“I don’t grow plants, I help plants grow” — Michael Gavin of Dirt Boys Urban Farm, as quoted by Chelsea Klinke, Young Agrarians (YA) Apprentice. Chelsea Klinke moved to Calgary from the United States in 2019 to start her master’s program in Anthropology, quickly bypassing that into the Ph.D. program. She describes her focus in “ecofeminism and the gendered implications of different subsistence strategies, primarily large scale agriculture”. This includes the “divisions of labour and power, inequalities and decision making within and among households, and at different levels and value chains along the way, from… farm to fork,” says Chelsea. … Continue reading A Day in the Life of an Apprentice: Chelsea Klinke – Dirt Boys Urban Farm
A starter kit for those wondering how to start farming in Alberta. Young Agrarians (YA) is a farmer to farmer educational resource network for new and young ecological, organic and regenerative farmers in Canada. Read more about us here. Young Agrarians recognizes the unresolved Indigenous land title and rights in the diverse territories in what is today called Canada. As we live and work in the context of and in response to a colonial system of laws and policies, it is important to acknowledge the historical and ongoing impact of agriculture and land enclosure on Indigenous lands and food systems. In … Continue reading How To Start Farming In Alberta
Grand Trunk Veggies is based on Treaty 7 territory, a traditional gathering place, travelling route and home for many Indigenous Peoples including the Kainai (Blood), Siksika, Piikani, Tsuut’ina and Stoney Nakoda. In addition, Métis peoples. The land is also known in Canadian geography as Calgary, AB. This case study is a part of Young Agrarians Alberta Land Access Guide, a toolkit for farmers seeking land opportunities. Kye started his urban farm by growing veggies in the backyard of the house he was renting. Soon after he found more yards through a plot listing compiled by YYC Growers & Distributors. Kye … Continue reading Grand Trunk Veggies: Maximizing Urban Farming Potential
The Calgary Public Library is pleased to host award-winning author and naturalist, Trevor Herriot. The discussion will focus on Herriot’s latest book, Towards a Prairie Atonement where he recounts what happened to First Nations and Metis communities who were moved off the grasslands. April 20 | 6:30 pm Memorial Park Library | 1221 2 St. S.W. | Calgary Towards a Prairie Atonement addresses the question of our relationship with the land. Enlisting the help of a Metis Elder, Trevor Herriot revisits the history of one corner of the Great Plains. This book’s lyrical blend of personal narrative, prairie history, imagery, … Continue reading EVENT: Calgary, AB – Towards a Prairie Atonement with author Trevor Herriot
Locally Sourced Dinner, Libations, Farmer’s Market and Evening of Entertainment Food Water Wellness Foundation and Fallentimber Meadery have teamed up for Rootstock, a field to table farm-fresh experience, on August 13, 2016, from 5pm until midnight. All proceeds from ticket sales go towards building an online ecological/regenerative agriculture portal and, by extension, a viable local food system. Hosted by Fallentimber Meadery in Water Valley, Alberta, this celebration of the best in regional food, drink and amazing music is being hailed as the “event of the summer.” “Rootstock will showcase local farmers and the contribution they make to environmental stewardship while growing … Continue reading August 13: Water Valley, AB – Rootstock: A Field to Table Event featuring Reuben and the Dark
Young Agrarians is coming to Calgary! Join us and the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association on December 3rd at 7:00pm. Meet some amazing urban farmers in Calgary, visit with some farmers from Central Alberta and get to know the people behind the food you eat. Register here.