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National Farmers Union - Wellington & Waterloo Local

National, provincial and local family farm advocacy

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Organization Mission

The National Farmers Union in Ontario promotes policies that will revitalize agriculture in Ontario by strengthening family farms. On local, national and international levels, the NFU advocates alternative structures and government policies that resist corporate control of food. With farmers and consumers, NFU works to encourage vibrant rural communities, environmentally sustainable practices and the production of safe, wholesome food.

Organization Description

The National Farmers Union is the only voluntary national farm organization in Canada which is committed to:

•ensuring family farms are the primary unit of food production;

•promoting environmentally-safe farming practices;

•giving farm women equal voice in shaping farm policy;

•working for fair food prices for both farmers and consumers;

•involving, educating and empowering rural youth for a better future;

•building healthy, vibrant rural communities;

•ensuring an adequate supply of safe, nutritious food for Canadians.

The family farm is the cornerstone of the system that provides safe, nutritious food to Canadians. City people, as well as farmers, have a stake in it. The National Farmers Union is unique among farm organization in working for people's interests against corporate control of our food system.

The National Farmers Union is a direct-membership organization made up of Canadian farm families who share common goals. Every member of the farm family - including the farmer and their spouse and children, ages 14 to 21 - are full voting members of the Union. This structure recognizes that every family member contributes to the farm by working on it directly, or indirectly through off-farm employment.

Associate Members are a valued part of the National Farmers Union family as well. Associate Members are non-farmers who understand that food issues are everyone's concern, and who want to help family farmers build a sustainable and nutritious food system in Canada.

Areas of Involvement

  • Research on food system issues
  • Economic development
  • Education/teaching
  • Farming
  • Food distribution
  • Food marketing
  • Food retail
  • Organic food

Organization Priorities

  • Connecting people to local food system
  • Integrated food policies at all levels of government
  • Community economic development