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...