Wildly delicious: getting to know some of the province’s lesser-known berries

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You might be familiar with some of the more commonly picked berries in the province: blueberries, strawberries, cranberries and partridgeberries. The following are some of the (perhaps) lesser known berries: crowberry, Chuckley pear, bakeapple and marshberry. [...]

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Fresh Catch! The 100 Nautical Mile Seafood Diet

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Check out the new video ” The 100 Mile Nautical Diet” encouraging you to enjoy the variety and value of seafood available off the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador. Restaurants and home cooks are showing renewed interest in what our waters have to offer and CURRA’s new video is a great place to start learning more. CURRA’s “The 100 Nautical Mile Seafood Diet is a short video, directed by Anne Troake, that promotes dialogue about ways to build a diet heavily reliant on food from the sea around Newfoundland and Labrador, including both traditional and contemporary uses.” [...]

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A Conversation with Jeremy Carter of Nagels Hill Agri-Products

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This post is the third in a series that Sarah Campbell, an intern with FSN, will be doing around the International Year of Family Farming this summer, gathering stories of family farming from around the Avalon Peninsula. Look for more stories in the coming weeks!

Last weekend I was happy to be able to speak with Jeremy Carter of Nagels Hill Agri-Products, both at the kitchen table and out in the fields. Below you’ll find audio recordings of our conversation as well as photographs from the field. I really enjoyed chatting with Jeremy [...]

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To Market, To Market

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This post is the second in a series that Sarah Campbell, an intern with FSN, will be doing around the International Year of Family Farming this summer, gathering stories of family farming from around the Avalon Peninsula. Look for more stories in the coming weeks!

The weekend before last was the first one that I attended the St. John’s Farmer’s Market – always a good feeling. I didn’t spend too much time inside – long enough to get a coffee – but I was happy to see vendors I remembered from last year – selling books, soap, and local art. [...]

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“Nourishing the Planet”: The International Year of Family Farming

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This year is an exciting one for family farms all around the world! 2014 has been declared the International Year of Family Farming by the United Nations.

The campaign is being run by the World Rural Forum, an organization which unites 80 groups working for more sustainable rural and agricultural development worldwide. It aims to celebrate the work of family farmers and encourage their support.

Family farms have a big role to play in reducing poverty and world hunger, and in ensuring sustainable rural development and food security.

But they’re often not supported as they should [...]

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Farm to School: Making it Happen in Newfoundland and Labrador

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Join Food Security Network NL (FSN) and Farm to Cafeteria Canada for this exciting free in-person presentation and teleconference about the growing Farm to School movement across Canada and ways to advance Farm to School in Newfoundland and Labrador. Farm to School programs enrich the connections between the school community and nearby farmers, fishers, hunters and harvesters in order to bring more healthy, local, and sustainable foods into schools. Farm to School programs aim to improve student nutrition, and to increase local food literacy among children and school communities, while contributing to the establishment of strong, resilient, and sustainable regional food systems. [...]

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Connecting families with healthy food: Trinity Conception Family Resource Centre

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With the help of the Food Security Network, during Parents Night we hosted a food skills workshop about preserving foods. Our participants had a wonderful evening preserving fruit and making strawberry and blueberry jam. It was a fun experience for everyone. With the grant money we received we were able to purchase equipment to provide the workshop again to encourage more people to learn about and continue this tradition. [...]

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Upcoming Community Gardens and Community Kitchens Networking Teleconferences

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Two fantastic networking teleconferences are coming up March 25 (Community Gardens) and March 27 (Community Kitchens). Register soon! These teleconferences are an opportunity to ask questions, share tips, and connect with other groups province-wide. Join in if your initiative is brand new or experienced; you’re sure to take something great away. [...]

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Get Steamy in the Kitchen!

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Get steamy in the kitchen! Steaming veggies until they’re tender-crisp helps keep their fresh taste, nutrients, colour, and crunch. Steaming takes very little time so you can get veggies to your table in a snap. If you don’t have a steaming basket, cook veggies in a small amount of water in a pot. Cover and cook for just a couple of minutes. Drain and enjoy! [...]

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Call for Proposals- Waves of Change: Food Secure Canada’s 8th National Assembly

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Canada’s food movement will gather in Halifax this year for Food Secure Canada’s biennial feast of food and ideas. Over three days, people from many different walks of life who are passionate about building healthy, sustainable food systems where no-one is hungry will gather to share, stratagize and build a better future for food in Canada. We invite you to submit a workshop or presentation and encourage you to share this Call for Proposals with others. [...]

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