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Farmland Preservation Forum 2008: Land for the Next Generation of Farmers    Thu Apr 17, 2008, Guelph, ON

2008 Farmland Preservation Forum: "Land for the Next Generation of Ontario Farmers"
Location: University of Guelph Arboretum Centre Auditorium, Guelph, Ontario
Thursday April 17th, 2008
http://www.farmland.uoguelph.ca/oft/conference.htm

The recent boom in the local food movement has ignited new interest among urban consumers in where their food comes from, and a growing commitment to support local farmers. New farmers' markets are opening up across the province, independent grocery stores are investing in schemes to promote local produce, and a growing network of organizations are working to revitalize the local food system, thereby creating new and exciting opportunities for farming in Ontario.

If the movement for a sustainable food system is to secure these opportunities, however, we will need to address a number of issues facing the next generation of Ontario farmers. These issues include barriers around access to knowledge, markets, capital, and perhaps most critically, access to land.

The 2008 Farmland Preservation Forum will bring together a network of actors to address the issue of access to land for the next generation of farmers. Our goal for the event is to define shared objectives, establish key priorities, identify common obstacles, and develop a strategic direction towards ensuring that the next generation of Ontario farmers has access to land to farm.

Let's work together to address this critical issue!

Registration: Please pre-register online by Thursday April 10, 2008.

The $65 fee includes a gourmet breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. After you pre-register online you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to pay your $65.

A limited number of travel scholarships are available to organizations or individuals travelling from elsewhere in the province. Please pre-register for more information.

Date: Thursday April 17th, 2008

Breakfast starts at 8:15 am and the forum will end by 5 pm, followed by a social event at 7 pm at the ebar, downtown Guelph.

Location: University of Guelph Arboretum Centre Auditorium.

Directions: From Hwy 401, take exit 295 (Highway 6) north to Guelph. Turn right (east) at College Ave. Continue straight on College Ave. until you see a sign on the right for the Arboretum Centre. Click here for a map.

Please note that the road the the Arboretum Road has been closed at South Ring Road and access is via the College Ave. entrance only.

Program: Representatives from the farm community, the nonprofit sector, and government are invited to participate in identifying strategic directions on the issue of access to land for a new generation of farmers. Several exciting speakers will open our morning session and ignite our discussion with a review of their own paths to success on this issue. We will devote the best part of the day to building a shared vision for the future, and developing a strategic means of pursuing that goal together.

For more information on the forum program:
http://www.farmland.uoguelph.ca/oft/forumschedule.pdf

 
 

For more information:

Website: http://www.farmland.uoguelph.ca/

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