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  • Gérard & Clara Hall – The Farmers of the NFU-NB Series | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    she and Gérard make a good team and that they work together on many projects Typically Gérard s staff start the season by mid May and about 20 people will continue to work the entire season until December During the height of the harvest Bleuetière Nord Est Inc employs up to forty people in the area Gérard says that since his business has been around for so long he has no trouble finding staff some of them having worked with him for most of the past 30 years already When asked what he likes most about his work he responded freedom working in nature and independence He is semi retired and finds it hard to transition to full retirement as every year when spring rolls around he feels rested from the winter s break and re invigorated to start the new season Clara enjoys being outside most of all being in the fields and seeing the new plants sprouting She has had a varied career and has been dedicating herself full time to blueberry production the past two years She continues to do research and implement techniques that help protect nature including building shelters for pollinators so they return every year and planting wildflowers around her blueberry fields to attract and feed the bees Gérard and Clara have three grown children all of whom have continued to work in agriculture Two sons work in cranberry and high bush blueberry production one in NB and the other in BC Their daughter is studying organic agriculture in Ontario Gérard s advice for new farmers is be willing to invest both time and money but most importantly to have a strong capacity to build partnerships He says that the agriculture sector has huge potential but without the capacity to work together it will

    Original URL path: http://nfunb.org/en/2015/06/gerard-clara-hall-the-farmers-of-the-nfu-nb-series/ (2016-04-26)
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  • The Gagetown Fruit Farm – The Farmers of the NFU-NB Series | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    everything she knows from on the job training over the past 7 years without Matthew as her teacher she says she would have given up long ago Matthew takes the lead with the farm work and over the years they have developed a comprehensive system with the goal of supplying many of the varieties of fruit produce and meats for sale at the market as fresh produce and prepared meals Heather takes the lead in kitchen where she creates and transforms the fresh farm products into delicious food It is a pleasure to see these two work together their skills sets complement each other and they team up on many projects Many days Heather will head out and work in the fields or care for the animals and Matthew can equally be found in the kitchen keeping his culinary skills sharp or trying out new cider recipes The consistent high quality fruits vegetables frozen meats and baked goods have earned them a loyal following at the Boyce Farmers Market in Fredericton on Saturdays They pride themselves on listening to their customers needs and striving to grow what their customers want This involves both long term planning in terms of new fruit varieties and short term planning regarding popular baked goods like croissants or baguettes Heather and Matthew love the sense of freedom of operating their own farm business despite the enormous amount of work and dedication it takes Fortunately for them as operators of a mixed farm with direct customer sales they can adapt their products based on their desires to learn and try new things which keeps every season new and interesting They are still working towards a healthier work life balance with the never ending farm work but say that the balance is much better than it was

    Original URL path: http://nfunb.org/en/2015/03/the-gagetown-fruit-farm-the-farmers-of-the-nfu-nb-series/ (2016-04-26)
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  • A Message from the Women’s President, Emily Shapiro | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    of the world s food production In Canada although the majority of farms are still owned and operated by men women have always done an equal share of the work Moreover statistics are starting to show that young educated city born women are bucking the aging male farmer demographic trend Not only are more and more new farmers female those women are often the primary operators landowners or have equal share and decision making opportunities While the numbers of new female farmers is increasing slowly that women are choosing to take on leadership roles on farms may have significant implications for the direction of farming in New Brunswick Studies in the United States show that women are bringing differentiation and new approaches to farm and field management Women are more likely than men to operate farms with a diversity of crops to sell food directly to consumers rather than to large food processing corporations and to use ecologically sustainable farming methods With consumers demanding more authenticity flavour variety and transparency in their foods differentiated food products in addition to the standard commodities and more sustainable approaches to farming are a significant trend not a fad One clear way of ensuring the diversity and variety customers are looking for is enabling diversity and variety in our food producers Thus the importance of women s participation in the farming community in business associations farm associations field trainings and on the ground farming cannot be understated A greater participation of women in all aspects of farming undoubtedly has the capacity to strengthen agricultural and rural economies I think about Jean Eudes question almost every day and I ve come to realize that it is simply growing the products that contribute to our food supply that makes a person a farmer A thriving food

    Original URL path: http://nfunb.org/en/2015/09/message-womens-president/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Two NFU Board members recognized for leadership | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    New Brunswick Rébeka Fraser Chiasson currently owns and manages her farm La Ferme Terre Partagée in Rogersville She sits on the board of the National Farmers Union in New Brunswick as well as the Conservation Council of New Brunswick Rébeka says that it s a tribute to the local food and local farms movement that 21inc felt that it was important to value rural life and farms Our fellow participants value the different perpective we can bring to the table I m really excited to see how I connect to others and their visions of New Brunswick Emily Shapiro is the Women s Director for the NFU in NB she co owns Becaguimec Farm and works as a Programs Manager at the Fallsbrook Centre As a young female beginning farmer this experience is extremely important both in terms of having exposure to the brilliant minds of my fellow leaders as well as bringing ideas from rural New Brunswick and the farming sector to the table Traveling the province with 20 diverse mindful and challenging young people including Rébeka has enabled me to bring ideas back to my farm and to my community 21inc has been recognizing New Brunswick s young leaders since 2007 Every year 21 selected leaders from the New Brunswick with others from Nova Scotia and PEI embark on a 10 month leadership journey including a one week tour around the province multiple training weekends to help them develop and implement their vision of New Brunswick Visit www 21inc ca for more information The NFU in NB is an accredited general farm organization representing farm families in all agricultural commodities The NFU works toward the development of economic and social policies that will maintain the family farm as the primary food producing unit Download the PDF Media Release

    Original URL path: http://nfunb.org/en/2014/11/two-nfu-board-members-recognized-for-leadership/ (2016-04-26)
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  • A champion for women in farming recognized for her work | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    Chiasson says She is a woman who has worked very hard all her life She is a woman who gained the respect of many male farmers and particularly female farmers for all of her work determination and contributions to the field of agriculture Betty served as Region 1 director of the National Farmers Union for 7 years with 5 of those years as an executive member Betty also served on the Board of Directors of NB Farm Women s Organization and NB Partners in Agriculture as Vice President and then President of both organizations I decided this past spring to step down from the role of District 1 director to devote more time to my business activities I will always be an NFU member and am grateful for the wonderful opportunity of working with members of the national board Born and raised on a mixed farm Betty married into another farm family and raised 3 children She is still farming mixed vegetables and beef today Being a female farmer has had its challenges over the years including always being in the minority When she first attended the NB Cattle meetings she was the only woman and was for many years I was interested in what was going on and I thought I had every right to be there and to learn It was my occupation I m a farmer and it s what I had to do I wanted to learn and be involved in agricultural policy For that you have to go to meetings be present for votes and be a part of a general farm organization Betty is also a writer and many may know her at least by name from her commentaries found in many New Brunswick papers including the Bugle Observer and the Telegraph Journal The

    Original URL path: http://nfunb.org/en/2014/12/a-champion-for-women-in-farming-recognized-for-her-work/ (2016-04-26)
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  • World Food Day 2015 | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    amounts of imports to displace our farmers and their products Countries seeking access to our markets subsidize their farmers and or force them to take on excessive debt so they can sell far below the cost of production often off loading costs by polluting the environment harming animal welfare using veterinary drugs not approved in Canada and exploiting vulnerable workers These trade agreements undermine our grain beef and pork producers by facilitating concentration in the grains industry and livestock industries making farmers livelihoods more precarious here in Canada as well as in other countries said Terry Boehm Chair of the NFU Seed and Trade Committee Proponents of these agreements claim farmers will prosper based on more trade but the reality is that farm debt is increasing rapidly With fewer farmers and less secure farmers what kind of food system do you end up with Every trade deal Canada has signed since NAFTA contains an Investor State Dispute Settlement ISDS mechanism that makes it possible for corporations to sue national governments if they pass laws or regulations that reduce the company s future profitability If ratified the ISDS clauses in the TPP or CETA would lock in recent laws such as the Agriculture Growth Act that shift power away from farmers and consumers towards global agribusiness corporations said Ann Slater NFU Vice President of Policy After ratifying a trade deal with an ISDS governments that repeal or amend these harmful laws would risk being sued for billions of dollars by corporations in unaccountable trade tribunals not in our own court system By agreeing to ISDS mechanisms Canada s trade negotiators consented to letting a few appointed trade lawyers over ride the democratic will of the Canadian people Food sovereignty is about empowering people farmers and eaters to make the important decisions

    Original URL path: http://nfunb.org/en/2015/10/world-food-day-2015/ (2016-04-26)
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  • 2015 Scholarship Recipients Announced | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    11 2015 We wish you both good luck in your studies Jacob Tjibbe van Roeden is the recipient of the 1000 NFU NB Scholarship for the daughter or son of an NFU NB member entering a degree program He will be taking Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at Guelph University and plans to return to his family s dairy farm after his studies Tyler Culberson is the recipient of the 500 David Frost Memorial Scholarship for a student entering a diploma program Tyler will be studying carpentry at the Woodstock Community College so that he can gain more practical skills to help on the farm Members of the NFU NB scholarship committee chose the winners from deserving applications submitted around the province Selection is based on the applicants commitment to study agriculture or a related field and on their performance in high school as well as their involvement in agriculture and financial need The David Frost Memorial scholarships were established by the NFU NB four years ago to honour the memory of the David Frost a respected agrologist who passed away in March 2010 Scholarship applications will be available again this fall from high school guidance counselors throughout the province

    Original URL path: http://nfunb.org/en/2015/08/2015-scholarship-recipients-announced/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Press Release: Support needed for new young farmers | National Farmers Union in New Brunswick
    NB Heated debate has taken place in Caraquet over the past few weeks between neighbours and a young farmer who is applying for a zoning change where he would like to open his organic open air livestock operation on over 25 acres when he finishes agricultural college in another 2 years While this type of operation is currently uncommon in NB it is a frequent model in the United Kingdom Working with the recommended 6 8 animals per acre the ground is able to handle the animal output resulting in no odor problem If the zoning change is accepted the farm operation will still need to meet the minimum distances set out by the Ministry of Agriculture as well as undergo an environmental impact assessment Therefore changing the zoning to agricultural land will not necessarily mean that animal production will be approved down the road Succession planning for the next generation of farmers in NB is in a really sad state of affairs worrisome really even more so within the francophone population which accounts for less than16 of farmers in the province Here is a young man who wants to get involved in agriculture who wants to provide his fellow citizens with organic food let s support him instead of trying to kill his dream says Kevin Arseneau NFU NB Youth President In a province with a shortage of jobs steady out migration from rural communities and out migration of our post secondary educated youth all involved should be looking at how they can support young entrepreneurs to succeed in operating viable rural businesses 30 The National Farmers Union in NB is one of two general farm organizations in the province Our members believe that the family farm should remain the primary food producing unit We are working for policy

    Original URL path: http://nfunb.org/en/2015/05/press-release-support-needed-for-new-young-farmers/ (2016-04-26)
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