Summer in Cumberland County: All the gossip


Despite having a challenging growing season this year here in Cumberland County, our local farms and community gardens are doing really well. With above normal temperatures and a drought to boot, some farmers were very worried about their wells running … Continue reading

Three Ways to Can Tomatoes // Salsa, Spaghetti Sauce, and Quartered Tomatoes

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Canning season is in full bloom. It’s right about now when I place bulk tomato orders with farms for canned soups, sauces, and salsa for the year. Tomatoes are my favourite thing to preserve. Canning your own is often more affordable than purchasing tomato-based products, and … Continue reading

Kimmy’s Garden – A Fresh Take on Charitable Food

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Kimberley McPherson exemplifies the “food champion” every community needs in order to drive the good food movement. Kimmy started out as a volunteer at the Glace Bay Food Bank. A lifelong gardener, it didn’t take her long to get the … Continue reading

Can food really be our medicine?

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Imagine the scenario: You’re in your doctor’s office facing health issues that include anything from extra weight, to high blood pressure, diabetes, or even arthritis. Instead of issuing you a prescription for medicine, or simply telling you eat better, the … Continue reading

Food Mentoring at the Amherst Food Bank

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I recently had the pleasure of joining one of our partner organizations with some food programming at the Amherst Food Bank. Once a month or so, staff from Maggie’s Place Family Resource Centre (, show up at the food bank … Continue reading

Backyard Shiitake Mushroom Farming


Mushrooms! They are such fantastical life forms, evoking thoughts of fairies and fairy rings with deeply entrenched folklore. Or smurfs. I will do you all a favour and avoid punny reference to “fun guys” but once you try your hand … Continue reading