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)

Community Food Leaders: Kitchen Conversations…

Hello there, I’m Mandy and I’m going to chat about the CFL again. Let me be the first to clarify, the CFL I’m referring to is not the football league here in Canada, but a much more important group. I’m writing about the Community Food Leader Program, in which I was once a participant, and now I find myself the facilitator of said program for Cumberland County, Nova … Continue reading Community Food Leaders: Kitchen Conversations…

Full of Beans and Big Ideas

Well we did it! Our last Community Food Leader training involved receiving 27 types of beans and a certificate for completing this leadership course. We are now armed and ready for action! Throughout Cumberland County, six individuals came together to discuss a very important topic: Food.  With food comes a variety of conversation themes such as, where does your food come from?, How is fresh … Continue reading Full of Beans and Big Ideas

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

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!

Growing Farming in Cumberland

You don’t have to drive very far in any direction in Cumberland County to see farms in varying states of abandonment.  In my community of River Hebert, there used to be a vibrant farm community of over 100 farms, whereas today, less than 25 active farms exist.  This sad statistic is also true for the entire county, as well as for our province and nation … Continue reading Growing Farming in Cumberland

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

Growing Farmers Markets in Cumberland County

For the third year in a row now, the Ecology Action Centre’s Our Food Project has partnered with the Cumberland Food Action Network (CFAN), to produce a handy reference for locating local farmers markets in Cumberland County, NS. The Farmers Markets of Cumberland County (and neighbouring Westmorland, NB) postcard is a directory of farmers markets for the area, packaged in a funky, yet practical ‘stick … Continue reading Growing Farmers Markets in Cumberland County