One Farm’s Approach to Climate Resilience

This spring, I had the extreme good fortune of visiting Broadfork Farm, where a couple of my farm heroes, Shannon and Bryan, so lovingly and conscientiously produce beautiful vegetables and flowers. They farm with the well-being of every living thing they interact with at heart, from prioritizing nutrient-dense food production for their consumers, to creating habitat for the many creatures that add to the biodiversity … Continue reading One Farm’s Approach to Climate Resilience

Growing food in a Changing Climate

I am a Community Food Coordinator in Cape Breton, and I am also a small-scale vegetable farmer at Local Motive Farm. In both of these roles, climate change is on my mind on a daily basis. My work day consists of holding the big picture of the food system in Cape Breton, while juggling many balls as my team and I work towards shifting this … Continue reading Growing food in a Changing Climate

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

Seaweed Supplements: The Solution to Livestock Methane Emissions

Livestock produce 14.5% of human caused greenhouse gas emissions in the form of methane gas (Rupp, 2016). Methane is a by-product of digestion in cattle that packs a powerful punch. When compared to its carbon dioxide counterpart methane emissions are 21 times more potent (OECD, 2013). Each year global livestock produce seven billion metric tons of CO2 equivalents. These gas particles trap solar radiation in … Continue reading Seaweed Supplements: The Solution to Livestock Methane Emissions

The Cheap Food Conundrum

Community food work sparks a lot of interest among media and the public, particularly these days with so many great initiatives like the Dartmouth North Community Food Center, Common Roots Urban Farm and the Mobile Food Market.  Not to mention countless more.  If there’s one thing that all of these projects have in common, it’s that they’re trying to ensure that healthy, affordable food is … Continue reading The Cheap Food Conundrum

Pathways to Healthy, Local and Sustainable Food in Our Institutions

Whether it’s about reducing our environmental footprint (looking at recycled content in paper) or advancing social justice (avoiding sweatshop labour), changing institutional procurement policies and practices is an important piece of the puzzle for a healthy and sustainable future. Increasingly, private and public institutions across North America are turning their attention to food – specifically foods that reflect our values – to ensure that we … Continue reading Pathways to Healthy, Local and Sustainable Food in Our Institutions

Super School

With the rise of electronics, children spend less time in the great outdoors. Not only does that mean that kids are more unfamiliar with their natural surroundings – as Jamie Oliver infamously discovered in the US on his television show, American Food Revolution – but it has also been linked to developing behavioural problems. Unsurprisingly, this has been termed – Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD). An … Continue reading Super School

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

Are the Sustainable Development Goals for Us?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) developed in 2000 were part of a 15-year agenda to address critical health and social issues in the developing world, such as extreme poverty, a range of health issues, gender equality, and environmental sustainability. Those 15 years are over, and the United Nations has embarked on a consultative process to develop the next 15-year agenda. The result is 17 Sustainable Development … Continue reading Are the Sustainable Development Goals for Us?

The Impacts of Food Waste

Most of us are probably guilty of food waste at some point. I can admit that I have bought too many vegetables before, and have tossed an over ripe one in the compost bin. I have never really liked wasting food, but have also never really thought about the consequences either. While many of us don’t think how much food we waste, globally it is occurring … Continue reading The Impacts of Food Waste