women farmers


female farmer
Shannon wrote this article for Atlantic Farm Focus. To read other articles they’ve published or to find out how to subscribe, go to their website.   I remember when Bryan and I started our farm and were applying for a loan. We noticed that the lending officer started off speaking and facing Bryan. Only when I kept replying, did the lending officer shift his position to face both of us. The same thing happened when we went to buy a tractor. This happened despite the fact that globally, women make up the majority of food producers. Many surveys from Canada […]

NFU has a long history of cultivating female ...


market in Torino 4
I (Shannon) was incredibly lucky this year to be chosen as one of 56 Canadian delegates to Terra Madre Salone del Gusto in Torino, Italy. I was there for 6 days, from Sept.21 to 27th…..a fairly busy time of year on the farm….and I’m so grateful to Bryan for agreeing this was a not-to-be-missed, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and to his parents for coming out to help him on the farm while I was gone. So, what is Terra Madre? It’s a slow food event, a collection of different food-related happenings, the largest in the world, with people from over 140 different […]

What I Learned about Food and Farming in ...


food sovereignty
On a Sunday at the end of March, around 50 new farmers from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick got together to learn from each other, share with each other, and enjoy good food together! The first ever (hopefully not last) New Farmers of the Maritimes event (click on the link to the event to see more photos) was held at the Dieppe Market in Dieppe, NB. It was organized by a group of new farmers from all 3 provinces, with the help of Amanda, the executive director of the National Farmers Union in New Brunswick and Av Singh, […]

Fermenting the New Farm Culture



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?