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Politics of Food

Buying local foods provides a wide variety of healthy food for consumers — but it also supports a more sustainable form of agriculture with far-reaching social and environmental benefits. Many now argue that our food security is in dire jeopardy.  Some estimate that in the event of a transportation crisis (e.g., in the event of a major hurricane) the shelves of major grocery...

Grow Your Own

Our parents and grandparents were more likely to grow their own food than we are.  For some nations, a sense of necessity drove the growth of urban gardening to staggering proportions. Food historians tell us that the urban food movement began at the beginning of World War II when Hitler vowed to block Britain’s food imports with U-boats.  He didn’t manage to starve the...

Fair Trade and Food

Did you know the Town of Wolfville became Canada’s first fair trade town on April 17, 2007? There are many reasons to choose fairly and squarely traded goods.  Most notably, it’s a first step in helping to stop the exploitation of farmers in developing countries by mega companies involved in the wholesale production and marketing of food. To learn more click...

From Farm to You

Purchasing local produce from those who grow it can be a welcome change from shopping at the big grocery chains.  With practice, you may reach the point where only a few items need to be purchased elsewhere.  You won’t miss the wailing kids, either…  At most local farm markets the emphasis is on healthy, local food. You won’t find junk food placed at the eye...