NFU Local 316 – Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox-Addington
- The NFU Local is a committed group of farmers and eaters, working to empower and support people through a knowledge-based farm and food system.
- It envisions healthy, high-quality, locally-grown food for all in a secure and sustainable farm and food system.
- For more than a decade, Local 316 has been actively working to help build the local food and farm economy in the Kingston area.
- Achievements include:
- NFU Feast of Fields, 2004, 2005 and 2006 -- attended by more than 700 people each year, connecting local farmers, chefs and eaters
- development of "Eat from Kingston's Countryside" logo for signs and stickers
- NFU Food Down the Road project, 2007 -- spring series of food system workshops and NFU Local Food Summit in November. Outcomes of the summit include a Local Food Declaration (which became the basis of the KFL&A Food Charter, endorsed by the city and Frontenac County) and the creation of Loving Spoonful.
- publication of local food and farm directories, newspapers and website (www.fooddowntheroad.ca), as well as reports related to project work
- NFU New Farm Project, 2008-2012 -- training, mentorship and equipment provided for new and transitioning farmers producing for the local market (a $250 000 project with major funding by Heifer International)
- NFU Open Farms, 2010, 2011 and 2012
- development of the Kingston CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) network, now operating independently
- collaboration with and support for other food and farm organizations in the region
- participation in the development of Sustainable Kingston, and in the sustainability and economic development activities of the County of Frontenac, including the Poultry Abattoir Study conducted in 2011
- Dianne Dowling, president, firstname.lastname@example.org 613-546-086
- Rick Munroe, secretary-treasurer, Local 316, email@example.com 613-546-6009
- Ian Stutt, Vice President
- Peter Dowling, director
- Jeff Peters, director
- Josh Suppan director
- Dale Summerville, director
- Annie Richard, director
- Justin Hilborn, director
- Marie Bencze, director
- Will Freeman
About the National Farmers Union
The National Farmers Union is a direct-membership organization made up of Canadian farm families who share common goals. Every member of the farm family - including children ages 14 to 21 - are full voting members of the Union. This structure recognizes that every family member contributes to the farm by working on it directly, or indirectly through off-farm employment.
Member families of the Union believe that through an organization that represents all commodities produced in Canada, it is possible to promote the family farm as the most appropriate and efficient means of agricultural production. Our goal is to work together to achieve agricultural policies which will ensure dignity and security of income for farm families while enhancing the land for future generations.
Associate Members are a valued part of the National Farmers Union family as well. Associate Members are non-farmers who understand that food issues are everyone's concern, and who want to help family farmers build a sustainable and nutritious food system in Canada.
The National Farmers Union is the only voluntary national farm organization in Canada which is committed to:
• ensuring family farms are the primary unit of food production;
• promoting environmentally-safe farming practices;
• giving farm women equal voice in shaping farm policy;
• working for fair food prices for both farmers and consumers;
• involving, educating and empowering rural youth for a better future;
• building healthy, vibrant rural communities;
• ensuring an adequate supply of safe, nutritious food for Canadians.
• solidarity with family farmers internationally
The National Farmers Union is unique among farm organizations in working for people's interests against corporate control of our food system.
The mandate of the National Farmers Union is:
• to promote the betterment of farmers in the attainment of their economic and social goals;
• to conduct projects for the benefit of farmers in the development of markets for and marketing of farm products;
• to achieve the reduction of costs and other measures designed to increase the economic benefits of farming;
• to conduct educational and research projects for the benefit of farmers;
• to promote and secure legislation and other forms of government action for the benefit of farmers;
• to promote a higher standard of community life in agriculture; and
to provide services for its members consistent with its objects and work jointly with any other person or organizations for the attainment of its objects.
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