Food Secure Canada


National New Farmer Coalition
  A few years ago (in 2014), I had the great privilege to head to British Colombia in March (winter here in Nova Scotia/spring there) and hang out with this group of amazing young farmers from all over Canada for 3 days. We talked about our farms, our successes, our challenges, who we were and what we needed to succeed. We were all totally inspired by the U.S.-based National Young Farmers Coalition and the amazing work they had been doing down in the States to help young farmers and advocate for changes to agricultural policy towards ones that would help […]

Who are Atlantic Canada’s New Farmers?


National New Farmer Coalition 1
This election season, Food Secure Canada has created the Eat Think Vote campaign, which is drawing the attention of politicians from all parties and citizens from all parts of the country to the critical issues facing food systems. They state that the Government elected in 2015 should work with others to ensure that: All kids in Canada’s schools have access to healthy food every day The right to food becomes a reality for the 4 million Canadians who are now food insecure The next generation of farmers gets the public support they need to thrive Good food is affordable and […]

The Obstacles New Farmers in Canada Face


Technically, the Food Secure Canada (FSC) conference isn’t a farming conference. This was a “big picture” conference with more academics and project managers in attendance than farmers. There were no production, marketing, or business sessions as there are in most farming conferences. But there were sessions on policy, the state of agriculture nationally and globally, and food systems issues and success stories. In the farm business planning course we took before starting Broadfork Farm, Bryan and I learned that Policy Risks are just as important to be aware of and prepare for as Production Risks. And so, we made a commitment to […]

Farming Conferences: Part 3