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, … Continue reading

From the Crawl Space: Eating Local Produce in February

Written by Kailea Pedley, Off-Grid Farmer at Patchwood Farm, Piper’s Glen, Cape Breton 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’ve … Continue reading

Evaluating the Impact of Subsidized Local Food Boxes in NS

For the past several months, I have been evaluating the Cost-share Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Local Food Box programs in Cumberland County and Cape Breton for the Our Food Project.  As a community gardener and someone who comes from a … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

From Farm to Food Bank

This growing season I had the pleasure to take part in the CFAN (Cumberland Food Action Network) Farm to Food Bank Project. A total of 8 free sessions were planned, partly designed by the availability of seasonal local produce, affordability, … Continue reading

Words from a Cumberland Community Food Leader

Today was the first day of CFL training. No, I’m not preparing to play professional football… I assume football and me would end with my person being injured, concussed, or possibly hung up in traction. The CFL I’m referring to … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Stories from 4 years of food systems work

We recently released this report profiling stories from the Our Food Project 2013-2017. Here are some highlights! Timeline of garden and program growth from the HUGS garden at Bayers Westwood Family Resource Centre: Mobile Food Market in Halifax survey results: … Continue reading

How does my smoothie grow? 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. … Continue reading