EVENT SERIES: Tackling the Farm Crisis & the Climate Crisis
National Farmers Union Youth President Stuart Oke, will explore the connections between the farm income crisis and the climate crisis and ways farmers can increase revenues and help to mitigate the effects of climate change.
In December the National Farmers Union (NFU) release a report called Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis: A Transformative Strategy for Canadian Farmers and Food Systems. Key conclusions include:
- The climate crisis is a threat to Canadian farms, but also an opportunity to re-orient our farms to become more integrated, life-sustaining and community-sustaining.
- The farm crisis and the climate crisis share many of the same causes, and many of the same solutions.
- The climate crisis will increasingly impact the ability of Canadian farms to produce food. If we fail to plan, we plan to fail.
- Priority must be placed on incentivizing low-input, low-emission agricultural approaches.
During a time when many of us are struggling to come to terms with the impact of climate change throughout our lives this event will give you, and our farming community, an opportunity to learn more and engage in a lively discussion.
- Monday, February 24, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
First Metropolitan Church, 932 Balmoral Road
- Wednesday, February 26, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Odd Fellows Hall, 3005 Wood Avenue
- Thursday, February 27, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Centre for Sustainable Food, MCML 350
University of British Columbia
Co-hosted by Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm
- Thursday, February 27, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Co-hosted by Farm Folk, City Folk
Venue to be announced
- Friday, February 28
Certified Organic Association of British Columbia Conference
Details to be announced
About Stuart Oke
Stuart Oke is a first-generation farmer who lives and works outside St-Andre-Avellin, Quebec. He runs Rooted Oak farm, a vegetable farm operating on leased land with his partner Nikki. Together they grow and market their vegetables at farmer’s markets and through their summer and winter CSA programs in Ottawa and the surrounding area. He has been an NFU member for 4 years and is a strong believer in the power of cooperative and collective action. He has been an active participant in coordinating membership development locally in Ontario as well as working nationally on the revised members handbook. As a young farmer himself he is looking forward to bringing his experience and energy to this position on the board and executive as well as helping to coordinate youth actions nationally.
For more information on the tour contact Stuart Oke at firstname.lastname@example.org.