Story by Eva Verbeeck This summer Spencer MacDonald and I worked and lived together with young farmers. All of them are first generation young farmers on small scale organic farms. Some of the farmers went straight from college to farming and growing food. I used to find this a strange choice but my perspective has changed over the past couple of years. After traveling extensively, I got to experience the power of food and especially home grown and cooked food. Wherever you go food is full of history and culture. It has the power to connect people unlike anything else. … Continue reading Age of the Farmer
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
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
Software Tools for Small Farms, By Chris Bodnar This article has been expanded from the original which was published in COABC’s BC Organic Grower, Volume 16, Number 3, Summer, 2013 Find all of these resources and more on YA’s FARM BUSINESS TOOLS PAGE Many organic farms have a special binder. The binder holds field records, crop plans, a multitude of to-do lists and miscellaneous notes. The binder is sacred; should it ever go missing, the following year’s organic inspection would be a nightmare. The farm’s operations depend on a bundle of papers that, with one drop in a mud puddle, could cause a lot of … Continue reading Small Farm Software Tools
In early spring I always look forward to the results of the Canadian Chef Survey put out by Restaurants Canada. I’m excited to see what foods are popular on menus and I consider what I might be able to produce to fulfill this potential demand. For those of you who familiar with this survey, it provides an overview of the current food trends in Canada’s restaurant industry as measured by the chefs. It’s full report runs through a number of foodie categories (produce, proteins, seasonings, desserts, method of preparation, menus, etc…) and then ranks the overall top trends. Sadly, the … Continue reading 2015 Canadian Chef Survey Results
(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!
**PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR NETWORKS** Join the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) in Halifax, NS, from November 12-14th, for Honouring Our Roots, Sowing Our Future–ACORN’s 15th Annual Conference and Trade Show! Register online before Sunday, September 28th and receive the early-bird (discounted) rate and a chance to win a free night’s stay at the Halifax Harbourfront Marriott Hotel (the Conference location for both ACORN & Food Secure Canada)! All rates will increase as of September 29th. Register now to secure your participation for three full days of over 45 workshops covering a wide range of organic food and farming topics, including farm wellness and management; organic fruit … Continue reading Not Yet Registered? 2014 ACORN Conference “Early-Bird” Rate Available Until September 28th!