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, 613-539-5569
  • Ian Stutt, Vice President
  • Rick Munroe, Secretary-Treasurer, 613-546-6009
  • 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.

Read back issues of The Local Harvest Newspaper:

Other Local 316 Project Publications:

This primer helps to build common ground on local food by informing people about challenges and opportunities facing Kingston and countryside’s food system. Starting with an overview of the food system itself, the primer examines specifics for Kingston and area, before moving on to look at some local food success stories from other areas. Lastly, the primer discusses how we can learn from successes elsewhere and adapt various approaches to build a local food system on the strengths of our region. 74 pages.

This booklet is our way of sharing what Food Down the Road (FDTR) is, how far we have made it on the road towards a sustainable local food system for Kingston and countryside, and ways to get involved with us!

The booklet is 56 pages long and can be downloaded as a PDF.

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 (, 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