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EDMONTON (Febraury 23rd, 2015) - The Young Agrarians will be hosting a mixer as part of Organic Alberta’s annual Conference on February 27 & 28 in Beaumont, Alberta. This event will provide an opportunity for new farmers, experience farmers and food lovers to celebrate, connect and build a supportive community for new entrants into agriculture.

Who are the Young Agrarians? They are the movers and shakers of the new agrarian movement and include young agriculturalists, farmers, urban farmers, market and community gardeners, community groups , academics, organizations and members of the publics who want to build, promote and inspire a new generation of farmers in Canada.

With farmers representing less than 2% of the population and the average age of farmers nearing 56, new farmers are pioneering new ways of getting into an industry that presents a lot of challenges for this next generation.

Blake Hall of Prairie Gold Meats is a good example, “I farm on exclusively rented land on a ranch south of Red Deer. In the 1990’s the ranchers sold all their machinery and sowed everything to grass. In the two decades that have passed they have built top soil and brought native species back into their sward.  With no kids to take over the ranch they know that if they sell the farm and retire, the bulldozer will show up to dispose of any re-established trees. With our involvement in an inter-generational succession plan, the rancher’s need for the land to be stewarded will continue for at least another generation and as new farmers, our need for a secure land base and home is met.”

Last spring, Prairie Gold Meats in partnership with Steel Pony Farms, hosted the first Young Agrarians event in Alberta. Over 75 people, young and old, showed up for a farm tour, mixer and potluck. “Farmers love visiting other farmers.” says Sara Dent, a Young Agrarians founder and British Columbia Coordinator.

Young Agrarian events aren’t just for the young, they’re for everyone. Events like these are about creating supportive, mutual learning community and providing a space where people can share their needs and opportunities and actually meet with people who might be able to help. Past participants have connected with people who might be able to help with finances, looking to learn how to use a piece of equipment, looking for land and many elder agrarians come looking to meet young people seeking land. It is also a great place for people without an agricultural background who are interested in farming and the food system to get a taste for farming and meeting the new farming community.

The Young Agrarians Mixer in Beaumont is being held at 6:00pm on Friday, February 27th at the Beaumont Community Centre Knights of Columbus Hall. Interested participants can register online through the Organic Alberta website at http://organicalberta.org/conferences/2015-conference or by phoning toll free: 855-521-2400. For more information abouy Young Agrarians go to www.youngagrarians.org. 

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 EDMONTON (February 17th, 2015) - Organic Alberta’s annual Conference on February 27 & 28 in Beaumont, Alberta will provide information and insight into opportunities in the organic beef market for farmers in Alberta.

There is a strong demand for local, certified organic beef from retailers in Alberta.

Organic Companies and Experts come to Alberta to Showcase Opportunities for Organic Hemp

EDMONTON (February 2nd, 2015) - Farmers attending Organic Alberta’s annual Conference on February 27 & 28 in Beaumont, Alberta will be discovering an exciting and lucrative growing opportunity in the production of organic hemp. 

The consumer demand for organic hemp food products is driving market prices up, and leaving the processors short in their supply of organically-produced hemp seed.

Study reinforces what millions of consumers already know: organic makes a difference

WASHINGTON (July 11, 2014) – A major new study from the United Kingdom finds conclusive evidence that organic crops, and the food made from them, are nutritionally superior to their conventional counterparts, corrects many of the shortcomings of earlier studies and should put to rest any doubts about the benefits of organic, said the lead scientist of The Organic Center in responding to the landmark study.

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 08:57

Press Release: GM Alfalfa Release Delayed!

no GM alfalfaBreaking News, March 28, 2014: GM Alfalfa Release Delayed! Your actions are working. Thanks to all your protest, we have kept GM alfalfa off the market this spring! The company Forage Genetics International (FGI) will not release genetically modified (GM) alfalfa this spring, thanks to farmer and consumer opposition. Your continued protest, culminating in last year’s national Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa, has delayed the release of GM alfalfa in Canada. Thank you for taking effective action with CBAN!

The corporate decision to delay the introduction of GM alfalfa was confirmed in the Western Producer newspaper and builds upon recent statements made by seed companies in Quebec and Ontario.

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