Kids and Cameras: a Photovoice project

This summer, I handed out digital cameras to bunch of 11 year olds (and some younger ones) and asked them to take pictures of what they’ve learned about food.  As they scattered with excitement before I could even begin with the instructions, I realized this Photovoice project would have to be done a bit differently…  Continue reading Kids and Cameras: a Photovoice project

Photovoice in the Garden

The Our Food team of Ecology Action Centre is excited to share news of our collaborative project, co-organized with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS). The project is entitled Photovoice in the Garden. Photovoice is a way to share lived experiences through images. It is a participatory way to engage communities whose voices often go unheard – to provide a platform for them … Continue reading Photovoice in the Garden

Kids Dig It at Common Roots Urban Farm

Two photos by Lucia Araiza of Sustainable Expressions – Common Roots celebration  Our friends at Common Roots Urban Farm have been busy. The landscape of the farm, a productive food and green retreat in the heart of Halifax, keeps expanding with each growing season! You may recall our blog updates on the greenhouse constructed this summer, or perhaps you visited the farm to buy produce from … Continue reading Kids Dig It at Common Roots Urban Farm

Exploring Positive Capacity-Building Practices for Community Food Systems

My name is Stephanie McGlashan and I am doing my honours thesis at Acadia University. I am writing on food systems in a service learning partnership with the Ecology Action Centre (EAC). I have had the privilege to work with the EAC’s Our Food Project, specifically Miranda Cobb, the community food researcher and evaluator, over the last seven months and have loved every moment of … Continue reading Exploring Positive Capacity-Building Practices for Community Food Systems

Hooray for HUGS: Embracing Community Food Security in Bayers Westwood

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

Building an Herb Spiral at Oxford School

What can you get when you cross conversations of permaculture, herbs, and three grade 8 classes at Oxford school? THIS! An herb spiral. The ultimate raised bed for herbs; it’s both beautiful and practical in its design. By building the spiral shape you take advantage of an added dimension and you also create different microclimates for various herbs to co-exist in. An herb spiral has a number … Continue reading Building an Herb Spiral at Oxford School

Seed Starting with Our Friends from HUGS Garden

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

The HUGS Garden Revitalization Project

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

Ready, Set, Build! Your 3-Bin Composter

There’s nothing like a simple building project to make you feel like a well-accomplished and super productive human:) And over the past couple of weeks we’ve had no short of simple building projects- the primary ones being a number of 3-bin composting units for our community garden friends across the city. Although composting can be done in a whole host of containers, it sometimes gets tricky in … Continue reading Ready, Set, Build! Your 3-Bin Composter