Gearing Up For Another Season


Thirteen people participated in the recent 2nd annual Cumberland Farmers Market Coordinators Gathering held in Amherst. This unique event brings coordinators together to share common concerns, successes and challenges and is beneficial in many ways. Several attendees noted the networking … Continue reading

Local Youth Learn About Seed Saving

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I had the pleasure of attending a youth engagement event in Amherst recently, which was organized by the Community Sector Council of NS ( The CSC partnered with the Heartwood Centre for Community Youth Development ( ) to host this … Continue reading

The Good Food First Program: A Year-end Review


  A call for healthy food in schools Twenty fourteen was an exciting year to engage in conversations around ‘good food’ in schools. At the recent Food Secure Canada (FSC) conference, hosted in Halifax during November, there were multiple sessions … Continue reading

Waves of Change: Notes from Food Secure Canada’s National Assembly

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From November 13-16, over 450 people who care passionately about our food system arrived in Halifax to talk, share and, of course, eat.  The conference was inspiring and informative, and it’s taken me several weeks to process all of the … Continue reading

K is for Kombucha

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I recently attended a ‘Fermentation Basics’ workshop with about 8 others in Amherst and had such a blast, that I am compelled to write about it. The workshop was sponsored by the Ecology Action Centre and the Cumberland Food Action … Continue reading

Building up Skills, at the the Food UP!Skilling Festival


We all know that food is central to our lives, and it just never ceases to amaze me how the intricate details of turning honey into a delicious fermented cocktail, or harvesting weeds from the garden to make medicine, can … Continue reading

It’s all happening in Cumberland!


I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia checking out community gardens and meeting with the passionate folks growing food and supporting gardens. First stop was the Springhill Community Garden. There were so many … Continue reading