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Community Food Leader Certificate Program

September 2017 - March 2018
Cumberland // Cape Breton // Halifax
Applications are now closed for the 2017-2018 program.

This is a free professional development certificate program hosted by the Our Food Project of the Ecology Action Centre

The Our Food Project of the Ecology Action Centre has been working with partners to build what we call ‘positive food environments’ -  the physical and social spaces that make it easier to grow, sell, and eat good food. We are eager to share the knowledge, tools and approaches that we've learned over the years through the Community Food Leader Certificate Program - to enable communities to keep the food movement growing in their area. 

The Community Food Leader Certificate Program is for community‐based organizations who work at a local level to directly impact the lives of individuals experiencing food insecurity. Over seven months, The Our Food Project will support leadership development and collaboration among organization and community leaders who want to implement or expand food initiatives in their communities. Food initiatives include an array of activities that help to shape local food systems such as: community gardens, cooking skills programs, local food markets, and more. Graduates will become part of a regional network of food leaders, working to build food literacy, leadership skills, and food initiatives that improve food security in their community.

Program locations:

Program Elements:

There will be one half day or full day training each month in participating regions. Trainings will focus on key concepts that support meaningful and sustainable community food initiatives, while connecting with others in your region. A detailed curriculum will be available at the start of the program. Program topics include:

  • Facilitation: What approaches can we use when working with groups?
  • Food Systems: How does food connect in our lives & work?
  • Evaluation: How can we can measure success?
  • Fundraising: How do we fund our work?
  • Communication: How can we talk about, and engage people in, our initiatives?
  • Civic Engagement: How can we engage communities and partners for positive change?
  • Food skills training: Informed by regional needs (e.g., gardening, cooking, food preservation)
Participants will work on a food initiative throughout the program, supported by the community food coordinator in their region. We’ll connect with participants between trainings to help you reach project milestones.
As a Community Food Leader participant, you’ll be connected to leaders across the region through webinars, newsletters, and other avenues where regional and provincial highlights will be shared. You’ll continue to be connected with and have access to resources beyond the program duration.

To get the most out of this program, the Community Food Leader Certificate Program is for individuals who can attend monthly trainings and work on their own organizational food projects in between. The amount of time to dedicate between trainings will be informed by specific organizational food goals.

Graduates will receive a community food leader certificate

We encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups such as women, visible minorities, First Nations, and persons with disabilities. Diversity in our community is a strength that must be cultivated. CFL team members and participants are expected to foster a culture that embraces and promotes diversity.

Can more than one person apply from an organization?

Our intention is to work with multiple organizations so that we can reach more communities. If more than one person applies from the same organization, they will be considered if:

  • They work at different locations or neighbourhoods (e.g., libraries or rec centres)
  • They work at the same location, but demonstrate the need for two people to work on a larger project to really help propel this forward. Or, they work at the same organization but on two distinct projects.

*In either case, both participants are required to attend all trainings.

Questions? Contact us!

Cape Breton: Cumberland: Halifax:

Jody Nelson
(902)  489-5634

Su Morin
(902) 397-0022

Jen Organ
(902) 442-1077

Download and share the Community Food Leader Poster and 2-pager:

Community Food Leader Poster
Community Food Leader 2-pager 


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