Adventures in Local Food Blog

Adventures in Local Food Blog

Posted on: Wed, Jul 11, 2018, 10:46am

Like many, my first opportunity to get involved with food issues was through a community garden. I was part student group that wanted to start a campus community garden, but we faced an uphill battle. We had to learn quickly and tackle all the roadblocks in our way – from raising a reserve fund to return the garden to lawn should it fail to finding an organizational host that would carry liability insurance to finding soil and getting water access. It was a crash course in community organizing, how to challenge power, and how to work across difference. In the end, we were successful, and that tiny campus garden continues to thrive.

Africamani Garden

A few decades ago community gardens were talked about as the solution to many of our food-related problems, including food insecurity. Over the years, we’ve learned that we’re not going to garden our way out of the complex social problem that is food insecurity. Inadequate incomes and poverty are...

Posted on: Tue, May 22, 2018, 9:00am

A couple of month ago I wrote a blog piece about “Evaluating the Impact of Subsidized Local Food Boxes in NS” as a student researcher and community gardener in Sackville, New Brunswick. Made possible by the renewed funding of FLEdGE, I have been tasked to work with the Cumberland Food Action Network (CFAN)’s Community Gardens Network to produce a directory of community gardens in the county. Each community garden will be recorded with contact information and specific details about the garden, including but not limited to, plot numbers, unique infrastructure, and greenhouse availability. In creating this accessible directory, I am hoping it will encourage networking and resource-sharing amongst the gardens.

In addition to creating the community garden directory, I will be working with Cumberland Health to develop a garden strategy in Cumberland County...

Posted on: Fri, May 18, 2018, 10:46am

When you walk in the doors of New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation on the morning of Up!Skilling, it is like showing up at a conference…but all your friends are there and the experts are the farmers and foodies up the road. The atmosphere is casual and celebratory. Up!Skilling is about community: bringing people together through a shared passion for food, and through shared learning.

Om April 28th, we enjoyed our fourth offering of this annual festival, drawing as many as 100 people each year. The tickets are inexpensive and there are unwaged and pay-it-forward options. Tickets include a day of food skilling and a delicious lunch, plus there is always affordable childcare offered. The festival grows and shrinks with access to funds and the capacity of organizers, but there is a committed core of supporting organizations, including: New Dawn, ACAP, Ecology Action Centre, Cape Breton Food Hub and Cape Breton University. The festival is now housed with the...

Posted on: Wed, May 09, 2018, 4:41pm

Written by guest blogger Tatum Andrews from Bear Roots Forest in Belleisle, New Brunswick.

Yes, that’s right there actually is food growing all around us! Some may refer to them as weeds but if only they knew how nutritious and yummy these wild foods are. This blog will introduce you to a few of the most common wild foods growing in New Brunswick however there are many more to discover! Before consuming any plant make sure you have properly identified it using a plant ID book or take an herb walk with your local herbalist.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Photo Credit: Tatum Andrews

Dandelion leaves are super nutritious and they should be eaten as often as possible. Dandelion leaves have long been considered a spring tonic. When young and fresh, the leaves have a delicate bitter taste that stimulates digestion. Dandelion flowers are high in lutein, a constituent known to dramatically support eye...

Posted on: Tue, May 01, 2018, 8:11pm

You’ve likely been hearing a lot more about food waste lately. It is a significant problem and not easy to fix.

There are many reasons that food is wasted at every stage from land and sea to our kitchens. For example, a late frost may kill a tender fruit crop; tomatoes are bruised on their bumpy way to the grocery store; or businesses or individuals may buy more food than they can use.1

Wasting food is not good for the environment. Across North America, annual greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from wasted food are approximately 193 million tonnes.2 That’s a similar amount to the GHGs generated if 41 million cars were driven on the road continuously for a year!2 Those emissions come from the wasted energy needed to process, store, transport, and dispose of food, as well as from food decomposition – all of which add up to a significant contribution to...