We’ve all heard about climate change, right? We may not always be able to discern the changes we’re experiencing because of it, but our planet needs help. Last week, the UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change released a report detailing an urgent need for change – globally. One of its key messages is that we’re already seeing the consequences of 1C global warming with more … Continue reading Sticking Your Fork to Climate Change!
Like many, my first opportunity to get involved with food issues was through a community garden. I was part student group that wanted to start a campus community garden, but we faced an uphill battle. We had to learn quickly and tackle all the roadblocks in our way – from raising a reserve fund to return the garden to lawn should it fail to finding … Continue reading Radical Acts…of Gardening
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
The 2014 growing season has been a busy time for the HUGS Community Garden. Despite challenging weather and a generous helping of slugs the garden is looking better than ever. In a previous post I talked a little about the HUGS Revitalization Project. In a nutshell, this large garden in the West End of Halifax had fallen into a state of inactivity. In collaboration with … Continue reading Hooray for HUGS: Embracing Community Food Security in Bayers Westwood
With activity around the HUGS garden growing, I wanted to invite some of our most active gardeners to come to the Ecology Action Centre and start some of the seeds that they will later transplant into their garden. Earlier in March I sat down with some gardeners and local residents of the Bayers Westwood community to discuss what they would like to see grown in … Continue reading Seed Starting with Our Friends from HUGS Garden
One of the many gardens that the Our Food Project supports is the Hilda’s Unity Garden Society (HUGS) garden in the Bayers Westwood community. The garden was started 4 years ago by a group of active residents interested in creating a space to grow food and community. The Bayers Westwood community is one of Halifax’s largest public housing units. Most residents live below the average … Continue reading The HUGS Garden Revitalization Project
Dr. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, professor of International Development Studies at Trent University, delivered an engaging lecture on the topic of global food insecurity at Mount Allison University on January 11th 2014. Haroon was the keynote speaker at this year’s annual ATLIS Conference in Sackville, New Brunswick, and spoke to roughly 70 people who braved the rain and ice to attend. His most recent book, entitled Hungry … Continue reading Visiting Scholar Addresses the Question of Why Global Food Insecurity
Happy New Year from the folks at Adventures in Local Food! And thank you to Mary Ellen for today’s post. Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you’ve conquered human nature. Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) Well, the last of the Sullivan Family’s Christmas Cake has been consumed, and as I reflect back on the holiday season I think of the farmers who were part of … Continue reading A New Year of Local Food