Towards a More Sustainable County

Jamie Heap
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Ecology Action Centre hires new Community Food Coordinator

RIVER HEBERT-The Ecology Action Centre (EAC) has never been more serious about reconnecting food to the communities in which it is grown than it is right now.

Since 1971, the Halifax-based organization has strived to make Nova Scotia a healthier and more sustainable place to live through such groups as the Food Action Committee, a committee that encourages the consumption of local, ecologically produced foods that support efforts to be more self-reliant in food.

Through the ‘Our Food Project: Reconnecting Food and Community,’ a four-year community food initiative, the EAC has not only been able to expand its Halifax-based staff, but it has added a Cumberland County staff member as well-Su Morin.

“Projects and activities can include anything from planning and planting a garden, hosting local food cooking classes, canning the harvest, constructing root cellars and greenhouses, setting up compost and water-catchment systems, or organizing a fresh food market,” stated Community Food Coordinator (Cumberland) Su Morin.

On June 15, Morin and EAC summer student Josh Best collaborated with Gettin’ Healthy Springhill’s Trudy Reid, a nutritionist operating under the THRIVE strategy, and Erin O’Flaherty, a fourth-year nutrition student at Acadia, to plant a community garden behind the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre.

Reid indicated that cooking classes and contributing to the local market will occur.

“We are working at the individual, community and systemic levels to support healthy, local food systems from the ground up,” stated Marla MacLeod, EAC Community Food Coordinator (Halifax), regarding the Pickles to Policy approach.

On Wednesday, Morin will be collaborating with the newly hired Enviro. Youth Corps summer student to prepare the Children's Learning Garden for a Joggins Fossil Institute summer camp, one of several taking place there over the summer.

Over the next four years, the Our Food Project community food initiative will expand to New Brunswick and Cape Breton. As was the case in Cumberland County, the EAC will hire a new community food coordinator for each location.

For more information, contact Su Morin, Community Food Coordinator (Cumberland) at su@ecologyaction.ca  (e-mail) or by phoning (902) 251-2959.

Organizations: EAC Community Food Coordinator, Cumberland, Food Action Committee THRIVE Acadia Halifax Joggins Fossil Institute

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Cape Breton

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