Blog Category: National Farmers Union

February 11: Winnipeg, MB – YA & NFU Youth Mixer

Posted by Jeanette Sivilay on January 31, 2017

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When: Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 3pm to 6pm Where: Great Hall at Canadian Mennonite University, 500 Shaftesbury Blvd, Winnipeg, MB What: Looking to connect with new and aspiring small farmers in Manitoba? Join us at the Young Agrarians and NFU Youth Mixer & Potluck after Winnipeg’s Seedy Saturday! We’re bringing together young, new, and aspiring small farmers to socialize, network, share and support each other in our farming endeavours. Please bring a dish to share and  tools to eat with! If you want to share your farm / food project, bring 10 slides on a USB. Presenters will have 5-10 minutes to … Continue reading February 11: Winnipeg, MB – YA & NFU Youth Mixer

SEPT 18: David Suzuki: Climate, Food and the Future – Saskatoon, SK

Posted by Dana Penrice on August 31, 2016

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Sunday September 18th, 2016; Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon 7:30 PM – An evening with David Suzuki – Climate, Food and the Future. Pre-order tickets at: https://broadwaytheatre.ca/events?p=event&event=3770 DOORS OPEN at 6:30 PM Dr. David Suzuki is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster.  He holds a Ph.D in zoology and genetics, has won numerous academic awards, and holds 25 honorary degrees from academic institutions in Canada and around the world.  He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and is a Companion of the Order of Canada.  Dr. Suzuki has written 52 books. David will be joined by Ian Mauro and Darrin Qualman. … Continue reading SEPT 18: David Suzuki: Climate, Food and the Future – Saskatoon, SK

March 8: NFU Youth Retreat Farmer Potluck, Pigeon Lake, Alberta

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 21, 2016

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On March 8th, we invite you to a farmer potluck and feast with young farmer leaders and organizers from across the country at Rundle’s Mission at Pigeon Lake, Alberta. Meet with other new farmers, hear about the work on the National New Farmer Report and enjoy good food and good company. To RSVP

Young Agrarians Launches in Alberta!

Posted by Dana Penrice on February 10, 2016

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We are excited to announce that Young Agrarians is formally launching in Alberta! As the recipient of the Peavey Mart Community Agricultural Grant, we are pleased to announce that Organic Alberta will be bringing Young Agrarians programming to Alberta.  This began with a group of dedicated farmers in Central Alberta who saw how Young Agrarians could benefit their communities and it grew from there.  It is an exciting development as the movement continues to grow across Canada in growing the next generation of ecological farmers.  With $50,000 from the Peavey Mart Community Agricultural Grant, Young Agrarians will be working with farmers to organize farm tours, potlucks, … Continue reading Young Agrarians Launches in Alberta!

Farmer Profile: Eva Rehak of Ferme Alva, New Brunswick

Posted by Ayla Fenton on May 30, 2015 1 Comment

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Eva Rehak is the 32-year-old co-owner of Alva Farm with her partner Alain Rousselle, located in Saint-Maurice, New Brunswick. For the past 5 years they have been cultivating mixed organic vegetables and fruits on 1,5 acres for their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares and farmer’s market. She acted as women advisor for the National Farmers Union (NFU) in NB and represented the NFU Youth at La Via Campesina’s 6th Global Conference in 2013. I grew up in Mississauga with no background in farming, but always had an interest in nature. I went to the University of Guelph graduated as an agricultural technician.  I worked on a CSA farm … Continue reading Farmer Profile: Eva Rehak of Ferme Alva, New Brunswick

Farmer Profile: Pierre-Olivier Brassard of Union Paysanne, QC

Posted by Ayla Fenton on May 28, 2015 2 Comments

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Pierre-Olivier Brassard, organic certified family farmer located in the province of Québec, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region. Cultivating on a one hectare CSA farm, feeding 150 families throughout 15 weeks with 45 vegetables varieties in average each season within a bio-intensive model. Member of the Union Paysanne’s international committee and coordination committee. I started my agricultural career when I was 13 years old on a conventional potato farm with my uncle and cousin. Afterwards I aligned my academic formation toward farm management and then carried on to horticultural production. One day during a soil conservation class a teacher asked me a question that changed my life : « Mr. Brassard, you are … Continue reading Farmer Profile: Pierre-Olivier Brassard of Union Paysanne, QC

MAR 27 Young Agrarians & NFU Youth BARN MIXER – Wakefield, Quebec

Posted by Sara Dent on March 27, 2015

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Version français a suivre:) Join Young Agrarians and National Farmers Union of Canada Youth in Wakefield, QC for an evening of networking, food and fun! GET INSPIRED by hearing about the work of young farmer coalitions in Canada and south of the border. Please join this event on Facebook and help us get the word out by inviting your people! Sophie Ackoff, Field Director for the National Young Farmers Coalition, will be speaking to to us about their  grassroots campaign to mobilize and empower young farmers across the United States, and how they have managed to successfully impact American agricultural … Continue reading MAR 27 Young Agrarians & NFU Youth BARN MIXER – Wakefield, Quebec

“Losing Our Grip” – NFU Releases Major Report on Land Ownership and Farm Debt

Posted by Kristen Nammour on March 14, 2015

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(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

New Farmer Survey: reminder and more on sweet prizes!

Posted by Virginie Lavallée-Picard on March 02, 2015

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Calling all farmers and friends of farmers! If you are currently farming, want to be a farmer, or have recently exited farming, we need to hear from you! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to support the next generation of farmers in Canada: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/newfarmersurvey The National New Farmer Coalition and the University of Manitoba have put together this survey to assess the needs of new farmers in Canada where it concerns policy and educational opportunities. The results from this survey will be used to develop a National New Farmer Policy Platform that we aim to share with … Continue reading New Farmer Survey: reminder and more on sweet prizes!

The National New Farmer Coalition needs you!

Posted by Ayla Fenton on February 24, 2015

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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!