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    Posted at January 3, 2013 | By : | Categories : Food,News & Events | 1 Comment
  • Shift to Delicious – Nova Scotian Food

    When you buy local food, you vote with your food dollar for family farms, thriving communities, and healthy, flavorful, plentiful food.

    Posted at December 4, 2012 | By : | Categories : Loan Recipients | 0 Comment
  • “Gentle Dragons” Found Food

    "Gentle Dragons" heard excellent presentations in November from existing and developing farmers and food producers from across the Province. FarmWorks will need to raise a substantial amount of money in the next CEDIF Offer to provide loans to those who qualify. We'll soon be adding short profiles of the Presenters. 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 ...

    Posted at December 3, 2012 | By : | Categories : Food | 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
  • Pies Most Pleasing

    Eating In: Pies most pleasing By Valerie Mansour Winter 2010 There’s nothing like the aroma of a savoury pie wafting from your oven. Whether it’s beef, chicken or vegetable, a two-crust pie or a one-crust quiche, a savoury pie can take away the chill from the coldest winter day. These pies also connect with people on a sentimental level. “Whose mother, grandmother or father didn’t make chicken pot pie?” asks Heather Lunan, who sells pies at the Farmers’ Market in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. “A lot of Brits come by and they’re so excited to see ...

    Posted at September 6, 2012 | By : | Categories : Food | 0 Comment
  • Producing More Food in Nova Scotia

    Several of the Directors are traveling widely around Nova Scotia to meet with food producers who have applied, or are interested in applying, for loans from FarmWorks. We are increasing our knowledge of food production while enjoying the people, food, rural and urban amenities and the scenery (at our own expense, needless to say). It is evident that there is tremendous capacity for food production in this Province, limited primarily by demand. FarmWorks is promoting the message that FOOD GROWS HERE to encourage people to buy more food ...

    Posted at July 24, 2012 | By : | Categories : Loan Recipients | 0 Comment
  • Small Farmers Creating a New Business Model as Agriculture Goes Local

    Kirk Johnson, New York Times, July 1st, 2012 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/02/us/small-scale-farmers-creating-a-new-profit-model.html?_r=1 Excerpts: "..... beyond the familiar mantras about nutrition or reduced fossil fuel use, the movement toward local food is creating a vibrant new economic laboratory for American agriculture. The result, with its growing army of small-scale local farmers, is as much about dollars as dinner: a reworking of old models about how food gets sold and farms get financed, and who gets dirt under their fingernails doing the work. “The future ...

    Posted at July 24, 2012 | By : | Categories : Links | 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