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Colleen Ross

Farmer and Vice President

National Farmers Union of Canada (Canada)


Colleen Ross is a farmer and a farm leader in Canada and beyond. Colleen has been successfully farming for over 30 years, both in Australia and Canada.  Her farm is a 200 acre, intensive, bio-diverse model for nutrient dense, sustainable food production. Colleen grows grains, soybeans, pasture, beef cattle, sheep, chickens and approximately 12 acres of vegetables.   She focuses on supplying local markets.

Colleen is the Vice President of the National Farmers Union of Canada  (NFU).  She is an  active representative for La Via Campesina  (LVC), and is on the LVC Biodiversity Commission. Colleen has been instrumental in the struggle to bring international attention to the privatization of seeds, the exploitation of farmers through patents and seed contracts, trade agreements, and neo-conservative agendas.  

Colleen studied agriculture at the University of Guelph.  She studied biosciences as it relates to the of Biodiversity at the University of Tromso, Norway. Her two daughters are now farming.  


Ms. Ross on the power of women:

“Women farmers are reclaiming our seeds, our land, our food.  We are empowering one another to resist and reject the industrial model of agriculture that has created poverty, hunger depleted our soil, stolen our seeds, destroyed our family farms.”