Role of family farms topic of meeting in Charlottetown

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Mark and Sally Bernard of Barnyard Organics

The central role that family farms play in feeding the world will be the subject of a meeting hosted by the P.E.I. Food Security Network on Tuesday, April 15, at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown.

The event will feature a keynote presentation by Island farmer Sally Bernard, a presentation about community gardens and the screening of a short documentary.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has chosen 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. It has been estimated there are 500 million family farms worldwide, and that they produce almost 60 per cent of the world’s food.

Bernard farms with her partner, Mark, in Freetown. Their farm, Barnyard Organics, is a certified organic farm begun in 2003, where a vision for a self-sustaining and environmentally sustainable farm continues to be the goal.

The meeting will also feature a presentation by Adam MacLean, about the Farm Centre's legacy community garden project.

And at the close of the meeting, there will be a screening of Mille Clarkes’ documentary Island Green, a film that explores organic food production and its hope for the future in Prince Edward Island.

Tuesday’s meeting will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Farm Centre, which is located at 420 University Ave.

Organizations: Farm Centre, P.E.I. Food Security Network, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) University Ave

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Freetown, Prince Edward Island

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