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 long generation of famers, it has been an incredible experience to witness directly how subsidized CSA programs impact rural communities and families. Both Cumberland County … Continue reading Evaluating the Impact of Subsidized Local Food Boxes in NS

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

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: Cost-Share CSA programs: Policy: Blog Written By: Miranda Cobb, Ecology Action Centre, Research and Evaluation Coordinator Adventures in Local Food is your source for food … Continue reading Stories from 4 Years of Food Systems Work

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!

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

To CSA or Not to CSA – that is no longer my question

To many this might be common knowledge but to me it was a bit of an Aha! moment; I always thought that Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) was outside the reach of the average budget.  Local organic produce can be cheaper or at worst match the price of the well-traveled fruit and veggies sold by the grocery store chains that run our food system. I came … Continue reading To CSA or Not to CSA – that is no longer my question

Local Farm Contributes Food and Fun-Filled Learning

I recently had the pleasure of leading a food skills workshop with some lovely women at Autumn House in Amherst, NS (http://autumnhouse.ca/). We got together to cook a lunch from scratch and while it may not sound too eventful, it was more than just spending a couple of hours together in the kitchen. It was a relaxing and intimate opportunity to make new connections and … Continue reading Local Farm Contributes Food and Fun-Filled Learning

Summer in Cumberland County, All the Gossip

We are having an unusually good growing season here in Cumberland County.  With above normal high temperatures and well-timed rains, my garden is doing the best I’ve ever seen it. Adding in a rich compost along with crab meal in the Spring didn’t hurt either. Things are growing quickly enough to outgrow any insect damage, but if you still have some pests lingering in your … Continue reading Summer in Cumberland County, All the Gossip