1st Generation Farmer Conference

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Rosy Farms

57114 Range Road 264

Alcomdale, Alberta T8R 0Y8


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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). This beautiful venue is steps away from the eco-friendly haskap orchard. 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

Questions? Please contact Alex at centralalberta@youngagrarians.org or Andrew at andrew@rosyfarms.com

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

  1. We focus on the how. Yes, theory is important, but we know you’re more concerned with learning how other farmers are making it happen rather than hearing about less-tangible business theory.

  2. Everyone is welcome - city slicker and hardcore farmer. The talks will be packed with information and fresh new ideas and the conference will facilitate networking for all farmers and food lovers. Agriculture can be 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 you're not alone when creating a business strategy.

  4. Urban-rural connections. Every business owner speaking at the conference has come from the city. According to a Young Agrarians study, 68% of new farmers have no farming background. Lets build those numbers!

  5. Delicious food. We have assembled many of Edmonton's best vendors. They'll chop, smash, mix, bake and cook up a charcuterie-style lunch - so brace your mind and your taste buds for the day.

  6. All proceeds go to Young Agrarians. Young Agrarians supports young farmers as they grow their farming dreams.

Conference Topics and Speakers

Our goal is to cover a wide range of topics that are suitable for every type of farmer at every stage of being/becoming a farmer - from hard-core farmers to the city folks just thinking about getting started!

  • Success stories - hear about the experiences of other 1st generation farmers in Alberta

  • Product development - ideas about how to turn what you grow into what you sell

  • Farm financing - how to find and apply for grants, talking to banks

  • Telling customers your story - how to develop your brand and market it effectively

  • Support networks - working with your county and other relevant organizations in Alberta

Our star-studded list of speakers ranges from farmers to farm supporters:

  • Bryanna Kumpulaung - Bar OA Farms
  • Dustin Mortin - Parsnips & Paddock
  • Ryan Mason - Reclaim Organics
  • Aga Wajda-Plytta- Herbologie
  • Andrew Rosychuk - Rosy Farms
  • Bri Vos - RYE Marketing
  • Michelle - AFSC
  • David Baya - Business Link
  • Leanne McBean - Sturgeon County


Brace your taste buds for a charcuterie-style feast. We have gathered together 100% local cuisine, giving you a taste of some of the finest producers in Alberta!

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a first generation farmer?

A first generation farmer is someone who farms without initial access to large amounts of land, machinery, financing or a farming background. They lack the capital or land assets but have the dream and drive to start from scratch. Their unique background allows them to bring fresh ideas to their farm business, allowing them to stand out.

When & where is it happening?

Saturday, August 10th, located at the beautiful Rosy Farms. Pick some fresh haskaps and get lost in the flowers of Bar OA Farms. The farm is about 1h NW of Edmonton, AB.

Is the conference for me?

First generation farming is about getting into farming and small-business agriculture. Be it fruit, veggies, flowers, eggs, fibers, or meat, if it comes from the land and you want to make a living from it, this conference is for you. Full-time and part-time farmers are all welcome (if fact, most of the speakers have a financial side hustle). You will walk away from 1st Gen Farmers Conference with relevant, ready-to-apply learning for the real world.

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:

  • Part-time farming
  • Production & product development
  • Telling customers your story
  • Grants & financing
  • Branding & marketing
  • Support networks
  • What your county can do for you

...plus a whole lot more

How many spots are available?



The joys of having a farm! There is more than enough room for parking and we will guide you where to go when you arrive. It is still a farm so you will be driving on grass - expect a few bumps, ones that any little car can handle.

Who is supporting the conference?

We are supported by some of Alberta's best!

What's the refund policy?

There are no refunds

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

Please do, but we will also have a list of names at the event just in case

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?



Andrew Rosychuk - Rosy Farms

Title: Grants- The Prosperity of Paperwork

Company Bio: City slicker turned fruit farmer, Andrew, has purchased land, planted an orchard, and has a processing plant is the works. His love for education and philosophy of growing from the ground up. Has all proven, if you dream it, plan the hell out of it, you can do it.

Presentation Bio: Whether your starting up or expanding. Learn which grants are available, time saving writing tips, creating & organizing a yearly plan, all to position your business for maximum savings potential. Andrew lives by the quote ”there is a grant for that!”.

Bryanna Yung - Bar OA Farms

Title: Get Your Head in the Game

Company Bio: Bar OA Farms is a cut flower farm that grows flowers with passion and purpose. We provide clients with fresh, high quality, unique flowers for events, weddings, and everyday arrangements.

Presentation Bio: Are you frustrated with your business not reaching its full potential? We will get you thinking about your current situation and state of mind and how to take control of your thoughts and find your why. Dreams without plans are only wishes.

Bri Vos - RYE Marketing, Detour Photography

Title: Educate, Anticipate, Celebrate, Inspire.

Company Bio: Bri owns and operates RYE with her husband Patrick Kerby. They help their clients tell their story by making beautiful content and using it well. Bri is an adept content strategist, sought after content writer and an accomplished photographer. Bri also owns and operates Detour Photography.

Presentation Bio: Learn how to develop your brand, craft your story and bring it to the world in a way that stays true to your business, provides value for your customers and increases awareness of your products.

Dustin & Anna Morton - Parsnips and Paddocks

Title: The Money Pit: Staying Sane, Appeasing the Boss, and Learning to Love Pasta

Company Bio: Parsnips and Paddocks owned and operated by Dustin and Anna Morton, a market garden and boarding stable just outside Wetaskiwin. When this ginger haired dynamic duo aren't raising their 4 kids, they are working (slowly!) to create a destination for people who love good food, horses, and community right here at home.

Presentation Bio: Anna and Dustin are here for some real talk about their experiences and struggles in working to turn their farming hobby into a farming business while working to pay the bills and feed a family at the same time. If you like escapee sheep, escapee market tents, and workplace deception, this is probably the pair to watch.

Aga Wajda-Plytta - Herbologie

Title: Telling your Story

Company Bio: With an education in herbalism and a personal alignment with emerging culinary trends, for Aga, spices and herbs are the intersection of wellness and culinary experience. Herbologie promises to always prioritize transparency, education and ethical sourcing which redefines how we experience spices. As a direct farm importer and spice trader, we build a deeper understanding and connection to our food.

Presentation Bio: Did you know that the statistics on people wanting a positive impact from their purchase and also checking for place of origin is increasing by almost double in the last ten years? Learn how telling your story effectively as a producer is becoming increasingly important to ensure both the success of your farm and the food revolution.

Ryan Mason - Reclaim Urban Farm

Title: Product Development- Horticulture must haves!

Company Bio: Food lover, gardener, husband and pensively absent. Ryan has grown roots to gardening and Alberta that stretch way down. Previously an urban farm, Reclaim Organics focuses on leafy greens from the micro stage to large leafed beauties. Formerly growing in Edmonton, the farm has moved out to Pigeon Lake as Ryan takes over the family farm.

Presentation Bio: Ryan will talk about product development in horticulture. Starting with audience and then moving onto market streams, merchandising, packaging, brand, quality control and consistency. Hopefully our experience will help others create a product people want and connect with, while making money on the way. Ryan will educate on what it takes to create demand and evolve your company's product(s) amongst market or seasonal challenges.

Michelle Rigney - Product Specialist - Lending

Title: AFSC – Unique Financial Services

Personal Bio: Michelle grew up on a mixed farm near Lamont then obtained a BSc Ag from U of A. She lives on a cow-calf farm near Clyde with her husband & four kids; also working for 20 years as an ag lender, the past 5 years with AFSC in Westlock. She enjoy helping farmers start and grow their business.

Presentation Bio: For over 80 years Agriculture Financial Services (AFSC) has provided Alberta's agricultural producers, agribusinesses and other small businesses with loans, crop insurance and farm income disaster assistance. Our unique role allows us to deliver services to assist our valued clients in managing their risk. AFSC partners with agricultural producers, agribusiness and commercial entities to support and advance development, create new opportunities and improve the quality of life for rural Albertans.

David Bayda - Senior Business Advisor at Business Link

Title: Igniting your Startup with Business Link

Personal Bio: Business Link is a non-profit and Alberta’s entrepreneurial hub for helping people start their own businesses. Business Link provides one-one-one support and guidance, market research, access to experts, training, networking opportunities, and specialized support for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Presentation Bio: Are you opening a business? Learn the basic steps to get started and the support required. Topics include business planning, financing, business structures, and licensing. We’ll also show you how we can help you every step of the way as your business gets off the ground and running!

Leanna McBean - Business & Economic Development Specialist

Title: Farmer 2.0, it’s all good- we got you!

Company Bio: Sturgeon County Economic Development supports growth and development in all of our major sectors- advanced manufacturing, agriculture and agri-business, petro-chemicals, and transportation & logistics. Leanne McBean specializes in supporting Sturgeon County’s agriculture sector for new and existing businesses.

Presentation Bio: Farming is changing! Sturgeon County Economic Development is here to connect you to the right resources and walk you through any overwhelming business development moments. We support new and creative business farming ventures and will help you figure out the “how do I make this happen” question.

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