This week we had our annual farm tour with our community partners from Bayers Westwood Family Resource Centre and ISANS. Every year we bring together about 50 gardeners from across the city, load them onto a bus, and head off to explore some of the beautiful organic farms we have here in Nova Scotia. Most of our participants on these tours are seniors, many new … Continue reading The 2015 Annual Our Food Project Farm Tour
Even though the wind is blowing, and the snow is swirling madly about the cold winter skies, the Our Food team is busy planning for another exciting growing season ahead. This year we are thrilled to be rolling out an initiative called the Growing Seniors’ Accessibility Project (GSAP). The project will involve a mix of food and garden skills development opportunites, as well as a strong focus on … Continue reading Growing Seniors’ Accessibility
A couple of weeks ago, the Our Food team had the pleasure of running a Farm Tour with two of our partner organizations – gardeners from Immigration Settlement and Integration Services (ISIS) and from the Bayers Westwood Family Resource Centre (BWFRC). The site we chose was Ironwood Farm, a 200 acre organic farm in Summerville, Nova Scotia. At 8:30am I boarded the bus, with our … Continue reading The 2014 Our Food Project Farm Tour!
The 2014 growing season has been a busy time for the HUGS Community Garden. Despite challenging weather and a generous helping of slugs the garden is looking better than ever. In a previous post I talked a little about the HUGS Revitalization Project. In a nutshell, this large garden in the West End of Halifax had fallen into a state of inactivity. In collaboration with … Continue reading Hooray for HUGS: Embracing Community Food Security in Bayers Westwood
With activity around the HUGS garden growing, I wanted to invite some of our most active gardeners to come to the Ecology Action Centre and start some of the seeds that they will later transplant into their garden. Earlier in March I sat down with some gardeners and local residents of the Bayers Westwood community to discuss what they would like to see grown in … Continue reading Seed Starting with Our Friends from HUGS Garden
One of the many gardens that the Our Food Project supports is the Hilda’s Unity Garden Society (HUGS) garden in the Bayers Westwood community. The garden was started 4 years ago by a group of active residents interested in creating a space to grow food and community. The Bayers Westwood community is one of Halifax’s largest public housing units. Most residents live below the average … Continue reading The HUGS Garden Revitalization Project