First-Gen Farmers: The Faces of Canada's Agri-Revolution
Join Alberta freelance writer and third-generation farmer Nikki Wiart as she tells the story of her journey from journalism to full-time farming and how first-generation, new, and young farmers are changing Canada's agricultural landscape.
Canadian agriculture is experiencing a demographic crisis: 92 per cent of farms are without a succession plan, and there are more farmers over 70 than there are under 35. However, many of those that are under 35 are part of a new generation of agrarians who believe that quality of land is worth more than the dollars in their pockets; who prioritize feeding nutritionally dense food to their communities, rather than shipping commodity crops to foreign lands; and who desperately want to see improvements in accessibility to farmland, finances, and mentorship for young farmers.
Nikki Wiart is an award-winning journalist, freelance writer, and farmer, who lives off the land in central Alberta. She has a Communications degree from MacEwan University and an MA in Journalism from Carleton University. Her work can be found in magazines such as Macleans, Maisonneuve, and The Yards.
Office of Sustainability | SUST 201 Speaker Series
October 10, 2017
10700 - 104 Avenue
CN Theatre (Room 5-142)
City Centre Campus10700 – 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB