Northern BC New and Young Farmer Research

Posted by Mike Dewar on November 28, 2013 2 Comments

Seeking farmers 55 years of age and younger who have farmed along northern BC’s Highway 16 corridor for 10 years or less to participate in research on farmers’ motivations.

UNBC graduate student, Mike Dewar is conducting research on the motivations and success of new and young farmers and ranchers in Northern BC’s Highway 16 Corridor.  He is currently seeking potential research participants.

The investigation will examine new and young farmers’ motivations focusing on farmers’ goals, resources, and practices that facilitate success.

It is anticipated that results will benefit active and potential new and young regional farmers as well as regional organizations and agencies aiming to recruit and support new and young farmers.

Participation in the study will involve a 1-2 hour interview occurring at a convenient time and location during the 2013/14-winter season.

The study defines new farmers as farmers having farmed in the region for 10 years or less.  Young farmers are defined as farmers 55 years of age or younger.  A farmer is defined as anyone responsible for the day-to-day management decisions of an agriculture operation that produces agriculture products intended for sales.  The study region extends from Valemount, BC to Terrace, BC.

If you are willing to participate in this study, or if you know of someone who might be willing to participate in this study please contact:

Mike Dewar


or refer to the study’s Facebook page:

Northern BC New and Young Farmers’ Motivations Study – UNBC



Happy Farming or Winter Break!!!!

Young Agrarians is pleased to have Mike Dewar come on board as our most recent farm blogger. Mike has been touring the North, working on farms, learning from farmers and conducting research to look at the social, ecological and financial aspects of new farming operations in the region. 


2 thoughts on “Northern BC New and Young Farmer Research

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