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

Holiday Traditions from our Farm

Written by guest blogger, Kim Tilsley from GlenRyan Farms in Margaree Harbour, Cape Breton. ______________________________________________________________________________________ This time of year is all about traditions; rituals and customs that bring meaning and comfort to the season. Not surprisingly many of these involve … 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

Super School

With the rise of electronics, children spend less time in the great outdoors. Not only does that mean that kids are more unfamiliar with their natural surroundings – as Jamie Oliver infamously discovered in the US on his television show, … Continue reading

Banking on a Food Secure Future

On October 20th, I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the Atlantic Canada Seed Bank at the Dalhousie University, Truro Agricultural College Campus. The seed bank is the first in our region and it will house non-hybrid, non-GMO, … Continue reading

Summer in Cumberland County, All the gossip

We are having an unusually good growing season here in Cumberland County.  With above normal high temperatures and well-timed rains, my garden is doing the best I’ve ever seen it. Adding in a rich compost along with crab meal in … Continue reading

Meeting with our MP – Bill C-18

“Bill C-18, the “Agricultural Growth Act” omnibus bill, amending several federal agricultural laws, was introduced in Parliament on December 9, 2013. If passed, it will give multi-national agri-business much more money, power and control while increasing farmers’ costs and reducing … Continue reading

Cumberland Food Action Network 2nd Annual Seed Swap a Resounding Success!

Despite the snow and cold, about 40 gardeners gathered at the Four Fathers Memorial Library in Amherst last Saturday to celebrate seed. The event featured a vermi composting demo, information on accessing local farm and local seed suppliers, and of … Continue reading