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Adventures in Local Food Blog

Adventures in Local Food Blog

Posted on: Wed, Dec 20, 2017, 2:01pm

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 food in one way or another. I’d like to share a couple from my family.

Christmas Wishbones

Foodie Tree Ornament:

Many families have cherished decorations for the Christmas tree: delicate ornaments passed down from generation to generation, handmade folk art picked up at local craft fairs, quirky knickknacks that hold a special memory or meaning, and in our family – old poultry bones!

I do not know exactly when this tradition began, but I know for certain I am at least the 4th generation...

Posted on: Thu, Dec 14, 2017, 5:17pm

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 perceived to be unsafe, violent and riddled by vandalism and delinquent youth. Now imagine, growing up in a place where the youth are the community leaders, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, and are continually giving back. Would you believe me if I said this was the same community?

On a daily basis at Family SOS we are inspired and motivated by the youth in our programs. The youth of the BEEA Honey with Heart Youth Led Social Enterprise Project are no different. Two years ago youth in our Healthy Teenz...

Posted on: Tue, Dec 12, 2017, 12:01pm

When I meet someone I don’t know, I am often asked, “What do you do?” Responding that I work on food policy usually gets me a puzzled look or a quick change in topic. Everybody eats, so why is it so hard to talk about food policy?

Food policy reminds me of the wizard behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz; the wizard is mysterious and intimidating, until Toto pulls back the curtain. By understanding all the different buttons and levers on the wizard machine, we can start to demystify food policy and identify opportunities for change. Unfortunately, we don’t get an instruction manual!

Policies guide action, set out roles and responsibilities, and reflect values and priorities. They can take a number of different forms, such as directives, guidelines, rules, regulations, or laws. Food policy shares many of the following characteristics with other policy areas, but with a few...

Posted on: Wed, Nov 29, 2017, 1:58pm

Our Food SENB hosted the 4th annual Creating a Place for Food Gathering on November 17, 2017 at Legends Restaurant at the Moncton Coliseum. The breakfast gathering presented an opportunity to connect, learn, and share with 60 attendees, and hear a keynote address and discussions themed around the Southeast NB Regional Food Pledge.

Our morning event kicked off with a 95% locally sourced breakfast created by Chef Matt Pennell and his team at Legends Restaurant. Sprout salad, eggs, local breads, housemade sausages, and bacon, fueled our minds and bodies while locally roasted coffee, tea and a generous contribution from Verger Belliveau Orchard kept our thirst quenched.

Posted on: Tue, Nov 14, 2017, 9:41am

There’s this familiar story that climate change is mostly going to mean good news for our food system. If the days are getting warmer, the story goes, farmers in the Maritimes will have more days to grow food, and the chance to grow different crops. Isn’t it a win-win?

Two summers ago, I borrowed a pickup truck, threw my tent in the back, grabbed a handful of car snacks, and drove off to interview farmers across the Maritimes about how they were seeing weather patterns change, and what they were doing about it. (The snacks were mostly M&Ms; I mostly slept in fields. No one ever said research was glamorous.) 

Camping at the end of the field: no one said research was glamorous, but it sure is pretty.

What I found out spelled bad news: what so many, governments included, think is a win-win is probably not. The farmers I spoke to talked about the warm days increasing,...

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