Adventures in Local Food Blog

Adventures in Local Food Blog

Posted on: Thu, Oct 18, 2018, 2:48pm

We’ve all heard about climate change, right? We may not always be able to discern the changes we’re experiencing because of it, but our planet needs help.

Last week, the UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change released a report detailing an urgent need for change – globally. One of its key messages is that we’re already seeing the consequences of 1C global warming with more extreme weather, rising sea levels, and drought – among other things. It outlines a need for rapid, and far-reaching changes in all aspects of society to slow the rate at which our planet is warming.

Though we don’t have a silver bullet, many solutions exist. Shifting the effects of climate change can even start with what we put in our mouths. Yes, you read correctly; bite-sized actions can pave the way!

Most of us know that the food we eat doesn’t magically appear on grocery store shelves. What we may not know...

Posted on: Wed, Oct 03, 2018, 1:06pm

Hello there, I’m Mandy and I’m going to chat about the CFL again. Let me be the first to clarify, the CFL I’m referring to is not the football league here in Canada, but a much more important group. I’m writing about the Community Food Leader Program, in which I was once a participant, and now I find myself the facilitator of said program for Cumberland County, Nova Scotia.

Taking over this position was bittersweet. As a chef, I feel that food is super important, to everyone. While I was happy to have this important position, the only reason I have this job is because Su Morin, my CFL facilitator, passed away, far too young and far too soon. She was taken before her time, and we lost a brilliant star here in Cumberland County. Su was always an advocate for food security, the community garden, and brought 110% to everything else she was involved in. When I heard the position was available, I knew I had to apply, as I believed the CFL program was very important and needed to...

Posted on: Fri, Sep 07, 2018, 3:02pm

In June of 2018, the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development released a revised version of its school food policy 711 in support of “Healthier School Food Environments”. The policy does not impact food and beverages that students bring from home. Instead, it applies to food served in schools or school-related events and activities (i.e. cafeterias, classrooms, co-curricular, and extra-curricular events, fundraising activities, and other school-sponsored and endorsed activities and events).

Policy 711 has been around for over a decade, but the revisions have caused alarm bells to ring within some school, parent, and volunteer groups. With the revisions, foods that fall under the “Lower Nutritional Value” category (e.g. processed foods high in sugar, sodium, and saturated fats like French fries, white bread, cheese slices, sugar added...

Posted on: Thu, Aug 30, 2018, 3:48pm
Farmers Need You as a Foul Weather Friend A Cape Breton Perspective     by Emily Rosta

What does it mean to support local food at times when food supply is reduced?

Severe weather conditions can disrupt the food supply at both local and global scales. Most of us are all too familiar with the fluctuating prices and availability in our local grocery stores.

As part of my role with the Pan Cape Breton Food Hub Co-op, I’ve spent the summer travelling across the island to meet and chat with farmers. Being someone who lives exclusively on the “consumer” side of local food, I am excited to share what I’ve learned while exploring the “producer” side of the food chain.

This year, poor weather has limited the selection of fresh produce being sold at the Food Hub throughout June and early July....

Posted on: Thu, Aug 16, 2018, 4:39pm

A common question I get as a dietetic student is what drew me into the field and why I wanted to be a dietitian. I give the same answer each time. When I went into my first year of university, I was jokingly afraid of gaining the “freshmen 15.” I thought that taking a nutrition course would teach me about food and how to eat healthily, so I could avoid the looming weight gain. To my surprise, I enjoyed this class for many other reasons and soon after it became my major.

Upon going to university, it was clear I felt a lack of nutrition knowledge, and I realized I also lacked food skills. My previous school experience with Canada’s Food Guide and Home Economics classes did not prepare me for living on my own and many of my friends felt the same. Attributing it to a transition period in leaving home, I didn’t give my lack of knowledge and skills much thought.

When school...