Planting the Seeds of Food Security : A Conversation with Dan Rubin of Perfectly Perennial Herbs and Seeds

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Dan Rubin’s enthusiasm is infectious. A former teacher and curriculum designer, now a writer, musician, and seed company owner, Dan runs Perfectly Perennial Herbs and Seeds on the edge of the ocean at his Pouch Cove home. Growing for seed and consumption on the lot behind his house, as well on an adjacent lot shared with four neighbours, Dan currently stocks eight seed varieties of flowers and vegetables alike. The passion and creative energy that Dan puts into his project yields results. He’s interested in growing as much as possible in our windy, wet, and cold climate, which means that he uses as many tricks and tools as possible to make that achievable. [...]

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A Conversation with Evan Murray and Brian Kowalski of Murray Meadows Farm

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This post is the fifth in a series that Sarah Campbell, an intern with FSN, is 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!

A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of going out to the Murray Farm to speak with Evan Murray and Brian Kowalski of Murray Meadows Farm, a one-acre parcel on sixty-five acres of land, primarily used to grow for Murray’s Garden Centre. Evan met me at the Garden Centre, [...]

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A Conversation with Sarah Crocker and Judy Lien of Seed to Spoon and the Lien Family Farm

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This post is the fourth 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!

 

A few weekends ago I was happy to spend some time at the Lien Family Farm, speaking with Judy Lien and Sarah Crocker, who now grows on the land for Seed to Spoon. Seed to Spoon started growing at the Lien Farm in [...]

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8 Days a Week Kale Garlic Scape Pesto

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This recipe is a super food flavour high five for your mouth. That doesn’t make much sense but neither does doing something 8 days a week or letting rampant kale and confusing garlic scapes go to waste because of lack of inspiration. Don’t let them fall victim to a wilty death in your fridge! Thanks goes to Murray Meadows Farm for the kale that they’re now selling in bulk for a great deal and The Natural Gardener for the kind gift of scapes that they dropped off to us at the office. [...]

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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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