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Fall 2014 Email Newsletter

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Dear HarvestHand Community,

It seems this fall season has been even faster than last year, who knew it was possible. 

Community Updates:


Frank Cochrane at Cochrane Family Farm's asked us to add his logo to our CSA Software  page, if you'd like your's added please send Duncan an email with your preferred logo.

Taproot Farms just posted Spicy Fennel Spaghetti Recipe and The State of the CSA. Here are Patricia's thoughts after reading the State of the CSA:

One: I want to arrange another farm visit time

Two: I really want to have a think tank session with members before we move into next year - what is working, what is not working, from all perspectives

Three: I hope our CSA members know the impact the impact their commitment has on the farm and farm team and agriculture."

What do you think? Join the discussion here


We're loving the choice of inspirational quotes from Shanis Farm. Thanks Scott and Cheryl!

Here's a sneak preview of It's a custom design by Raina Noël. we'd love your feedback, please send to

Check out Tebogt's new cold storage.Congrat's Emily! Emily has awesome Facebook updates, make sure to "like" herFacebook page

Strawberry Hill farm got hit by snow last week. 

From Tim's blog: "I had to plow a path into the Brussels sprouts.  The truck still got stuck and needed to be pulled out but at least the crew did get everything harvested that we need."

See full blog, there are lots of other cool photos.

The International CSA Directory and Map is now live. We've partnered with theInternational Network of Community Supported Agriculture (URGENCI) to make this happen. If you'd like to be added to the map or you'd like information changed, please send us a note through the form.

Local Food Community News

It's ACORN Conference Week! ACORN just published the At-A-Glance Program which makes it easy to see all the concurrent workshops. Very handy for planning. If you are on Twitter, this year's hashtag is #2014ACORN (click to see discussion)

 Download here At A Glance program


Food Secure Canada's (FSC) National Assembly is November 13th-16th at the same location as ACORN Conference. Fun fact: If you are registered for ACORN Conference, you can go to FSC on Friday for free. 




Vandana Shiva is in town for Food Secure Canada conference and she is doing a talk on"The Politics of Food" on November 12th at 7pm at Ondaatje Auditorium, Dalhousie University. Suggested donations: $20 (waged), $10 (unwaged).

More details


NS 50% Local Club = Huge Success!

Over 3000 Nova Scotian's participated in this club for the month of September and shared their experience. That's 2800 more than last year!

Check out and join the Facebook group, it's still active!

FarmWorks Upcoming Events


Devour Food Film Fest is on in Wolfville this week.

There are over 100 events- films, workshops, and events. Check out the program here

If you want to share something in next month's newsletter, please email

Support Updates

Facebook Tip

Create a "username" for your Facebook page! It takes 1 minute and allows you to claim a custom link like this:

This makes it shorter and much easier to share. Without a username, a Facebook page link looks like this:


We recommend making it your business name!


Duncan is now in the office 9am-5pm Monday to Friday. Hooray! 

He'll be out November 12th-14th for ACORN conference. You can reach him during those days at: 1(866)-542-4305 or in person at ACORN.

Any other day, just call Duncan at:

1 (902)-542-5310

Note: The toll-free forwards to Duncan's cell so it's the best number to call in emergency.

Development Updates

We'd like to officially welcome Justin Bezanson to our community. Justin has worked on a number of HarvestHand CSA software features and websites over the past year and we're fortunate to have him with us.

Justin was born and raised in Nova Scotia, has 3 young children, and works with Mike Caplan in Wolfville. 

Justin's favourite past projects include premium marketing services with analytics, coupons for Digital Dental Exchange (DDX) cases, buildingLabnext from the ground up, invoice management for DDX cases, and building setup wizards to help practices and labs easily setup their information. Justin brings a wealth of knowledge when it comes to software development.

Welcome Justin!

Thank you for your feedback email about HarvestHand CSA software. We'll be sending around a survey soon to gather specific feedback to determine the next developments.

Please continue to keep us updated about how you are doing and what you need help with. We are here to help you reach your business and community goals.

Sincerely yours,

The loving team at HarvestHand

(Mike, Patricia, Duncan, and our supportive community)

We're always up for a chat and we'd love to hear from you, please contact us at duncan@harvesthand.comor toll-free at 1(866)- 542-4305



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