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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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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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Presentation- Commonwealth Agriculture Conference
8:00 AM08:00

Presentation- Commonwealth Agriculture Conference


Rosy Farms owner, Andrew, has the honor to speak at this conference, where it is only the 4th time it has been held in Canada. Speaking on a panel of 3 about how young entrepreneurs are taking over agriculture, called: Bees, Berries & Beer. Andrew will be presenting for 20 minuets on how he started a farm from nothing, city sicker to farmer, what new opportunities are open to young farmers and how new crops are expanding our agriculture diversity.

It is going to be a conference to remember. For more information: Commonwealth Agriculture Conference

Conference Bio:

Andrew, a city slicker turned haskap fruit farmer, has built his dream and is developing a new industry, founder of the Haskap Alberta Association and a founding shareholder of North 49 Fruit Corp- sales/marketing of Canadian fruit.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Andrew achieved a diploma in Production Horticulture at Olds College, AB, before entering the trades, now working as a Suncor Execution Coordinator. All his profits seed into the expense of starting a haskap farm from scratch, buying 76 acres in Alcomdale, AB, planting a 26 acre orchard, and currently planning a small processing center.

Large commodity farms have opened up opportunities for specialty growers, aided by the ease of social media and the support of the Alberta Government, creating market diversify with the hopes of long-term sustainability.

Customers want connections: connection to their food, the land, and the people growing. Andrew is building this connection because he strongly believes in haskap fruit, in the power of local, and is driven to prove that the small family farm is alive and growing.

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Presentation: Brazeau County Eco Fair
2:00 PM14:00

Presentation: Brazeau County Eco Fair

  • brazeau County Adminastration Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The presentation will be on haskap production and what it is like to start a small farm from scratch.

45 Min Presentation, starting at 11.00 am

Anyone can start a farm, back yard or barn yard. Learn how Andrew, a city slicker turned haskap fruit farmer, who has built his dream and is 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. 

For more information : Brazeau County Eco Fair
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