Kids and Cameras: a Photovoice project

This summer, I handed out digital cameras to bunch of 11 year olds (and some younger ones) and asked them to take pictures of what they’ve learned about food.  As they scattered with excitement before I could even begin with the instructions, I realized this Photovoice project would have to be done a bit differently…  Continue reading Kids and Cameras: a Photovoice project

Something to Chew On: food expressions in our everyday conversations

Have you ever noticed how often we use food-related expressions? I hadn’t until I started working with the Ecology Action Centre’s Food Team. Now that I’m looking at things through a food lens, I am astonished by how frequently food, eating and growing appear in our conversations. I thought it might be fun to give you a taste… So, let’s spice things up a bit. … Continue reading Something to Chew On: food expressions in our everyday conversations

Summer in Cumberland County: All the Gossip

Thanks to Our Food Project support, the Amherst Community Garden is really prospering this growing season. We were able to help with the hiring of a part-time Garden Coordinator, who has been able to bring some great food growing and management skills to the garden. The Coordinator,  aspiring farmer Matthew Cole, has also had an important presence at the garden. As a result, the garden … Continue reading Summer in Cumberland County: All the Gossip

Abundant August – by guest blogger Sarah Smith

Oh August… you are so intense!  Just like last year … you are a month packed full of change, surges of activity, excess and heat!  Oh, the heat, the growth spurts in the garden, the abundance of giant harvests of wild berries, multiple preserving projects and the energy of the long days filled with sun and work! Harvest is just beginning with many things that … Continue reading Abundant August – by guest blogger Sarah Smith

How does my smoothie grow? A 4th Generation Hawaiian Fruit Farm

On my recent (and wonderful!) trip to Hawaii I did a lovely farm tour on a 4th generation fruit farm and learned that there are a lot of similarities in the food security challenges faced in Nova Scotia as Hawaii. With all our differences (climate, landscape, history) who would guess there would be such parallels? Smoothie Tour! The visit started with a ‘smoothie tour’, which … Continue reading How does my smoothie grow? A 4th Generation Hawaiian Fruit Farm

WILD about Foraging for Food

Every summer solstice the Wild Caraway Restaurant hosts a fabulous wild edibles dinner which is so superlatively divine it’d blow your socks off. The 8th Annual Foraging Dinner held this past June 21st was no exception. Owned by the authentic and energetic duo of Andrew Aitken and Sarah Greibel, the Wild Caraway (WC) is located in Advocate Harbour, a remote village in Cumberland County. The … Continue reading WILD about Foraging for Food

Local Food Rocks!

Eight local musicians contributed their time and creative energy to the local food cause on May 6 in Amherst, at the 3rd annual Musicians for Local Food fundraiser. From folk to country, to classical accordion and good old rock ‘n roll, our local music is much like our local food movement – diverse and something to celebrate. Another thing that farmers and musicians have in … Continue reading Local Food Rocks!

Codiac Organics: year-round farming within city limits

Alyson Chisolm of Windy Hill Organic Farm in McKees Mills, NB, has offered an annual organic gardening course since 2012. Every Saturday in March, she covers a lot of ground (pun intended) with her class of about 30 gardening pupils. Two of her former students, Fran and Mark Day, founded an urban organic farmstead within Moncton City limits in 2015, and this year’s course ended … Continue reading Codiac Organics: year-round farming within city limits

The Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-Op

Cape Breton Island is separated from mainland Nova Scotia by an easily passable causeway. Although this provides ease of access and geographical unity, the island remains unique in cultural identity, and perhaps separate in the challenges islanders face. One such problem lies in our spread out and highly rural population. Cape Breton has around 130,ooo inhabitants and 75% of them live in the urban centre … Continue reading The Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-Op

Summer in Cumberland County: All the Gossip

Despite having a challenging growing season this year here in Cumberland County, our local farms and community gardens are doing really well. With above normal temperatures and a drought to boot, some farmers were very worried about their wells running dry, but I have not heard of that actually happening thankfully. While farmers and gardeners had their hands full with irrigating, on the plus side, … Continue reading Summer in Cumberland County: All the Gossip