Elections and You

There’s a federal election! The person elected to represent you and your riding will have opportunities to shape public policy and legislation at the federal level over the next four years.   We often think of food as a local issue, but food-related policies and programs are an important part of federal action.   While some responsibilities are shared across different levels of government, the federal government … Continue reading Elections and You

Transforming communities through Food: the Mobile Food Market

When the Halifax Mobile Food Market launched in 2015, the goal was simple but powerful: to bring fresh, affordable foods to communities in Halifax with limited access to healthy food. But more than a place to buy fresh food, the markets evolved into vibrant community gathering spaces where neighbours connect, customers learn new food skills, children play while parents shop, and community residents come to … Continue reading Transforming communities through Food: the Mobile Food Market

Indigenous Food: Reclaiming Traditions, Rights, and Future

This was written in Unama’ki, also known as Cape Breton, the unceded and traditional lands of the Mik’maq People. We are grateful to the Mi’kmaq for their stewardship of this territory, so that we may all continue to be nourished by the generosity of the plants and animals therein. My Food Sovereignty I am Cree-Métis, raised by my mother and my grandmother on a homestead … Continue reading Indigenous Food: Reclaiming Traditions, Rights, and Future

Food Connections in a New Place

Food connects to us to different cultural traditions and to the people, lands and waters in different parts of the world. The reverse is also true; travelling can make us miss all the foods of home. But, neither of these are permanent. Travel trips are typically short, and it can be exciting to try a new food or cuisine for one meal. The reality for … Continue reading Food Connections in a New Place

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

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