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Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program: 2023 Reflections

Posted by Lourdes Still on September 13, 2023 2 Comments

It’s been another fantastic apprenticeship season! This year, the program partnered with 17 host farms across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba offering 18 aspiring farmers hands-on training and educational experiences.  The Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program started in Alberta in 2016, and in Saskatchewan and Manitoba in 2021. To date, we have had  89 apprentices working with 72 host farm mentors, all offer something unique. These apprenticeships create the opportunity to learn about ecological land stewardship practices while developing a network of community and support. Through this program, participants gain an understanding of what it takes to create viable farms that are … Continue reading Young Agrarians Apprenticeship Program: 2023 Reflections

Is an apprentice or employee a better fit for your farm?

Posted by Dana Penrice on September 06, 2023

Having an apprentice can be a rewarding experience, but it isn’t for everyone. Knowing your goals and your farm systems can tell you if an apprentice or an employee is a better fit for you. The skills needed for you to manage a paid apprenticeship or an employee often overlap,  since in both cases there is a labour and learning component. However, the difference is the emphasis.  You might not fit 100% into one side of this checklist or the other, but it should help you to reflect on what might be best for you. You might be looking for … Continue reading Is an apprentice or employee a better fit for your farm?

Meet Your Future Farmers – YA Apprenticeship Program

Posted by Michelle Lam on May 15, 2021

Please help us welcome our 2021 Apprenticeship cohort! These folks are part of the Young Agrarians Apprenticeship program and will be spending an entire season at our partnering mentor’s farms. Get ready for long farm days in the sun, getting covered in dirt n’ mud, and a season of learning opportunities! Our apprentices are placed at regenerative farms across Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba! If you’re interested in being a part of the Young Agrarians Apprenticeship program in the future, click here to learn more about becoming an Apprentice and here to learn about becoming a mentor! Erin Froese Hi! My … Continue reading Meet Your Future Farmers – YA Apprenticeship Program

Farmers and Landowners Work Together to Build our Local Food Supply

Posted by Azja Jones Martin on April 20, 2020 4 Comments

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Leasing farmers Jordan and Brie, Vancouver Island. The importance of a secure local food supply has perhaps never been more acutely felt than in these times of disruption to our normal way of life. As people adapt to a new reality, many are turning to local farmers and local food to keep their fridges and shelves stocked. Farmers have had to adapt quickly to a dramatically different market for their products, as restaurants close and farmers’ markets shift from social environments to more controlled food access points.  For many farmers this change means focusing on more direct-to-consumer sales of their … Continue reading Farmers and Landowners Work Together to Build our Local Food Supply

Kolby Peterson on farmers at the frontline of the climate crisis

Posted by Alex on December 12, 2019

This year’s National Farmers Union essay competition received a stellar submission from Young Agrarian’s own Kolby Peterson (YA Alberta Program Coordinator). She wrote about what it means to be a farmer during an era of climate change and how we can find hope in regenerative farming and building strong communities. The essay topic was “Farmers are on the frontline of the climate crisis. At this critical juncture when farmers must consider and employ climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, what does farming in a changing climate look like to you?”. Enjoy this burst of inspiration!  Hope Beneath Our Feet Kolby Peterson Like … Continue reading Kolby Peterson on farmers at the frontline of the climate crisis

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

FEB 9-10, 2019: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER

Posted by Robin Hunt on February 01, 2019 6 Comments

Join us for our first ever Central B.C. winter mixer at Thompson Rivers University, Williams Lake Campus!  Based on your feedback and insights we’ve crafted an awesome program for this year’s Williams Lake Mixer with two full days of workshops and sessions you will be sure to sharpen your farm and business skills, and build connections with other new farmers. We will have two streams of content that will kick start new farmers, and that will deepen the knowledge and success of those with a few seasons in their pocket. Saturday night we will host a community Potluck and hear your stories at … Continue reading FEB 9-10, 2019: WILLIAMS LAKE MIXER

JAN 9: ELMWOOD, ON – Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week Ecological Day

Posted by Moss Dance on October 04, 2018

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Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week (GBFW) is a 7-day agricultural conference featuring a program dedicated to each of the major commodity groups (Dairy, Goat, Sheep, Horse, Beef, Crops and Ecological) in Grey and Bruce counties and beyond. This year, GBFW’s Ecological Day is a producer-lead annual event, related to Ecological Practices on the Farm. WHEN: Wednesday January 9, 2019, 9:00AM — 4:15PM WHERE: Online or in-person at 38 Queen St W, Elmwood, ON ABOUT GREY BRUCE FARMERS’ WEEK GBFW has been a main stay in Grey County since 1966, carrying forth a strong mandate to educate farmers and agribusinesses. GBFW features approximately 55 speakers … Continue reading JAN 9: ELMWOOD, ON – Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week Ecological Day

Regenerate! Reflections on the 1st YA Alberta Winter Mixer

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 01, 2018

Our hearts were filled and our minds inspired after the first 2-day Young Agrarians Alberta Winter Mixer! Thanks to everyone who came, to our speakers and to our sponsors. Here’s a little recap on the event.  We opened the weekend by getting into the situation our food system is in today and more about the demographics of aspiring and young farmers. There are 6% fewer farms in Alberta in 2016 as compared to 2011. In that time the average farm size grew (Source: StatsCanada) Almost half of farm operators in Alberta reported having an off farm job in 2015 The average age of a farm operator in Alberta in … Continue reading Regenerate! Reflections on the 1st YA Alberta Winter Mixer