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Citizens need to keep an ever watchful eye on farmland and the support farmers require to produce safe, healthy food. Currently, the Municipality of the County of Kings is completing its Kings 2050 initiative. This process will lead to a new Municipal Planning Strategy later in 2015. Many changes are being made that will impact the protection of agricultural land and the agricultural district.  No Farms No Food volunteers are working hard to fully understand the impact of multiple changes. A preliminary report has been prepared and submitted to the municipality.

The draft MPS can be accessed here

Proposed changes have been charted on this map

2015 International Year of Soi...

The UN Food and Agricultural Organization says 33% of global soils are being degraded right now. It’s reminding us that is can take up to 1,000 years for one centimetre of new soil to form.

The goal of the International Year of Soils is to encourage everyone, especially farmers, to improve soil management. This is being done through soil related projects… Over 120.

See the FOA world soil map

IT WAS AWESOME!

For three years NF2 supporters had such a fantastic time opening the December Holiday Season in good cheer while achieving our fundraising goals for sustainable farming. Here’s how we did:

  • 2011-2013 — A total of $19,604 provided to the Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust
  • 2011 & 2012 — A total of $12,882 provided for Oxfam Canada’s work with women farmers in Africa
  • 2013— A total of $6722 to Farmers Helping Farmers for work in Kenya
  • Grand total raised $39,208

This money was raised on the basis of: 50% for local; and 50% for fields faraway. Why?

Kings County is home to some of the best soils on our planet and our support for the Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust signifies the importance of protecting farmland.

The inclusion of Oxfam and Farmers Helping Farmers caused us to pause and reflect on what can happen when food security is taken for granted or lost. Our action on two fronts serves to highlight this while helping those much less fortunate.

These fundraising efforts remind each of us of what can be achieved through the generosity of others who care about farmland and farmers, both here and away.

A large spit-roasted pig, silent and live auctions, over 200 people each year, music by the Rand Band and Ken Bezanson, and the generosity of Old Orchard owner, the late Don Wallace. A truly great time in the company of friends, family and supporters for which we will all be forever grateful.

About Us

No Farms No Food is a community coalition located in Kings County, Nova Scotia. Our volunteer work aims to preserve farmland from residential, commercial and/or industrial development.

We are farmers, tourism and business operators, wildlife enthusiasts, teachers, health care professionals, lawyers and individuals from every walk of life. Our commonality? We all call the Annapolis Valley “home” and are committed to its long term sustainability.

Our work is essential to increasing food security in Nova Scotia and supporting a farm economy that has sustained farms, fields and families in Nova Scotia since the 1700s.

Members of No Farms No Food have been active in the development of the Food Policy Council of Nova Scotia and in the development of the Annapolis Farmland Trust aimed at providing the option of agricultural land banking.

Food Policy Council

In Land We Trust

We actively support the 100-mile diet and the importance of purchasing and promoting locally produced foods.

We need your help to oppose the loss of farmland. Join us. Be seen, listen, speak out, write a letter to Councillors and to the Minister of Agriculture. These are all necessary steps on the road to stopping any additional development of our farmland.

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