No one left behind

This week is an international week of Climate Action, marked by marches, demonstrations and climate strikes held around the world. Youth are leading the way, bringing their outrage and demands for immediate and systemic action on the climate crisis to those in power.  We often talk about climate change and food in relation to the impact of agriculture and the food system on climate change … Continue reading No one left behind

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

Indigenous Food: Reclaiming Traditions, Rights, and Future

This was written in Unama’ki, also known as Cape Breton, the unceded and traditional lands of the Mik’maq People. We are grateful to the Mi’kmaq for their stewardship of this territory, so that we may all continue to be nourished by the generosity of the plants and animals therein. My Food Sovereignty I am Cree-Métis, raised by my mother and my grandmother on a homestead … Continue reading Indigenous Food: Reclaiming Traditions, Rights, and Future

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

Holiday Traditions from our Farm

Written by guest blogger, Kim Tilsley from GlenRyan Farms in Margaree Harbour, Cape Breton. This time of year is all about traditions; rituals and customs that bring meaning and comfort to the season. Not surprisingly many of these involve food in one way or another. I’d like to share a couple from my family. Foodie Tree Ornament: Many families have cherished decorations for the Christmas … Continue reading Holiday Traditions from our Farm

Climate Change Resilience on Maritime Farms

There’s this familiar story that climate change is mostly going to mean good news for our food system. If the days are getting warmer, the story goes, farmers in the Maritimes will have more days to grow food, and the chance to grow different crops. Isn’t it a win-win? Two summers ago, I borrowed a pickup truck, threw my tent in the back, grabbed a … Continue reading Climate Change Resilience on Maritime Farms

Starting an Off-Grid Herb Farm – By Guest Blogger Estelle Drisdelle

As I considered becoming a new farmer last winter, I saw the many challenges that I could face taking on this new career. Long days, physically demanding labor, dealing with pests, broken machinery, and a difficult market. However, like many of my farmer colleagues, I want to provide healthy food and medicine, support my community, and work on the land. Regenerative practices on small-scale organic … Continue reading Starting an Off-Grid Herb Farm – By Guest Blogger Estelle Drisdelle

Abundant August – by guest blogger Sarah Smith

Oh August… you are so intense!  Just like last year … you are a month packed full of change, surges of activity, excess and heat!  Oh, the heat, the growth spurts in the garden, the abundance of giant harvests of wild berries, multiple preserving projects and the energy of the long days filled with sun and work! Harvest is just beginning with many things that … Continue reading Abundant August – by guest blogger Sarah Smith