Tag Archives: Edmonton

2024 APPRENTICESHIP: Flatbush, AB – Chickadee Farm

Posted by Michalina Hunter on December 12, 2023

Are you an aspiring regenerative farmer looking for hands-on experience on an organic herb farm? Chickadee Farm might be the place for you! About Chickadee Farm Chickadee Farm is a second-generation family farm located near the community of Flatbush, Alberta, on the banks of the Pembina River. We grow herbal teas and culinary herbs and raise sheep and chickens (for home consumption). We have been certified organic since 2003. We also wildcraft medicinal teas in the forests around our farm and community. At our farm we are on a journey to incorporate regenerative practices at the scale of a large … Continue reading 2024 APPRENTICESHIP: Flatbush, AB – Chickadee Farm

Meet the Ethiopian Farmer growing Anchote in Edmonton

Posted by Alex on September 18, 2023 10 Comments

The first thing that strikes you when you meet Ebsa is that he is full of energy! He is so passionate about farming and is excited to share that with those around him.  Ebsa is an Ethiopian farmer who moved to Canada in 2014 and grows vegetables right outside of Edmonton. He has 32 acres of leased land, which is divided into blocks of onions, potatoes, corn, kale, chard, and beets. Before Ebsa started farming on this piece of land, he grew and experimented with many vegetables at his house using grow lights and pots and the results provided the … Continue reading Meet the Ethiopian Farmer growing Anchote in Edmonton

Prairie Urban Farm: Building Better Food Systems in Alberta

Posted by Michelle Lam on August 24, 2022

Prairie Urban Farm was created as an engaged teaching and learning space in 2013, funded by a small grant through the University of Alberta’s Office of Sustainability. Prior to its formation, the primary focus at the University of Alberta’s teaching and research was on conventional agriculture, with not much room for alternative forms of production. “We’re interested in bringing members of the Edmonton region into a conversation about sustainable agriculture and food systems”, explains Debra Davidson, Director of Prairie Urban Farm. Debra is also a professor in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta … Continue reading Prairie Urban Farm: Building Better Food Systems in Alberta

How To Start Farming In Alberta

Posted by Michelle Lam on September 03, 2021 6 Comments

How to start farming in Alberta

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

Porcupines, Plants, and People with David Benjestorf – Business Bootcamp Stories

Posted by Michelle Lam on May 17, 2021

When the pandemic hit, David Benjestorf knew he needed to do something to combat the rising food security crisis amongst Edmontonians. As the Vice Chair of the Edmonton Food Bank, he’s familiar with creating solutions for feeding those in need, but hadn’t ever experienced anything quite like the uncertainties of Covid-19. “How would food trucks get across the border? Will there still be volunteers in the warehouse? Will we have to give up fresh food for processed food for a long period of time?”. These are all questions that David worried about. The solution? To grow this much-needed food himself!  … Continue reading Porcupines, Plants, and People with David Benjestorf – Business Bootcamp Stories

The Northern Table: A Non-Traditional Trade for Land Use

Posted by Michelle Lam on April 07, 2021

The Northern Table is based on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place, travelling route and home for many Indigenous Peoples including the Nehiyawak/Cree, Tsuut’ina, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Haudenosaunee/Iroquois, Dene Suliné, Anishinaabe/Ojibway/Saulteaux, and the Inuk/Inuit. The land is also known in Canadian geography as Edmonton, Alberta. This case study is a part of Young Agrarians Alberta Land Access Guide, a toolkit for farmers seeking land opportunities. While Melanie was working her magic in the kitchen of the YA Winter Mixer in Alix, Alberta, Tom was busy socializing with the wonderful Phil and Heather Seutter of Bretona Farm Co. It … Continue reading The Northern Table: A Non-Traditional Trade for Land Use

Farming in Canada: Who else do you have to thank?

Posted by Kyla P on July 14, 2020 7 Comments

Kyla P at Soul Fire Farm

The author, Kyla, at the BIPOC farming immersion at Soul Fire Farm. Photo by Quin Buck, @kisewehtawin. On June 18th, Statistics Canada released an infographic thanking Canadian farmers for their role in the Canadian food chain and for helping to get food on the table of millions of Canadians. Amongst the facts about growing fruit and meat production, I couldn’t help but notice the glaring omission of labour and violence that has led us to where we are in the narrative around the Canadian food chain. Now without a doubt, if you ate today you can thank a farmer. But … Continue reading Farming in Canada: Who else do you have to thank?

GRANT: Young Edmonton Grant

Posted by Alex on October 30, 2019

Young Edmonton Grant Are you a youth living in the Edmonton area and have a great idea for a farming-related event? Young Edmonton Grants (YEG) may be a great way to do that! The YEG program gives funding for projects initiated, led, and organized by young Edmonton and area residents. These grants range from $500-$3,000 and are available for residents between the ages of 13 and 24. The grant is intended to support young residents who partner with a registered charity to create their own projects or initiatives. Find out more at www.ecfoundation.org/yeg Application Details Application deadlines are three times a year, February 15 … Continue reading GRANT: Young Edmonton Grant

July 20, 2019: Edmonton, AB – Picture a Farmer Film Screening

Posted by Dana Penrice on July 08, 2019 2 Comments

We are excited to tell you about the first screening for the short documentary: Picture A Farmer – celebrating Alberta women in Agriculture.   Check it out on Saturday, July 20th at 3:00pm at the Garneau Theatre, 8712 109th St. Edmonton, AB. Free tickets can be ordered at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/picture-a-farmer-screening-tickets-64678775960 Please share with your network! Picture a farmer – a Documentary Picture a Farmer is a documentary that challenges the conventional perceptions of women’s roles on the farm. Women have always been a critical part of farm life, yet they are often not seen as farmers. Women on farms raise children, cook meals, maybe tend … Continue reading July 20, 2019: Edmonton, AB – Picture a Farmer Film Screening