Region One – District One Convention
April 3, 2018
The District Convention will be held on Tuesday, April 3 at the Milton Community Hall with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. (The storm date is the following Thursday). This meeting is open to members of the public. This is one of several opportunities NFU members have to formulate farm policy at the grassroots level. Details to follow.
No Land, No Food, No Life
Sunday, January 16, 6 pm
Don and Marion McDougall Hall – UPEI
Cinema Politica Charlottetown, the UPEI Environmental Society & Sustainability Committee and the PEI Council of Canadians Chapter will host a screening of No Land No Food No Life on Sunday, January 14th at 6 pm.
The 2013 film explores sustainable small-scale agriculture and the call for an end to corporate global land grabs in Mali, Uganda and Cambodia. This feature length documentary gives voice to those directly affected by combining personal stories, and vérité footage of communities fighting to retain control of their land. The film alternates interviews with the farmers, the usurpers and other interested parties with scenes of demonstrations and conferences of a grassroots activist movement. Voice-over narration and animations create a historical context and highlight a distressing situation that exacerbates the food and climate crises. Facilitated discussion will follow the film screening. Donations are welcome. www.cinemapolitica.org
Don and Marion McDougall Hall – UPEI
550 University Avenue
District Director Doug Campbell to Speak on Panel about Supply Management, Water & NAFTA – October 10
The Council of Canadians PEI Chapter will hold a Public forum on water, NAFTA and supply management on Tuesday, October 10, 7 p.m. at the Rodd Charlottetown, Kent Street, Charlottetown.
Maude Barlow, Honourary Chairprson of the Council of Canadians, author of Boiling Point, her latest book, will speak on government neglect, corporate abuse, and Canada’s water crisis including PEI’s.
Doug Campbell, District Director of PEI National Farmers Union will address water issues facing Prince Edward Island including the new PEI Water Act, drought, climate change, and the moratorium on high capacity deep water wells for agricultural irrigation. Doug will also discuss Supply Management as it relates to trade deals.
Scott Sinclair, trade expert and senior researcher with the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives will give an overview of what’s at stake for Islanders and Canadians in the current NAFTA negotiations.
The Public Forum is free and everyone is welcome. There will be an opportunity for public participation.
Leo Broderick, Chair of the Council of Canadians is urging Islanders to attend. “We are at a critical time on PEI as we face increased pressure from Cavendish Farms and PEI Potato Board to have the moratorium on high capacity deep water wells lifted. Our water is still being contaminated from agricultural pollution. As well, supply management is threatened by trade deals including NAFTA. Islanders need to know the facts and take a stand. This public forum will help.”
Nouhad Mourad, chair of the Council of Canadians’ PEI Chapter will be the moderator and Eliza Knockwood will open the Public Forum.
National Convention, November 23-25
The 48th National Convention of the National Farmers will be held at the Holiday Inn East in Ottawa, Ontario from November 23 to 25th inclusive.
A block of rooms has been reserved for this convention. To book accommodation, please call the Hotel direct at 1-613-744-1060 and advise them that you are part of the NFU convention. The cost is $129 per night plus applicable taxes and fees for a room with one or two queen beds.
For more information about the convention and to find out what assistance may be available to delegates, please call Edith Ling at 902-368-1262 or email email@example.com
Work Hard and Hoe Down New Farmers’ Weekend
SEASPRAY ORGANIC will host all new and emerging farmers for a wicked social/work party on the 5th and 6th of August !
We invite everyone to come on Saturday August 5th post market day to a lovely beach area of Prince Edward Island for a camping trip on the Beach. There will be sand for your toes, waterfront view and some music to keep us dancing around the campfire. Bring the necessary gear to camp out under the stars or in your tent.
On Sunday the 6th, Seaspray Organic will host us at their farm around 10/11am. We will be able to tour the farm and discuss what they have been up to in the past years. There will be a POTLUCK for lunch so bring a little something to share. Post lunch we will engage in a philosophical discussion on agro-ecology facilitated by the National Farmers Union and l’Union Paysanne. While keeping the discussion alive we will do a Work Bee in order to help our hosts accomplish a daunting task. For dinner there will be a Disco Soup facilitated by Slow Food Cocagne Acadie (Bring sad looking leftovers from the market)
SATURDAY AUGUST 5TH
4-8pm : Meet up on the Beach (location to be determined)
8pm-2am: Campfire, food, music, swimming, star gazing
SUNDAY AUGUST 6TH
10-11am : Meet up at Seaspray Organic (2144 Byrnes road Morell, Prince Edward Island, PE C0A 1S0)
11am : Farm Tour
12pm: POT LUCK
1pm: Agro-Ecology Discussion
3pm: Work Bee
430pm : DISCO SOUP
6pm : Campfire, more food, music, dance party
MONDAY AUGUST 7TH
9am – 5pm
National Farmers Union Region 1 (Maritimes) regional meeting
Adresse: Milton Community Hall, 7 New Glasgow Road Rte 224, North Milton, PE C1E 0S7
SEASPRAY ORGANIC accueilleront tout les nouveau fermiers pour un rassemblement sociale le 5 et 6 Août !
Nous invitions tout le monde à venir passer la soirée du 5 d’Août après leur journée de marché sur une plage de l’Isle du Prince Edward. Il y aura du sable pour vos orteils, une belle vue sur l’eau et de la musique pour danser autour du feu. Apporter le nécessaire pour pouvoir dormir à la belle étoile ou dans vôtre tente.
Dimanche Seaspray Organic nous accueilleras aux alentours de 10/11am. Nous auront la chance de visiter les infrastructures de la ferme et de discuter de ce qu’ils ont réussis à accomplir dans le dernière années. Pour le dîner il y aura un POTLUCK alors apporter un petit quelque chose à partager. Après le dîner nous allons avoir une conversation philosophique sur les principes d’Agro-Ecologie facilité par l’Union Nationale des Fermiers et l’Union Paysanne. Tout en gardant la discussion en vie nous allons accomplir une petite corvée afin d’aider notre hôte. Pour souper il y aura un Disco Soupe facilité par Slow Food Cocagne Acadie (apporter vos restant de marché les moins beau)
SAMEDI LE 5 AOÛT
4-8pm : Rencontre sur la plage (endroit à être déterminé)
8pm-2am: feu de camp, nourriture, musique, nage, étoiles
DIMANCHE LE 6 AOÛT
10-11am : Rencontre à Seaspray Organic (2144 Byrnes road Morell, Prince Edward Island, PE C0A 1S0)
11am : Visite de la ferme
12pm: POT LUCK
1pm: Discussion sur l’Agro-Ecology
430pm : DISCO SOUPE
6pm : Feu de camp, plus de nourriture, musique, dance
LUNDI LE 7 AOÛT
9am – 5pm
Rencontre régionale de l’Union Nationale des fermiers (région 1 – maritimes) à Milton Community Hall
Adresse: 7 New Glasgow Road Rte 224, North Milton, PE C1E 0S7
Annual Regional Convention – August 7
The NFU Region One Annual Convention will take place on Monday, August 7th at Milton Community Hall in Miltonvale Park. With guest speaker, Ayla Fenton. Ayla will also participate in a youth retreat on the weekend prior to the convention.
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting is expected to conclude at approximately 4:00 p.m. The registration fee of $20 per person includes the noon meal. If childcare is needed, people can call Reg Phelan at 902-961-2428. Both PEI Agriculture Minister Hon. Alan McIsaac and Federal Agriculture Minister Hon. Lawrence MacAulay have been invited to address the gathering.
Growing Food & Education: Getting more local food into PEI schools
Thursday, May 18, 2 :00 p.m. at the PEI Farm Centre in Charlottetown
Bev Campbell, Chef at Queen Elizabeth Elementary School
Sarah Bennetto O’Brien, PEI Handpie Company
Kyle Panton – Chef and Farmer
Kent MacDonald – Gordon Food Services
All have a passion for getting healthy, local food on the plates of students.
Panel presentations will be followed by a general discussion and a very short annual meeting.
Many Islanders are embracing “buy local” campaigns by going to farmers’ markets and participating in CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture). At the same time there is interest in getting more locally-produced food on the menu in provincial institutions such as schools and healthcare facilities. Many communities and producers are responding with creative school food programs and initiatives to increase awareness of growing food as well as to improve local food access for children and their families. Given this growing interest in local procurement from producers, government and consumers, we invite the community to discuss the opportunities and challenges of providing local food products in Island schools.
Please join us for what is bound to be a lively discussion. Everyone welcome!
Annual Lobster Supper – Saturday, June 3
The NFU annual lobster supper will be held on Saturday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Kinkora Place in Kinkora. It is a potluck-style supper – members are asked to bring a salad or dessert to share. Cost is $20 per person. (Two lobsters are included in the price.).
Local 102 Annual Meeting
Tuesday, April 25 at 8:30 pm
Sherbrooke Community Centre
Local 103 & 104 Joint Meeting
Thursday, April 20, 8:30 p.m.
Milton Community Hall
District Directors’ Reports
Update on the Water Act
Update on Proposed Changes to CFIA Regulations
Discussion on Potato, Dairy and Livestock Commodities
Rights, Faith and Policy: A Public Forum on Migrant Workers’ Rights
Monday, March 27, 2017, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Prince Edward island farm centre, 420 university ave, charlottetown
This event will bring together migrant workers, community organizations, faith groups, and provincial representatives to build capacity for action, policy, and solidarity on migrant worker rights. Pre-registration is required; this event is free to attend, and lunch and snacks will be provided.
Tuesday, March 28th (Storm Date March 30)
Milton Community Hall, North Milton
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting getting underway at 10:00 a.m.
Registration fee is $20 per person and will include a meal at noon.
Financial assistance is available to any members who require child care that day in order to attend the meeting. Please call Edith Ling at 902-368-1262 about this if needed.
Reports on the past year’s activities will be given by the directors and elections will be held for the positions of District Director, Women’s District Director and Youth District Director.
The Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Alan McIsaac will speak to the meeting immediately after the noon meal.
Following that, we will view the video, “Islanders and the Land”. This video, produced by Don Kossick, will feature P. E. I. farmers and will depict their concern for the preservation of farmland in this Province.
A representative from the Workers’ Compensation Board will bring members up to date on the mandatory inclusion of farm workers under that program.
Our keynote speaker, of course, is our National President, Jan Slomp. He will be speaking on the “State of Canadian Agriculture and What That Means for Rural Canada”. That is a very appropriate topic when we consider what is going on in this Province with regard to the grabbing of land, the possible closure of schools and the move to centralization in general.
Resolutions will be considered during the day. If you have a resolution which you wish to have dealt with, please contact any one of the Resolutions Committee members. The following is the list of Committees for our Convention this year:
Resolutions Committee: J.P. Hendricken, Gordon Carter, Ranald MacFarlane
Registration Committee – Mary Carter, Vernon MacLeod
Nominating Committee – Reg Phelan, Darren Toombs, Muncey Gallant and Elwin Wyand
Elections & Credentials Committee – The Convention chairpersons