We have invited guest blogger, Niki Black, to share some of the pressing food issues highlighted in the Eat Think Vote campaign, led by Food Secure Canada and others across Canada, in advance of the federal election on October 19, … Continue reading →
Raise your hand if you ever forget about those veggies in your fridge and before you know it things are a little too wilted, or worse – no longer good to eat (mine’s up). Usually around this time of year … Continue reading →
This year marks the 6th anniversary of Canada’s national Organic Week. From September 19-27, schools, community groups, growers and gardeners, retailers, restaurants and many more will celebrate Organic Week with learning events and festive activities. Did you know that the total value of … Continue reading →
Last September, eaters of all ages stepped up to the plate in support of local agriculture – more than 3,000 Nova Scotians committed to sourcing 50% of their diet from local producers. The 50% Local Food Club is back and you … Continue reading →
It’s canning season again, folks, and this year it comes even earlier than usual. Now that summer’s heat has arrived, the farmers markets are starting to get full of delicious produce, and we here in the office have been pouring … Continue reading →
Food Secure Canada and its partners across the country are engaging Canadians about food during this federal election. Canada requires a food policy cutting across health, environment, education and the economy to address the interrelated issues of hunger, unsustainable food production, climate change, and unhealthy diets.
Ensuring adequate income supports, so no one goes hungry.
Solutions to the food crisis in the North and fostering food sovereignty for Indigenous communities experiencing this unprecedented situation.
Incentives and better supports for new farmers to ensure the future of sustainable food in Canada, addressing issues such as an aging farming population, increasing farm debts, and financial barriers faced by new farmers.
A national universal healthy school food program as a foundation for health, wellness and learning.
Every level of government, along with First Nations, community groups, food producers, businesses, and citizens play an important role in designing and implementing food security policies for a sustainable future.
Farmers’ Markets Nova Scotia has launched the second 50% Local Food Club! A province-wide, month-long initiative designed to increase purchasing and consumption of local food, the 50% Local Food Club aims to support and celebrate food producers and farmers in our province. Last September, eaters of all ages stepped up to the plate in support of local agriculture – more than 3,000 Nova Scotians committed to sourcing 50% of their diet from local producers!
Here are a few words from 2014 participants:
“I want my son to know that food comes from people with families who live near us”
“It was a good way to challenge our family to think about where our food comes from” “Hopefully I will be buying more than 50% of my groceries locally by next year. Great initiative!”
Whether you’re already passionate about eating locally or new to the idea, be a part of this awesome initiative. How? Great question! The first step is to register, making the commitment to source 50% of your diet from local producers for the month of September. From there, browse the website for recipes, places to eat and buy local, and find events in your region – you will find plenty of resources to keep you engaged with local food all month long! Register to participate!
Follow the campaign online on Twitter & Instagram using #LocalFoodClub and Facebook.
With the help Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) summer students Morgan Vance and Thomas Brine, berry patches were installed at four community gardens in Cumberland County over the summer. Berry patches, ranging in size from 8 to 24 bushes, were planted at … Continue reading →
This week we had our annual farm tour with our community partners from Bayers Westwood Family Resource Centre and ISANS. Every year we bring together about 50 gardeners from across the city, load them onto a bus, and head off … Continue reading →
This past week the Ecology Action Centre – Cheticamp Branch hosted a gardening and cooking camp for kids age 7 – 11. This was the first time for the camp and it was a huge success. The camp included activities … Continue reading →
We’ve been working in vibrant communities to grow Positive Food Environments: the physical and social spaces that help to normalize healthy eating by making it easier to grow, sell, and eat good food. We’ve created a series of ‘Food Snapshots’ to … Continue reading →
Want to garden but don’t have a space? Tools? Permanent location… I have gained some container gardening knowledge by being a bit of a nomad, bringing my potted herbs, strawberries, rhubarb and other perennials with me as I moved around. … Continue reading →
On June 12th 800 volunteers from businesses in Southeast New Brunswick gathered up for the Greater Moncton and Southeast NB United Way Day of Caring. Community gardens, schools and other community initiatives get a huge leg up from teams of … Continue reading →
Ok so it’s summer now, but this post from Farmers’ Markets Cooperative of Nova Scotia was so cool I wanted to share it with you all! And most of the ingredients are still in season :) 1. Asparagus and Mushroom … Continue reading →
For the second year in a row the Ecology Action Centre (EAC), has partnered with the Cumberland Food Action Network to produce a handy reference for locating local farmers markets in Cumberland County, NS. The Farmers Markets of Cumberland County … Continue reading →