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Canadian GMO Crops Summary Report

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This helpful summary report covers what GMO crops are grown in Canada, what GM crops are grown in the world, GM crops imported into Canada, what GM crops are not on the market, and GM crops that could be next. 

The report was shared as a pdf so I cropped it so it's easier to read on mobile.

Gm crops in Canada

Gm Crops around the world

Gm Crops Grown in Canada

Gm Crops not in Canada

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How I manage my weekly local food shopping

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Friends of mine often ask me how I source food and plan my weekly meals, so I'd start with how I shop for local food. On Friday's I use our HarvestHand CSA Software platform which powers the website and the HarvestHand Shopping List tool which runs to plan my meals for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Tuesday, since I currently have the small veggie CSA share (for info about CSA's, see 'What is a CSA') from Taproot Farms, I order the rest of my week's groceries online through the add-on products section at (only available to Taproot CSA members). Here's what my weekly shopping flow looks like:






Step 1: Go to to see what I received in my vegetable share this week and to see what I will get next week in my vegetable share.










Taproot Farms Email Newsletter Recipes





Step 2: Go to to find recipe ideas that I can make with my CSA veggie share. I'll often read recipe blog posts from Halifax Food Bloggers, Kitchen Vignettes or Food 52 for inspiration. If I have specific vegetables, meat or grains I need to cook, I'll use Food Gawker to find a recipe or idea for how to combine ingredients I already have.





What's Fresh- HarvestHand app Wolfville Farmers Market








Step 3: Go to to see what's available at the market on Saturday and make a list of items I still need for meals. I am very excited about this because I often find that I get overwhelmed at the market without a list and I can never possibly know what's available in a given week. Is asparagus season over? Is it not? I never know. It's also a fun way to explore what's available and think about how I can combine it with stuff I have and the recipes I've been perusing.








Wolfville Farmers Market Shopping List








Step 4: Email or print my shopping list. Usually I email my list to myself because I make it on my laptop and use my email on my phone to check my list. Sometimes I'll make the list on my phone so I don't have to email to myself and so I can make my list with one hand sorting through my fridge and or pantry.







On Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, I top up my CSA share produce by buying additional products through the Taproot website that I will then pick up with my CSA veggie share on Wednesday.

HarvestHand sell extra products

Step 1: Buy groceries online from Taproot's Add-Ons. To do this I login into my Taproot Farms account (only available to Taproot Farm members - see membership options- become a member here), select what I want, and pay for it. My order will be waiting for me with my veggie share on Wednesday.














Why Shopping this Way Makes Sense to Me

Making the shift to buying mostly local food requires more planning because naturally you eat much less processed (fast) foods and cook more delicious slow food (good, clean, fair). I love shopping and living this way. These tools enable me to think and plan ahead, choose carefully the food I eat, and look back at what I ate throughout the year. As a bonus, I tend to feel more healthy and full of energy because I've eaten well. I also tend to waste less food because I only buy what I need. Plus every week feels like Christmas when I open my CSA box to see all of the yummy food inside it. 

Please feel free to contact me with comments or ideas on Facebook, twitter @harvesthand or via email duncan [at] if you have any questions.




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Please share with your local media (newspapers, magazines, blogs etc.) See also ways to get involved.





WOLFVILLE, NS (February 25, 2015):


Farms from around the world are celebrating International CSA Sign-Up Day on February 28. The day encourages consumers to buy a share of their local farm’s harvest for the 2015 season, a buying model known as Community Shared (Supported) Agriculture, or CSA.


CSA has become an important model to support local agriculture since it was introduced first introduced to the United States in the 1980s and since grown to over 14,000 farms around the world. To join a CSA, members buy a share of the harvest in the winter and spring and then get a box of local produce each week throughout the year.


“Who’s your farmer reads the Taproot Farms van. I’ll never forgot the first day I read that and Googled Community Shared Agriculture, it changed my life. As a CSA member I have the opportunity to get the the freshest, tastiest local produce as well as have a direct connection with a farmer and fellow CSA members. What’s more, by investing in a CSA share I can directly help reduce how far food travels, ensure that I know where my food comes from and what’s in it, and know that I am supporting my local economy and the next generation of farmers.” says Duncan Ebata, Food Community Builder at HarvestHand, a technology company that works with CSA farms to grow their communities.


February 28th was chosen as International CSA Sign-up Day because this day is the most popular day to sign up for CSA shares according to the US based 2014 CSA Farming Report. Buying a CSA share in late winter is important for farmers who are making the capital investments for this year’s harvest now.  The CSA model means they do not need to finance these costs taking on debt.


Quotes from CSA Farmers


Patricia Bishop, Taproot Farms, Port Williams, Nova Scotia

“ We use the CSA model because we needed immediate support when we started in 2009 to make it on the farm. The community has been supporting us. We deeply value the community, the connection and the shared values with our members.” - Patricia Bishop


Tim Livingstone, Strawberry Hill Farm, Woodstock, New Brunswick

“The CSA model has helped us to start farming and provide a living for our family. Although we had farming experience, we did not  inherit or own a farm and the CSA model has helped to provide the cash flow and support we needed to get started. This model is also very rewarding as it helps create meaningful connections between us and our customers. Members enjoy the connection to the farm, the access to fresh healthy food along with the sense of anticipation, surprise and adventure that goes with getting a weekly box of produce. They often equate it to getting a Christmas box every week. The CSA model is good for everyone." says Tim Livingstone, owner of Strawberry Hill Farm in Woodstock, New Brunswick.”


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For More Information:
Duncan Ebata

Food Community Builder,

(p) 902-542-5310

© 1-866-542-4305

Full-Time Software Developer Position

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HarvestHand is a small start-up company in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Our mandate is to participate in building a vibrant local food economy by providing new media solutions that help to bring together farmers and food consumers in mutually beneficial ways.


Software Developer

This is a full-time, term position for a minimum of six months. Starts immediately.


  • development and maintenance of HarvestHand Web based CSA software platform
  • develop innovative new features and evolve current feature sets
  • analyse software to ensure stability, availability, and performance
  • identify and implement proactive solutions to address potential issues
  • identify ideas for system improvements
  • respond to customer support needs
  • participation in preparation and implementation of  training materials
  • thrive in a startup environment and familiarity with launching “lean” software applications


experience using:

  • Linux
  • Apache HTTP server
  • MySQL relational database management system
  • PHP programming language
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Javascript


Applicants should be graduates of a recognized  computer science training program (degree or diploma) with a concentration in web development.


  • be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • be between 15 and 30 years old (inclusive); required by funders.
  • have graduated from a post-secondary institution;
  • be legally entitled to work according to relevant provincial legislation and regulations; and
  • be a first-time youth participant in a placement of the Career Focus Program of the Youth Employment Strategy. 
  • Read more about HarvestHand

Apply by March 25, 2015

Send resume and cover letter to


New Product Launch: What's Fresh by HarvestHand

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News ReleaseWhat's Fresh farmers markets software by HarvestHand


January 17, 2015


Launch of What’s Fresh! A new shopping list tool to help consumers make the most of their visit to the Wolfville Farmers’ Market


The Wolfville Farmers’ Market is thrilled to launch What’s Fresh!, a new first-of-its-kind shopping list software tool for Farmers’ Markets. Market customers can now browse for real-time information about Vendors and available Products for the upcoming Market day on their desktops or mobile devices. What’s Fresh makes it easier for people to browse what’s available at the farmers market market, plan meals, remember everything on their shopping list and support local businesses.


What’s Fresh was designed by HarvestHand, a community-shared software development company with a vision to strengthen food and farm communities. The HarvestHand community have lead a number of local food new media projects including HarvestHand CSA Software-  management software for Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) producers, F5://Food (Refresh)- a 48 hour idea lab for local new media and food solutions, and a World Map of CSA Farms.


“I am very proud of the Wolfville Farmers’ Market for taking this innovative step to help deliver greater service to its customers.   This tool is designed to help families plan their in-season meals and shop at the Market more effectively. We want to help them get the job done, while also enjoying the Market experience,” said Market Manager, Kelly Marie Redcliffe.


“A Farmers’ Market is a unique environment where every week there is a 4.5 hour window of time for over 60 vendors to offer their products with over 1000 people who are also neighbours with one another.   We thought it would be great to make it easier to browse what’s available at the Market from home on Friday and make up a shopping list to take with you,”  explained Redcliffe, and further to that.   “Because we have an IT community particularly interested in building community food systems, we decided to embrace this new adventure. It has been wonderful to work with HarvestHand as they built this tool; and it is our hope we can over time make it more and more effective for us and for the Farmers’ Market community as a whole.”


First time users of the tool can show their What’s Fresh shopping list at the Information Booth to  enter to win $50 Market Dollars.  The draw will take place on the last Saturday of each month for the next three months.

The url for What's Fresh is: It can be added to a home screen on mobile devices or bookmarked on desktops for easy access and use.




For More Information:

Kelly Marie Redcliffe

Manager, Wolfiville Farmers’ Market




Duncan Ebata

Food Community Builder,

(p) 902-542-5310

© 1-866-542-4305