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
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
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
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
Collaborating on Students Projects At the Our Food Project we are often approached by students and teachers to take on interns. This can be both a huge opportunity–working with energized and talented individuals and groups, hungry for real world application … 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.
Give someone a fish and you feed them for a day; teach them to fish and you feed them for a lifetime Teaching skills, building confidence, and helping to grow a more sustainable food system. These were some hopes we had for Sydney’s … Continue reading
We are having an unusually good growing season here in Cumberland County. With above normal high temperatures and well-timed rains, my garden is doing the best I’ve ever seen it. Adding in a rich compost along with crab meal in … Continue reading