NFU Local 316

NFU Local 316 is a committed group of farmers and eaters, working to empower and support people through a knowledge-based farm and food system.

It envisions healthy, high-quality, locally-grown food for all in a secure and sustainable farm and food system.

For more than a decade, Local 316 has been actively working to help build the local food and farm economy in the Kingston area.

Our Local directors

  • Josh Suppan, President, local316@nfuontario.ca
  • Rick Munroe, Secretary-Treasurer, rmj@kos.net
  • Dianne Dowling, Director
  • Annie Richard, Director
  • Marie Bencze, Director
  • Tim Dowling, Director

Grant Program for Young Farmers and New Farmers

We are granting funds:

  1. to help new and young farmers attend learning opportunities (conferences, workshops, farm tours, etc);
  2. to award 4-H scholarships in Frontenac and Lennox-Addington Counties; and,
  3. for the purchase of farming materials and equipment, particularly those related to mitigating climate change.

Our achievements

 

  • NFU Feast of Fields, 2004, 2005 and 2006 — attended by more than 700 people each year, connecting local farmers, chefs and eaters
  • Development of “Eat from Kingston’s Countryside” logo for signs and stickers
  • NFU Food Down the Road project, 2007 — spring series of food system workshops and NFU Local Food Summit in November. Outcomes of the summit include a Local Food Declaration (which became the basis of the KFL&A Food Charter, endorsed by the city and Frontenac County) and the creation of Loving Spoonful.
  • Publication of local food and farm directories, newspapers and website (www.fooddowntheroad.ca), as well as reports related to project work
  • NFU New Farm Project, 2008-2012 — training, mentorship and equipment provided for new and transitioning farmers producing for the local market (a $250 000 project with major funding by Heifer International)
  • NFU Open Farms, 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Development of the Kingston CRAFT (Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training) network, now operating independently
  • Collaboration with and support for other food and farm organizations in the region
  • Participation in the development of Sustainable Kingston, and in the sustainability and economic development activities of the County of Frontenac, including the Poultry Abattoir Study conducted in 2011