YOU ARE INVITED to join a collaborative discussion on sustainable agriculture in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Agriculture (NLFA) is working with partners to develop a Living Lab for our province. The Living Lab model puts farmers and farm-groups at the center of decision-making. The model allows for the development of innovative, on-farm research that is tailored to producer needs. The research program has two key priority areas: carbon sequestration and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. We will work with you to ensure that the research developed will support productivity, profitability, and socio-economic resilience for producers and local communities.
Your input will be essential to help us develop a Living Lab that directly answers to the needs of producers and keeps producers at the forefront of the decision-making process. We will work with you to ensure that your concerns and aspirations are directly reflected in the alternatives developed. The communication with producers will be ongoing throughout the entirety of this project, so your feedback will be critical in creating our final workplan.
We will be hosting a series of eight engagement sessions in the coming weeks. Producers, researchers, and other organizations connected to the food and agriculture industry across NL are welcome to attend. We will look to you for advice and innovation in formulating solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.
Thank you to everyone who has engaged with us to date - we look forward to continuing the discussion.
Session 1 (VIRTUAL) - Introduction
Come share your current on-farm practices and experiences, as well as discuss new practices that may be of interest to you, especially related to carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emission mitigation.
Labrador: September 23, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm
Eastern: September 27, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm
Central: September 29, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm
Western: October 4, 2021, 7:00-8:30 pm
Session 2 (IN PERSON) - Co-Development of Research
Collaborate with producers, researchers, and other industry stakeholders to co-develop long-term on-farm research projects. Develop of projects to test beneficial management practices that will sequester carbon, mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, improve productivity, and support socio-economic resilience.
Labrador: October 12, 11:30 am-4:30 pm
Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Western: October 13, 11:30 am-4:30 pm
Eastern: October 19, 9:00 am-2:00 pm
Central: October 20, 9:00 am-2:00 pm