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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.  

On April 17, join us as we call for a Seed Act for Farmers

Posted by Alex Fletcher on April 11, 2014

Call to Action from the National Farmers Union 

La Via Campesina has declared April 17, 2014 to be the International Day of Farmer and Peasant Struggles in Defence of Farmers' and Peasants' Seeds. In solidarity with farmers and peasants around the world, the National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling on all Canadians to join us as we call for a new Seed Act for Farmers. A Seed Act for Farmers would recognize the inherent rights of farmers – derived from thousands of years of custom and tradition – to save, reuse, select, exchange and sell seeds.

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.

The CAPÉ: Cooperating for Local and Ecological Agriculture in Québec

Posted by Virginie Lavallee-Picard on April 1, 2014

Youth participants in one of several presentations delivered at the 2013 CAPÉ fall meetingIt was like summer camp for farmers, except it felt like winter and the food was better.

The big barn-style building was jam-packed with about a hundred farmers, most of them in their early thirties or younger, absorbed in an in-depth workshop on greenhouse production of tomatoes and cucumbers. The previous day, an afternoon tour of a local farm had led to a massive potluck dinner and a late night brainstorming session on preferred vegetable varieties.

This was my first CAPÉ annual fall meeting, and I can assure you it will not be the last. 

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!