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1st Generation Farmer Conference
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1st Generation Farmer Conference

1st Gen Farmer Conference- Rosy Farms

Are you a 1st generation farmer looking to connect with a strong community of friends and mentors? Do you want to make your farm business more resilient by improving your financial plan and communication strategies? Are you a city-slicker itching to get your boots on land but don’t know where to start?

Join us at the 1st Generation Farmer Conference to get relevant, ready-to-apply farm knowledge from a fantastic line up of speakers and to meet other passionate farmers in Alberta!

When: Saturday, August 10, 2019

Where: Rosy Farms (about 1h NW of Edmonton, AB). Lots of parking and camping space available on-site.

Cost: $50/person includes conference attendance and a delicious, locally-sourced lunch (prepare your taste buds for a charcuterie style feast!). All proceeds will be going to the Young Agrarians as they continue to support and cultivate the dreams and aspirations of new farmers

6 reasons why you should attend 1st Gen Farmers Conference.

  1. We focus on the how rather than the what. Yes, theory is important, but we know you’re more concerned with why and how other marketers are making it happen rather than the less-relatable theory.

  2. Everyone is Welcome. City slicker or hardcore farmer.  The talks are information jam packed. The conference focuses on networking and learn fresh new ideas. Agriculture can me more then cattle and combines.

  3. Full circle support. A business is more than your product. Learn about lending strategies, what your country can do for you and big city business support. We make sure that your not alone.

  4. New City experiences moving into the county. Every owner speaking has come from the City. According to a Young Agrarians study, 68% of new farmers have no farming background. Lets build those numbers.

  5. The Grub or The Food Fair. We have assembled many of Edmonton's best vendors. They have chopped, smashed, mixed, baked and cooked up lunch for you. A charcuterie style lunch, so brace your mind and your taste buds for the day.

  6. All proceeds will be going to the Young Agrarians.  Helping to support young farmers, to grow their dreams.

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The Speakers

Diversity is key. That is why we have brought in a wide walk of speaker talent. The one mandatory requirement for the business owner speakers: They have all Boot Strapped their Business.  Starting from nothing but dreams, to living their own lives.

Business Owners

Bryanna Kumpula- Yung - Bar OA Farms

Dustin Mortin- Parsnips & Paddock

Ryan Mason - Reclaim Organics

Aga Wajda-Plytta- Herbologie

Andrew Rosychuk - Rosy Farms

Bri Vos - Rye Marketing

Government Experts

Michelle - AFSC

David Baya - Business Link

Leanne McBean - Sturgeon County

The Lunch

Brace your Taste Buds for a charcuterie style feast. We have gathered together 100% local cuisine, giving you a taste of business success.

We will be sampling bread from Ruby Apron, haskap pie from FifeNDekel, fruit from Steve & Dans BC Fruit, spices from Herbologie, mustard and mayo from Chicks-N-Chaps, edible flowers from Bar OA Farms, chocolates from Colleen’s Chocolates, cookies from confetti sweets cookies,  pickles and preserves from MoJo JoJo pickles Spices & tea from The Northern Table, haskaps from Rosy Farms, along with meats, cheese, nuts and other locally crafted foods.

The Venue

The 1st Gen Farmers Conference will be hosted by Rosy Farms and Bar OA Farms, on Rosy Farms. A beautiful venue steps away from the eco friendly orchard.

Rain or Shine, we are Good to Go. Expect to pick some fresh haskaps.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a First Generation Farmer?

Is some who farms without initial access to large amounts of land, machinery, financing or a farming background. Lacking the capital or land assets but having the dream and drive to start from nothing.  Knowing their unique background builds fresh ideas, making them different from all the others.

When/ Where Is it happening?

August 10th, located at the beautiful Rosy Farms. Pick some fresh haskaps and get lost in the flowers of Bar OA Farms. Being a 30 minutes north/ west of Saint Albert. Google Rosy Farms for a pin.

Is the Conference for Me?

1st Gen Farming is about getting into the farming, small business or into agriculture. Be it farmers markets, brick & mortar sales, farm gate, CSA, if it comes from the land and you want to make a living, the conference is for you. You can be a part time farmer, no need to have your business run your life, most of the speakers have a financial side hustle. You will walk away from 1st Gen Farmer with relevant, ready-to-apply learning for the real world.

Who is Supporting the Conference?

We are supported by some of Alberta's Best: Young Agrarians of Alberta, Sturgeon County, Business Link Edmonton, Haskap Alberta Association, Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association, Organic Alberta.

What kind of topics will be covered at 1st Gen Farmers conference?

Our goal is to create a full circle of experiences and topics for every type of farmer. Getting your head in the game

Part time farming hustle, Production & product development, Telling customers about your story ,Grants, Financing, Branding & marketing, Support networks, What your county can do for you, plus a whole lot more.

What is a Haskap Fruit?

Haskaps are quickly becoming North America’s newest super fruit. They contain 3 times the antioxidants then a highbush blueberry. Plus, they taste amazing!

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How many spots are available?



The joys of having a farm. There is more than enough room. When you arrive we will guide you where to go. It is still a farm, you will be driving on grass. Expect a few bumps, ones that any little car can handle. 

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

What's the refund policy?

There are no refunds

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No need, we will have a list of names at the event as a just in case

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Farm Tour & Potluck Social
1:00 PM13:00

Farm Tour & Potluck Social

This farm tour is one you most certainly won’t want to miss! We’ll be visiting three farms that highlight the incredible diversity of producers in Central Alberta, including a haskap orchard, a rotational-grazing ranch and a hydroponics lettuce grower. During a walk around of each farm, the farmers will talk about about how they started up, how their operation is unique, their future plans for the operation, and share advice to people wanting to enter the industry. We’ll wrap up the day with a social potluck. All food-lovers and agrarians – new,  experienced and everything in between – are welcome to join!

Farm Tour & Potluck Social

Date: Friday, August 9th, 2019

Location: Meet at Rosy Farms (~1h NW of Edmonton). We’ll have a bus to transport everyone from farm to farm.

Cost: $20

What to Bring: Please bring a dish to share, tools to eat with, and a chair or a blanket.

Share: Planning on joining us? Please invite your friends and share our Facebook event!

Questions? Contact Alex at


1:00 – 2:15 – Rosy Farms

2:30 – 3:45 – Greener Pastures Ranching

4:00 – 5:15 – Swiss Leaf Farms

6:30 – 8:00 – Social Potluck at Rosy Farms

Farm Bios

Rosy Farms – 

We are a  haskap centrec farm; permaculture run, monoculture focused.  Andrew is a city slicker turned haskap fruit farmer and has built his dream while developing a new industry. Expect to learn from his experiences, how to build your tribe of mentors, operation scales, potential markets, what it takes to farm, rigors of planning, and of course the power of haskap fruit.

Greener Pastures Ranching – 

We are a regenerative ranching operation that does not own cattle and does not own the land that we run the cattle on. Through rotational grazing we protect our riparian areas, regenerate our pastures and preserve wildlife habitat, all while increasing soil biodiversity. We run approximately 1200 head of cattle each summer on approximately 3000 acres of leased land. We also direct market pastured pork into nearby Edmonton and promote regenerative agricultural practices throughout North America through magazine articles, and public speaking events.

Swiss Leaf Farms -

We are growing leafy greens year round using 90% less water, zero pesticides with a patented growing system that was  developed in Canada.  Every week we are shipping 12,000 heads of lettuce to over 100 retail locations.  People will be able to see each stage of growth from seed to harvest ready plants, how we prepare irrigation nutrients, how we harvest and our unique packaging that increases shelf life.

Rosy Farms Rolling hills
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Haskap Alberta Association 2nd Annual Growers Day
9:30 AM09:30

Haskap Alberta Association 2nd Annual Growers Day

Join the Haskap Alberta Association for their 2nd Annual Grower Day! Learn about how to manage and monitor the health of a haskap orchard and how to work with other producers to market these amazing berries. This jam packed day will be the perfect opportunity to learn about how to grow haskaps in Alberta and to connect with other producers.

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019

Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm

Location: Sturgeon County (10 min N of St. Albert and 2 min S of Morinville)


9:00 – 9:30   Coffee, refreshments and networking
9:30 – 10:00  Craig Toth
10:00 – 12:00  Joel Williams – Part I
12:00 – 1:00  Catered lunch – networking and opportunity to speak with sponsors
1:00 – 3:00  Joel Williams – Part II
3:00 – 3:30  Andrew Rosychuk- North 49 Fruit Corporation
3:30 – 4:30  Self exploration of orchard


Craig Toth | Edmonton and District Beekeeping Association

Craig has been studying and working with bees for over 13 years in the Sturgeon County area. He is the president of the Edmonton and District Beekeeping Association. In the winter months he teaches honey bee beekeeping courses and throughout the summer he produces and raises new bee hives for new and experienced beekeepers, while focusing on honey bee colony health, queen breeding and honey production.

Joel Williams | Integrated Soils 

Joel Williams is an independent plant and soil health educator, a healthy soils advocate and presenter on soil biology, plant nutrition and integrated approaches of agroecological farming. He has a keen interest in managing plant diversity, soil microbial ecology and plant and soil nutrition to optimize soil function and crop immunity. Joel’s session will focus on optimizing soil health in haskap orchards. He’ll talk about:

  • understanding the role of soil biology toward nutrient supply and crop production,

  • leveraging existing soil fertility and optimizing purchased inputs

  • managing disease, insects and weed pressure as an integrated nutritional and biological approach toward plant health

Andrew Rosychuk | North 49 Fruit Corporation

North 49 Fruit Corporation provides quality haskaps and processed fruit products directly from shareholder producers to domestic and global customers. They maintain a secure, safe and consistent supply of quality haskaps for their customers within a collaborative system that enables them to maintain ecologically, socially and financially stable orchards. Their Canadian producer shareholders adhere to national production and primary process food safety practices for producing high quality and safe fruit. All secondary processing is completed in CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) registered facilities. This session will focus on how North 49 went from individual growers all looking for markets to a collaborative producer owned marketing corporation.


Early Bird Rate (prior to May 15th )- $50 for HAA members, $100 for non-members
Regular Rate  (May 16 to June 04 )- $60 for members, $120 for non-members
Registration closed after June 04, 2019.
Lunch and refreshments included.

RSVP and e-transfer registration fees to Shauna – with password Haskap (or cheque mailed to 55231 Highway 2 Sturgeon County AB T8R 0G5)

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Rosy Farms at the Sturgeon culinary cook out.
4:00 PM16:00

Rosy Farms at the Sturgeon culinary cook out.

Sturgeon County Centennial Party, September 8th at Cardiff Park, 4-9 p.m.
What will be happening, cookout, food trucks, firefighter olympics, kid’s cooking classes, free family games, performance from Dallas Arcand/ Ain’t No Rodeo, and much more!

Rosy Farms will be setting up our information tent, with frozen haskap samples.

It does not matter where your from, come out, and experience country charm, eat some truly local food or just come out and say hello. 

For More Information: Sturgeon Culinary Cook Out
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Farm to Table Dinner- Rosy Styles
5:00 PM17:00

Farm to Table Dinner- Rosy Styles

This Table is Full.

Stay tuned for your own farm to table opportunity, only through our crowdfunding campaign opening this fall.

We will be having our first Farm to Table event. The whole purpose is to perfect the Farm To Table experience, setting up for the best Crowdfunding reward, Sign up to stay tuned. The event is going to be Great.

Every one attending will be having an amazing 5 course meal, showcasing local produce and protein, all highlighted by haskap fruit. In classic Rosy Farms fashion the norm is a little different. Adding to the masterful meal, by Mel- The Nomadic Wife, we will be inviting 35 local movers and shakers, all with a desire to create windy, wheevy connections.

Stay tuned, we will keep you posted on the event: photos, blogs, testimonials.

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