Posts by Claire May

The 7th Conference of La Via Campesina

Posted by on Aug 30, 2017 in News | 0 comments

On July 15, I flew to Bilbao in the Basque Country, Spain, for the 7th conference of La Via Campesina. Though I had known the organization for many years, I did not expect to see such a well-organized, professional and large-scale organization. Read the full recount of the wonderful experience here in French. Jean-Eudes...

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What’s Your Recipe for a Better Food System?

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Food Secure Canada is hosting a web engagement session to hear from new farmers and their allies on what they would like to see in A Food Policy for Canada. This is an opportunity to share your perspectives and experiences on how the federal government can better support new farmers and build a healthy, just and sustainable food system.  A summary report will be drafted from the conversation and submitted as part of Food Secure Canada’s Report on What’s Your Recipe For A Better Food System? Events towards the consultations being led by Agriculture and Agri-foods...

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New Farmers of the Maritimes

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in New entrants, News | 0 comments

Following a wonderful and engaging youth seminar in PEI over the weekend, here is a helpful article by NFU’s Region 1 Youth President, Philippe Gervais. The group welcomed Ayla Fenton, National Youth President, as well as representatives from La Via Cialis Italy, FAWN, and l’Union Paysanne. Organized farm educational and social events like this happen on a regular basis, so keep your eyes open for them. If your interest lies in farming, but you don’t know where to begin, read Phil’s article for some...

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Livestock Legislation Updates

Posted by on Jul 5, 2017 in News | 0 comments

The New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries (DAAF) has undertaken a review of legislation around the licensing of new or expanding livestock operations. The legislation which at one time may have been adequate, has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years, especially as many young farmers attempt to enter the industry. The DAAF started a consultation process in late winter 2016 with farmers and industry organizations. The NFU-NB made a submission to the DAAF on the proposed changes in the hopes of ensuring more equitable legislation for existing and new...

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“Canada150” – Looking Back on Agriculture in New Brunswick

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in News | 0 comments

With today officially marking 150 years since Confederation, farmers of NB are thoughtfully reflecting on the history of agriculture in this place now known as New Brunswick, Canada. While recognizing all of the injustices, the progress, and our generally contentious past, we hope to move forward not with naïveté, but with inclusion, diversity, and fair access to land and markets for all of our primary producers. Here you will find all 7 parts of the NFU-NB’s report “Looking Back at Agriculture in New Brunswick” with highlights spanning not only 150 years, but several hundreds of...

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