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

WILD about Foraging for Food

Every summer solstice the Wild Caraway Restaurant hosts a fabulous wild edibles dinner which is so superlatively divine it’d blow your socks off. The 8th Annual Foraging Dinner held this past June 21st was no exception. Owned by the authentic … Continue reading

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

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

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

Growing Farmers Markets in Cumberland County

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

The Mobile Food Market is rolling in to a community near you!

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, organic, free-run… what do they all mean? A Short Guide to Food and Farming Terms

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

Local farm contributes food and fun-filled learning

I recently had the pleasure of leading a food skills workshop with some lovely women at Autumn House in Amherst, NS (http://autumnhouse.ca/). We got together to cook a lunch from scratch and while it may not sound too eventful, it … Continue reading

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

50% Local Food Club Logo

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.