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.

  Peter Dowling Memorial Fund for Farmer Empowerment
   Local 316 has decided to expand the criteria for grants from its New and Young Farmers FundWe are granting funds: 
   (1)  to help new and young farmers attend earning 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.
   Want to learn more? Click here to read more about qualifications and the application process!

Our Local directors

  • Josh Suppan, President,
  • Kathy Rothermel, Treasurer,
  • Rick Munroe, Secretary
  • Dianne Dowling, Vice-President
  • Annie Richard, Director
  • Tim Dowling, Director

Our achievements

  • 2019 – present: Climate Action Group (Local farmers conduct soil testing for organic matter and active carbon in a multi-year study to measure soil health and carbon sequestration)
  •  2016 – present: Fall Feast (Building urban-rural connections and raising funds to support education and training opportunities for young/new farmers and for climate change mitigation projects)
  •  2009 – present: Save our prison farms campaign (Played a leadership role in (ongoing) campaign to save/restore the prison farms. A documentary was made about this struggle in 2014)
  •  2008 – 2012: New Farm Project (Training, mentorship and equipment provided for new and transitioning farmers producing for the local market, a $250,000 project with major funding from Heifer International)
  •  2007: Food Down The Road (A series of food system workshops and the 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)