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Perspectives on Land Sharing

Posted by Waranuch Tanubamrungsuk on July 09, 2024

Overview Thinking about leasing out your land, or launching a farm business? There’s no one better to learn from than someone who’s already doing it! This panel discussion features land seeker farmers and farmland holders matched through the B.C. Land Matching Program sharing their experiences leasing land – highlights, lessons learned, and advice for you. The webinar is approximately 50 minutes long. Participants will learn how farmers find suitable land and assess its fit for their needs, as well as why landholders choose to lease their land. Additionally, the discussion will cover decision-making strategies for farm operations on leased land, … Continue reading Perspectives on Land Sharing

Collaborative Farming

Posted by Waranuch Tanubamrungsuk on July 09, 2024

Overview Are you interested in lightening your load by working with other farmers? At this session, you will hear from farmers who are exploring creative ways to share resources, market collectively, and collaborate, in formal and informal ways. The webinar is approximately 60 minutes long. Participants will learn why farmers choose collaborative farming, how they find partners, the benefits and tradeoffs, task division, compensation management, logistics of product distribution, and the future of collaborative farming for individuals and the food system. The panel discussion features Arzeena from Amara Farm, Emily and Nathan from Confluence Farms, Jason and Krystyna from Seed … Continue reading Collaborative Farming

Non-Family Farm Transition with Wildwood Farm

Posted by Waranuch Tanubamrungsuk on June 24, 2024

Overview More and more farmers are exploring non-family farm transition as they look towards passing on their farm businesses and/or land. This webinar provides both current and new entrant farmers with a framework for understanding non-family transition, along with information and considerations about different models. After an initial introduction to farm transition with Darcy Smith, we’ll meet Kolby Peterson and Tim and Linda Ewert from Wildwood Farm, who will share their experience navigating a farm transition with a lease-to-own agreement. The webinar is approximately 90 minutes long. Participants will build their understanding of non-family farm transition, its definition, various transition … Continue reading Non-Family Farm Transition with Wildwood Farm

How to Market A New Farm

Posted by Chantelle Chan on June 19, 2024

Overview What’s the best marketing channel for your farm? Weekly CSA boxes, farmers’ markets, online sales, events or all of the above and more? Join this 90-minute webinar with farmer and farm marketing expert Kendall Ballantine to learn about the marketing channels available to entrant (and seasoned) farmers. You will learn about the pros and cons of each marketing channel, and develop the skills to identify which marketing channel(s) will best meet the needs of your farm and your customer base. The webinar includes tips, tricks and strategies for marketing your farm and its products through startup and beyond, as … Continue reading How to Market A New Farm

Land Leasing 101

Posted by Chantelle Chan on May 28, 2024

Overview Got Land? Want Land? The B.C. Land Matching Program delivered by Young Agrarians provides no-cost personalized land matching and business support services to farmers looking for land to start or expand their farm, and landholders interested in finding someone to farm their land. As of summer 2024, we’ve made more than 330 matches on over 12,200 acres, and we’re helping farmers and landholders finalize new matches every day! This 80-minute webinar serves as an introduction to the A to Z of finding land or a farmer and developing a land sharing relationship. You will learn about leasing land in … Continue reading Land Leasing 101

Indigenous Food Sovereignty: Land Access & Land Back

Posted by Alex on May 12, 2024

Overview As farmers and farming-focused organizations, reconciliation can be a complicated topic to grapple with. We acknowledge that agriculture and the colonial land title system have been used as tools of colonization to remove Indigenous peoples from their land and food systems. There are many examples of laws and policies that were designed to hinder Indigenous peoples from growing and provisioning food, and practicing their cultures. The echoes of these historical realities live on in our laws, biases, and people, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous. For example, in so-called British Columbia, 95% of land is designated as “crown land”, and most … Continue reading Indigenous Food Sovereignty: Land Access & Land Back

How to Hire Farm Workers

Posted by Alex on January 04, 2024

  Young Agrarians presents How to Hire Farm Workers! This course is designed to be your go-to resource when you are looking to hire the right person for your farm.  Looking for more information? Click on the questions below! What is the How to Hire Farm Workers course? Is this course for me? What is the course format? What is the cost? FAQ   Overview How to Hire Farm Workers is a self-paced, online course that covers the basics of hiring and managing farm employees. We structured this course to guide you through the process of hiring the right person … Continue reading How to Hire Farm Workers

How to Start a Co-op: An Introductory Course for Farmers

Posted by Chantelle Chan on January 01, 2024

Young Agrarians presents How to Start a Co-op: An Introductory Course for Farmers.  This online course offers the opportunity to learn about and apply the tools,  resources, and skills that you need to co-create a farming (or farm-adjacent) co-operative! Interested in hearing about upcoming programs or webinars about co-operatives? Click the button below and sign up to be notified. Overview The program has been developed by Emi Do, Young Agrarians Co-operatives Coordinator, to help new and aspiring farmers understand the benefits, possibilities and realities of applying co-operative operating models to the farming world. Together, we will explore how co-operatives can … Continue reading How to Start a Co-op: An Introductory Course for Farmers

YA Apprenticeship Program – Online Host Farm Mentor Training

Posted by Dana Penrice on October 23, 2023

Thank you for being part of the Apprenticeship Program! The host farm mentors are the heart of this program. We believe that farmers grow other farmers and your dedication to the training and development of these apprentices is what is truly going to grow the next generation of farmers. We are so excited to have you as a partner in this work! Over the course of this program, we will work with you to offer an experiential learning opportunity in ecological and regenerative food production and land stewardship for your apprentice. You will introduce them about regenerative farming principles like … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship Program – Online Host Farm Mentor Training

YA Apprenticeship Program – Apprentices

Posted by Dana Penrice on June 06, 2023

Welcome to the Apprenticeship Program! We are so excited to welcome you to the Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program and to support your learning and development as an aspiring farmer! Over the course of your apprenticeship, you will be embarking on a journey in ecological and regenerative food production and land stewardship. Working alongside your mentors you will learn about regenerative farming principles like building healthy soil, growing biodiversity, promoting clean water cycles, carbon sequestration, practicing ethical animal husbandry, and supporting caring people and communities. You will also be building a network of fellow aspiring farmers and ecological and regenerative farmers … Continue reading YA Apprenticeship Program – Apprentices

How to Start Farming: An Introductory Course for the Farm Curious

Posted by Alex on February 16, 2023

Young Agrarians presents How to Start Farming: An Introductory Course for the Farm Curious! This online course will give you the space to explore farming fundamentals, connect with the farming community, and learn about ways to get more involved in farming. The next programs will run in Fall 2024 and Spring 2025. Click the button below to be notified when dates are announced and program registration is open! Looking for more information? Click on the questions below!  What is the How to Start Farming program?  Is the How to Start Farming program for me?  How is the program structured?  Who … Continue reading How to Start Farming: An Introductory Course for the Farm Curious

Train the Mentor

Posted by Melanie Buffel on January 10, 2022

Welcome to the Train the Mentor online course! We are very grateful for the generosity of seasoned farmers such as yourself that agree to provide guidance and mentorship to new and young farmers! This course is an online, self-paced program for Young Agrarians Business Mentorship Network Mentors. It includes an orientation to the structure of the program, a review of the mentorship approach and support with specific skills of mentoring on goal setting, finances and risk management. We offer it as a resource to support you as a Mentor to grow your skills, widen your perspective and deepen your confidence … Continue reading Train the Mentor

Business Mentorship Network Webinar Series for Mentees

Posted by Melanie Buffel on December 16, 2021

Welcome to the Business Mentorship Network Webinar Series! Whether you need business basics or strategic planning for long-term growth, Young Agrarians knows that gaining business development skills is one of the biggest challenges facing new farmers. Our aim is to provide you with an opportunity to build your business knowledge and use it to grow your farm operations and achieve long-term viability. This platform houses the content for the BMN Webinar Series,  offered to support you to establish a strong business foundation for your farm. All BMN applicants are invited to join us for the BMN Webinar Series on days … Continue reading Business Mentorship Network Webinar Series for Mentees

Business Bootcamp for New Farmers

Posted by Alex on August 30, 2021

Young Agrarians presents the Business Bootcamp for new farmers! This online, community-based program will give you the space and skills to write a stellar business plan for the farm of your dreams. The next programs will run in Fall 2024 and Winter 2025. Click the button below to be notified when dates are announced and program registration is open! Looking for more information? Click on the questions below! What is the Business Bootcamp? Is the Business Bootcamp for you?   How is the program structured?   Who are the guest speakers? What do I need to participate fully? What is … Continue reading Business Bootcamp for New Farmers

Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers

Posted by Alex on July 16, 2021

Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers

This course is no longer being offered through Young Agrarians. If you would like to take the course please contact the instructor, Ryan First Diver, directly through his Patreon or Facebook accounts.  You can read about participant’s observations from a full year of Blackfoot Phenology on our blog: Seeing with Different Eyes: Initial Reflections  Delighted by Colour and Sound: Winter Reflections Soaking It All In: Spring and Summer Reflections  Seasonal Changes are Constant: Summer and Fall Reflections  You can also read one farmer’s 35 years of incredible observations of the local ecology and the impacts of his farming practices. How … Continue reading Blackfoot Phenology for Farmers