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
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
In the fall we gathered food and garden leaders in Chéticamp at L’École NDA to share and record stories and impacts from two of years of partnership with the Our Food Project. Timeline This timeline illustrates the growth in gardeners, … Continue reading
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
For the third year in a row now, the Ecology Action Centre’s Our Food Project has partnered with the Cumberland Food Action Network (CFAN), to produce a handy reference for locating local farmers markets in Cumberland County, NS. The Farmers … Continue reading
I often wonder what people might say if you ask them the question: What’s your vision for food in your community? Does it include things like community gardens and orchards, fresh food markets and healthy corner stores, community kitchens, and … Continue reading
No Spray. Artisan. Free-Run. Heirloom. Have you ever wondered what these food-related terms mean and how they are regulated? Well, we’ve got you covered! Our friends at the Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network (Ontario) have compiled a short guide of food … Continue reading
2016 is the International Year of Pulses. Read on to find out more about pulses, preparation and recipe ideas to embrace these healthy, affordable and sustainable foods. What are pulses? Pulses are seeds that are harvested and dried from the “pea … Continue reading
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.
Ok so it’s summer now, but this post from Farmers’ Markets Cooperative of Nova Scotia was so cool I wanted to share it with you all! And most of the ingredients are still in season 🙂 1. Asparagus and Mushroom … Continue reading