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 Yuko
Yuko Suda, Brave Child Farm, Surrey, BC. Yuko received land and business support through the B.C. Land Matching Program:
“Young Agrarians has been an amazing resource to me on my farming journey, and I would not be where I am now running a thriving farm business without their support. Finding land in the Lower Mainland was a challenge because of the high land cost. Through the B.C. Land Matching Program I was matched with two amazing landowners in Surrey on adjacent properties. If I had not been able to lease land locally, I would have had to search for more affordable farmland elsewhere, which would have meant uprooting our family, and leaving our community and my off-farm winter job behind.
Operating a farm means being an entrepreneur. Many people don’t realize this, but you need to know more than just growing vegetables; you need to know how to operate a business and you need a strong plan as a foundation. Young Agrarians was there to help me set up my initial agreement with the landowner, listening to both our needs, working out important details, and making sure that the lease would be long lasting. Young Agrarians helped me grow my confidence in knowing that I could build a successful business, making sure my first steps were on solid ground. I recommend Young Agrarians to any new farmer looking to start a farming business in Canada.”
And Farmers Like Karel
Karel Beijer, Apprenticeship Program alumni, 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.”
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*Farmer statistics from Statistics Canada 2016.