Dylan and Tom (and their dogs Coconut and Hank) have jumped into farming with both feet! They are first-generation, queer farmers who started Coconut Grove Urban Farmstead near Edmonton. Tom and Dylan shared with us some of the highlights and lessons learned of their first three years of farming and how they are feeding their community as first-generation farmers. You can follow their farm journey on IG @coconutgroveurbanfarmstead and on their website coconutgroveurbanfarmstead.com. JOYS AND STRUGGLES OF BEING NEW FARMERS Tom and Dylan found land for lease near Edmonton through the Young Agrarians U-Map and decided to make that … Continue reading FEEDING YOUR COMMUNITY AS A FIRST-GENERATION FARMER
Young Agrarians comes to Manitoba! On December 7, 38 farmers and food lovers gathered at the beautiful Rackham hall near Riding Mountain National Park for a Young Agrarians Mixer. Being one of the first Young Agrarians gatherings in Manitoba, we spent time getting to know each other and discussing the needs and opportunities for new and existing farmers in the region. We met people raising livestock, organic grain, doing marketing gardening, growing mushrooms and of course much, much more! We shared laughs, ideas and of course some amazing food! Ryan Ryan Pengelly of Tamarack Farms near Erickson, MB spoke getting his farm started and … Continue reading EVENT RECAP: Manitoba Mini-Mixer @ Rackham Hall
Spring is around the corner, the seed catalogues are out and gardeners are eager to get their hands dirty. Perhaps this is the year that you bring your dream of having a market garden closer to reality? If it is horticulture knowledge that you lack, then you may be interested in attending 1 or more of 4 workshops being held in Surrey by University of the Fraser Valley from March to May. The workshops will provide essential training and hands-on practice, covering the principles of organic agriculture with a focus on vegetable production for market. They are designed for aspiring … Continue reading MARCH 3 – MAY 5: SURREY, BC – Workshops for New Farmers at UFV
Want Land? Got Land? Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? We Want You! 1-6 pm Land Linking Workshop – Networking, Land Access Arrangements, Expert Panel, & more! Join us for a workshop on the nuts and bolts of land linking. We’ll network, learn about land access, leases, and licenses, and hear from our expert panel on topics such as housing, finances, and more! You just might find a farmer who can turn your vacant field into a productive farm, or a land owner who has the ideal piece of land for you! Refreshments … Continue reading FEB 17: PENTICTON, BC – South Okanagan Land Link
As part of the Holistic Management & Organic Alberta Conference we are hosting an event for aspiring, new and young farmers in Central Alberta! Join us for an evening social and networking event and connect with other farmers! When: February 17th 7:30pm Where: Uglies Pub, 5010 50 St, Lacombe, AB Who: Everyone welcome! Aspiring farmers, new farmers and existing farmers, food lovers and gardeners who are interested in supporting the next generation of ecological farmers in Alberta! RSVP: This event is free! If you plan on coming feel free to send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up at the door!
We are super excited to announce our first event Young Agrarians event in Saskatchewan! Young Agrarians is a network for new and young ecological. Join us for a social mixer at the Organic Connections conference. Meet other farmers and agrarians in Saskatchewan, learn what they are up to and make new contacts in ecological farming! When: November 4th, 2016 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Where: BC Room at the Conexus Arts Centre Free event and open to the public. RSVP to email@example.com .
On March 8th, we invite you to a farmer potluck and feast with young farmer leaders and organizers from across the country at Rundle’s Mission at Pigeon Lake, Alberta. Meet with other new farmers, hear about the work on the National New Farmer Report and enjoy good food and good company. To RSVP
We’re growing the next generation of ecological farmers in Alberta! Join us February 25th in Olds, AB at 7pm at the Land and Science Building at Olds College. There will be a little networking, a little learning, a little sharing, a little food, a little enjoyment of libations and A LOT of fun! This event is being organized as part of the 2016 Organic Alberta & Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Conference but anyone is welcome to come!
A new opportunity is on the horizon for those interested in farming but who currently face obstacles. The Central Okanagan Community Farm Society is exploring the concept of starting incubator farms for new farmers. An incubator farm provides a new farmer with affordable access to a small plot of land, limited equipment, and mentorship from experienced farmers in order to teach the skills necessary for faming as an independent business venture. The land would be available for 1-3 years and would assist new farmers in gaining all the skills required to transition onto their own land. Does this sound like … Continue reading A Head Start for New Farmers in the Central Okanagan