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JoinTeamOAOrganic Alberta is looking for an outgoing, self-motivated, highly organized person to join our team as a summer student. The Organic Food Outreach Coordinator will be engaging in functions related to coordinating educational activities and promotional campaigns for organic consumers, farmers and businesses. The Organic Food Outreach Coordinator will work closely with Organic Alberta’s Marketing Program Coordinator and Agriculture
Outreach Coordinator, as well as with farmers and business representatives from across the organic community.
 
Projects include: The Alberta Organic Food marketing campaign, Prairie Organic Grain Initiative, and other general activities that support Organic Alberta.
 
 
Key responsibilities:
• Developing promotional materials and messaging
• Marketing activities such as: social media and website updates, doing promotions at various events,
marketing research, and working with partners
• Administrative support such as: surveys, materials inventory, and other related activities as needed
 
Requirements:
• Canadian citizen or permanent resident, under the age of 30
• Be a full-time student returning to school in September
 
Qualifications:
• Passion for local food and organic agriculture
• Strong organizational skills
• Excellent communication skills
• Technologically literate
• Dependable, self-starter who is comfortable working independently
• Ability to manage multiple priorities
 
Assets:
• Experience working with non-profit, grass-roots organizations
• Experience with event planning and coordination
Position details: $13/hour, 35 hours a week for 15 weeks. Position to begin early to mid-May.
Application Deadline: 5:00 PM Friday April 10, 2015. To apply please email your resume and cover letter to
Friday, 13 March 2015 13:20

Young Farmer Competition

Win a trip to IFMA20 in Quebec City this July!
 
Young farmers (persons aged 20-40 actively involved in farming) from across Canada have the opportunity to win an all-expenses paid trip to the 20th International Farm Management Conference (IFMA20),  July 12th to 17th in Quebec City.
 
International Farm Management Congress
The International Farm Management Congress is a one of a kind event that brings diverse industry experts and stakeholders together from around the world, across disciplines and commodity sectors. The Congress objectives are to exchange ideas, experience and knowledge through presentations and demonstration, and to stimulate contacts between farmers, teachers, advisors, researchers, policy-makers and agribusiness at national and international levels.  You can read more about the Congress at www.ifma20.org.
 
To Enter:
Applicants must be a young farmer (20-40) and produce a short video (one minute) answering the question:
 
How are you practicing healthy agricultural management on your farm?
 
Farm Management Canada must receive the completed application form and video submission no later than
April 26, 2015. For more information, please visit www.ywefarm.com.
 
Start filming today!
 
Organic Alberta Members are now eligible for a $30 discount on an Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association (AFFPA) membership. Purchase your AFFPA membership through Organic Alberta and pay only $115.
 
Why become an Alberta Farm Fresh Producer Member?
 
One of the main reasons consumers don't buy organic is that they don't know how to find it and we want to help consumers find you!
 
AFFPA has been publishing the "Come to our Farms" guide for years and is widely distributed across the province (34,000 guides distributed/year). This guide helps consumers find local farms where they can buy products from fruits and veggies to beef, bison, lamb and chicken. What's more, they have turned their farm directory into an app to expand their reach to consumers.
 
Members are listed in their directory, on their website and receive discounts on AFFPA's courses, workshops and networking opportunities. They also get a subscription to Direct Currents, free classifed ads, promotion through their social media, access to agri-tourism insurance group rates and more!
 
To become an AFFPA member and get your $30 discount:
Contact Organic Alberta at:
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587-521-2400
Toll-free: 1-855-521-2400
Positions: Directors of the Board, 3 positions
Location: Anywhere in Canada
Website: www.cog.ca
 
COG is Canada’s longest-standing organic organization and only national organic charity. This year marks the 40th anniversary of COG fulfilling its mission to lead local and national communities towards sustainable organic stewardship of land, food and fibre while respecting nature, upholding social justice and protecting natural resources.
 
COG is seeking passionate individuals to join its Board of Directors to be involved in the oversight of the charity’s efforts and progress in growing the organic community in Canada.
 
Role
 
Members of the Board supervise the management of the activities and affairs of the organization, including:
 
    Upholding COG’s mission and charitable purposes
    Ensuring sound financial management of the organization
    Advising on the development of COG projects and strategic direction
    Engaging in a SWOT analysis of the organization
    Overseeing management of COG’s human resources
    Identifying new fundraising prospects for COG
 
Time Commitment
 
Directors serve a one-year (by appointment) or three-year (by nomination) term on the Board. The Board meets six times a year for approximately 2 hours each meeting. Due to the nature of COG’s national scope, all meetings are conducted over toll-free conference call or Skype.
 
Committees dedicated to the full range of COG’s operations (Fundraising, Chapters, Finance, etc) meet as needed throughout the year; Board members are encouraged to participate on at least one of them (an additional 10-20 hours/year).
 
Qualifications Needed
 
COG aims to build a Board of Directors with a diverse knowledge and skill set that is also representative of our national organic community. Current gaps on our board include:
 
    Knowledge of or experience in human resources
    Representation from Quebec or Saskatchewan
 
Meeting these qualifications is considered a significant asset, but is not a requirement. In general, knowledge, skills or experience in any of the following areas are considered an asset:
 
    Accounting
    Fundraising
    Strategic Planning
    Outreach and networking in the organic community
 
Training
 
All members of COG’s Board of Directors will participate in Governance Training via webinar soon after the AGM.
 
Benefits
 
Members of COG’s Board of Directors will:
 
    Make connections with like-minded volunteers and professionals across the country
    Develop and/or gain knowledge and experience in organizational management
    Play a key role in advancing the organic movement in Canada
 
Nomination Process
 
All nominees must be a COG member (you can join COG here). Please send the following to Tegan Renner, Vice-President & Elections Officer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by March 27, 2015:
 
    Resume
    150-word statement on your qualifications and interest in organics
    Letter of support from one other COG member
 
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Patrick and Cherylynn Bos of Bos Farm and Rock Ridge Dairy were recently chosen as the 2015 Outstanding Young Farmers (OYF) for the Alberta/NWT region at a recent OYF event in Banff, Alberta. The Ponoka-area farm couple will represent the region at the Outstanding Young Farmers national event later this year in Edmonton.

Patrick grew up helping his parents operate their beef and grain operation, and began milking cows at age 14. After he completed a diploma at Olds College, and Cherylynn finished her BSc degree, they began to build their milk goat farm business. Together with their four children – Amelia, Conner, Jocelyn and Adelle– they operate a herd of 1,400 dairy goats and a milk and cheese processing business.

“Patrick and Cherylynn have strengthened their family business by diversifying into food processing, adding more value to their operation and helping build the goat milk sector,” says Luanne Lynn, Vice President West, Canada’s OYF program. “Their innovative approach to building a farm family business sets a great example in their community and helps inspire our next generation of Canadian farmers.”

Over the past eight years, Patrick and Cherylynn have expanded their operation to include a milk and cheese processing facility – Rock Ridge Dairy– to process milk from their operation and from other producers. During peak production, they produce one and a half tons of cheese every week. Their future plans include building a rotary parlor to replace their existing parlor and boost milking efficiency from 180 goats per hour to 900 goats per hour.
Community involvement for Patrick and Cherylynn includes hosting 300-400 people on their farm every year, staying actively involved in their church, the Crossroads Breeders Co-op and the Alberta Organic Producers.
 
Celebrating 36 years, Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers’ program is an annual competition to recognize farmers that exemplify excellence in their profession and promote the tremendous contribution of agriculture. Open to participants 18 to 39 years of age, making the majority of income from on-farm sources, participants are selected from seven regions across Canada, with two national winners chosen each year. The program is sponsored nationally by CIBC, John Deere, Bayer CropScience, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The national media sponsor is Annex Business Media, and the program is supported nationally by AdFarm, BDO and FarmManagement Canada. Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2015 will be chosen at the National Event in Edmonton, Alberta from November 17-22, 2015. 

Monday, 09 March 2015 15:02

Job Posting NFU General Manager

The National Farmers Union is hiring a General Manager to work with the Board and Executive of the National Farmers Union to successfully implement the strategic directives of the membership. The GM will take a leadership role in setting priorities and maximizing effectiveness of the NFU's resources. The position is located in Saskatoon, SK at the NFU National Office, and involves occasional travel. More information about the NFU is available on this website. Application deadline is March 16, 2015.
 

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