Several recent links:

 The Office of Innovation and Community Engagement

The Office of Innovation and Community Engagement (OICE) is the gateway for external partners wishing to connect with researchers to develop research relationships. OICE facilitates and fosters these relationships by providing partners with a variety of services to benefit the development of new collaborations and project ideas. Services include matching external research needs with expertise on campus, identifying appropriate funding opportunities and assisting with contract development.

Kevin Buchan, Director
Office of Innovation and Community Engagement
Phone: (902) 491-6297

Danielle Goodfellow, Industry Liasion Officer
Office of Innovation and Community Engagement
(902) 420-5270

As the world gets bigger, we must buy local – and scale local | Jonas Singer TEDxMidAtlantic    Published on Dec 22, 2015

Jonas Singer argues that spending our dollars locally is the way to create more a equitable and healthy distribution of wealth in our communities. But we need to make local scale so it can compete with the massive corporations that control most industries. This is the vision of Union Kitchen, Singer’s effort to build a food system that benefits the local community.
Jonas Singer is a native of Chevy Chase, MD who is committed to advancing culture and economic opportunities throughout the Washington, D.C. region. As a Founder of Union Kitchen, Jonas works to build a food system that is profitable, just, and sustainable. Since Jonas and co-founder Cullen Gilchrist launched Union Kitchen in 2012, the business has worked with more than 150+ businesses.

Grow to Learn NYC: Citywide School Gardens Initiative   Published on Mar 25, 2015

Marcel Van Ooyen is the Executive Director of GrowNYC and former Legislative Director for the New York City Council. Mr. Van Ooyen took leadership of GrowNYC in 2006. Over the last 10 years at Marcel’s initiating, GrowNYC has vastly expanded its efforts with new initiatives including: Fresh Food Box, Youthmarket Farm Stands, Learn It Grow It Eat It education program anchored in the South Bronx as well as NYC’s first all local food hub: Greenmarket Co. GrowNYC’s Food Stamp in the Farmers’ Market initiative is considered a National model, with $1,000,000 in EBT sales in 2013. By responding to a diverse community and ramping up efforts, affordable, healthy, fresh food is getting into the hands that need it most across the city.

Logistics — our local food blind spot: Michael Rozyne at TEDxManhattan   Published on Mar 20, 2014 and

Michael Rozyne is Executive Director of Red Tomato, a non-profit produce ‘food hub’ based in Plainville, MA. He’s been marketing small farm products for three decades, including work on conventional and organic farms in Maine, and as Purchaser/Marketer for a regional food distributor in the Northeast.
In 1986, he co-founded fair trade coffee company Equal Exchange, now a leading US fair trade company. Rozyne started Red Tomato in 1996, to bring global fair trade principles to farmers in the US. His current obsession is finding a way to make local produce available in a grocery store near you.

Why Big Box Retailers Cost Communities More

What were once staples of daily living in our communities — butchers, bakers, fishmongers, and greengrocers — are now seen as inefficient when large chain grocery stores deliver all-in-one convenience. But “fast and convenient” has weakened our communities. As the African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Big food corporations want to grow fast so they go alone. But for our local communities to go far, we must go together. And homegrown businesses are a critical link for a strong, vibrant, healthy community; nowhere is this more prevalent than our local food economy. The scale of efficiencies in the modern food economy are driven by lean manufacturing practices, low-cost packaging, targeted marketing, and supply chain management to the big boxes that sell it. By shopping at Big Box chains, we try to figuratively stretch our dollars further but end up literally stretching ourselves (obesity) and our communities (food deserts) to unhealthy breaking points.

These stretched dollars actually leave our local communities destined for a public company balance sheet. Conversely, a dollar spent at a local business circulates 2.5 times within the community in the form of profits, jobs, and charities.



FarmWorks YouTube – FarmWorks Clients discuss their businesses and FarmWorks

Salmon Arm BC June 2015 Linda Best and also Keeping it Rural Conference

FarmWorks September 2015


New Farmers Initiative – Character Capital

Linda Best and Michael Shuman – Pollinating Food Enterprises

Local Prosperity Conference, Annapolis Royal, 2015 Watch for Local Prosperity 2016

Banking Community Assets: A New Model of Community-Based Economic Development Greg MacLeod and Chris Ling Published August 31, 2009

Local Food – A Rural Opportunity



Georgetown Conference 2.0

Other Resources

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Impact Investing in Canadian Communities – CEDIF page 33

Promoting FarmWorks

Why Invest in FarmWorks?

Other Promotion


Select Nova Scotia



The Plunkett Foundation

Simply Governance


Financing (other than FarmWorks)



Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency

Nova Scotia Farm Loan Board

Farm Credit Canada

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

AgriInnovation Program – If your business is agricultural, you can apply for an R&D grant or a loan to get your new agricultural product or technology ready for the market.

AgriInvest – If you are an agricultural producer, you could get a matching contribution if you put aside savings.

AgriMarketing Program – Do you have an agricultural business? You could get money to advertise and market your agricultural products and adapt appropriate assurance systems.

Atlantic Innovation Fund – APPLIES ONLY TO: NEW BRUNSWICK, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, NOVA SCOTIA, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND – If your business is in the Atlantic provinces, you could get funding to develop new technology.

Canada Business July 2015


Canadian Food Inspection Agency

NOTE THIS: CFIA – Labelling 101

NS Food Safety


Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture


Canada Business Network


Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network

Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture

Farm Safety Nova Scotia

New Farmers and Alternative Markets