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

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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.

Berries Everywhere!

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Fiddlehead Fever

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Another Year, Another Garden, Another Chance at Education

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Photovoice in the Garden – Video!

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UpSkilling Food Festival In Sydney!

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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