NSYF Events

Difficult Discussion and Conflict Management for Young Farmers

Not sure how to talk to Dad about succession? What about dealing with your cousin’s hot headed temper when something goes wrong? Dreading that meeting that will certainly stir up the organization?

Nova Scotia Young Farmers will be holding a workshop will take place on March 15 starting at 9:00 a.m. in the Annapolis Boardroom, Perennia Innovation Park, Bible Hill.

This workshop will be facilitated by Debbie Lawrence – consultant, coach and owner of Abundant Living.

Following the workshop there will be a farm tour of Stokdijk Greenhouses in Beaver Brook. You can register by calling 893-2293 or info@nsyff.ca.

Please pre-register so we can make sure we have enough workshop materials printed, by Wednesday March 12th.

Get Your Broom Out!! It’s Bonspiel Time!

It is time once again for the 9thAnnual Rollie Hayman Cup Curling Bonspiel!
Being held Friday Evening, March 14th from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Truro Curling Club, the NSIA annual Bonspiel is the perfect time to network off the farm, out of the office or off campus, while ‘brushing’ up on your curling skills!
Nova Scotia Young Farmers is looking for members for their team, so contact us or Laurie at 902-897-6742 or nsagrologists@eastlink.ca to register a team. This event is always a good time for only $20 per person.
Don’t forget to register by Friday March 7th
 

Mentoring Workshop in Kentville

The Kings County Federation of Agriculture, sponsored by ThinkFarm, will host a Mentoring Workshop to bring together established farmers who are interested in the next generation of farmers and what they can do to help them.

The Workshop will take place on 22nd March at the Kentville Agricultural Centre, Cornwallis Room, from 8:30 to 12 noon. Participation is open to everyone in agriculture and there is no fee.

Established farmers and beginning/transitioning farmers are invited to the Workshop to identify the needs of KCFA’s farming community in order to develop a network of mentors and mentees.

Experienced speakers will provide tips on how to be a good mentor and a good mentee while break-out groups will allow participants to feel comfortable in mentoring situations. The Workshop will begin the process of building a community of experienced farmers willing to serve as mentors in Kings County.

Pre-registration is advised at ctheriau@gov.ns.ca or more information is available by contacting colinbell@eastlink.ca

Workshop – What Does the Future Hold for Maritime Agriculture?

Join Nova Scotia Young Farmers for this workshop with Cedric MacLeod, from MacLeod Agronomics.

The current trends for the Maritime Agriculture sector are:
– The number of traditional, mixed farms is declining and giving way to larger operations seeking operational efficiencies
– A rise in the number of small land holding operations seeking to market locally, directly, or through value added niche markets
– Increasingly coupled value chain players seeking market access through vertical integrations

Is this the right direction for Maritime agriculture? Who knows. The bigger question for the young farmer community is does it really matter…? 

The food industry will continue to evolve and the door is open to those who wish to take a leadership role in shaping the future of Maritime agriculture. The challenge for Maritime young farmers is to understand how, or if, their current business model will survive in the new evolving reality.

Ask yourself a few questions:

What do I love about farming, and what will get me out of bed every morning for the rest of my days? 

Where do I generate profit, and where will I make money in the future?

What is my true competitive advantage in this evolving marketplace?

Is my business resilient enough to survive in a volatile marketplace? 

Am I equipped to deal with the new regulatory environment?

Now ask yourself where to find the answers. Strategic thinking and planning for the future may seem like an intuitive process, but many young farmers are stuck staring at a blank screen and a blinking cursor when they sit down to develop a long-term strategic plan.

Cedric MacLeod of MacLeod Agronomics Ltd will lead a thought provoking and interactive workshop to help individuals take a hard and honest look inward at their operation, and look into their long-term future. This workshop will leave you ready, willing and wanting for growth and success in your business.

This workshop is Saturday March 1st starting at 10 am, at the Pond Classic Grill. This workshop is free, however, you will be required to pay for lunch of your choice.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!

Please contact the NSFA Office at 893-2293 or smackenzie@nsfa-fane.ca by Wednesday Feb 26th

Exploring the New Farm Dream – NEW DATES & LOCATIONS

Is starting an agricultural business right for me?

Are you interested in starting a small farm business, but unsure  where to begin? 

Then this course is for you!

For career changers  looking for a new start,  farm apprentices considering a start-up, or  those simply interested in a hobby with  profit potential, Exploring the  New Farm Dream is intended to bridge the gap between ideas and action.

By providing information on what is required to start and manage a  profitable agricultural business, this course will help aspiring farmers  decide whether farming is a path they want to pursue.  A facilitator  will guide course participants through four interactive sessions  featuring panel discussions with successful farmers, government and  industry representatives, and other guest speakers.

THINKFARM will be offering this course in 2014 in Bible Hill and Antigonish on Thursday, January 9, 16, 23, and 30. [Note that for Bible Hill this is a postponement of the course advertised for November 2013.]

The course will also be offered in Kentville on Tuesday, February 4, 11, 18 and 25.

For more information, or to download the registration form, please visit: www.novascotia.ca/agri/programs-and-services/business-development/thinkfarm/workshops/new-farm-dream/

Harvesting Out Potential

Get ready to dig in to our semi-annual meeting being held Friday November 29th, 2013, in Truro, at the Best Western Glengarry.

Are you a young farmer who is just trying to make it work? Wondering how other young professionals deal with the books? Maybe how they made their farm succession run so smoothly… or how they work on their farm and keep their off-farm job?

This event will focus on how young people are really making it work on their farm, from real young farmers themselves. With our panel of young entrepreneurs we’ll share their experiences, their challenges and their successes.

Also, we are looking for a board member for NSYFF. Think you might be interested? Let us know, and we’ll fill you in on what to expect. We are always looking for youth ag-leaders for various roles, so if you are interested, or has some great ideas, let’s work together in making things happen!

Once again, Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture is collaborating with us for this event and Shur-Gain is sponsoring part of our networking session.

We hope to see you there!

NSYFF Semi 2013

 

NSYF Contact

Nova Scotia Young Farmers’

60 Research Drive
Perennia Innovation Park
Bible Hill, Nova Scotia
B6L 2R2

Tel: (902) 893-2293
Fax: (902) 893-7063

Email: nsyoungfarmers@gmail.com