Adventures in Local Food Blog

Adventures in Local Food Blog

Posted on: Wed, Nov 07, 2018, 2:40pm

There is much work to be done to address food insecurity within Canada (and globally). We must dismantle racism, heal the wounds of the colonial food system, and reconnect our food and our health. Food as a human right was first recognized in law in 1948 in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and again in 1967 in the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. However, there is no explicit recognition of the right to food in Canada, besides safety and labeling regulations. Canada has work to be done in addressing food in public policy as there is no excuse for over 4 million Canadians to be living in food insecurity. Many organizations across the country are actively engaged in addressing food insecurity.

I had the wonderful opportunity to engage with many of these organizations while attending Food Secure Canada’s 10th Assembly in Montreal: Resetting the Table (...

Posted on: Tue, Oct 30, 2018, 2:45pm

Farmers’ markets are in abundance in Nova Scotia; they play an important role in our local food economy and in our communities. Uniquely, farmers’ markets gain both their stability and opportunity for growth through the relationships that they foster.

The Wolfville Farmers’ Market (WFM) began in 1992 with three vendors in a parking lot in the middle of town. It has now grown into a year-round market with over 75 vendors on Saturday mornings and a Market Supper on Wednesday evenings. Over its 25 year history, the market has fostered relationships and found its niche as a community hub and a place for entrepreneurial vendors, often young, and motivated to grow or make things sustainably.

The Farmers’ Market model pivots on selling one day a week, allowing vendors the rest of the week to farm and produce. While it has its advantages, most producers need more venues to sell their product. It’s difficult for local entrepreneurs to find the time to create whole new...

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...