Vancouver, BC is seeking a Sales Assistant for the 2020 season! About UBC Farm The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm (CSFS) is located on the unceded, ancestral territory of the Musqueam people. It is a 24-hectare teaching, research and community farm at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus. Embodying UBC’s aspiration to be a “living laboratory”, the CSFS provides experiential learning opportunities for students, community members and the general public and strives to explore and exemplify how land, food and community are brought together to create healthy … Continue reading FARM JOB: VANCOUVER, BC – UBC Farm, Sales Assistant

FARM JOB: VANCOUVER, BC – UBC Farm, Field Assistant

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 02, 2020

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The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm, Vancouver, BC is seeking a Field Assistant for the 2020 season! About UBC Farm The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm (CSFS) is located on the unceded, ancestral territory of the Musqueam people.  It is a 24-hectare teaching, research and community farm at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus.  Embodying UBC’s aspiration to be a “living laboratory”, the CSFS provides experiential learning opportunities for students, community members and the general public and strives to explore and exemplify how land, food and community are brought together to create healthy and … Continue reading FARM JOB: VANCOUVER, BC – UBC Farm, Field Assistant