Farm Employer Perspective – 10 mins

We believe that it is our collective responsibility to care for and respect the land that we live on and depend upon for water, food and shelter. All of us can do our part to nurture local, ecological and equitably produced food systems choosing with our dollars, values and hands to consume and steward foods that are healthy for us and future generations.

We value:  Agro-Ecology, Capacity Building, Collaboration, Community, Diversity, Equity, Food Sovereignty, Inclusion, Workers & Migrant Rights, Land-Access, Mentorship, Participatory Frameworks, Reconciliation, Support for Start-Ups

As part of this program we expect that participants (apprentices and host farm mentors) will:

  • practice behaviour aligned with the vision, mission and values of Young Agrarians
  • treat all individuals with respect, fairness, and dignity
  • create an inclusive and welcoming environment where everyone feels valued and comfortable expressing their opinions and ideas
  • commit to their own continuous improvement and learning
  • seek feedback and take it constructively to improve skills and performance
  • actively participate in learning opportunities and support the learning of other participants
  • communicate openly, honestly, and professionally with staff and participants
  • be an active listener and consider others’ viewpoints
  • respect the confidentiality of sensitive information shared by the organization and/or program participants
  • respect the farms, land and other venues where events take place
  • use appropriate and respectful language in all written and verbal communications
  • not engage in any form of discrimination, harassment, bullying, or any other unethical behaviour
Photo Credit: Kevin Kossowan Location: Lady’s Hat Farm, Castor, AB
Apprentices tour Lady’s Hat Farm near Halkirk, Alberta. Photo credit: Kevin Kossowan

The lands we learn on

This program takes place on the ancestral Indigenous lands and territories on Treaty 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8. These are the territories of the Cree, Assiniboin, Salteaux, Chipewyan, Blackfoot, Anishinabeg, Dakota, Nakota, Dene and many other First Nations. It includes the homeland of the Métis Nation. It is also home to four-legged, winged, crawling, and water creatures that have been in relationship with this land for millennia supporting a rich ecosystem and culture.

In this program we provide opportunities to reflect and learn about the history of the land that makes up Prairies. Given the colonial systems of oppression and degeneration of the land, we have a collective co-responsibility to move forward in truth, in relationship and in appreciation for the land we work and learn on. Read more about how Young Agrarians working on truth and reconciliation here.

To learn more about the indigenous peoples at the farm you are working on visit https://www.whose.land/. You’ll find more resources on indigenous food sovereignty and farming here.