Donors like you are helping to grow the next generation of farmers in Canada!

Help revitalize Canada’s food system- now more than ever, we need new farmers. With people 35 and younger making up just 9% of Canada’s farmers (fewer than 25,000 farm operators), new farmers need your support.

Your gift will help Young Agrarians grow the next generation of farmers through programs. We work year round to provide farmer-to-farmer knowledge exchange and training opportunities through community building educational and networking events, business mentorships, land access, and on-farm apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture.

In 2020, YA worked with approximately 1400 farmers representing 850 farms, to access education, land, mentorship, training, business support, and community networks. YA collaborated with over 200 food and farm organizations, facilitated 4142 acres of matched land, connected with over 500 landowners, coordinated 42 events, and posted 115 jobs and apprenticeships on-line. We are working to increase local food resilience across Western Canada, to grow a new generation of ecological farmers.

Your Gift Supports Farmers Like Thanu

Thanu Eagalle, Wildbee Florals, Comox, BC. Thanu received land matching support through the B.C. Land Matching Program:

“Young Agrarians exists to ensure new and young farmers have access to land and are able to thrive, which is such a valuable resource at a time when Canada needs to focus on local agriculture in the face of climate change. Having someone to support and connect you to larger networks of producers, knowledge sharers and other resources is key to creating vibrant agricultural communities.
I signed up for the B.C. Land Matching Program because the price of farmland was prohibitively expensive, so I needed to start off by leasing land. I also wanted to ensure that all of my efforts in soil rebuilding were protected. Creating a strong lease agreement with the Land Matcher helped put my worries to rest. I would definitely recommend this program so that farmers can feel secure about their business and have risk mitigation strategies in place.

Having an agricultural business that is directly impacted by the devastating effects of climate change is going to be a huge challenge for all farmers. Young Agrarians is supporting ecological farms that not only reduce emissions, but will also help communities be more resilient to the challenges of tomorrow.”

 

And Farmers Like Karel

Karel Beijer, Apprenticeship Program alumnus, apprenticed at Redtail Farms in Castor, Alberta:

“As a new farmer, I knew it would be difficult to start my own farm. I wanted to learn to raise cattle regeneratively, and conventional farming programs didn’t appeal to me. The Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program was a great fit for accessing that knowledge and support from my mentors. Now I know how to build a farm that is more resilient in the face of climate change by diversifying with annuals, perennials, and trees, and how to capture and store water to support life in dryer times. I feel confident being able to raise the animals and take on the production side of farming, and I have an incredible support network of mentors and peers that I can reach out to anytime.”

Secure Donation Form

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Donating Via Cheque

If you would like to give to Young Agrarians by cheque, please make it out to “Young Agrarians” and mail to: Agrarians Foundation, 2214 Sun Valley Drive, Nanaimo, BC, V9T 6E8, Canada.

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Agrarians Foundation, a federally registered Canadian Charity, is Young Agrarians’ organizational home. Please donate. You will receive a charitable receipt by email. Much LOVE to all of our donors, funders, supporters, friends and farm lovers! For questions about becoming a Young Agrarians donor, please email Sara at  farm@youngagrarians.org.

*Farmer statistics in first paragraph from Statistics Canada 2016.