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

Soup Season: Recipes to Warm You From the Inside Out

There’s nothing that makes the transition from fall to winter easier than the smell of soup simmering on the stove (and warming our bellies). Soup is warming, healthy, nourishing and affordable. It’s a versatile meal for all seasons — from light bisques to brothy bowls to hearty meals. It can be an appetizer or the main, and is adaptable to all sorts of dietary interests, … Continue reading Soup Season: Recipes to Warm You From the Inside Out

Sticking Your Fork to Climate Change!

We’ve all heard about climate change, right? We may not always be able to discern the changes we’re experiencing because of it, but our planet needs help. Last week, the UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change released a report detailing an urgent need for change – globally. One of its key messages is that we’re already seeing the consequences of 1C global warming with more … Continue reading Sticking Your Fork to Climate Change!

Pining for Parsnips

The parsnip is a root vegetable that looks like a pale carrot. Much like carrots, you can store parsnips with the leafy tops removed in a breathable plastic bag in your refrigerator for up to 3 or 4 weeks. Remember that when you get vegetables directly from a farmer, they will not have added chemicals or preservatives applied so they may last longer than those … Continue reading Pining for Parsnips

Community Food Leaders: Kitchen Conversations…

Hello there, I’m Mandy and I’m going to chat about the CFL again. Let me be the first to clarify, the CFL I’m referring to is not the football league here in Canada, but a much more important group. I’m writing about the Community Food Leader Program, in which I was once a participant, and now I find myself the facilitator of said program for Cumberland County, Nova … Continue reading Community Food Leaders: Kitchen Conversations…