Full of Beans and Big Ideas

Well we did it! Our last Community Food Leader training involved receiving 27 types of beans and a certificate for completing this leadership course. We are now armed and ready for action! Throughout Cumberland County, six individuals came together to … Continue reading

The Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-Op

Cape Breton Island is separated from mainland Nova Scotia by an easily passable causeway. Although this provides ease of access and geographical unity, the island remains unique in cultural identity, and perhaps separate in the challenges islanders face. One such … Continue reading

Summer in Cumberland County: All the gossip

Despite having a challenging growing season this year here in Cumberland County, our local farms and community gardens are doing really well. With above normal temperatures and a drought to boot, some farmers were very worried about their wells running … Continue reading

Kimmy’s Garden – A Fresh Take on Charitable Food

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 … Continue reading

Can food really be our medicine?

Imagine the scenario: You’re in your doctor’s office facing health issues that include anything from extra weight, to high blood pressure, diabetes, or even arthritis. Instead of issuing you a prescription for medicine, or simply telling you eat better, the … Continue reading

Food Mentoring at the Amherst Food Bank

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 … Continue reading

Backyard Shiitake Mushroom Farming

Mushrooms! They are such fantastical life forms, evoking thoughts of fairies and fairy rings with deeply entrenched folklore. Or smurfs. I will do you all a favour and avoid punny reference to “fun guys” but once you try your hand … Continue reading

Think you know food banks? Think again, says The Peter McKee Community Food Centre

  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 … Continue reading

Growing Farmers Markets in Cumberland County

For the third year in a row now, the Ecology Action Centre’s Our Food Project has partnered with the Cumberland Food Action Network (CFAN), to produce a handy reference for locating local farmers markets in Cumberland County, NS. The Farmers … Continue reading