Sarah Harmer and Joan Kuyuk are the speakers on Thursday, March 1 at 7.30 pm. They will talk about the importance of community organizing. Friday is the NFU-O Convention and AGM and Saturday is a winery tour.For tickets visit NFU Ontario.
Sarah Harmer is a Canadian singer, songwriter and environmental activist from Burlington, Ontario. In 2005, Sarah co-founded PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land), an organization which campaigned to protect the Niagara Escarpment from a proposed gravel development which would see some parts of wilderness near the escarpment removed. She will be discussing her work on the Niagara Escarpment campaign, and the importance of creative rural activism in protecting our environment.
Joan Kuyek is a long-time community organizer and author of the book “Community Organizing: A Holistic Approach”. She will be discussing how to reclaim the food system in Canada by resisting the corporate forces that are expropriating it for themselves, continuing to build alternatives that work, and finding ways to work well with with one another. The talk will explore change activities and strategies that “work” to build a strong movement for social, environmental and economic justice.
Please note Friday's event is at the Gerry Masterton Community Centre
Annual General Meeting and Workshops Doors at 8:30am, AGM from 9:00am-6:00pmGerry Masterson Community Centre516 Harmony Road, Belleville ONTickets: $30 advance, $35 door, $25 youth advance, $30 youth doorGo here to buy tickets
NFU/NFU-O BusinessReports from regional council and national officials, elections, and debates onpolicy resolutions.
Community Organizing – A Panel DiscussionThis year’s theme is cultivating change, and we’ll look at how individuals can support community organizing in rural and urban contexts. We will hear success stories from organizing campaigns and learn from their stories.
Organizing for Change – A WorkshopThis hands-on workshop will focus on how farmers can use points of intervention–like the Greenbelt expansion and the upcoming provincial election–to mobilize their communities and bring about change. We will talk about tactics, action plans, and have small group discussion on the issues that are most important for farmers in 2018.