Friends of Agriculture in NS – Watch for upcoming events!
Food For Nova Scotia's Healthy Future
FarmWorks provides this space for Friends of Agriculture in Nova Scotia
FANS – Healthy fields, farms and food for the people and communities of Nova Scotia now and in the future. FANS may provide small grants to organizations that share FANS goals. News Release below. FANS Grant Application Form 2016.
Links to Food Summit Videos:
Chris de Waal, Getaway Farm – Farming Challenges
Carrie Poyser, Poyser Farm – Financing Challenges
Puzzle Piece graphic and Student Reflections Press Release
Here’s the previous Nova Scotia Food Summit Report Dec 15, 2009 which may help us understand what has changed and what needs to change.
Resetting the Table – People’s Food Policy Document
The 8th April Flavours Dinner was excellent! Here’s the Menu!
Healthy fields, farms and food for the people and communities of Nova Scotia now and in the future
Educating ourselves and others with regard to local and global issues, seeking solutions, and promoting food security and sustainability within an interconnected framework
We will educate ourselves and others about issues that affect the food supply for Nova Scotians. These issues include local and global trends, availability of a secure and sustainable supply, the economy, health, financial opportunities for food producers and individuals, reversibility of rural decline, climate impacts, and the social and cultural benefits of producing food.
We will foster networking among citizens, farmers, economists, specialists, politicians, academics and all others who contribute to solutions.
Linda Best, Chair, Greenwich
Richard Melvin, Vice Chair, Canning
Ann Anderson, Secretary, Wolfville
Alison Scott Butler, Director, Canning
Stephen Anderson, Director, Wolfville
Dave Bethune, Director, Halifax
Valerie VanOostrum, Director, Berwick
Jayn Kenny, Director, Black River
Sarah MacDonald, Director, Kentville
FRIENDS OF AGRICULTURE NOVA SCOTIA – April 2016
FANS has given $500 to the Berwick Community Garden Group to create accessible, beautiful, and edible green spaces, using sustainable practices to increase urban agriculture and empower the community through learning skills around growing produce.
The Dartmouth North Community Food Centre received $500 to help support their project to bring people together to grow, cook, share, and advocate for good food while working together with the broader food movement to build greater capacity for impact and to empower communities to work toward a healthy and fair food system.
Previous grants of $500 each have been awarded to FarmWorks Mentoring Assistance*, Community Garden of the Sipekne’katik Band in Shubenacadie**, Acadia Community Farm***, HERSS (Healthy Eating in Recreation and Sports Settings) Committee****, and the Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust*****.
FANS began as a group of people interested in supporting local agriculture in the spring of 2008. In 2009 members of FANS organized, promoted and held the very successful Food Summit in Greenwich, which attracted 250 participants. The report is available here – Nova Scotia Food Summit Report Dec 15, 2009.
In 2012 FANS was incorporated as a Society and raises money through charitable means and acts as a sponsor for FarmWorks Investment Co-operative Limited for events such as April Flavours (held in the Valley) and FarmWorks Flavours (held at the end of October at Alderney Landing, Dartmouth).
Monies raised through auctions at April Flavours are used to provide small grants to help achieve initiatives other organizations have in common with the goals of FANS: to educate the public about the issues affecting the food supply of Nova Scotians, and to promote food security and sustainability within an interconnected framework of community members (farmers, citizens, economists, specialists, politicians, academics and all others who contribute to solutions).
* to support mentoring by FarmWorks so they can provide more assistance to more than 50 clients.
**to bring all age groups from the local community together, using the community garden as a place to recognize the social and cultural benefits of producing a sustainable food source as well as to teach the importance of being environmentally friendly, while doing so.
***to help with funding needed for to employ a Student Farm Coordinator-Gardener at the Acadia University Farm for the summer of 2015. Wolfville community members are encouraged to grow their own food at the farm and offered support in doing so, both hands-on and through workshops.
****To help with the purchase of healthy, nutritious, local food to become part of the lunch program supported by HERSS and developed by 3rd year Acadia U. nutrition students for summer day camps held in Kings County (Kentville and Berwick).
*****to update the website preservefarmland.com in order to notify the public about changes in legislation to allow easements, to further inform the public as to how the trust operates and to promote further fund raising campaigns.
February 9, 2015
Friends of Agriculture Society provides a grant to Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust
News Release FANS to AVFTS
April 30, 2015
Friends Of Agriculture Society Provides a grant to Children’s Summer Camp Lunch Program
July 7, 2015
Friends Of Agriculture Society Provides a grant to Sipekne’katik Community Garden
July 15, 2015
Friends Of Agriculture Society Provides a grant to Dartmouth North Community Food Centre
February 27, 2016
Friends Of Agriculture Society Provides a grant to Berwick Community Gardens