Young Agrarians Events: Farm Tours & Potlucks, Workshops, Mixers and Land Links!

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Young Agrarians collaborates regularly with farmers and farm organizations to offer an ongoing, community-building event series. Since we were born January 2012, the network has coordinated dozens of events representing 1000’s of farmers organizing to build community across Canada! Get in touch with us if you would like to host a Young Agrarians event, or if you’d like an event listed here: community@youngagrarians.org.

Community Calendar

SAVE THE DATES: Lots of amazing farmer events coming up this Summer and Fall! 

Young Agrarians Events:

AUG. 18, 2019: Winnipeg, MB – Farmer Gathering for Women, Trans & Queer Farmers and Growers

SEPT 8, 2019: BUFFALO CREEK, BC – Land Social! Farm Tour, Potluck, and Leasing Discussion at Big Rock Ranch

Sept. 14-15, 2019: GRIMSHAW, AB – Low- Stress Livestock Handling Workshop with Dylan Biggs

OCT 6, 2019: CASTLEGAR, BC – Save the date for Ferment & Feast

OCTOBER 25-26, 2019: ROSSLAND, BC – Columbia Basin Mixer!

Other Food & Farm Events:

ONGOING: BC COAST – Various Permaculture Design courses/workshops – permaculturedesign.ca

JUNE-AUG, 2019: Abbotsford, Penticton, Creston, Winlaw, Invermere, Windermere, Cranbrook, Okanagan, Nanaimo, Duncan, etc. BC – Organic Vegetable Seed Production Workshops

AUG 21, 2019: RICHMOND, BC – Pollinator Diversity Workshop with SPEC & Richmond Farm School

AUG 22, 2019: EDMONTON, AB – Regenerative Farming and Ranching Workshop with Gabe Brown

AUG 24, 2019: RICHMOND, BC – Practical Integrated Pest Management Workshop with SPREC & Richmond Farm School

AUG 24, 2019: ABBOTSFORD, BC – Fruit Beer Festival

AUG 29, 2019: LEDUC, AB – Agroforestry Field Day (Rural Route to Climate Solutions)

AUG 30, 2019: RICHMOND, BC – Building Healthy Soils Workshop with SPEC & Richmond Farm School

SEPT 29, 2019: SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC – Salt Spring Island Apple Festival

SEPT-NOV, 2019: VANCOUVER, BC –  SCALE YOUR PROGRESSIVE FOOD BUSINESS

SEPT TBA, 2019: GREENWOOD, BC – Regenerating Soil Life and Health
with Nicole Masters

OCT 24 & 25, 2019: ROSSLAND, BC – 2019 Basin Food & Buyers Expo + Ag Forum

NOV 8-9, 2019: RICHMOND, BC – BC Seed Gathering

NOV 12, 2019: VANCOUVER, BC – Every Chef Needs a Farmer, Every Farmer Needs a Chef

DEC 10-11, 2019: EDMONTON, AB -Western Canada Conference on Soil Health and Grazing

MAR 5-6, 2020: BRANDON, MD – Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm Conference

EVENTS BLOG


1st GENERATION FARMERS CONFERENCE RECAP

Posted by Alex on August 16, 2019

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The inaugural 1st Generation Farmers Conference was a day of great connections and great ideas! More than 50 farmers, aspiring farmers, and farm supporters drove out to Rosy Farms, where we gathered to learn about marketing, business planning, building community, and everything in between. Although it was a cool August day, we made the most of it by enjoying our delicious lunch around a campfire. This feast featured local Alberta producers including Ruby Apron, Steve & Dan’s BC Fruit, Herbologie , Chicks-n-chaps, Rosy Farms, Reclaim Organics, Meuwly’s, Confetti Sweets, The Northern Table, and MoJo JoJo.           … Continue reading 1st GENERATION FARMERS CONFERENCE RECAP

MAR 5-6, 2020: BRANDON, MB – Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm Conference

Posted by Michalina Hunter on August 15, 2019

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Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm 2020 The Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm conference and trade show is back for its third conference! This exciting event will be held March 5th and 6th, 2020 at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba. Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm 2020 will bring together the science and practice of organic farming. During 2 days of conference presentations, conference delegates will learn about building soil fertility, managing weeds, the latest cultivation and seeding equipment along with other cross cutting issues such as building biodiversity and responding to a changing climate. Producers can build their markets by participating in one-on-one business meetings … Continue reading MAR 5-6, 2020: BRANDON, MB – Prairie Organics: Think Whole Farm Conference

Sept 14+15 2019: Grimshaw, AB – Low Stress Livestock Handling Workshop with Dylan Biggs

Posted by Lilli Klamke on August 15, 2019

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  Workshop: Low-Stress Livestock Handling with Dylan Biggs “Low-stress livestock handling can contribute to the well being of your cattle by allowing you to handle them in all situations in a safe, calm, efficient manner — effectively minimizing the amount of stress you expose your cattle to.” Dylan Biggs Are you running your herd of cattle or are they running you? There is lot’s to learn and to know about not only the behavior of our animals but also about the way we are handling them. Come on out for the two-day workshop at Nature’s Way Farm in Grimshaw. Dylan … Continue reading Sept 14+15 2019: Grimshaw, AB – Low Stress Livestock Handling Workshop with Dylan Biggs

Aug. 18: Winnipeg, MB – Farmer Gathering for Women, Trans & Queer Farmers and Growers

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 08, 2019

Heart Acre Farms

Direct Farm Manitoba is excited for our next farm mentorship gathering, a place for farmers and wannabe farmers to get together and learn from one another. Heart Acres Farm is hosting our next gathering August 18th at 6:30pm (1395 Lasko Rd., just south of Winnipeg). This gathering is for women, trans, and queer farmers and growers. Bring a lawn chair and a potluck dish to share! Who Is Invited: Queer & Women-identified farmers only When: Sunday August 18th, 6:30pm Where: Heart Acres Farm – 1395 Lasko Rd. south of Winnipeg Details: We are super excited for this gathering that creates safe space for womyn & queer farmers/ growers to connect. There will be a farm … Continue reading Aug. 18: Winnipeg, MB – Farmer Gathering for Women, Trans & Queer Farmers and Growers

EVENT RECAP: MOBILE SEED CLEANER DEMO & TOUR AT WINDERBERRY & EDIBLE ACRES FARM

Posted by Hailey Troock on July 29, 2019

Edible Acres

On Tuesday, July 23rd, twelve active and aspiring farmers gathered at Winderberry Farm and Edible Acres in beautiful Windermere, BC, to participate in a seed cleaning demonstration, farm tour and potluck. Participants included some of the host farm’s young farm staff, new and returning, some local Windermere farmers and a few who drove in from as far away as Fernie. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to join us for some or all of the afternoon and of course to our hosts Lin and Oliver! During the seed cleaning demo, Chris Thoreau from FarmFolkCityFolk provided a detailed explanation of … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: MOBILE SEED CLEANER DEMO & TOUR AT WINDERBERRY & EDIBLE ACRES FARM

AUGUST 18, 2019: CRESTON, BC – Creston Valley Farm Tour, Potluck & Live Music

Posted by Hailey Troock on July 24, 2019

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Join Young Agrarians in Creston and Erickson for a multi-farm tour to learn about four unique farms in the Creston Valley! Alongside our host farms, there are several farms and orchards along the way that make for a scenic route. Time is provided to enjoy and find local bounty along the way.  WHEN:  Sunday, August 18, 2019. 2-8pm. WHERE:  Bike (35 mins) or drive (10 mins) between locations (click here for route link). Join for the whole tour or drop in along the way! 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Wloka Farms Fruit Stand (3524 Crowsnest Hwy) 3:30 – 4:30 pm – Yaqan … Continue reading AUGUST 18, 2019: CRESTON, BC – Creston Valley Farm Tour, Potluck & Live Music

SEPT 8, 2019: BUFFALO CREEK, BC – Land Social! Farm Tour, Potluck & Leasing Discussion at Big Rock Ranch

Posted by Michalina Hunter on July 22, 2019

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Join us at Big Rock Ranch in Buffalo Creek (near 100 Mile House), BC for a farm tour, potluck social, and discussion on farming on leased land! Come get inspired and learn about the incredible farming that can be done on leased land! Farmers Robin and Johan have built up a hugely productive farm in the few years they been leasing this land, and we are lucky to be able to spend the day learning on-site about their experiences building the farm and business! They focus heavily on season extension in an area that gets frost almost every month of the year, and still manage to produce vegetables weeks … Continue reading SEPT 8, 2019: BUFFALO CREEK, BC – Land Social! Farm Tour, Potluck & Leasing Discussion at Big Rock Ranch

AUGUST 11, 2019: PIGEON LAKE, AB – Reclaim Farm Tour & Potluck

Posted by Alex on July 17, 2019

Reclaim farm tour

Reclaim is an urban farm turned rural farm that grows quality greens & veggies year round in the heart of Alberta. Ryan Mason and his team of fabulous farmers use low impact and organic practices to grow seasonal salad mixes and unique varieties of greens, radishes, beets, carrots, and squash. You can find Reclaim’s produce at multiple farmers markets and more than 50 restaurants in Edmonton. Join us as we learn about how Reclaim has gone from a small plot of land in the city to a year-round operation that grows some of the tastiest veggies around! We’ll top off the tour … Continue reading AUGUST 11, 2019: PIGEON LAKE, AB – Reclaim Farm Tour & Potluck

OCT 25-16, 2019: ROSSLAND, BC – Columbia Basin Mixer

Posted by Michalina Hunter on July 15, 2019

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Photo credit: Thomas Nowaczynski, Photographing farmers at Linden Lane Farms Columbia Basin Mixer October 25th – 26th 2019, Red Mountain Resort, Rossland BC The Columbia Basin Mixer is coming together! This fall, join us at Red Mountain Resort, and the new Nowhere Special Hostel for two days of workshops and gathering. This year’s mixer will be integrated with the Basin Food Summit’s Agriculture Forum on Friday October 25th, and continue on Saturday October 26th with more in-depth programming for new and young farmers. In the spirit of YA mixers, this will be an opportunity to engage and network, share ideas and … Continue reading OCT 25-16, 2019: ROSSLAND, BC – Columbia Basin Mixer

SEPT-NOV, 2019: VANCOUVER, BC – SCALE YOUR PROGRESSIVE FOOD BUSINESS

Posted by Michalina Hunter on July 12, 2019

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Give your progressive food business a leg up with Feeding Growth. Feeding Growth’s Scale Your Progressive Food Business is a five-part workshop series that provides practical tips to environmentally progressive, organic, ethical, and socially responsible packaged goods companies at critical stages of expansion. Feeding Growth alumni include award-winning businesses such as Wize Monkey, Spread’em Kitchen and Tree Island Yogurt. The five workshops follow the proven Feeding Growth recipe: personable and caring food industry mentors share advice, participants engage in hands-on exercises, and the series culminates with a keynote event celebrating our graduates and the local food movement. Each workshop focuses … Continue reading SEPT-NOV, 2019: VANCOUVER, BC – SCALE YOUR PROGRESSIVE FOOD BUSINESS