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Cultivating Change: Region 3 Convention & NFU-O AGM



March 1 – 3, 2018
Belleville, Ontario

It’s that time of year again! The NFU-O is hosting our annual convention and AGM in Belleville, ON.
This year the AGM will focus on the importance of community organizing in rural and urban contexts, and what can be
achieved when a community comes together. We will hear success stories from organizing campaigns and learn from their stories.

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Are you a youth ages 30 or under who would like to attend convention? Click here to apply for a bursary to cover your travel costs.
Bursary applications are due by Feb 23, and we will notify you by Feb 26 if you received a bursary.

Convention Schedule


Workshop – Want Land? Got Land?
1:30pm – 3:30pm
Gerry Masterson Centre
516 Harmony Road, Corbyville ON
FREE workshop!

Are you a farmer looking for land? Are you a landowner looking for farmers? We Want You! Join us to network, learn about leases, and more! Topics you want to learn? Email

NFU-O and Young Agrarians are partnering to bring you this land linking workshop. You may find a farmer who can turn your vacant field into a productive farm, or keep your productive farm in production! Land seekers, you may find a landowner with the land opportunity you’ve been seeking! Come with an idea of what you are looking for, and a quick synopsis of your vision for your land or future farm. List your land or farm dream on the YA U-MAP today:

Keynote – Trouble in the Fields: Reclaiming the Food Landscape
Keynote event with Sarah Harmer and Joan Kuyek
Doors at 7:00pm, event at 7:30pm
Core Arts and Culture Centre
223 Pinnacle St, Belleville ON
Tickets: $20 advance, $25 door, $15 youth advance, $20 youth door
Go here to buy tickets

Join us for a keynote talk by Sarah Harmer and Joan Kuyek on the importance of community organizing.

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.


Annual General Meeting and Workshops
Doors at 8:30am, AGM from 9:00am-6:00pm
Gerry Masterson Community Centre
516 Harmony Road, Corbyville ON
Tickets: $30 advance, $35 door, $25 youth advance, $30 youth door
Go here to buy tickets

NFU/NFU-O Business
Reports from regional council and national officials, elections, and debates on
policy resolutions.

Community Organizing – A Panel Discussion
This 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 Workshop
This 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.


Winery Tour
Norman Hardie Winery
Norman Hardie Winery
1152 Greer Rd, Wellington ON
Tickets: FREE tour and wine tasting.

Join us for a free tour and group wine tasting and learn about the Prince Edward County wine region and the award-winning wines of Norman Hardie. Local food will be available for purchase after the tour.

For more information about Norman Hardie Winery, visit their website.


Comfort Inn
200 N Park St, Belleville

Ask for the National Farmers Union conference rates, which are $99+tax.

Book before February 15, 2018 to get the group rate.

Other options:
Travelodge – 613-968-3411 – 11 Bay Bridge Road, Belleville
Country Inn & Suites – 613-966-6622 – 245 North Front Street, Belleville
Travelers Inn – 613-968-5353 – 325 N Front St, Belleville

Sponsorship Opportunities

We are working hard to plan the annual NFU-O AGM and Region 3 Convention, and we are seeking out new sponsorship opportunities. If you are involved with a business or organization who would be interested in sponsoring the convention and having a booth in our vendor fair, please contact Anna at for more information.

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2018 Sponsors

We would like to thank the sponsors for our 2018 convention:






















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