Browsing Category : Community

THE LOST LINK IN AGRICULTURE


Reconnecting consumers to producers with Community Supported Agriculture “Eating is an agricultural act,” said great writer, activist, and farmer Wendell Berry. If you consume food you are a participant in agriculture, and so we all are. Not that long ago people grew most, or all, of their food and if they didn’t grow it themselves, they often knew who did.…

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CSA FARMS ON PEI


VEGETABLE CSAs Jen and Derek’s Farm Located in the Wilmot Valley, pick up in Summerside. Produce also available at the Bedeque Village Store and Farmed-Market and Craft Butchery in Summerside, Riverview Market in Charlottetown, and Arlington Orchard farm stands at Stratford, Ellens Creek and Miscouche. Little Victory Microfarms Located in New Glasgow. Pick up in Charlottetown and New Glasgow.  …

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THE CHALLENGE AHEAD IN SCHOOL FOOD


Finding common ground in school food programs A diverse group of people gathered at the PEI Farm Centre on March 15 to discuss the challenges and successes of several projects implemented as part of the PEI government’s Community Food Security and Food Education Program. Teachers, dieticians, parents, farmers, and concerned citizens participated in a robust discussion. Some of the many…

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Dining without sight

TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE


CNIB hosts Dining in the Dark Have you ever sat down to an enticing plate of food, closed your eyes, taken a deep breath, and experienced that first bite sans sight? It’s a luxury many of us have taken in hopes of elevating our other senses. But for many Islanders, eating without the benefit of full sight is their day-to-day…

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ICYMI


In case you missed it Barnyard Organics from Freetown PEI, was awarded the Soil Conservationists of the Year by the PEI Soil & Crop Improvement Association. They became the first organic farm to achieve this recognition. Barnyard Organics grows and sells organic feed mixes and organic grains as well as raise poultry and offer a CSA for eggs and poultry.…

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THE POLITICS OF PRODUCE


Local-grown versus off-Island goods sparks debate in farmers’ markets Winter poses a variety of challenges for small-scale farmers who have booths at farmers’ markets. The most notable one is the ability to keep their booth filled with fresh, locally grown produce. Some farmers use greenhouses to grow produce throughout the winter months, however, quantities and variety generally become limited. There…

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A YOUTH-LED ENTERPRISE


Epekwitk Gardens & Preserves engages youth through land stewardship The Epekwitk Gardens and Preserves project began five years ago when leaders of the First Nation community felt it was important to create an opportunity for their future generations. Reconnecting youth to their ancestral roots of stewardship and community was identified as a priority for the Band. According to Chief Brian…

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BEYOND TOURISM


Perspectives on keeping rural communities vibrant in the winter They say it takes a village to raise a child. But when the village collapses, what does it take to raise it again? Many PEI villages are relics of a once thriving rural community. As agriculture and other major industries became industrialized, the lifeblood of these places was gradually siphoned out.…

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RECOGNIZING ROSS’ LEGACY


Kensington garden creation encourages community members to step forward Sometimes an idea can be planted and grow quickly. Creating a community garden in Kensington was a thought for Jamie MacKay that grew as fast as a radish in summer soil. MacKay’s passion for his community has filled up his schedule, and now his office. As the deputy provincial team lead…

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