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  • 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
  • Local Food is a Regional Economic Driver

    In its 2010 paper, Local Food Systems: Concepts, Impacts and Issues, the USDA cites empirical research that has found that expanding local food systems in a community can increase employment and income in that community[3]. Studies suggest the economic impact of regional food systems are most likely felt in the form of income and employment growth, particularly where import substitution – either of regional food products or of regional food services such as processing – results in more money staying within the region as opposed to being ...

    Posted at July 23, 2012 | By : | Categories : Links,Loan Recipients | 0 Comment
  • Speaking about FarmWorks

    Recently FarmWorks Directors have participated in several informational events We walked with the FOOD GROWS HERE banner in the 80th Apple Blossom Festival. We spoke at the THINKFARM How to Start a Farm session Wednesday, June 6 at the new Truro Farmer's Market. The Nova Scotia Environmental Network’s, Environmental Education Caucus, & Sustainability Education in Nova Scotia for Everyone (SENSE) 5TH ANNUAL SUMMER SOLSTICE DAY at ...

    Posted at June 18, 2012 | By : | Categories : News & Events | 0 Comment
  • FarmWorks Wins Second Place in the NS Co-op Council Innovation Awards

    The 2012 Nova Scotia Co-operative Council Innovation Challenge The Co-operative Innovation Competition’s goal is to support and develop a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within the co-operative sector.  This competition is open to new start-ups and established co-operatives and credit unions that are members of the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council.  In order to be eligible to enter this competition, a co-op must be incorporated, with business based in Nova Scotia. Co-operatives that proceed to Stage 2 will be asked to expand upon their idea and submit a business plan which will be reviewed by a panel of judges.  The three top ...

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  • April Flavours Tasting Feast – Another fine dining experience!

    Several hundred people enjoyed wonderful food and beverages at Wheelock Hall at Acadia University on Monday April 30th. Sixteen Chefs and six Wineries provided the "most delicious flavour sensations I've ever experienced in one place at one time" said one of the guests. See the menu for the list of Chefs and the dishes they provided. Winner of the People's Choice Appetizer Award Savoury Buckwheat Crepe made with Longspell Point Farm Stone-Ground Whole Wheat Flour filled with Knoydart Farm Organic Caerphilly Cheese, FoxHill Cheese ...

    Posted at May 9, 2012 | By : | Categories : News & Events | 0 Comment
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  • 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
  • Annual General Meeting

    Invitation to FarmWorks Shareholders Monday, April 30th, at 1 pm at the Irving Centre Auditorium, Acadia University FarmWorks Annual General Meeting Agenda Registration Welcome: Chair, Richard Melvin Introduction of the Board Chair’s Report Financial Statement/Budget: Linda Best Nominations report: Alison Scott Butler Nominations from the floor Adjournment Following the AGM you are invited to the Entrepreneurs’ Showcase at 2 pm at the Irving Centre The April Flavours Tasting Feast follows at 6 pm at Wheelock Hall – tickets $38 from Linda Best

    Posted at April 15, 2012 | By : | Categories : News & Events | 0 Comment
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