New Farmers of the Maritimes
I was really grateful to be in Penobsquis for this event on Sunday being hosted by the National Farmers Union. There were a variety of speakers sharing tips on alternative financing.
This is focused on for-profit businesses looking to raise money from their local community. It's unique, since it can help a community to shape the type of work done within it. Sackville town council is currently exploring options here, which sounds like a promising initiative.
It was also inspiring to hear Rosemary Murphy from the Townhouse Brewpub and Eatery in Antigonish, detailing how they raised funds to open their doors by selling $1000.00 subscriptions to community members. I definitely felt a tinge of jealousy, since I could imagine nothing better than a whole town committed to standing behind what I'm working on.
Besides catching up with old friends, my favorite part was meeting new farmers, and talking about the challenges they face with their machines, and innovations they hope to make. In the age of a new economy, it's places like this where the seeds get sown for new ways of doing things.
It was a great opportunity to reflect, ask advice, and add some action items to my list. I want to thank everyone who put effort into making this event possible, it's given me a whole new outlook on my week, and on my entire future!