The BEEA Honey with Heart Project

We invited Simone Spears, Halifax Community Food Leader Participant, to share with us a bit about the BEEA Honey with Heart project.  Simone supports this project through her work at Family SOS in Halifax. —– Imagine growing up in a place that is affected by a high unemployment rate, single parent-led families, low education attainment, and residents who live below the poverty line and is also … Continue reading The BEEA Honey with Heart Project

Berries Everywhere!

With the help Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) summer students Morgan Vance and Thomas Brine, berry patches were installed at four community gardens in Cumberland County over the summer.  Berry patches, ranging in size from 8 to 24 bushes, were planted at the Springhill Community Garden, the Parrsboro Community Garden, the Amherst Community Garden, and the Joggins Fossil Institute (JFI). A variety of fruit shrubs, including high-bush … Continue reading Berries Everywhere!

Local Youth Learn About Seed Saving

I had the pleasure of attending a youth engagement event in Amherst recently, which was organized by the Community Sector Council of NS (http://csc-ns.ca/). The CSC partnered with the Heartwood Centre for Community Youth Development (http://heartwood.ns.ca/ ) to host this event. I was invited to do a gardening workshop, which isn’t always easy this time of the year. Luckily, I had a pile of dried … Continue reading Local Youth Learn About Seed Saving

Innovative Ideas for School Gardens

The number of school gardens are increasing each year. People are realizing how gardens can not only be an effective teaching tool to promote healthy lifestyles, but can be used to fulfill many other curriculum outcomes. A simple Google search will confirm that the teaching opportunities with gardens are seemingly endless. Here in Nova Scotia, some school have are using their garden as a spring board, … Continue reading Innovative Ideas for School Gardens