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NFU announces new Executive Director, Mara Shaw

NFU Local 316 / Newsletter / 14 November 2019

The NFU is pleased to announce that Mara Shaw will be taking on the role of Executive Director starting January 6, 2020.

Mara Shaw is a fierce advocate for food and farming. She grew up outside of St. Louis, Missouri with every issue of Foxfire and Mother Earth News informing her parents’ use of their land. She attended the University of Illinois in Chemistry with a specialization in Environmental Engineering, then the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in Environmental Engineering Science for a Master’s degree. She worked as an environmental consultant addressing historical hazardous waste on US military bases off the coast of California, then continued consulting in Princeton, NJ before she jumped ship to the local Watershed Association.

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Fourth Annual Fall Feast — another big success!

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.

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Changing climate and impacts on farms and rural communities

Ohio Food Policy Network / 02 October 2019

58 minute discussion by Aaron Wilson, Research Scientist at the Byrd Polar and Climate Center and Climate Specialist, Ohio State University Extension Service.

NFU Local 316 presentation, Kingston, August 27: Food supply

NFU Local 316 / Newsletter / 29 August 2019

In the midst of great political, economic, environmental and weather uncertainties, every community must build its self-reliance in food production. Maintaining and ensuring food supply is literally a public safety issue.

As such, the City of Kingston needs to take an active role in supporting businesses in the local food system (farmers, processors, distributors, food retailers, restaurateurs and others) through regulations, funding and public education programs. We define climate-friendly food as food produced with agro-ecological practices such as raising grass-fed/pasture-fed livestock, organic crop production, perennial crops and other measures that build soil carbon.

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Community garden takes root

Recorder & Times / Catherine Orth / 19 August 2019

The creation of the Dana Street Community Garden was celebrated on Saturday morning.

Brockville acting mayor Leigh Bursey handed out certificates of appreciation, as those involved in the new resource in the north end of the city drew attention to their achievement. If you were like neighbour Pat Cyr, the activities in early May on the city-owned property on Dana Street caught your interest and curiosity.

“I saw that something was happening in the empty space on Dana Street. It looked like the beginnings of a community garden. I got on line and saw that that is what it was,” said Cyr.

What Cyr was to discover was that a group of interested agencies and volunteers were setting up a community garden on land donated by the city.

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Prison farms up and running again

CBC News / Amanda Pfeffer / 15 August 2019

The federal government released details Thursday about the relaunch of Canada’s prison farm program.

Cows have already returned to prisons in Joyceville and Collins Bay, Ont., which are located in and around the Kingston, Ont., area. Goats have also returned to Joycevillle, and are expected to arrive in Collins Bay in 2020.

Inmates have been involved in the work to get the farms back in order, but they have not begun actually farming.

“It’s very satisfying to see that it’s been restored,” said Dianne Dowling, a member of the national farmer’s union and a founding member of the Save our Prison Farms campaign, which fought for years to see the program restored.

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The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

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