Blogs and Articles

  • 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
  • The Port Grocer Cafe – Local Food

    Deb Melanson describing menu items-

    Posted at August 29, 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 http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1215336-farmworks-points-to-investment-fund-results 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
  • Charcuterie Ratinaud French Cuisine

    Charcuterie Ratinaud French Cuisine is wowing customers with cured meats, cheeses and pâtés, prepared dishes and cheeses, conserves and other accompaniments. Frederic Tandy was born in France and grew up eating his grandparent’s paté de campagne or country paté. Now he makes his own patés and other charcuterie, including sausages and more. Frederic’s food is inspired by the seasons and what’s available locally. Twice monthly, sold out Ratinaud Kitchen Table Dinners provide people with the opportunity to watch the preparation and enjoy an authentic French meal. Guests see more of the shop and kitchen and interact with the Chef in ...

    Posted at September 3, 2013 | By : | Categories : Loan Recipients | 0 Comment
  • The Barn

    https://www.thebarncoffee.com/ The Barn Coffee and Social Club - Comfortable, relaxing environment - grab a cup of your favorite coffee drink with friends and family. Mike & Amelia Bishop always dreamed of owning their own location and you can see their passion reflected in the unique accents of The Barn. The space is a fantastically restored barn on Main Street. The coolest coffee shop you will ever visit, with rustic charm yet comfortable seating and free wifi. There is a 2nd level loft with open space and chesterfields for people to relax away from the busy serving area. The shop serves North Mountain drip and ...

    Posted at September 3, 2013 | By : | Categories : Loan Recipients | 0 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 : Blog,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 : Blog,Food | 0 Comment