Local Food Rocks!

Eight local musicians contributed their time and creative energy to the local food cause on May 6 in Amherst, at the 3rd annual Musicians for Local Food fundraiser. From folk to country, to classical accordion and good old rock ‘n … Continue reading

How does my smoothie grow? 4th Generation Hawaiian Fruit Farm

On my recent (and wonderful!) trip to Hawaii I did a lovely farm tour on a 4th generation fruit farm and learned that there are a lot of similarities in the food security challenges faced in Nova Scotia as Hawaii. … Continue reading

Do Regulations Make Food Safe?

Generally, farmers are not big fans of increased regulations and are always pushing for a streamlining and reduction of regulations. Some farmers and operators in Canada have more influence over this effort than others. And that really shows up in … Continue reading

Seaweed Supplements: The Solution to Livestock Methane Emissions

Livestock produce 14.5% of human caused greenhouse gas emissions in the form of methane gas (Rupp, 2016). Methane is a by-product of digestion in cattle that packs a powerful punch. When compared to its carbon dioxide counterpart methane emissions are … Continue reading

Growing Farming in Cumberland

You don’t have to drive very far in any direction in Cumberland County to see farms in varying states of abandonment.  In my community of River Hebert, there used to be a vibrant farm community of over 100 farms, whereas … Continue reading

The Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-Op

Cape Breton Island is separated from mainland Nova Scotia by an easily passable causeway. Although this provides ease of access and geographical unity, the island remains unique in cultural identity, and perhaps separate in the challenges islanders face. One such … Continue reading

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

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