This is the fourth and final post in a series of guest posts by the National Farmers Union. They are highlighting the work of young farmers and bringing climate change to the forefront in B.C. agriculture. In inspiring numbers, young farmers are taking to the land to act on climate – but we know that our individual zeal, commitment, and fighting spirit will not be enough to achieve the drastic reduction in on-farm emissions that we so desperately need. “I can make my own individual actions but what we really need is broader national and international policy, and a better … Continue reading NFU Series #4: Farmers Can’t Do it Alone. What we need to fight the climate crisis.
This is the third post in a series of guest posts by the National Farmers Union. They are highlighting the work of young farmers and bringing climate change to the forefront in B.C. agriculture. The climate crisis is the greatest threat facing agriculture today. As farmers, our livelihood is the land, and that puts us on the frontlines of the climate crisis. As young farmers in particular, we are grappling with the onset of the climate crisis as a warning sign of what will come to define our lives. “Dramatic weather changes – we’ve had two flood event years in … Continue reading NFU Series #3: From the Frontlines: Notes from young farmers in the face of the climate crisis
This is the second post in a series of guest posts by the National Farmers Union. They are highlighting the work of young farmers and bringing climate change to the forefront in B.C. agriculture. While it is becoming increasingly precarious to pursue farming as a career, it is also becoming increasingly compelling to do so. For many young people, farming offers a unique and bold path forward in the face of the MANY converging and compounding crises that threaten our future. As we explored in “Why I Farm: Reflections on my absurd career choice,” there is a new wave of … Continue reading NFU Series #2: To fight the climate crisis we need more young people on the land
This is the first post in a series of guest posts from young farmers at the National Farmers Union. They are highlighting the work of young farmers and bringing climate change to the forefront in B.C. agriculture. I never thought I would be a farmer. A lifelong urbanite, my closest encounters with agriculture were my grandpa’s stories about growing up on a dairy farm and blasting by backroad acreage on my dad’s motorcycle. I had zero interest in rural life and couldn’t keep a cactus alive, let alone crops. Imagine my family’s surprise when my first year out of university … Continue reading NFU Series #1: Why I Farm: Reflections on my absurd career choice
About the National Farmers Union Convention 2020 What a year 2020 has been! Throughout, the National Farmers Union has continued to work diligently on behalf of family and cooperative farmers and progressive eaters and thinkers across Canada. calling for measures to support family and cooperative farms fighting for farmers and farmers markets to be recognized as essential services highlighting the importance of localized food systems speaking for the health of all workers in the food system including farmers, migrant workers, inspectors and processors In addition, the NFU has created a Vision of a post-COVID Food System that we look forward … Continue reading OCT 28 – NOV 28: ONLINE – National Farmers Union Convention
The NFU is hiring a Climate Change Coordinator for BC. This 18-week paid internship for an outgoing, dynamic person with skills in marketing and outreach, and keen passion for addressing the climate crisis through agriculture. Must be 15-30 years of age, working from the Vancouver Area. Description The National Farmers Union Climate Change Coordinator – BC will provide coordination leadership in the agricultural sector in British Columbia regarding climate change. In this role, they will connect with other agricultural organizations in BC, advance mutual climate change goals, promote the extensive agricultural policy work of the National Farmers Union on climate … Continue reading INTERNSHIP: Vancouver, BC – National Farmers Union, Climate Change Coordinator
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 … Continue reading FEB 23-29, 2020: SOUTHERN BC – Tackling the Farm Crisis & the Climate Crisis Events
Do you want to get more involved in the politics surrounding our food system? Do you have a burning farm issue that needs attention? We invite you to attend the National Farmers Union Region 8 Annual Convention which will be held Sunday September 24, 1:00pm – 6:00pm 2017 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University – in the Melville Centre for Dialogue, Rooms 2550A and B, 8771 Lansdowne Road, Richmond, B.C. The Convention commences with registration on Sunday at 1 P.M. Registration fee is $5.00/person at the door, coffee and snacks included. Resolutions on current policy issues may be presented to this Convention and those passed will be forwarded to National Convention for debate … Continue reading SEPT 24: RICHMOND, BC – National Farmers Union Region 8 Annual Convention
The following article consists of excerpts from Agroecology in Canada: Food Sovereignty in Action published by the National Farmers’ Union. “Agroecology is much more than a set of technologies; it is a political and social system, a way of life, a form of resistance against corporate control of the food system, and quite simply the best means of achieving food sovereignty.” — Ayla Fenton, NFU Youth Vice President “Agroecology is the answer to how to transform and repair our material reality in a food system and rural world that has been devastated by industrial food production and its so-called Green and … Continue reading Agroecology in Canada: Food Sovereignty in Action—National Farmers Union
To REGISTER, please go to: http://muskokamixer.brownpapertickets.com Click here to join this event on Facebook. Please help us get the word out by sharing it with your friends and networks. MUSKOKA MIXER! Wrap the growing season with a young farmer social at Grenville Farms! We’re bringing together as many beginning and young(ish) farmers, as well as friends and foodies for a Saturday mixer and Sunday day-long workshop with Quebec Farmer and Author of The Market Gardener Jean-Martin Fortier. The Young Agrarians has been growing a network of new and young farmers in British Columbia since January 2012. In Partnership with the National … Continue reading Muskoka, Ontario: Let’s Mix It Up!