Gillian Flies at The New Farm, Creemore ON Photo Credit Jason Van Bruggan
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Today we celebrate Earth Day, but for Gillian Flies, Earth Day is every day. Gillian owns and operates The New Farm with her husband, Brent Preston. The couple has built The New Farm into a thriving business and a leading light in the good food movement, providing vegetables to some of the best restaurants in Canada. But Gillian's achievements in raising awareness about how we can all be part of the climate solution extend well beyond the green pastures of the farm. Gillian's many accomplishments are worth celebrating today.
Gillian is an activist. She is currently the President of the Canadian Organic Growers. This platform serves to educate farmers and consumers and advocate at all levels of government on matters relating to farming and food. In this role, Gillian helped to found Farmers for Climate Solutions, a coalition of 24 progressive farming organizations representing over 20,000 farmers who are advocating for climate-friendly agricultural policy in Canada.
Gillian builds communities. The New Farm has created an innovative partnership with Community Food Centres Canada called Farms for Change. Farms for Change is building a healthy, sustainable food system by promoting regenerative agriculture and providing fresh, premium-quality produce to low-income communities while addressing the related problems of environmental degradation, inequality and poor human health. To date, Gillian has raised close to two million dollars to make local, organic food accessible in low-income communities.
Gillian is an educator. After watching her TED talk, one can only feel gratitude that there are leaders like her working to implement and share solutions to the climate crisis.
Q&Q with Gillian
VOOMcart is happy to have participated in and sponsored the planting of several hundred trees at The New Farm. We do this so that each VOOMcart journey begins at net-zero emissions.
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