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New Farmers Need New Government

Posted by on October 17, 2015

By Alex Fletcher.

There isn’t much talk about agriculture and the farm succession crisis this election.   The political calculation seems to be that agriculture is a rural issue and rural issues don’t matter because they don’t swing votes.   The assumption being that urban voters, who make up the majority, don’t understand or don’t care much about agriculture.

Farmer Profile: Prairie Gold Pastured Meats, Alberta

Posted by Alex Fletcher on June 22, 2014

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photo credit: Tara Neufeld
Name:
Blake Hall
Location: Red Deer, AB
What do you produce? Grass finished beef and pastured pork and lamb.
Size of farm? Approx. 500 ac. rented.
Number of years farming? 6 years
 
Farming background?

A weekend with the NFU youth

Posted by Alex Fletcher on June 14, 2014

By Dan Kretschmar.

Spending four days at the NFU youth gathering in beautiful Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island has cemented in my mind that returning to the farm was the right decision for me to make. It is difficult to find words to express my amazement at the brilliance of each one of the NFU youth from all over Canada. I truly feel that there is hope for the future, and I am honoured to be involved with such an inspirational group of people.

Farmer Profile: The Veggie Patch, Alberta

Posted by Lisa Lundgard on April 22, 2014

Name: Lisa Lundgard
Age: 25
Farm Name: The Veggie Patch
Location: Grimshaw, AB
What do you produce?  I produce about 35 different varieties of vegetables.  I am on my families mixed farm and we raise and sell certified organic grass-fed beef and lamb, as well as pastured pork. 
Number of years farming: 4
Farming background: I grew up on my families mixed farm, which means chores - chores - and more chores!  I was the 12 year old kid who in speech competitions made my opening line, “Have you ever seen chicken poo fly?  Well I have!”, I think that sums it up a bit. 

Young Farmers gathering in Red Deer Alberta

Posted by Alex Fletcher on April 16, 2014

If you are near Red Deer or know anyone in the area please join us and help spread the word; NFU Youth and Young Agrarians (YA) are organizing a Young Farmer Mixer in Red Deer Alberta this Satruday, April 19.  

National Farmers Union Youth launch new video series

Posted by Alex Fletcher on April 9, 2014

NFU Media Release:

Today the National Farmers Union Youth launched a video series that addresses major concerns with the proposed changes to Canada’s Plant Breeders’ Rights Act included in the omnibus agriculture bill, The Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18), which is currently before Parliament.

“The three short videos highlight key mechanisms in Bill C-18 that increase the power and control of large breeders and severely restrict farmers’ autonomy and Canadian food sovereignty,” explained BC farmer and NFU Youth President, Alex Fletcher. ”These videos feature fellow NFU farmers and seed experts speaking from the heart, from experience and from their extensive knowledge about this issue.”

Farmer Profile: Broadfork Farm, Nova Scotia

Posted by Shannon Jones on April 2, 2014

Name: Shannon Jones (and Bryan Dyck)
Age: 32 (and 29)
Farm name: Broadfork Farm
Location: River Hebert, Nova Scotia
What do you produce? Organic mixed vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, some fruit, a little bit of vegetable seed production, and a small flock of laying hens.
Size of farm? Our farm is 15 acres. We create our livelihood from about 2 acres though.
Number of years farming? 10 years total, 3 years running Broadfork Farm, 2 years on the land we own.
Farming background? I didn’t grow up on a farm.

Launching the NFU Blog!

Posted by Cammie Harbottle on March 31, 2014

NFU Youth and friends, Tatamagouche 2013Welcome to the National Farmers Union blog! This blog was born out of the passionate discussions and dialogue that took place at the 2013 NFU youth retreat in Tatamagouche, NS. We want to increase visibility and outreach to potential members and provide current members with more opportunities to connect, share and participate in wider discussions. As well, this space will make relevant and important NFU issues more accessible to a wider audience.

We hope that this blog becomes the go-to place for farmers and allies across the country to talk about farming, farmers and food. Stay tuned...we look forward to hearing your thoughts, stories, and voices!