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Farmer with Meat CSA to represent Canada at the upcoming Slow Meat Conference

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Slow Meat

Canada, May 27th, 2015 – Taking place June 4-6 in Denver, Colorado, Slow Meat is an event that “brings together ranchers, farmers, butchers, chefs, eaters and more to share ideas on how we can turn the herd toward meat that is good, clean and fair for all” (Slow Meat Website). Three Canadians will proudly represent Canada at the second edition of this event.

“There is a growing crisis in rural communities: consumers are craving transparency, quality and relationships at the very same moment that a culture of confinement confines farmers, animals and opportunity. Slow Meat is intended to provide a safe space for supply to connect to demand, advocates to connect with ranchers, and vegetarians with butchers to climb out from beneath a system that worships scale and speed rather than quality and transparency”, states Richard McCarthy, Executive Director of Slow Food USA, the group organizing the Slow Meat Conference.

Rachel and Tyler Herbert of Trail's End Beef, a fifth-generation family ranch in the Porcupine Hills of southern Alberta, will be representing us at the event. Since the late 1800s, their family produces natural grassfed, grass-finished beef raised in a way that is good for the land, the animals and the consumers – a good example of Slow Food’s good, clean and fair values.

Julia Smith, of Urban Digs Farm, will also be representing Canada at the Slow Meat 2015 Conference. The farm, as their website states, “supplies families and chefs with trustworthy meat, eggs and produce grown at our farm and by other farmers [they] know.” Julia is on a mission to revolutionize the food industry and hopes to inspire change. Urban

These delegates are supported by Slow Food in Canada, a collaborative team comprised of Slow Food networks from coast to coast. Its mission, as stated by the International movement, is the recognition of the central role of good, clean and fair food. “We are thrilled that our delegates are ‘joining the change makers’ as a voice for Canada and are fully confident in their abilities to be a catalyst for change,” says Heather Pritchard, Chair of Slow Food in Canada.

Slow Meat 2015 will feature a wide array of activities, conferences and dinners, including the Denver Dine Around Dinners on June 4th, the Slow Meat Symposium and Delegation Dinner on June 5th, and the Slow Meat Fair on June 6th, where the public is invited to experience Slow Meat by attending lectures and workshops.

About the Slow Food movement
Slow Food is an international non-profit organization funded by its members in 150 countries with over 100,000 members in 1500 convivia. For more information: 


Caroline Cloutier
Communications Coordinator, Slow Food in Canada

Heather Pritchard (Vancouver)
Chair, Slow Food in Canada

Janet Henderson (Calgary)
Slow Food in Canada Board of Directors

Wolfville Farmers’ Market’s Good Food Hub launches Food Matters Mixer

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Wolfville Farmers' Market Good Food Hub Food Matters Mixer 2015

News Release:  Wolfville Farmers’ Market’s Good Food Hub launches it's first Food Matters Mixer:

Thursday, May 28, 7-9pm


The Wolfville Farmers’ Market’s Good Food Hub will launch its first Food Matters Mixer this Thursday, May 28, from 7-9pm. The Food Matters Mixer will be a regular social event designed to connect people who are passionate about food and food issues, provide a forum for new food projects, ideas and innovations and spark connections and energy within the growing food movement. This first event has been sponsored by the Eastern Kings Community Health Board.

Guests are invited to tantalize their tastebuds on tapas from the Good Food Hub, craft beers from The Schoolhouse Brewery, fizzy brews from a funky ferment bar, and samples from Farm Girl Preserves. Games and door prizes will be provided by EOS Natural Foods.

To spark imagination and conversation, there will be three visual storytellers on the theme of transition: Roberto Gueli, Holistic Nutrition educator, co-owner of Conscious Catering and passionate wild foodist;  Lesley Frank, Sociology Professor and food justice advocate; and, Sarah Pittoello, organic farmer, educator and culinary explorer.  

Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 in advance (buy at The Wolfville Farmers’ Market info booth or at T.A.N. Cafe in Kentville). Admission includes good food and conversation, drinks will be provided at a cash bar. Some free tickets are available for anyone who is financially restricted. Contact Selah Koile at

Facebook:  Food Matters Mixer
Website:  Wolfville Farmers Market

Sandor Katz Fermentation Wolfville Farmers Market Good Food Hub Wolfville


Photo of wild fermentation wizard and culinary author and activist, Sandor Katz, teaching a workshop at the Good Food Hub in 2014

Good Food Hub Background:

When the Wolfville Farmers’ Market installed a commercial kitchen last spring, it began an initiative called the Good Food Hub with a vision of fostering a nourishing community culture that values local food including the systems, skills, knowledge and people that sustain it. A Community Advisory Committee, made up of community leaders, helped to guide a year long process that included monthly meetings, brainstorming, focus groups, partnerships, and pilot projects. Through this process the Market decided to form a standing Good Food Hub Committee made up of vendors and members of the community; and that it could sustain two programs: the Food Matters Mixer event series and The Art and Ease of Good Food workshops.

The Food Matters Mixer was envisioned as a way to foster the hub culture of the Market, by bringing people together from different sectors of the food movement (culinary, agricultural, industry, food security, sustainability, food education, academics, nutrition, health and more). A community planning committee including Adam Barnett, Av Singh, and Amanda Vaz worked with Market staff to further develop the concept and event plan.

The Art and Ease of Good Food cooking workshops provide hands on cooking skills using fresh local ingredients in a friendly environment around a communal table. The successful spring series was so well received it sold out . Several tickets for financially restricted members of the community were made possible through the Eastern Kings Community Health Board Wellness Initiative Fund, and will be available again for the upcoming fall series. 

Get Involved!
The Wolfville Farmers’ Market started a Good Food Hub Fund to encourage business sponsorship and individual donations to support the sustainability of the programs and to allow those who are financially restricted to participate. The Market will soon form a Good Food Hub Committee made up of community members and vendors committed to sustaining and developing these community focused programs.  As these programs have a community focus, there will always be a need for volunteers and engagement.  Please contact The Market Manager to further discuss your interest.

Media Contacts:
Kelly Marie Redcliffe, Market Manager

Selah Koile, The Good Food Hub Coordinator

Agroecology vs. Industrial Agriculture Infographic by Christensen Fund

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I loved this infographic so much I asked the Christensen Fund to send it to us to print. Thanks Dan Porras for sharing it with our community. Agroecology involves local communities being involved in growing process from seed to mouth- sounds like the Community Shared (Supported) Agriculture model. The file is too large to save here, send me an email to get a copy.

Soil to Sky Infographic Christensen fund


Get Printable Infographic!


New Principles and Practices for Local Economic Development

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Michael Schuman addresses the recent One Nova Scotia Commission Report (a.k.a "The Ivany Report") and presents compelling new principles and practices for Local Economic Development.  

In this Friday morning plenary, Michael provides strategies and real examples from North American communities with vibrant local economies.

Enjoy more talks from the conference


Communities with more small locally owned businesses are healthier

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Last week Patricia and I went to the Local Prosperity Conference in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. It was by far the most relevant, interesting and engaging conference I've been to thus far. Other than Slow Food, CSA and farmers market events, I've never been to a conference where everyone is so happy to be there and everyone is actively seeking to form authentic relationships.

I hope to write more about the Prosperity Conference over the next few weeks, but first I want to share with you these two articles that my friend and mentor Linda Best shared yesterday. For context, Linda Best started and grew the FarmWorks community investment fund which has now as raised over $1 million for local food and farm growth in Nova Scotia. Fun fact: Nova Scotia is a leader in community investment internationally because it created Community Economic Development Investment Funds (CEDIF), which has led to over $70 million of local investment in the past 20 years. I think this is particularly relevant as we address the economic challenges we are faced with in Nova Scotia today (aging population, depopulation, shattered social services etc.), but also for communities all around the world. 

I believe more than ever that we will need more local community investment models, import replacements, "local first" business promotion campaigns, policy changes, local currency and savings strategies, and planning. 

Thank you Linda for sharing these articles and quotes:

Locally owned small businesses pack powerful economic punch

Thinking small and local, not big and global, may help communities ignite long-term economic growth, according to economists.

"We can't look outside of the community for our economic salvation." Goetz said. "The best strategy is to help people start new businesses and firms locally and help them grow and be successful."

U.S. counties with thriving small businesses have healthier residents Natalie Smith Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia

U.S. counties and parishes with a greater concentration of small, locally-owned businesses have healthier populations — with lower rates of mortality, obesity and diabetes — than do those that rely on large companies with “absentee” owners, according to a national study.
"Our findings suggest that the rewards of a vibrant small business sector are multi-dimensional," Blanchard said. "In addition to job creation, small businesses yield important non-economic rewards to communities that may improve the health of local residents. "


Photos from top to bottom:

Linda Best, Founder of FarmWorks Investment Co-op from website and taken at Georgetown Conference

Natalie Smith, President Farmers Markets of Nova Scotia from 50% Local Food Club site