The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) – Our Food Project is very excited to be coordinating the new Age-Friendly Food Box Program, with the financial support of the Age Friendly Communities Grant. Through initiatives like this, the Our Food Project aims to increase organizational capacity, improve access to healthy food, and create positive food environments in Cape Breton. The program links the services of New Dawn Meals … Continue reading Healthy, Local Groceries Delivered to Seniors in Cape Breton
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!
Kimberley McPherson exemplifies the “food champion” every community needs in order to drive the good food movement. Kimmy started out as a volunteer at the Glace Bay Food Bank. A lifelong gardener, it didn’t take her long to get the itch to turn the unused backyard of the food bank into…well, something spectacular. Bit it was more than a love for plants that fired Kimmy’s … Continue reading Kimmy’s Garden – A Fresh Take on Charitable Food
I recently had the pleasure of joining one of our partner organizations with some food programming at the Amherst Food Bank. Once a month or so, staff from Maggie’s Place Family Resource Centre (http://www.cumberland.maggiesplace.ca/), show up at the food bank with food samples and recipes to share with food bank users. The food samples sometimes showcase seasonal fruit and vegetables, but often they incorporate food … Continue reading Food Mentoring at the Amherst Food Bank
by Steve Dawson. “Wow!” is the first word out of my mouth, upon visiting the new Peter McKee Community Food Centre in Moncton this week. The freshly painted, bright and spacious building feels more like a modern coffee shop or neighbourhood market than what might normally come to mind when picturing a local “food bank”. In fact, they rarely even use that term here… and with good reason. The newly … Continue reading Think you know food banks? Think again, says The Peter McKee Community Food Centre
To many this might be common knowledge but to me it was a bit of an Aha! moment; I always thought that Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) was outside the reach of the average budget. Local organic produce can be cheaper or at worst match the price of the well-traveled fruit and veggies sold by the grocery store chains that run our food system. I came … Continue reading To CSA or Not to CSA – that is no longer my question
Nothing says autumn in Cumberland more than Pumpkins for Poverty! I had the pleasure of attending the 6th annual event on Oct. 23, in downtown Amherst. Pumpkins for Poverty is the brainchild of Charlotte Ferguson of Empowering Beyond Barriers, an anti-poverty coalition in Cumberland. Charlotte says that the event has been growing in popularity and that each year they make a little more than the … Continue reading Pumpkins (and Potatoes) for Poverty