Stories from 4 Years of Food Systems Work

We recently released this report profiling stories from the Our Food Project 2013-2017. Here are some highlights! Timeline of garden and program growth from the HUGS garden at Bayers Westwood Family Resource Centre: Mobile Food Market in Halifax survey results: Cost-Share CSA programs: Policy: Blog Written By: Miranda Cobb, Ecology Action Centre, Research and Evaluation Coordinator Adventures in Local Food is your source for food … Continue reading Stories from 4 Years of Food Systems Work

“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 Kids are Alright! Youth Engagement in Cumberland County

The EAC Our Food Project – Cumberland, has been working with local youth over the past two years on a variety of gardening and food skills training projects. In partnership with Schools Plus NS (https://schoolsplus.ednet.ns.ca/), students from the Amherst Regional District High School (ARDHS) and E.B. Chandler School, have participated in a number of work bees at the Amherst Community Garden. The proximity of these … Continue reading The Kids are Alright! Youth Engagement in Cumberland County

Learning Alongside Students: food security in Canada

Collaborating on Students Projects At the Our Food Project we are often approached by students and teachers to take on interns. This can be both a huge opportunity–working with energized and talented individuals and groups, hungry for real world application to studies–and a huge challenge–it takes time to create a meaningful student experience that both suits their academic needs and supports project goals. As an … Continue reading Learning Alongside Students: food security in Canada

Life’s Too Short to Build Something Nobody Wants

I see this quote and my heart leaps and my mind jumps for joy and I’m feeling YES YES YES!!! We spend so much time in this world planning and building things that don’t meet a real need and don’t have the impact we want. If we want to change the world, we need to learn new ways of working. In this vein, I’m feeling … Continue reading Life’s Too Short to Build Something Nobody Wants

The 2015 Annual Our Food Project Farm Tour

This week we had our annual farm tour with our community partners from Bayers Westwood Family Resource Centre and ISANS. Every year we bring together about 50 gardeners from across the city, load them onto a bus, and head off to explore some of the beautiful organic farms we have here in Nova Scotia. Most of our participants on these tours are seniors, many new … Continue reading The 2015 Annual Our Food Project Farm Tour

Food Sovereignty in Practice

My name is Alannah, and I have been collaborating with the Our Food Project (OFP) to complete my Undergrad thesis on food sovereignty in practice within Halifax. My previous blog post is an introduction to inequality within the food system. My thesis research looks at how the Our Food Project is addressing this inequality by using a food sovereign approach to build Positive Food Environments … Continue reading Food Sovereignty in Practice

The 2014 Our Food Project Farm Tour!

A couple of weeks ago, the Our Food team had the pleasure of running a Farm Tour with two of our partner organizations – gardeners from Immigration Settlement and Integration Services (ISIS) and from the Bayers Westwood Family Resource Centre (BWFRC). The site we chose was Ironwood Farm, a 200 acre organic farm in Summerville, Nova Scotia. At 8:30am I boarded the bus, with our … Continue reading The 2014 Our Food Project Farm Tour!

Growing Mulgrave Park Community Garden

The Our Food Project of the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) regularly partners with community organizations and groups to support the development of food and gardening projects. Over the winter they heard that community members in Mulgrave Park were interested in starting a garden. Mulgrave Park is a large public housing community home to over 250 families in Halifax’s North End. With the EAC also being … Continue reading Growing Mulgrave Park Community Garden