Local Prosperity Conference: Small Farms & Food Sheds as Economic Drivers

Local Prosperity Conference: Small Farms & Food Sheds as Economic Drivers

The NFU-NB is proud to support the upcoming conference on Local Prosperity.   The conference is organized by Gregory Heming, who was a guest speaker at our 2014 AGM who spoke about reviving rural communities.

When:  Thursday, April 9 – Sunday, April 12, 2015

Where:  Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

For more information or to register click here.


The conference will be hosting a multiple different sessions, including this one particularly focused on small farms and food sheds.

Session # 6 – Small Farms & Food Sheds as Economic Drivers

Local food consumption generates local wealth through local production. This breakout session will explore the fact that the number of farms in the region is increasing, and that there is a significant building momentum in small farms and local food production of all kinds. Small farms are becoming a viable economic driver in some regions. This phenomenon can be supported further through innovative infrastructure between producers and stores, restaurants and consumers, including more localized distribution hubs, grading stations, abbatoirs, co-operatively used licensed commercial kitchens and internet-based distribution networks. Increased consumer awareness and demand for local food is an important part of the equation – a well connected system is described as a ‘food-shed.’ Numerous studies have been done by other municipalities documenting the economic impact of shifting food consumption back to local sources.

MODERATOR:  Joan Brady, Director, National Farmers Union

Joan will provide examples of how to activate and educate communities around food systems development and policy initiatives.  She will introduce leading examples of local food systems, and panel discussions will pursue best steps forward for the further development of the ‘food-sheds’ in our region.

There may be financial assistance available for those who need it through the conference’s Generosity Policy.

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