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Abattoir crisis aired at Eco Farm Day

Eastern Ontario AgriNews / Tom Van Dusen / 5 March 2020

With this year’s theme “On Common Ground: Food and Farming in a Shifting Climate,” the event previously dedicated primarily to organic growing for niche farmers has widened its scope by looking at the increasing impact of climate change, the farm income crisis, and the loss of farmland. The 2020 event unrolled on Feb. 22 and 23 in Cornwall.

“When we recognize that we face common struggles, we find support and solutions in one another,” the organizing team stated, inviting participants in the 2020 conference to spend time learning from, and connecting with, each other while acting collectively to “co-create regenerative and resilient food and farming systems.”

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From emergency to emergence

Yes! / David Korten / 23 April 2020

This is an unprecedented opportunity to rethink how our beliefs, values, and institutions shape our relationships. We can create a world that works for everyone or face a future that no longer works for anyone.

Discussions now underway in many community, national, and global forums suggest a significant widening of what is known as the Overton Window: the range of public policies that the mainstream population is prepared to consider at a given time.

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New $36M ‘food hub’ to help E Ont farmers, food security

CBC News / 24 April 2020

Rural eastern Ontario leaders hope to localize and decentralize food processing in the region by building a new “food hub” to help local farmers get their products to market.

The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) east of Ottawa are developing a $36-million facility that would include a federal slaughterhouse and processing and distribution facility for meats and fruits and vegetables.

“This [means] security to the region, where we know that we are producing our own food. We are feeding our own people. There is no fear that we have to wait for a [border] to open,” said Carole Lavigne, director of economic and tourism development for the counties.

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NFU report: Climate crisis is a threat, but also an opportunity

Eastern Ontario AgriNews / 09 January 2020

A new report from National Farmers Union argues that a climate-friendly food system can be designed to increase farm income.

The NFU report, Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis: A Transformative Strategy for Canadian Farmers and Food Systems, examines in depth the impacts of climate change on agriculture in Canada, as well as the opportunities that agriculture provides to become part of the solution.

The group says the report presents a balanced analysis that considers both the impacts of the climate crisis on agriculture and the realities of the vulnerable financial situation of farm families.

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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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