Does food matter to you? Join the Eat Think Vote Movement


Let’s make food an election issue!

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.

Collectively, we are calling for the creation of a national food policy where no one goes hungry and all Canadians have access to healthy, just, and sustainable food. Priority action areas include:

  • 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.

You can:

Step Up To The Plate! Join the 50% Local Food Club this September

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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.

Berries Everywhere!


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

Food Snapshots: We’re Growing Positive Food Environments!


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

Back by popular demand: The Cumberland County Farmers Markets Postcard Project


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