I just came back from a great Lunch and Learn session at the Seaport Farmers Market that was co-ordinated by the Women’s Community Space at the YWCA. The meeting was designed as a community-based brainstorm session to discuss access to nutritious food in NS. It was a great opportunity to share experiences and ideas on how to strengthen food security in Nova Scotia from diverse groups all over the province.
Lil from The Wooden Monkey started us off with a rousing talk about the importance of food sovereignty in Nova Scotia and spoke passionately about the importance of eating REAL food that is grown in Nova Scotia in a sustainable way.
We eventually broke off into small groups to discuss the issues around food security that sometimes get neglected in larger discussions. Increasing confidence in our community’s food skills, and looking for ways to increase accessibility were common threads in most of the group discussions. It was really inspiring to talk to people across different communities to realize that we all want to work toward the same goals. I came away from the meeting with a lot of enthusiasm about planning our own canning and preserving workshops with the EAC this summer.
What does food security mean to YOU? What kind of food skills do you want to gain in order to strengthen your own food security in your community?