Island Farmers’ Alliance – Inspiring Future Farmers Through Photography & Story The Island Farmers’ Alliance (IFA), the organization behind the “Fresh from the Island” slogan and the rooster logo that is ubiquitous with Island agriculture, is proud to announce the results of their most recent endeavour, Of Land & Sea: Portraits of Coastal BC Farmers, Fishers, and Harvesters. A partnership between the IFA and Ken Miner, a Victoria based tintypist and photographic artist, the project has captured images and stories of senior food producers from the Vancouver Island and Gulf Island communities. Using Ken’s 113-year-old 8”x10” view camera, the hand-made images were developed on glass plates … Continue reading Of Land & Sea: Portraits of Coastal BC Farmers, Fishers, & Harvesters
By Derek Leahy, Eat Think Vote Campaigns Coordinator Can food be an election issue? Canadian elections are usually dominated by heated debates around jobs and the economy, but rarely is the food we eat and how it grows a ‘hot’ issue. Food Secure Canada, a coalition of farmers, food banks, health advocates and community food organizations think food should be an election issue. Earlier this summer, the coalition launched the Eat Think Vote campaign to make food an issue in the upcoming federal election. What is Eat Think Vote? The campaign is organizing a series of events (over 50 so … Continue reading Eat Think Vote: Making Food An Election Issue
The Farm Apprentices and Workers Network is pleased to announce its third apprentice/worker mixer/potluck/wonderment on 25 July (Saturday), at the Open Sky Co-Operative in Sackville, NB! Where: Open Sky Co-Op, Sackville, NB (Map) When: Saturday July 25, from 11:00 – 16:00ish (Facebook event) What: A tour, a help-out, and a potluck lunch! What to bring: Work clothes (for working), delish food (for potlucking), and perhaps a bathing suit (for canoe-paddling!). Fabulous farmer Norm Hunter, program coordinator for the Open Sky Co-Operative, will take us around the farm’s systems and delve into the Co-Op’s relationship with social entreprise, mental health work, … Continue reading JULY 25: FAWN Meetup – Open Sky Co-Op, Sackville, NB
(March 10, 2015, Saskatoon) – The National Farmers Union (NFU) has released a major new report, Losing Our Grip – 2015 Update, which revisits and expands upon the information and analysis of corporate farmland buy-up, farm debt and input financing published by the NFU in 2010. The update was undertaken to provide a well-documented assessment of increasing corporate control of farmland and the acceleration of farm debt, now approaching $80 billion. This report will allow farmers, the general public and policy-makers to critically examine the ownership concentration process and the financial mechanisms that facilitate them. The report concludes with a … Continue reading “Losing Our Grip” – NFU Releases Major Report on Land Ownership and Farm Debt
Originally posted at http://www.nfu.ca/blog/new-farmer-coalition-survey It should not come as a surprise that Canadian agriculture is facing a demographic crisis. In the 1930s, over thirty percent of the population was involved in food production. Today, farmers represent only 1.6 percent of the population and have an average age of 54. In 1991, the number of farmers in Canada under the age of 35 was 80,000 – now it is less than 25,000. The National New Farmer Coalition is a farmer-driven grassroots initiative created in 2014. Our aim is to promote government policies that will reverse these trends and allow new farmers to … Continue reading The National New Farmer Coalition needs you!
This episode: what chefs expect in terms of quality, how they like to be billed and when you should start to worry about unpaid accounts, and Cam and Dana’s thoughts on the relationship between high-end cuisine and food security.
This post: part one of Farmer-Podcaster Jordan Marr’s conversation with organic Market Gardener Heather Stretch, in which the pair talk starting your farm the right way, and structuring a good apprenticeship.
You’re invited: It’s not dinner… we’re deconstructing it! Vancity’s Grass Roots team invites you to join us for an hour of inspiration with Jon Steinman. Topic: Deconstructing Dinner for Resilient Food Secure Communities Event is free but seats are limited – so please RSVP ASAP: firstname.lastname@example.org….and if you change your plans later, please let us know so we can free up at seat. Date: Aug 21st, 4:15-5:30pm. Location: Vancity head office, 183 Terminal Avenue. PLEASE come early to get your guest pass at our Concierge Desk. About the presenter: Jon Steinman is a popular & engaging speaker, who will be in … Continue reading Deconstructing Dinner @ Vancity