Growing Strong: Support for New Farmers Cultivating Provincial Agriculture Sector – News Releases – Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

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The Honourable Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Honourable Derrick Bragg, Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture, have been in Reidville right now, to Discover out how new farmers Robbie and Chantille Coles are effectively rising their farm, and to announce a pilot enterprise with School of the North Atlantic (CNA) Which will proceed assisting future generations Of latest farmers.

The Provincial Authorities is working with CNA to award a 5-yr lease for 40 acres of agricultural land in Reidville Which will assist The school’s Agriculture Technician (Co-op) program. As a Outcome of of this initiative, college students Inside The approaching yrs Might have The prospect to develop and farm the land, and to market their crops To understand palms-on expertise Inside the technical and enterprise elements of constructing an agriculture enterprise. Forest Assets Technician college students Can additionally revenue from this companionship with potential alternatives to plan, harvest and handle timber eliminated By way of the land-clearing course of.

The farm property is located shut to Rocky River Farms, The state of affairs of the province’s first huge-scale agricultural land enhancement pilot. The Coles household started the farm from scratch as new entrepreneurs in 2018. With assist from federal and provincial funding alternatives, They’ve steadily increaseed their enterprise to a full-time enterprise, clearing land for fruit and vegetable manufacturing, and developing a greenhouse and chilly storage facility. These investments guarantee greens are saved safely, with a extra fixed current of crops out tright here to promote Inside the Coles’ on-farm market and in completely different native markets.

Since 2017-18, 89 new farming entrants in Newfoundland and Labrador have acquired funding for agriculture tasks. Land enhancement initiatives, CNA’s Agriculture Technician (Co-op) program, and funding alternatives For mannequin spanking new and current farmers assist the Provincial Authorities’s dedication to strengthen Newfoundland and Labrador’s agriculture sector and double meals-self-sufficiency in fruit and vegetable manufacturing To twenty per cent by 2022.

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“A strong agriculture sector Is essential to the well being and safety of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. That is how our enterprise develops – by offering alternatives For mannequin spanking new farmers Simply like the Coles to safe assist For mannequin spanking new enterprises, and enabling seasoned farmers to discover revolutionary strategies to increase their operations. People like Robbie and Chantille Coles are proof that this sector is in succesful palms. I Look forward to seeing extra new farmers from CNA’s Agriculture Technician (Co-op) program following their lead and embarking on careers in our agriculture sector.”
Honourable Andrew Furey
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“As a Outcome of of the dedication of exhausting-working farmers Simply like the Coles, We’re properly on our Method to meeting our dedication To enhance Newfoundland and Labrador’s meals self-sufficiency in fruit and greens from 10 per cent To twenty per cent by 2022. These farmers have come a Good distance in A very brief time, They typically’re constructing A strong enterprise, actually from The underside up. Robbie and Chantille are great position fashions for The mannequin new crop of farmers getting ready To hitch our province’s agriculture sector as An factor of CNA’s Agriculture Technician (Co-op) program.”
Honourable Derrick Bragg
Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture

“School of the North Atlantic has been terribly assistive of the pure resources in our province, Similar to agriculture and forestry. We now have labored shutly with government and numerous sector companions to decide and fill labour gaps, develop enterprise-responsive curriculum, As properly as to diversify and increase expertise and employment alternatives. Since launching our Agricultural Technician (Co-op) program in 2019, it has been met with super success. Our enrolment has been strong from The start and We do not anticipate that to waver any time quickly. We are producing extreme quality graduates That are in demand, right here at house and overseas. This lease announcement Is usually A critical increase for our college students To understand A lot extra palms-on, sensible expertise Which will carry over properly into The biggest method forward for this province’s sustainable enterprise.”
Elizabeth (Liz) Kidd
CNA President & CEO

“When our household took on this enterprise in 2018, we knew it had great potential. Over the previous three yrs, we have seen that potential develop from hazard to actuality. We now have constructed Greater than Solely a farm right here – we have created companionships with completely different farmers and producers, established a group community That currents current, native merchandise, and safed a livelihood for our household that enabled me to Decide to agriculture full time. We now have labored exhausting to get right here, and We’re thrilled to contribute to self-sufficiency right here at house.”
Robbie Coles
Rocky River Farms

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Study extra

Agriculture Packages and Funding

Canadian Agricultural Partnership – Provincial program

School of the North Atlantic Agriculture Technician (Co-op) program

Land for Agriculture

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Media contacts
Meghan McCabe
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
[email protected]

Linda Skinner
Fisheries, Forestry and Agriculture
709-637-2284. 632-8167
[email protected]

Michelle Barry
Communications Supervisor
School of the North Atlantic
709-643-7721
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Robbie Coles
Rocky River Farms
709-635-3514
[email protected]

2021 09 10
11:00 am

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