Know your farmer, know your food.

When people think about where their food comes from, they often think about how it was grown. Did the farmers use pesticides? Was it grown organically? Was it grown from genetically modified (GM) seeds? But, there is more to the story than just how your food was grown. The consumer should be thinking about who was growing it and how they were treated. Many large … Continue reading Know your farmer, know your food.

Food Connections in a New Place

Food connects to us to different cultural traditions and to the people, lands and waters in different parts of the world. The reverse is also true; travelling can make us miss all the foods of home. But, neither of these are permanent. Travel trips are typically short, and it can be exciting to try a new food or cuisine for one meal. The reality for … Continue reading Food Connections in a New Place

Speaking Up for School Food

Imagine… A young child travelling on the school bus for 45 minutes to get to school. Despite having breakfast, the child’s stomach is growling by the time class starts. A junior high school student with early morning soccer practice. It’s a mad rush to get to the field and then class, with no chance to start the day with a healthy breakfast. A child from … Continue reading Speaking Up for School Food

Giving Food as Food Futures: a new way to think about food security in Nova Scotia

Do you have someone on your gift list that is hard to buy for? Someone socially and environmentally conscious? Someone who wants to support the Nova Scotian economy? Someone in tune with the food insecurity situation in Nova Scotia? How about donating $20 to the Barefoot Farmers Association on their behalf? A gift with real impact that creates an investment in our food security. When … Continue reading Giving Food as Food Futures: a new way to think about food security in Nova Scotia

The Food Trade Game: the nitty gritty of Fair Trade coffee

I had the pleasure of playing The Food Trade Game recently. In a very short time I gained a great understanding of the complex world of Fair Trade coffee and the global coffee trade.   What is the game? The game is an experiential learning opportunity where each person embodies a different player in the coffee economy including both the conventional and fair trade systems … Continue reading The Food Trade Game: the nitty gritty of Fair Trade coffee

Beefy Recipes for Pot Roast, Soup and Lasagna

Winter’s so close, and with the arrival of the chilly weather comes a desire for comfort food. If you’ve signed up for a Beef CSA with one of our local farmers, put that certified organic, ethically raised beef to good use with one of these classic, soul-satisfying recipes. BEEF POT ROAST Add some oil to a hot pan, and brown the roast on all sides. … Continue reading Beefy Recipes for Pot Roast, Soup and Lasagna

Bittersweet (Sounds like two parts of a perfect bite)

I’m usually a happy person. Overtly happy some may say.  Perhaps even happily excitable and loud to the point of annoyance, so I’ve been told…   However, my usual happy demeanor has been blemished by a bittersweet moment. Tarnished by the realization of something I cannot control. While life is full those times, I’m decidedly not a fan of said moments.   As I was … Continue reading Bittersweet (Sounds like two parts of a perfect bite)

Resetting the Table: Notes from Food Secure Canada’s 10th Assembly

There is much work to be done to address food insecurity within Canada (and globally). We must dismantle racism, heal the wounds of the colonial food system, and reconnect our food and our health. Food as a human right was first recognized in law in 1948 in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and again in 1967 in the International Covenant on Economic, Social, … Continue reading Resetting the Table: Notes from Food Secure Canada’s 10th Assembly

Photo of people in front of Wolfville Farmers' Market

The Next Wave in Local Food

Farmers’ markets are in abundance in Nova Scotia; they play an important role in our local food economy and in our communities. Uniquely, farmers’ markets gain both their stability and opportunity for growth through the relationships that they foster. The Wolfville Farmers’ Market (WFM) began in 1992 with three vendors in a parking lot in the middle of town. It has now grown into a … Continue reading The Next Wave in Local Food