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

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

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

Different Problems, Different Solutions: Food Waste and Household Food Insecurity

You’ve likely been hearing a lot more about food waste lately. It is a significant problem and not easy to fix. There are many reasons that food is wasted at every stage from land and sea to our kitchens. For example, a late frost may kill a tender fruit crop; tomatoes are bruised on their bumpy way to the grocery store; or businesses or individuals … Continue reading Different Problems, Different Solutions: Food Waste and Household Food Insecurity

How does my smoothie grow? A 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. With all our differences (climate, landscape, history) who would guess there would be such parallels? Smoothie Tour! The visit started with a ‘smoothie tour’, which … Continue reading How does my smoothie grow? A 4th Generation Hawaiian Fruit Farm

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

How Do We Count What Counts?!

My favourite quote and a good reminder for me as an evaluator: Telling stories to convey value I’ve written a few blog posts about measurement. One was about food snapshots I compiled as a baseline indicator for change over time. The idea was that by telling the story of a community and it’s relationship to food we could see change over time based on our work … Continue reading How Do We Count What Counts?!

Learning Alongside Students: food security in Canada

Collaborating on Students Projects At the Our Food Project we are often approached by students and teachers to take on interns. This can be both a huge opportunity–working with energized and talented individuals and groups, hungry for real world application to studies–and a huge challenge–it takes time to create a meaningful student experience that both suits their academic needs and supports project goals. As an … Continue reading Learning Alongside Students: food security in Canada

Exploring Positive Capacity-Building Practices for Community Food Systems

My name is Stephanie McGlashan and I am doing my honours thesis at Acadia University. I am writing on food systems in a service learning partnership with the Ecology Action Centre (EAC). I have had the privilege to work with the EAC’s Our Food Project, specifically Miranda Cobb, the community food researcher and evaluator, over the last seven months and have loved every moment of … Continue reading Exploring Positive Capacity-Building Practices for Community Food Systems

Fracking, Farming and Food

I’m sure many people have heard the term fracking in the media lately. So what is fracking and how does it impact our lives and our food system? Fracking is a term used for hydraulic fracturing, which is a method used to obtain natural gas from shale rock. In order to access the natural gas, large amounts of water, mixed with sand and chemicals are pumped … Continue reading Fracking, Farming and Food