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

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

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 Kids are Alright! Youth Engagement in Cumberland County

The EAC Our Food Project – Cumberland, has been working with local youth over the past two years on a variety of gardening and food skills training projects. In partnership with Schools Plus NS (https://schoolsplus.ednet.ns.ca/), students from the Amherst Regional … 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

Super School

With the rise of electronics, children spend less time in the great outdoors. Not only does that mean that kids are more unfamiliar with their natural surroundings – as Jamie Oliver infamously discovered in the US on his television show, … Continue reading

Organic Week is Almost Here: September 19-27, 2015

This year marks the 6th anniversary of Canada’s national Organic Week. From September 19-27, schools, community groups, growers and gardeners, retailers, restaurants and many more will celebrate Organic Week with learning events and festive activities.

Did you know that the total value of the organic market has tripled since 2006? Nearly 60% of Canadians buy organic products every week and 98% said that they planned to increase or maintain their current purchases of organic food in the year to come. In Atlantic Canada, organics are growing, with almost 200 certified producers and processors, and opportunities for many more new and aspiring organic farmers and food providers to contribute to this thriving sector.  Of course, organic practices are also at the heart of many backyard and community gardeners in growing their own food.

Want a refresher on what “organic” is all about?  The Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network (ACORN) is the local partner for Organic Week activities in Atlantic Canada and is hosting three community info sessions and dialogues in Grand Pre, Truro and Halifax on “What’s organic about organic?” The sessions will explore:

  • What does organic really mean?
  • How to know if it’s organic?
  • Who grows organic food in Nova Scotia?
  • Where to find organic foods?
  • Why organic matters?

Additional Local Links and Resources to stay informed and get involved!