Young Nova Scotia Farmers and Social Sustainability

Posted on by Michael Caplan

Jody Nelson and Keith Mullins (Natalie Dobbin/ December, 2011)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:

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.


Love, food and music from Natalie Dobbin on Vimeo.

Female Food Heroes - Congrats Patricia!

Posted on by Michael Caplan

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...

Read the rest here

Congrats Patricia and family!

Welcome Localmotive Farm!

Posted on by Michael Caplan

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.

Welcome Whippletree Farm!

Posted on by Michael Caplan

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.


Deedee and Stormy are a key component to the farm operation, but also to their forestry practice too in the fall and winter.  The woodlots that they manged are newly Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified and are managed according to restorative forestry principles.  They offer FSC firewood and in the future will have air-dried lumber.
If you are in the  Annapolis Royal or Bridgetown area, you should consider supporting Nicole and Stewart's farm by joining the Whippletree Farm CSA.