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Apprenticeships available for aspiring organic farmers

Application deadline is Jan. 31

Reading Time: < 1 minute Young Agrarians, a program of Organic Alberta, is growing the next generation of farmers through a new apprenticeship program in 2017. The program is intended to help aspiring farmers gain skills and insight from experienced producers willing to share their knowledge and expertise. Four host farms have been selected in central and northern Alberta. Core activities […] Read more

Pair of organic field days on offer

Reading Time: < 1 minute Organic Alberta and the Prairie Organic Grain Initiative will be hosting two field days on organic grain and field crop production. On July 11, there will be a tour of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research Station and Leffer’s Organic Farm. Federal researchers will talk about weed biocontrol, integrated pest management, soil health, and nutrient management. […] Read more

Stockmanship schools on offer

Stockmanship schools on offer

Classes run June 13-14 in Red Deer and June 16-17 in Cochrane

Reading Time: < 1 minute Richard McConnell and Tina William are presenting a two-day Proper Stockmanship School in Red Deer (June 13-14 at the Red Deer County Office) and Cochrane (June 16-17 at the Weedon Pioneer Community Hall). Topics include pressure and release; instincts of humans and livestock; the predator/prey relationship; positioning and movement; and sorting, weaning, receiving, and loading livestock. […] Read more

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Organic hemp supply can’t meet demand

Industry experts say organic hemp is a ‘big opportunity’ and commands almost double the price of its conventionally grown cousin

Reading Time: 2 minutes The opportunities are big these days for the growers of organic hemp, says the executive director of Organic Alberta. “We are seeing very strong growth in the organic sector with 58 per cent of Canadians buying organic on a weekly basis,” said Becky Lipton. “Organic hemp is right up there as one of the top […] Read more