When Food Sovereignty is the Answer

Our food choices are shaped by a wide range of factors – everything from personal and family preferences, dietary needs, our values, what we can afford, and what’s available. A commonly held perception is that if we “vote” with our dollars, then food retailers will respond. Our market system is much more complex, however, and this belief masks the complex and multiple ways in which … Continue reading When Food Sovereignty is the Answer

Pot of strawberries

What I’ve Learned from 20 Years of Building Healthy, Just & Sustainable Food Systems

There is no sound more soul-satisfying to me than the ‘snick’ of a lid sealing on a canning jar. After all the work of washing, cutting, cooking, and boiling, I have a tremendous sense of accomplishment and security from knowing that I have my food for the winter.  I love the creativity and experimentation – even the failures. By contrast, policy change to build healthy, … Continue reading What I’ve Learned from 20 Years of Building Healthy, Just & Sustainable Food Systems

Local Youth Learn About Seed Saving

I had the pleasure of attending a youth engagement event in Amherst recently, which was organized by the Community Sector Council of NS (http://csc-ns.ca/). The CSC partnered with the Heartwood Centre for Community Youth Development (http://heartwood.ns.ca/ ) to host this event. I was invited to do a gardening workshop, which isn’t always easy this time of the year. Luckily, I had a pile of dried … Continue reading Local Youth Learn About Seed Saving