New entrants

Farm Financing Options Presented at New Farmer Event

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in New entrants, News | 0 comments

  On January 29th, 2017, the NFU-NB and the NFU Youth from Region 1 held an event called New Farmers of the Maritimes: Financing through your community. They had several different speakers address different options for farm financing. To make the information from the day accessible to those who were unable to attend, we put short summaries of each presentation into a table, which includes links and contacts to reach out to to learn more! Click here to view the table of financing...

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New Farmers of the Maritimes: Financing through your Community – A Report on the Day!

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in New entrants, News | 0 comments

Hosted by the NFU-NB and the NFU Youth of Region 1 Written by Katherine Aske To see more photos from the day, click here. On Sunday, January 29th, at the Penobsquis Community Hall, over 40 new, experienced, and aspiring farmers came together to share ideas, inspiration, and food, and learn about innovative forms of farm financing. Let us first say how grateful we are to all who made the effort to come – thank you for helping to expand this network of like-minded family farmers! We were lucky to have clear roads and sunny skies, as farmers and our presenters hit the road early in the...

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New Farmers of the Maritimes: Financing through your Community

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in New entrants, News | 0 comments

Last year’s event “Fermenting the New Farm Culture” was such a success that we’ve decided we need to get together more often! We welcome all new and aspiring Maritime farmers to a day of learning, discussing, socializing, potlucking, and forest-walking! Let’s stay inspired through these winter months, and energize ourselves with new friendships and ideas for the work to come. This event is FREE, bilingual (simultaneous translation provided), and brought to you by the youth of the National Farmers Union in New Brunswick. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age, experience,...

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Putting the Local Food and Beverages Strategy to Good Use

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017 in New entrants, News | 0 comments

October 26th, 2016 Background The National Farmers Union in NB has been advocating the benefits of local food for nearly a decade.  Countless meetings fell on deaf ears, when a response was repeatedly given that with a population as small as NB, we had to export. Today only 8% of our vegetables grown in the province, and we are only self-sufficient in our supply managed commodities (dairy, chicken, eggs, and turkey).  Potatoes, wild blueberries, maple syrup and seafood are all produced in abundance but some of these NB produced foods can be difficult to find at local grocers.  Now that...

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Presentation to the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food for their Study on the Next Agricultural Policy Framework

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in New entrants, News | 0 comments

On December 8th, 2016 Ted Wiggans, NFU-NB President, and Amanda Wildeman, Executive Director of the NFU-NB, presented to the federal Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food for their study on the next Agricultural Policy Framework. The Framework will replace Growing Forward 2, and will determine where agricultural funding is allocated. In their presentation, they focused on three main topics: New Farmers, Business Risk Management, and Agri-Stability. To read the content of their presentation, click...

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Commentary: Support for new farmers must include access to daycare services

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Issues, New entrants, News, Press release | 0 comments

November 8, 2016 Agriculture has existed for over 10,000 years, and ever since it began, women have played a vital role. Whether working in the kitchen, keeping house or educating children, the large majority of family farms wouldn’t have a shot without the work of the women.  More and more, women are not just participating in the domestic work, but are also running the farms themselves. The results of a recent survey showed that women make up the majority of new farmers in Canada.  No matter what role women are playing on farms in New Brunswick or elsewhere, the important thing is that...

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