News & Events

  • 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
  • Local Prosperity: FarmWorks is helping to grow local entrepreneurs and their businesses

    The Centre for Local Prosperity brought a wide range of speakers and citizens together in Annapolis Royal and Cornwallis Park over four days in April 2015 to consider New Economics for Rural Canada. Conference Keynote speaker, economist Michael Shuman, has written that  Americans’ long-term savings in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, pension funds, and life insurance funds total about $30 trillion (America 330 M, Canada 33 M people). But not even 1 percent of these savings touch local small business—even though roughly half the jobs and the output in the private economy come from them. So, how can people increasingly concerned with ...

    Posted at April 15, 2015 | By : | Categories : News & Events,Press Releases | 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 Receives National Award

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 14, 2014 FarmWorks honoured among Tides Top 10 awardees Tides Canada named FarmWorks Investment Co-operative Limited among its Tides Top 10 – a national annual award honouring some of Canada’s most innovative social change efforts that inspire people to take action, think in new ways and make the world a better place. We chose them for: Creating meaningful partnerships with investors and with loan recipients, businesses and other lenders – partnerships that contribute to the growth of food-related enterprises across Nova Scotia. “Our Tides Top 10 ...

    Posted at April 14, 2014 | By : | Categories : News & Events | 0 Comment
  • Gentle Dragons Find Food

    The Gentle Dragons found many current and potential food producers right across the Province and throughout the next months some of them will show up on this website when they qualify to receive loans from FarmWorks.  In January and February there were FarmWorks information sessions and “Gentle Dragons” food producer showcases across Nova Scotia. Everyone was invited to attend to hear from local producers and to learn how FarmWorks is supporting producers. Shares in FarmWorks provide Provincial tax credits. The March 3rd Offer has closed but will reopen to accommodate additional investors (see below). People presented their plans or their ideas ...

    Posted at March 28, 2014 | By : | Categories : FarmWorks History | 0 Comment
  • The “Gentle Dragons” are looking for more food

    In January and February there will be Entrepreneur Showcases across Nova Scotia. FarmWorks "Gentle Dragons" will ask questions of people who present their plans for producing more food in Nova Scotia, and everyone is invited to attend these sessions to hear about fine people with plans to increase the supply of great Nova Scotian food. Two sessions are already arranged:    

    Posted at December 24, 2013 | By : | Categories : FarmWorks History | 0 Comment
  • “All Hands in the Dirt” Yarmouth

    The “Gentle Dragons” are Looking for Food, so  “All Hands in the Dirt” Help the dragons find food at Salle Père Maurice LeBlanc Theatre, Tusket Wednesday, January 22, 5:30 pm No charge – please join us! Enjoy local food and conversation,  Hear from local food producers, learn about FarmWorks and other organizations. Sponsored by FarmWorks Investment Co-operative limited

    Posted at November 5, 2013 | By : | Categories : FarmWorks History | 0 Comment
  • FarmWorks Flavours 2014 – October 26 – Alderney landing

    FarmWorks Flavours 2014 Small Plates and Sweet Treats - 30 TASTE SENSATIONS $30 Alderney Landing Market on Sunday October 26th from 4 pm to 7 pm. WONDERFUL FOODS AND BEVERAGES PROVIDED BY BUSINESSES SUPPORTED BY FARMWORKS! Participants and Menu Items from FarmWorks Flavours last year: Pie r Squared:Harvest Cream Soup with Fresh Basil Quark, Roasted Red Pepper Pesto and Chorizo Sausage Pizza, both Gluten Free Big Spruce Brewery & Eatery:Cereal Killer Oatmeal Stout, Kitchen Party Pale Ale, Bitter Get'er ...

    Posted at November 5, 2013 | By : | Categories : FarmWorks History | 0 Comment
  • Rural Redefined: Post-Georgetown Conference 2013 Insight by Linda Best

    The time is ripe to re-energize the entrepreneurial spirit that historically characterized Atlantic Canadians. From the successes of early settlers to the accomplishments of individuals today, from entrepreneurs in small communities to urban farmers, from engaged kids to senior volunteers, there are multitudes of examples of Atlantic spirit. Maybe it's the ocean around us, maybe the food we grow, the distances that make us self-reliant but neighborly, the friend and family connections: these and many other elements inspire engagement and innovation and enterprise. Perhaps some of us have lost sight of our abilities, ...

    Posted at October 15, 2013 | By : | Categories : FarmWorks History | 0 Comment
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