1.NL Young Farmer’s Forum is having their AGM and Leadership Summit this Saturday at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s. Contact: Chan Wiseman Chan.Wiseman@cna.nl.ca

2. Need help on your farm this spring?
see email below from Leigh Anne Parry, a young woman from Manitoba. She’ll be working on Rabinowitz’ farm this June, but looking for somewhere for May…

3. Prices for produce? check out:
http://www.efao.ca/pages/marketprices.html (updated June 2009)

4. Are you Listed?
Is your farm, farmers’ market, farmers’ co-op listed on the Buy Local site? Check here for free listing:

5. Resources on-line:
a. ACORN’s web has lots of great resources, such as The Organic Path (everything you wanted to know to help you transition to organic): http://www.acornorganic.org/organicpath/

b. Eliot Coleman’s farm produces vegetables year-round and has become a nationally recognized model of small-scale sustainable agriculture. http://www.fourseasonfarm.com/

6. Agritourism resource person available: (Following message from Crystal-lynn Anderson-Baggs, DNR) “Agritourism expert, Brent Warner, will be returning to Newfoundland for the week of May 3rd – 7th. Mr. Warner was the guest speaker at two sessions hosted by the Department of Natural Resources during the first week of March which were very well attended and has created Agritourism based initiatives throughout the province. He is the Co-ordinator of the Canadian Agritourism Working Group (CATWG), …Brent has offered to be available for one on one consultation on May 6th and 7th. Sessions will be available on a per hour basis at a rate of $75.00 and those interested may request more than one hour… due to time constraints, he will not be traveling across the province and will be located in Corner Brook during his stay as his primary purpose for being in the province is based on the West Coast. ..We will be taking request until Friday, April 30th, 2010. Contact: Crystal Anderson-Baggs, Market Development Officer.

7. In the News:
Organic farms make up 1.5 per cent of all farms in Canada, according to 2007 statistics from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. …With last year’s Canadian legal standards for certifying organic farmers put into place, the government now boasts of 3,600 certified producers farming 530,000 hectares of land… read more in

1. Email re Farm Help:
Hello there Nfld farmers,
My name is Leigh Anne Parry, and I interested in “woofing” or work-trading on a farm or two in Nfld this summer. I”m currently living in Bristol’s Hope and am from Winnipeg, Manitoba where I’ve been one of 6 founding collective members of The Landless Farmers Collective. We farm organic veggies each year on rented land or most recently on urban public land.

I’ve been involved for two full seasons with this group and prior to that have one year experience volunteering on the Weins family shared farm in Manitoba. My mother is from Newfoundland and I’ve been here many times, and I thought it’s about time I find out what the farming on the island is like.

I am eager to learn from other farmers and I’d like more experience and of course get my hands in Nfld soil. I am looking to spend a chunk of time; all of May and June volunteering on a farm or two. I’d also like room and board as a trade. I’m not picky, and can sleep in a tent.
contact is easiest by phone at 1-709-596-0383
but you can also email me at leighanneparry@gmail.com
I’m looking forward to hearing from you.