The climate crisis will impact Manitoba farms and food systems, but it’s also a chance to restructure and reimagine how we farm and feed our province. Join the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba Office, the National Farmers Union, the Manitoba Eco-Network, Manitoba’s Climate Action Team, and the Winnipeg Food Council for discussions on the future of food and farming in Manitoba.

Upcoming Events:

Growing a Resilient Future: Food and Farming in Manitoba | March 18, 2021 | REGISTER HERE

In the second webinar of this series, you will hear five diverse perspectives on what we need to do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make our food and farming systems more resilient.

Speakers:

Duncan Morrison, Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association
Duncan Morrison is the executive director of the Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association. He has worked with the MFGA’s producer-led Board of Directors and vast partner and producer network to position MFGA as a leader on regenerative agriculture, and collaboration efforts and farm-gate-based projects around healthy soil, grasslands and forage crops in Manitoba.

Asha Nelson, Fireweed Food Coop
Asha Nelson (she/her) is the projects coordinator of Fireweed Food Co-op, where she manages the supply side of their flagship food hub project, among other responsibilities. She sits on the Winnipeg Food Council and supports food security initiatives and climate organizing whenever possible. In all her work, she brings with her a passion for food sovereignty, climate justice and economic democracy.

Julie Price, Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative
Julie Price works for the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture and Community Collaborative. She has had the privilege of working in agriculture and community-led development for the past twenty years. Believing in the power of centering community wisdom and a collaborative approach, she gives thanks to the many people who have helped her learn and grow.

Neil Galbraith, Keystone Agricultural Producers
Neil Galbraith is the environment and land use committee chair and district 9 director for the Keystone Agricultural Producers. He was raised on a grain and beef farm near Portage la Prairie and completed a degree in Agriculture at the U of Manitoba. He worked in the private and public agriculture industry for 23 years and for the last 20 of those years he and his wife farmed grain and livestock part time. In 2007 he began farming grain fulltime and now farms with his wife and two sons near Minnedosa. They grow cereals, oilseeds, pulses and fall seeded crops and are planning to include perennial forages in the rotation. Neil is passionate about soil conservation and health.

Anastasia Fyk, National Farmer’s Union
Anastasia Fyk, an NFU member and national board member for Manitoba, grew up on her family farm located on Treaty 2 Territory on the Eastern slopes of Duck Mountain. As a farmer, she is interested in a shift in conventional agriculture that would actually have a positive environmental impact on the ecosystem; she is determined to leave a positive impact on the planet and the health of its inhabitants. Aside from farming, Anastasia is also an artist, translator, and pilot whose practice focuses on planes, dimensions, and cycles.

Moderated by Laura Rance
Laura Rance grew up on a southern Manitoba farm, studied journalism and has spent the past 40 years writing about agriculture, food and rural issues for weekly and daily newspapers. In her current role as Vice President of Content for Glacier FarmMedia, Laura supports the editorial teams behind Canada’s leading farm publications. She continues to write a weekly column on agriculture for the Winnipeg Free Press.

Past Events:

Food and Farming in a Climate Emergency | November 19th, 2020

In the first webinar in this series, Darrin Qualman, Amber McNish, and Jeanette Sivilay outlined the role our food and farming sector plays as a contributor to climate change, and opportunities for the sector to do things differently.

Moderated by Molly McCracken, Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba office, and member of Manitoba’s Climate Action Team.