Putting the spotlight on local food

Jamie Heap
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The Gentle Dragons will be making two local stops next month

Ecology Action Community food coordinator Su Morin of River Hebert is looking forward to the Gentle Dragons’ two Cumberland County stops: February 5 at the Wandlyn Inn and February 6 at Gillespie House in Parrsboro. 

RIVER HEBERT-The Gentle Dragons are coming to Cumberland County in February—and they won’t be breathing fire either, unlike those on Dragon’s Den.

“Our Dragons know that the people who produce food are seeking to provide good food, that they're knowledgeable, they work hard, have good ideas and often they need help,” stated Linda Best of FarmWorks Nova Scotia. “Gentle Dragons are there to make suggestions, ask questions and indicate what procedures might be improved and to provide encouragement.  In other words, unlike the popular TV show, the Gentle Dragons aren't out to publicly humiliate or ridicule or otherwise make a spectacle out of budding entrepreneurs, but to support and encourage the development of sound farm and local food business concepts and planning.”

Presentations will be invited from food producers seeking to increase sustainable production of food, whether or not they are seeking funding from FarmWorks.

“Each presenter will have five minutes and, if desired, up to 10 slides to tell their stories, followed by Question & Answers and comments from the Gentle Dragons and the audience,” said Best. “Presenters are encouraged to promote their businesses with literature, samples and conversation. This is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of your businesses and products and to build relationships with potential investors, the public and other businesses.”

Closer to home, the Gentle Dragons will be making two Cumberland County and one Colchester County stop in February: Tuesday, February 4 at The Stirling Room, on 259 Main Street in Tatamagouche at 7:00 pm; Wednesday, February 5 at the Wandlyn Inn at 1539 Southampton Road in Amherst at 7:00 pm and on Thursday, February 6 at Gillespie House, 358 Main Street in Parrsboro at 7:00 pm.

While the specific types of food are not known at this time, Ecology Action Community Food Coordinator Su Morin is confident that there will be local food.

“I am not sure of the specific food, but they (the Gentle Dragons) will try to source as much local food as possible as a way of showcasing local food,” said Morin. “This may prove more difficult due to the season, but I am sure they will do their best to have some great local food snacks and samples available at the events, which are free."

For more information contact FarmWorks Nova Scotia’s Linda Best at lbest@ns.sympatico.ca; by telephone at (902) 542-3442 or visit their website at http://farmworks.ca/entrepreneur-showcases-with-gentle-dragons/

Organizations: Wandlyn Inn, Gillespie House

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Colchester County, 259 Main Street Tatamagouche 1539 Southampton Road Amherst 358 Main Street Parrsboro

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