I did a small talk on HarvestHand at the local tech community meet up. If you're interested (requires a modern browser):
Natalie Dobbin has published pieces of her master’s project at UBC Graduate School of Journalism titled "Growing Life: Young Nova Scotia Farmers and Social Sustainability." In it she profiles 7 farmers including:
- Owen Bridge of Annapolis Seeds
- Sarah and Joey Pittoello of Stewart’s Organic Farm
- Shannon Jones and Bryan Dyck of Broadfork Farm
- Lance Bishop of Wild Mountain Farm
- and our very own Jody Nelson and Keith Mullins of Localmotive Farm
Natalie has done a great job capturing the essence of what motivates these individuals in photo, audio, and video. Below is an one of the several documentaries in the collection titled "Love, food and music" featuring Jody and Keith.
Our very own Patricia of TapRoot Farms is being recognized by Oxfam Canada as a Female Food Hero! You may be asking what what is a Female Food Hero? Female Food Heroes are women who are working to build a movement for good food – food that is grown well and shared fairly. According to the good folks at Oxfam Canada who monitor all things food superhero like:
Patricia Bishop is a female food hero because of her passion and efforts to promote local, organic foods and preserve agricultural lands, building province-wide awareness of some of the most important issues affecting the future of farming: food security, land use, and the viability of local farms...
Congrats Patricia and family!
Localmotive Farm is the cleverly named Colstream, Nova Scotia, based farm run by Jody Nelson, Keith Mullins, along with their growing family. Jody, a transplant from Alberta farm country, has a BSc. (Agr.) in Plant Science with a specialization in Organic Agriculture. Keith is a musician by love and by trade.
They grow a wide range of local veggies, and some fruit, using organic methods. In addition to this, they also have a collection of shitake mushroom logs and harvest wild chanterelle mushrooms from their forest.
Their CSA service supplies households with weekly vegetables throughout an 18 week growing period. You can also find Localmotive at the Musquodoboit Harbour Farmer’s Market.
If you are in the Stewiacke to Halifax area, you should consider supporting Jody and Keith's farm by joining the Localmotive Farm CSA.
Nicole and Stewart believe in the power of the horse. They run Whippletree Farm with Deedee and Stormy, their Suffolk Punch draft horses. Located in Round Hill, Nova Scotia -- just outside of the historic and artistic town of Annapolis Royal -- they practice ecological farming and forestry in a quintessentially "horsing" way.
On the farming side, Whippletree offers a 20 week summer CSA serving Annapolis Royal and Bridgetown. Their CSA share consists of 8-10 items per week -- a generous amount of vegetables suited for a family of 2 adults and 2-3 children, or for a couple who likes to cook from scratch and eat a lot of vegetables. You can also find their goods at the Annapolis Royal Farmers' and Traders' Market throughout the summer, and the Historic Gardens in the fall.