Last week, Garity (Urban Garden Project Coordinator) and I headed up to Cape Breton for four days of meetings with people involved in the local food movement in Cape Breton. We met in kitchens, a cheese house, and even a mall! We drank a lot of tea and we left very thankful for all the folks who took the time to tell us about what was going on local food-wise in Cape Breton.
We heard a number of recurring themes throughout the conversations:
- the growing interest in farmers markets;
- the need to create vibrant local communities;
- the need for small scale solutions (micro-credit, appropriately sized farm equipment, mobile abattoirs); and
- the need for local jobs for local people.
Here are some of the initiatives were heard about while in Cape Breton:
The newly formed TABLES (Take Action. Buy Local. Eat Seasonally) – based in Southwestern Cape Breton
Cape Breton Local Food Map – for finding farmers in Cape Breton
And check out this great blog, Cape Breton Food Adventure, about eating local in Cape Breton.
Many thanks to everyone who took the time to talk with us. If I’m forgetting any Cape Breton organizations, send them my way and I’ll add them to the list. (There are also a number of great initiatives – community gardens, newly forming networks – that aren’t yet online.)
Yours in food,