Feature image above: Photo Credit: Kevin Kossowan // Location: Lady’s Hat Farm, Castor, AB Over the past year, the Young Agrarians team and our contributors have been working hard at creating the first edition of the Alberta Land Access Guide. It’s a toolkit for new farmers like YOU. It’s a collection of stories of wins, loses, and everything in-between. We hope you can use these experiences to guide you through this big, rather intimidating step in your career path as a regenerative farmer. (Don’t worry, we’re here to walk you through it, step-by-step). For land seekers, it will give you … Continue reading The Alberta Land Access Guide is Out!
Looking for the 2020 Alberta Apprenticeship Program? Click here. 2018 Alberta Apprenticeship Program Information Are you an aspiring farmer looking to gain skills and knowledge that match the ecological values you hold? Are you feeling the farming bug, but not quite ready to take the plunge and launch your own business? Young Agrarians, Organic Alberta and our network of exceptional mentor farmers are now offering advanced, hands-on apprenticeships in regenerative agriculture. Participants with a serious interest, curiosity and commitment to full-time farming are invited to apply. Our apprenticeships are a full immersion program that puts you into the heart of running a farm business, day in … Continue reading 2018 YA Alberta Apprenticeship Program
On the first week of my farm apprenticeship I was already cursing my farm mentor’s dead father. Why? Page wire. My nemesis. Sort of. At the beginning of April, that time of year in Alberta when Old Man Winter cannot make up his mind if he is ready to pack it in or not, I began a seven-month apprenticeship at Redtail Farms in Castor, Alberta. The first thing my mentors—third generation farmers Ian Griebel and Dana Blume—had me do was dismantle a few miles of fencing. The fencing had been put up presumably by their predecessor Richard Griebel, Ian’s father, … Continue reading Chasing the Ghost of Richard Griebel: reflections by Derek Leahy, Redtail Farms Apprentice