Growing Food Leaders: A look back at the first year of the Community Food Leader Certificate Program

Last month we wrapped up our first Community Food Leader Certificate Program, with thirty participating organizations from across NS in Cape Breton, Cumberland and Halifax! This program is for community-based organizations and businesses who want to start or grow lasting and meaningful food initiatives in their region. Check out our short video to learn more: This year, participating organizations ranged from food banks, family resource … Continue reading Growing Food Leaders: A look back at the first year of the Community Food Leader Certificate Program

Full of Beans and Big Ideas

Well we did it! Our last Community Food Leader training involved receiving 27 types of beans and a certificate for completing this leadership course. We are now armed and ready for action! Throughout Cumberland County, six individuals came together to discuss a very important topic: Food.  With food comes a variety of conversation themes such as, where does your food come from?, How is fresh … Continue reading Full of Beans and Big Ideas

Down North! – Cape Breton Community Food North of Smokey

If you call it “Up North” the locals know you’re not from here. “Up North is Nunavut!” laughs Yvette Rogers. “You know why they call it Down North? Because that’s the way the water flows. So when you head north, the water takes you down”. In a place where a bulk of the food has come from the sea, it seems to make perfect sense. … Continue reading Down North! – Cape Breton Community Food North of Smokey

Eating Local Produce in February

It’s February and I’m thinking about that question for food-lovers in northern climes: how do we continue to eat healthy, local food through the winter months?

I thought I’d take this opportunity to chime in and share some perspectives (and lessons learned) on the topic of root cellaring from our windswept hilltop in Pipers Glen, Cape Breton. Here, we operate a small market garden and strive to have year-round access to as great a diversity of vegetables possible. Continue reading “Eating Local Produce in February”

When Healthy Eating is Undermined by Poor Health

I lived in London, England for a year in my early twenties, travelling through London Bridge train station on my way to work.  I would often pass by a young man sleeping rough and asking for change. I had very little spare money myself at that time, but I wanted to help. I offered him an apple from my packed lunch. He showed me his … Continue reading When Healthy Eating is Undermined by Poor Health

Holiday Traditions from our Farm

Written by guest blogger, Kim Tilsley from GlenRyan Farms in Margaree Harbour, Cape Breton. This time of year is all about traditions; rituals and customs that bring meaning and comfort to the season. Not surprisingly many of these involve food in one way or another. I’d like to share a couple from my family. Foodie Tree Ornament: Many families have cherished decorations for the Christmas … Continue reading Holiday Traditions from our Farm

The BEEA Honey with Heart Project

We invited Simone Spears, Halifax Community Food Leader Participant, to share with us a bit about the BEEA Honey with Heart project.  Simone supports this project through her work at Family SOS in Halifax. —– Imagine growing up in a place that is affected by a high unemployment rate, single parent-led families, low education attainment, and residents who live below the poverty line and is also … Continue reading The BEEA Honey with Heart Project

Climate Change Resilience on Maritime Farms

There’s this familiar story that climate change is mostly going to mean good news for our food system. If the days are getting warmer, the story goes, farmers in the Maritimes will have more days to grow food, and the chance to grow different crops. Isn’t it a win-win? Two summers ago, I borrowed a pickup truck, threw my tent in the back, grabbed a … Continue reading Climate Change Resilience on Maritime Farms

Warehouse Market in Halifax North End

As I walk down Isleville street, through Halifax’s North End, it’s quiet and familiar, however I come across a warehouse with the doors wide open. I peer inside… wait a second… there’s quite the buzz in there! People are coming and going, chit chatting, and buying fresh and local veggies, seafood, eggs, meat, and even kombucha! It’s the Isleville Warehouse Market, a recent addition to … Continue reading Warehouse Market in Halifax North End

Starting an Off-Grid Herb Farm – By Guest Blogger Estelle Drisdelle

As I considered becoming a new farmer last winter, I saw the many challenges that I could face taking on this new career. Long days, physically demanding labor, dealing with pests, broken machinery, and a difficult market. However, like many of my farmer colleagues, I want to provide healthy food and medicine, support my community, and work on the land. Regenerative practices on small-scale organic … Continue reading Starting an Off-Grid Herb Farm – By Guest Blogger Estelle Drisdelle