4 Years of Getting Skilled Up at Cape Breton’s UP!Skilling Food Festival

When you walk in the doors of New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation on the morning of Up!Skilling, it is like showing up at a conference…but all your friends are there and the experts are the farmers and foodies up the road. The atmosphere is casual and celebratory. Up!Skilling is about community: bringing people together through a shared passion for food, and through shared learning. … Continue reading 4 Years of Getting Skilled Up at Cape Breton’s UP!Skilling Food Festival

Growing Food Leaders: A look back at the first year of the Community Food Leader Certificate Program

Last month we wrapped up our first Community Food Leader Certificate Program, with thirty participating organizations from across NS in Cape Breton, Cumberland and Halifax! This program is for community-based organizations and businesses who want to start or grow lasting and meaningful food initiatives in their region. Check out our short video to learn more: This year, participating organizations ranged from food banks, family resource … Continue reading Growing Food Leaders: A look back at the first year of the Community Food Leader Certificate Program

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

“Policies are tools and people need to have a say!” New video

The Our Food Project strengthens communities’ relationships to food by building ‘Positive Food Environments’. This includes creating a policy environment conducive to food security. Check out this short 4 min video to learn more! Here are some highlights from the video Aimee Carson, Our Food Project & Halifax Food Policy Alliance: “The idea behind the Halifax Food Policy Alliance is that in order to build momentum around … Continue reading “Policies are tools and people need to have a say!” New video

The Social Return on Investment of Policy Change and Food Initiatives

Hi folks! Ready to get a bit nerdy with me? In order to understand the impact of the Our Food Project we’ve been exploring economic analysis. Social Return on Investment is a great tool for this because it’s strives to measure the intangible, hard to measure economic, social and environmental value created. Here are the summaries of the reports. You can check out the full … Continue reading The Social Return on Investment of Policy Change and Food Initiatives

To CSA or Not to CSA – that is no longer my question

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

Food and the City

It’s an exciting time for food in Halifax.  In recent years, Halifax has joined the long list of Canadian cities that are engaging with food security and community food project. Across Canada, there are over 60 municipal food policy initiatives.   Inspired by these initiatives, the Halifax Food Policy Alliance (formerly the Halifax Food Strategy Group) was born.  Nearly two years ago a group began meeting … Continue reading Food and the City

How To Become a CSA Drop-Off Location

Photo by Elaine Casap

So, you’ve been curious about CSAs and decided that it’s something you’d like to sign up for, and you’ve checked out our Complete List of CSAs in Nova Scotia, but what if there’s not a drop-off location close to your home or work?

Maybe you’d be interested in starting a drop-off location at your office. How do you know if this might be a good option for your workplace?

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