NFU reflects role of family farmers on World Food Day
(October 16, 2014, Dashwood, ON): On World Food Day – October 16, the National Farmers Union is reflecting on hunger and the critical need to eradicate it. Farmers understand the relationship between food and hunger uniquely and very well as the primary producers of food products. What the world often forgets, however, is that farmers can and do go hungry everywhere, even in North America. NFU Women’s President Joan Brady sees the links between World Food Day and her participation in events related to the United Nations’ “International Year of the Family Farm”. She said, “As I reflect on this year’s World Food Day theme, “Family Farming Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth,” I can’t help but think about the brokenness of a food system in which farm families go hungry.” Read more
Farmer Profile: Prairie Gold Pastured Meats, Alberta
A profile of farmer and NFU member Blake Hall, from Prairie Gold Pastured Meats, Alberta. Read more
A weekend with the NFU youth
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. Read more
Vote with your food dollar, NFU Women’s Vice-President urges
<strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span(June 10, 2014 - Saskatoon, SK) – </strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanEaters (consumers) have the power to help farmers cover production costs and earn a decent income. Each person can “vote” with their food dollar by purchasing from local producers at farmers’ markets, through community-supported agriculture or farmer direct sales. This was the message from Marcella Pedersen of Cut Knife, SK, Women’s Vice-President of the National Farmers Union (NFU) who met recently with Ontario NFU members in London, Orangeville, Kingston, Renfrew and Ottawa. Pedersen stated, “People understand the concepts of food safety and food security, but few understand the principles of food sovereignty. Food sovereignty is based on local decision-making – farmers deciding what they want to grow and consumers deciding what they want to eat and who they want to buy it from. Read more
UN Discussion Attempts to Estimate the True Value of Family Farms
I recently represented the National Farmers Union (NFU) at the North American Dialogue on the United Nation’s “2014 Year of Family Farming” hosted by L’Union des Producteurs Agricoles (UPA). Read more
Farmer Profile: Dinsmore Farms, Ontario
Nineteen year old Ken Mills was born into farming and the National Farmers Union. Dinsmore Farms has been in his family for generations. <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanWhat do you produce?</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanWe direct market beef and pork as well as share cropping 50 acres conventionally and growing pasture, forage and grain for our own uses. <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanSize of farm?</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</span100 acres with 9 acres of hardwood bush at the back and 87 acres workable land. <strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanNumber of years farming?</strong<span class="nfu nfu-angle-double-right"</spanI have never really started or stopped farming. Read more
Young Farmers gathering in Red Deer Alberta
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. Read more
National Farmers Union Youth launch new video series
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. Read more
Farmer Profile: Broadfork Farm, Nova Scotia
"We had both been working for other farmers for quite some time and didn’t have much in the way of savings. What we did have was experience and a good business plan (we took a farm business planning course through Everdale in Ontario)." Read more
The CAPÉ: Cooperating for Local and Ecological Agriculture in Québec
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. Read more
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