Blogs and Articles

  • Fixing food for the health of Nova Scotia

    Fixing food for the health of Nova Scotia What are we eating? For too many of us, it isn’t Michael Pollan’s prescription: “eat food, not too much, mostly plants” We’re eating lots of processed foods – highly processed foods – with additives including preservatives, lots of sugar and salt and taste enhancements. These foods are easy to buy and prepare quickly to provide calories. They’re also easy to waste. Taste buds may accept these foods but our health doesn’t. What we eat can cause obesity and diabetes and heart disease and cancer and overall poor health. And that affects the way we live, ...

    Posted at July 5, 2016 | By : | Categories : Food | 0 Comment
  • Considering Our Options

    "Society broadly needs to change the circumstances for all members of our society to enable people to have options and live differently. In our small province we could actually achieve this." Dr. John Ross, Chronicle Herald April 1st, 2016 We have options, and not all of them require difficult choices. Many of us worry about challenges while perhaps overlooking local solutions. Dr. Ross describes the Social Determinants of Health which, among others, include income and income distribution; employment and job security; food security; social connections and safety network.  There are options that can have a positive effect on these determinants. We can choose an apple ...

    Posted at April 2, 2016 | By : | Categories : Blog,Food | 0 Comment
  • Funds for Food – FarmWorks is cultivating food producers

    NEWS RELEASE      FarmWorks Investment Co-operative Limited For Release March 30, 2015 Funds for Food - FarmWorks is cultivating food producers FarmWorks has reached its first million! A fourth offer of FarmWorks Shares has raised $312,400 from Nova Scotians interested in supporting food producers and growing the Provincial economy. This brings the three year total to $1,033,400 and to date loans have been granted to 34 businesses across the Province. Funds from the new Offer will be loaned to applicants who meet FarmWorks criteria of excellent business planning, and home-grown production and sales.    FarmWorks Investment Co-operative Limited sells Community Economic Development Investment ...

    Posted at March 30, 2015 | By : | Categories : Food | 0 Comment
  • The Port Grocer Cafe – Local Food

    Deb Melanson describing menu items-

    Posted at August 29, 2014 | By : | Categories : Food | 0 Comment
  • Why FarmWorks Matters

    PRESS RELEASE - May 26, 2014 More than 25 jobs created within two years by entrepreneurs supported by FarmWorks FarmWorks Investment Co-operative Limited announced today that 18 Nova Scotian food-related businesses receiving loans in the 18 months between May 2012 and December 2013 have created 20 full time jobs and six part time jobs as a direct result of FarmWorks loans. More .... FarmWorks evaluation report May 2014

    Posted at August 6, 2014 | By : | Categories : Food | 0 Comment
  • FarmWorks 2016 Impact Report Information

    Impacts of Local Investment – Survey of FarmWorks Clients Economic and Social Impacts of FarmWorks Support for Food Related Businesses in Nova Scotia Anticipated figures for 2018 based on 104 (relative to 38) businesses that have received $3,800,000 (relative to $1,005,500): revenue $20,000,000 +, expenses $18,000,000 +, full or part-time jobs 475. “I think that entrepreneurs should boast about the support that we receive and where we receive it. Too often I see an article on a start-up entrepreneur and they do not mention the support that they received early on, and ...

    Posted at July 26, 2014 | By : | Categories : Food | 0 Comment
  • FarmWorks points to investment fund results

    Patricia Brooks Arenberg, The Chronicle Herald, June 16, 2014 Excerpts: "...just some of the more than two dozen jobs FarmWorks loans have helped bring to Nova Scotia from May 2012 to December 2013." “Twenty full-time jobs and six part-time jobs were created as a direct result of the FarmWorks loans over and above the (21 full-time and 14 part-time) jobs held by the business owners themselves,” says a survey released Monday that was conducted on behalf of the co-operative. “We’re pretty happy with the results to have created that many jobs in that short period of time,” Linda Best, co-chair of FarmWorks, said ...

    Posted at June 25, 2014 | By : | Categories : Links | 0 Comment
  • Field Guide

    Dan Vorstermans and Ceilidh Sutherland named their new small casual dining space the Field Guide Restaurant, inspired by Peterson Field Guides that Sutherland read while growing up in Tatamagouche. Field Guide is dedicated to bridging the gap between guests and their food through passionate service, an open-concept kitchen and by working with local producers who will be profiled on an ever-changing chalk board menu. Eating locally produced, high quality food makes sense so the menu will be a constant reflection of what is being grown and produced in Nova Scotia. They ...

    Posted at December 24, 2013 | By : | Categories : Loan Recipients | 0 Comment