Farm Clubs, in various forms, have been part of the farming community for hundreds of years and have a played an important role in the improvement of the farm and the farmer.
We’ve been seeing farm clubs popping up again and so YA created a Farm Club Guide for new farm clubs, describing how to set up first meetings, invite potential members, and create principles and agendas.
What is a farm club?
A farm club is a self-directed group, either formally registered or not, that gets together in the spirit of collaboration, sharing and problem solving. Farm clubs can be focused around a specific goal shared by the group (ex: Lentil Underground) or for the general ongoing improvement of each other’s farms (ex: Holistic Management Groups).
The benefits of farm clubs:
- Access to local experience and knowledge
- Regional expertise
- Access to different talents, skills, and resources in the group
- Solutions to real-time or ongoing challenges on your farm
- Improved farming and land management practices
- Discussions on business challenges and opportunities
- Networking and community building
- Collaborative initiatives with neighbours (ex: bulk purchasing, equipment sharing)
- Building collective intelligence about the local and global context
We’re here to help
Want to brainstorm? Young Agrarians is just a call away and we would love to help you work through your ideas. Contact us.
The Young Agrarians Farm Guide was developed in partnership with Organic Alberta through generous support from the #NOREGRETS Initiative.
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