Getting local food into restaurants: NB farmer and restauranteur shares her insights ***Note this commentary was first published in the Summer 2016 Edition of the NB Family Farmer as the
A Message from Past Women’s President
Who are the
The National Farmers Union is a progressive family farm organization concerned about all aspects of life on farms and all members of farm families.
Women are active and equal participants in the National Farmers Union, supporting each other, organizing, formulating and articulating policy, and serving as elected officers.
To ensure that the voices of farm women are clearly heard, our constitution provides for women’s positions at every level of the organization.
Women serve on National Farmers Union committees dealing with issues ranging from farm economics and safety, to rural childcare and community concerns, to national and international agriculture issues.
Women are making valuable contributions throughout the organization by participating effectively in policy decisions, education and organizing.
In New Brunswick
In New Brunswick, the NFU-NB has a Women’s President who brings awareness to farm issues that particularly affect women farmers and women in farm families.
Two of the NFU-NB’s female board members, Emily Shapiro, Women’s President, and Rébeka Fraser-Chiasson were named Young Leaders by 21inc.
Long time Board member, farmer, and women’s activist, Betty Brown, was recognized for her hard work and dedication by receiving the 2014 Grassroots Award for Region 1.
Betty Brown, long standing member of the National Farmers Union in New Brunswick was recognized for her commitment and dedication to the NFU at the 2014 National Convention. Betty was
Dr. Vandana Shiva
sums up the vital importance of women in agriculture
“All archeological records show that women were the first domesticators of crops. And they carry this 10,000 year knowledge and skill of seed. They carry the knowledge and skill of nutrition. They carry with them the knowledge and skill of how, in the worst of social circumstances, to be resilient: to make your ecosystems resilient, your own lives resilient and your communities resilient.”
– Dr. Vandana Shiva