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  • Rural Redefined: Post-Georgetown Conference 2013 Insight by Linda Best

    The time is ripe to re-energize the entrepreneurial spirit that historically characterized Atlantic Canadians. From the successes of early settlers to the accomplishments of individuals today, from entrepreneurs in small communities to urban farmers, from engaged kids to senior volunteers, there are multitudes of examples of Atlantic spirit. Maybe it's the ocean around us, maybe the food we grow, the distances that make us self-reliant but neighborly, the friend and family connections: these and many other elements inspire engagement and innovation and enterprise. Perhaps some of us have lost sight of our abilities, ...

    Posted at October 15, 2013 | By : | Categories : Loan Recipients,News & Events | 0 Comment
  • Fifth Offer to date: $1,395,000 invested

    Shares With Edible and Financial Benefits $361,400 was invested by Shareholders the Fifth Offer for a total of $1,395,000  The money previously invested is currently supporting 55 food-related businesses with more to come, and monthly repayments are being added to the capital available for loans. Money is loaned at 6% for one to five year terms and is having a positive effect on farm and food-related businesses. Applications are processed as described on the Lending Page. If you are interested in learning about FarmWorks please ...

    Posted at February 3, 2013 | By : | Categories : News & Events | 0 Comment
  • Congratulations Oakview Farm in Kingsport

    Oakview Farm is FarmWork's 6th Loan Recipient! See Loan Recipients here Oakview Farm is a small local producer of pesticide free produce. They have three market areas; an on farm U pick operation for fresh fruit/vegetables, free run egg, and direct market sales at the Halifax Seaport Market. They have been in business for 16 years and have consistently grown their sales over that period of time. They have direct contact with their customers and enjoy providing fine quality produce for their business partners. Recently, they have added a greenhouse to extend their growing season for salad crops ...

    Posted at November 22, 2012 | By : | Categories : News & Events | 0 Comment
  • Atlantic Agriculture in 2025

    What will it look like and why? On Wednesday, November 21st at 12 Noon at the Alumni Theatre (Cummings Hall) at Dalhousie’s Agricultural Campus, Dr. E. Ann Clark, University of Guelp will give her visionary look at what Atlantic Agriculture will look like in 15 years and explain what circumstances will lead us there. For more details:  

    Posted at November 21, 2012 | By : | Categories : News & Events | 0 Comment
  • Gentle Dragon’s Event Recap

    Friday, November 9th, The Blockhouse School, 63 School Road, Blockhouse, 12 – 4 pm  Presenters: The Blockhouse School, Flying Apron Cookery, Ma Bell's Country Condiments, Cultivator's Market, EarthWood: A Pilot Proposal, Prometheus, Rustik Magazine Dragons: Jo Ann Fewer, CEO of Perennia Inc.; Gary Morton, Morton Horticultural Associates; Jonathan McClelland, NS Co-op Council; Ross Piercey, Business Development Consultant Wednesday, November 14th, The Masonic Hall, 24 Queen Street, Baddeck, 6 – 9 pm Presenters: The Big Spruce, Kingsville Farm, 

    Posted at November 20, 2012 | By : | Categories : News & Events | 0 Comment
  • Pam Warhurst: How we can eat our landscapes

    What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. With energy and humor, Pam Warhurst tells at the TED Salon the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community. Pam Warhurst cofounded Incredible Edible, an initiative in Todmorden, England dedicated to growing food locally by planting on unused land throughout the community. Full bio »

    Posted at November 1, 2012 | By : | Categories : Food,Loan Recipients | 0 Comment
  • PEI FarmWorks Offers Islanders a Chance to Invest in Island Agri-Enterprises

    Islanders will soon have an opportunity to use their investment dollars to grow the province's number one industry, agriculture and agri-food, right here at home. PEI FarmWorks is the first investment cooperative set up under the Community Economic Development Business (CEDB) program announced last August by Finance Minister Wes Sheridan. The CEDB program helps strengthen local communities by offering Islanders a new method to invest in economic development, said Sheridan. “Islanders want to invest in Islanders – in Island businesses that have the potential to benefit the community and foster growth in the local economy,” he said. Here’s how it works. Investors have ...

    Posted at August 7, 2012 | By : | Categories : News & Events | 0 Comment
  • Vermont ‘Farm to Plate’ to Create Jobs and Strengthen Local Food System

    Vermont is an example of how state-level legislative support can help regional, mid-sized, and small producers and rural communities. The state has developed polices aimed at community-based agricultural economic development aligned with local and regional food system infrastructure development. In 2009, the Vermont Legislature passed the Farm to Plate (F2P) initiative as part of the state’s jobs bill. Estimates of the F2P plan include 1,500 jobs over the next 10 years based on a five percent increase in food system production and an accompanying annual increase of $88 million in the state’s gross domestic product. Currently, 12.9 percent of private ...

    Posted at July 23, 2012 | By : | Categories : Loan Recipients | 0 Comment
  • Posted at April 22, 2012 | By : | Categories : News & Events | 0 Comment
  • Entrepreneurs Showcase Participants

    Dragon's and Speakers Debra Moore Debra received a Human Services Diploma from Algonquin College in 1976 and completed the Management Development for Women Program, a joint initiative between Saint Mary's University and Mount Saint Vincent University in 2003. In 1981, Jeff and Debra founded the L'Arche Homefires community for the intellectually challenged in Wolfville. They developed the program from a concept into a vibrant, not-for-profit organization encompassing four residential homes in Wolfville and Greenwich, as well as a day program and workshop with a retail outlet called Applewicks. Jeff and Debra, along with three friends, established Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-operative in 1996.  Developing good jobs for people in ...

    Posted at April 22, 2012 | By : | Categories : News & Events | 0 Comment
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