News & Events

  • Congratulations Oakview Farm in Kingsport

    Oakview Farm is FarmWork's 6th Loan Recipient! See Loan Recipients here Oakview Farm is a small local producer of pesticide free produce. They have three market areas; an on farm U pick operation for fresh fruit/vegetables, free run egg, and direct market sales at the Halifax Seaport Market. They have been in business for 16 years and have consistently grown their sales over that period of time. They have direct contact with their customers and enjoy providing fine quality produce for their business partners. Recently, they have added a greenhouse to extend their growing season for salad crops ...

    Posted at November 22, 2012 | By : | Categories : News & Events | 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
  • Getting Your Food to More Tables

    - BRIDGING GAPS BETWEEN PRODUCERS AND CONSUMERS - websites – social media – connections – food hubs - distribution If you grow, process, distribute, or eat food you’re invited to attend! Wolfville Farmers’ Market , Thursday, October 25th, 6 pm Contribution $5 – includes tea, coffee, juice, cookies  Innovative food-related businesses and organizations continually seek to engage existing and new customers. The Web can bridge gaps and facilitate online connections and physical distribution.

    Posted at October 13, 2012 | By : | Categories : News & Events | 0 Comment
  • “Gentle Dragons” are looking for Food Entrepreneurs

    The Blockhouse School, November 9th, 12 pm Masonic Hall, Baddeck, November 14th, 6 pm Wolfville Farmers’ Market, November 17th, 6 pm         EVERYONE INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING LOCAL FARMS AND FOOD PRODUCERS IS INVITED TO ATTEND Coffee, Tea, Juice, Local Cookies Provided $5 Contribution Welcome Money invested in the FarmWorks Community Economic Development Fund provides loans to farms and food-related businesses to help increase the supply of local food, and agricultural and related economic activity. Showcase Events ...

    Posted at September 29, 2012 | By : | Categories : News & Events | 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
  • PEI FarmWorks Offers Islanders a Chance to Invest in Island Agri-Enterprises

    Islanders will soon have an opportunity to use their investment dollars to grow the province's number one industry, agriculture and agri-food, right here at home. PEI FarmWorks is the first investment cooperative set up under the Community Economic Development Business (CEDB) program announced last August by Finance Minister Wes Sheridan. The CEDB program helps strengthen local communities by offering Islanders a new method to invest in economic development, said Sheridan. “Islanders want to invest in Islanders – in Island businesses that have the potential to benefit the community and foster growth in the local economy,” he said. Here’s how it works. Investors have ...

    Posted at August 7, 2012 | By : | Categories : News & Events | 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
  • Food Grows Here

    Over the next several months FarmWorks will be working with other individuals and organizations to promote the fact that FOOD Does GROW HERE! We'll be announcing where and when presentations will take place.

    Posted at July 23, 2012 | By : | Categories : News & Events | 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
  • 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
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