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market farming workshop


Tuesday, 24 September, 2013 at 7:00pm – Thursday, 26 September, 2013 at 10:00pm
Option to participate in harvest on Friday, 27 September, morning

Cost: $295 + applicable taxes (includes lunch and dinner on Wednesday & Thursday)

The resurgence of interest and demand for regionally produced food has created a huge opportunity for those who want to become growers and has expanded possibilities for those who are already farming.

Join veteran farmers Michael Ableman and Josh Volk for a two-day intensive agricultural workshop covering both urban and rural growing techniques, and learn the strategies of a successful market farmer. Continue reading

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acorn’s beginning farmer symposium


SAVE THE DATE! The Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) is excited to announce that registration is now open for our 2nd Beginner Farmer Symposium & Mixer, happening Monday, August 19th, 2013, at Mount Allison University, in Sackville, New Brunswick. 

Building on the great success of last year’s sold-out event, we are thrilled to showcase another busy day of workshops, panel discussions and prime networking opportunities for new, aspiring and experienced growers across the region.  Continue reading

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urban farm apprenticeship @ SOLEFOOD (canada)

solefoodAn internship at SoleFood Street Farms is for individuals with a serious interest in gaining the skills necessary to grow food for market or those who are interested in exploring farming as a career. The program provides each participant with the opportunity to spend a season working on an urban farming operation. Most of the education will be through hands-on experience and the skills learned will be focused on agriculture and social sustainability in an urban context.

We have a diverse, innovative urban farming operation located in Vancouver, Canada, which requires a wide range of skills: greenhouse seedling production, field planting, weeding and harvesting, produce deliveries, and building and repairing infrastructure. We work in a neighbourhood that is experiencing significant social /economic challenges. Be prepared for physically and emotionally demanding work.

SoleFood Street Farms transforms vacant urban land into street farms that grow artisan quality fruits and vegetables.  Our mission is to empower individuals with limited resources by providing jobs, agricultural training and inclusion in a supportive community of farmers and food lovers.

SoleFood Street Farms is in its fourth year of operation. In our first growing season (2009), over 100 volunteers joined together to build a half-acre farm on a vacant parking lot beside the Astoria Hotel. We have provided employment for 35 residents of the downtown eastside, produced over 15.5 tons of food, generated and donated over 11,000 pounds of fresh healthy produce to inner city food agencies.

We are modeling innovative ways of growing food in vacant urban spaces and in abandoned lots with contaminated soils. Our approach is re-envisioning and repurposing vacant lands to improve the food security of our local communities, while providing meaningful employment for people who face systemic barriers to accessing and maintaining traditional employment.

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apply now for ACORN ‘grow a farmer’ apprenticeship !

acronCommitted to a career in organic agriculture? Interested in what ‘farm-school’ would be like? The deadline for the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network’s (ACORN) Grow A Farmer Apprenticeship Program has been extended to Friday March 15th at 5pm. Spend a full season working with an amazing team of organic growers and access free workshops, farm tours, conferences and more! Application forms are available at–don’t miss out on this great opportunity! Can’t commit to a full-season? Check out ACORN’s four-month, summer-term Grow A Farmer Program and apply by April 15th!
You can call the ACORN office by calling our toll-free number at 1-866-322-2676.
ACORN’s Grow A Farmer Program gratefully acknowledges the support of the New Brunswick Agricultural Council, Agri-Futures Nova Scotia, the Prince Edward Island Adapt Council and the Territorial Farmers Association. 

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acorn’s grow a farmer program

Canadian greenhorns, the deadline is Friday!  Here’s the scoop:

The March 1st deadline is fast approaching folks! Committed to a career in organic agriculture? Interested in what ‘farm-school’ would be like? Apply now to the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network’s (ACORN) Grow A Farmer Apprenticeship Program and spend a full season working with an amazing team of organic growers! Application forms are available at–don’t miss out on this great opportunity!

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canadians way ahead on young farmer financing

Young farmers show interest in new FCC Young Farmer Loan

In just over six months, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has approved over 800 loans worth more than $187 million under the Young Farmer Loan launched in April by Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and FCC President and CEO Greg Stewart. The average loan size is $217,000.

This new loan offers qualified producers who are under 40 years of age loans of up to $500,000 to purchase or improve farmland and buildings. The loan includes features and options that address this demographic and support their long-term success, including variable rates at prime plus 0.5%, special fixed rates and no loan processing fees. FCC set aside $500 million for the Young Farmer Loan when it was first announced. Continue reading

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canadians organizing their own young farmers organization

Great work, guys!  Check ’em out:
Here’s a letter they sent out this summer:
Dear Agrarians,

We can’t thank The Greenhorns enough for the inspiration to get going Canada-side. While we’re B.C. focused for 2012 we aim to go national next year! 

From the city to the country – we’re here to connect up and network the powerful groundswell of young people who care about and practice ecological / organic / sustainable agriculture.
In the coming months we’re focused on making visible the resources available to farmers and new potential farmers online. Continue reading

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a nice radio program on young farmers in canada

Here’s a note from the young farmers of the Macdonald Student-run Ecological Gardens at McGill who shared this with us:

Heya Greenhorns,
Just wanted to share a radio show that we at the Macdonald Student-run Ecological Gardens, from McGill University, put together on young farmers and our situation farming here on the West Island of Montreal!! It was broadcast last week on CKUT, McGill’s independent radio station. It’s a really good picture of what our peri-urban farm scene is like up here,and showcases some really cool initiatives to engage young people in farming.

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canadian loans backed by gov. for young farmers!

New Young Farmer Loan to help next generation of producers
April 12, 2012

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN–(Marketwire – April 12, 2012) – Young and beginning farmers will find it easier to start and grow their farm businesses with the help of a new $500 million loan program. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Farm Credit Canada (FCC) President and CEO Greg Stewart introduced the Young Farmer Loan today.

“Agriculture is a key driver of jobs and economic growth here in Canada, and young farmers are vital to the long-term prosperity of the agriculture industry,” said Minister Ritz. “Encouraging young farmers to invest wisely and contribute to a prosperous, modern sector is not only good for agriculture but good for Canada.”

Read the full article HERE

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seeking farm manager – nova scotia

Watershed Farm has been a mixed vegetable and herb farm for over 10 years and is located 12 km. from Bridgewater on the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia. This past year we have successfully run a 45 member vegetable and flower CSA with a strong social justice mandate (subsidized shares and weekly food donations) and an educational component (we regularly host school field trips and workshops). Our plan is to double our membership for this upcoming 2012 season. In addition to the CSA, we sell at local farmer’s markets and have a few regular restaurant clients. The successful applicant will assume all farming responsibilities for this upcoming growing season including managing the CSA and the sales at farmer’s markets and restaurants. Continue reading

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intern with four seasons farm

Location: Maitland, Nova Scotia

Four Seasons Farm offers a unique “seed to plate” experience to learn about sustainable growing in a supportive environment. Family-run since 1992, we specialize in small-scale, organic practices and provide quality vegetables and herbs for restaurants and the Halifax Farmers Market, the largest market in the Maritimes. We are currently seeking two applicants for the full season and four seasonal internships. Continue reading

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neighborhood farm manager position

SOLEfood is a non-profit, social enterprise that provides urban agriculture employment and training opportunities for Vancouver’s inner-city residents. Working alongside farmer/author Michael Ableman, (, community residents are trained and employed to install and manage small production farms on leased urban lots. Continue reading

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greenbelts conference

Have you registered for Greenbelts: Local Solutions for Global Challenges from March 22nd to March 24th?

This Global Greenbelts Conference brings together over forty-five speakers from nine countries across the globe to discuss the potential of Greenbelts to help manage urban growth, sustain farming and the vibrancy of surrounding communities, and protect valuable ecosystems. Continue reading

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apprenticeships in canada!

The good folks at SOIL (Stewards of Irreplaceable Land) reached out to us about their terrific apprenticeship program.  Canada welcomes US greenhorns too!  Download the Poster and check out their website.  Here’s a note from Keeley:

I work with a great little farm apprenticeship program across Canada (Stewards Of Irreplaceable Land- SOIL) and we’re keen to get the word out and attract more people for this season (open to US and international folks too). As a young farmer myself,  I can speak to the importance of having the opportunity to work with and learn from, an experienced farmer for a growing season and  really get a taste for of the work before pursuing my own farm dream. Continue reading