Fourth Annual Fall Feast — another big success!

Categories: News
Published on: November 9, 2019

NFU Local 316 / Newsletter / 08 November 2019

For the fourth year in a row, the annual Local 316 Fabulous Farmers Fall Feast sold out ahead of the event and provided a delicious local food meal for 100 happy diners.

A team of volunteers, many of them local young farmers, prepared and served a three course meal featuring foods in season; Sharon and Will Freeman, of Freedom Farm, Battersea, led the team, with Sharon the self-described “chief cook and bottle-washer.”

The event included a silent auction featuring items donated by local businesses, craftspeople and individuals. About $4000 was raised for Local 316’s fund that supports learning opportunities for new and young farmers and helps fund climate change mitigation projects by area farmers.

Examples of funding for learning opportunities include assistance in attending conferences and workshops, and sponsorship of an annual scholarship in each of Frontenac and Lennox-Addington Counties for a 4-H member attending university or college for an agriculture or environment-related program.

This summer, members of Local 316 formed a sub-committee to organize climate change mitigation initiatives for area farmers. The group is working with the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario on a soil carbon bench-marking research project. Thirteen area farmers have signed up through the Local 316 committee to submit soil samples for testing various measures of soil carbon. The Local 316 grants fund is covering the lab testing costs for these farmers. Click here for more details about the EFAO study.

During the Feast, short presentations were made about NFU Ontario’s climate action project, the Local 316 soil carbon initiative and the Fields of Hope photography book that is a fundraiser for three food and farm organizations. NFU national president Katie Ward-Chaisson, and the newly appointed NFU national executive director Mara Shaw briefly spoke to the crowd.

A big thank you to the Fall Feast organizers, volunteers, contributors and attendees for a wonderful evening of good food, socializing, and raising money to support farmers and farming in this area.