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Adventures in Local Food Blog

Posted on: Mon, Oct 16, 2017, 3:25pm

As I walk down Isleville street, through Halifax’s North End, it’s quiet and familiar, however I come across a warehouse with the doors wide open. I peer inside… wait a second… there’s quite the buzz in there! People are coming and going, chit chatting, and buying fresh and local veggies, seafood, eggs, meat, and even kombucha! It’s the Isleville Warehouse Market, a recent addition to the North End neighbourhood. Afishionado Fishmongers, Abundant Acres Farm, Holdanca Farms, and Pop Culture Brew Co. came together with the aim of creating a space for people to access healthy and local food. Rather than compete directly with other local farmers, it was important to them to create a neighbourhood market that would bring the community together and support each other’s businesses.

Isleville Warehouse Market

It all began with Afishionado, fishmongers with a focus on...

Posted on: Wed, Oct 11, 2017, 12:01pm

As I considered becoming a new farmer last winter, I saw the many challenges that I could face taking on this new career. Long days, physically demanding labor, dealing with pests, broken machinery, and a difficult market. However, like many of my farmer colleagues, I want to provide healthy food and medicine, support my community, and work on the land.

Regenerative practices on small-scale organic farms help build healthy soil and healthy plants, but one a fragile component to farming is the reliance on fossil fuels and grid power to keep things running. If power is lost at the wrong time, farmers can quickly start to lose their produce along with all the time and money spent on soil preparation, seeds, irrigation and harvest.

Posted on: Tue, Oct 03, 2017, 2:54pm

Autumn in Nova Scotia is one of my favourite times of year, with the changing light, colourful trees, crisp mornings, and the abundance of the harvest. It always makes me start to think of soup, which is one of my go-to meals.

Soup is warming, healthy and affordable. I always feel especially nourished after a big bowl of soup. While I love soup in autumn and winter, it’s a versatile meal for all seasons — from light bisques to brothy bowls to hearty meals. It can be an appetizer or the main and is adaptable to all sorts of dietary interests, such as vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and flavours from around the world. Soups can feature a particular vegetable, or be a unique mix of sometimes unlikely ingredients.

The other thing I love about soup is that it allows me to use vegetables that are a little past their peak, or produce that doesn’t meet grocery store...

Posted on: Tue, Sep 26, 2017, 3:20pm

Today was the first day of CFL training.

No, I’m not preparing to play professional football… I assume football and me would end with my person being injured, concussed, or possibly hung up in traction.

The CFL I’m referring to is Nova Scotia’s new Community Food Leader Certificate Program, and for those who know me, this program makes a lot more sense. Here’s a link for those who want more information.

Hi my name is Mandy, I’m a chef/farmer/writer, who is passionate about all things food, from cow to steak on a plate, and I’m here to guide you through my personal development, as I work my way to being a Community Food Leader.

The CFL program differs from person to person. Alex, Megan, Nicole, Tina, Karen, Gloria, and I, are all there to strive towards a different end goal. We each had to choose a food project that we would work on...

Posted on: Tue, Sep 12, 2017, 3:25pm

This summer, I handed out digital cameras to bunch of 11 year olds (and some younger ones) and asked them to take pictures of what they’ve learned about food.  As they scattered with excitement before I could even begin with the instructions, I realized this Photovoice project would have to be done a bit differently…

Over the last few months, I’ve been developing and delivering a food education program for kids, called Plants to Plates (learn more here and here).  When it came to evaluating the program I wanted to try to use a creative tool to engage the kids in sharing what they have learned. Photovoice was something new, we’d never used it with kids before, but I was eager to give it a shot!

Photovoice is a participatory technique to engage and give a platform...

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