Afternoon Field Trips (optional):

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff: Think schools, children and youth, and food are a great mix? Join Nourish NS ( high school students, and invited guests in an interactive presentation with Dr. Yoni Freedhoff ( about schools as important sites for health, healthy food, health education, and creating change. You’ll have the chance to join some small group discussions and a Q & A session with Dr. Freedhoff. WHERE/WHEN? Halifax West High School, Thursday, May 9, 2013 @ 1:20 pm – 3:10 pm. MAX: 10

Common Roots Urban Farm: Get your work boots on and roll up your sleeves for a spring work party at the Common Roots Urban Farm (! Opened last year through Capital District Public Health, Common Roots wants to connect people and nature, empower people to grow their own food, and enjoy restorative landscapes that promote health and well-being. WHERE/WHEN? Common Roots Urban Farm (corner Bell Rd & Robie Street), Thursday, May 9, 2013 @ 12 pm – 4:30 pm. MAX: 35

Spryfield Urban Farm: Interested in our farming history and urban agriculture? Visit the Urban Farm Museum Society in “Spry’s Field” ( and see the fantastic active farm that preserves the community’s agricultural heritage. You can learn about the history, vision, farming, cookbook, and educational programs offered. WHERE/WHEN? Spryfield Urban Farm Museum Society, Thursday, May 9, 2013 @ 2 pm – 2:45 pm. MAX: 24

Hope Blooms: Youth engagement and leadership, community action, and food are a great mix. Almost as good as the tasty salad dressings made at Hope Blooms ( – a project of the North End Community Health Centre in which youth learn to grow their own food, take it to market, feed their community, and grow a small social business from the ground up. Come learn more (and sample some of their great dressings)! WHERE/WHEN? Hope Blooms, Thursday, May 9, 2013 @ 2 pm. MAX: 20

Opening Thursday Evening Event – 7pm

Josh Oulton and Marjorie Willison will share their involvement with food and the food movement, and their vision for our future.  Readings by spoken word poet Hannah Cameron and three poets, Mary Ellen Sullivan, Sylvia Mangalam, and Lois Brison-Brown, from the farm and food-centric collection entitled Open Heart Farming: The Second Seeding.

Friday Presentations/Workshops: Session #1 – 10:15am-11:15am

In Every Community a Place for Food: A Community Food Centre for Dartmouth North (Roxanne ManningCaralee McDaniel and Deborah Dickey)

A Community Food Centre is a welcoming space where people come together to cook, grow, share and advocate for good. The Dartmouth Family Centre will present information on their plans to bring a food centre to the community of Dartmouth North. This initiative, supported by Community Food Centres Canada, aims to provide community access to new, healthy food sources while fostering cooks, gardeners, and food advocates.

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Building Social and Community Resilience Through Christmas Dinner (Brian Braganza and Av Singh)

For four years Bridgewater has hosted a full turkey dinner (with vegetarian option) on Christmas Day for the whole community, and the whole community shows up. We feed over 400 people in one sitting and engage over 200 volunteers in this community building event. Our core values are: Celebration, Inclusion, Service is the gift of the season and striving to hold a Green event. Christmas at the Creamery: Since 2004 the Tatamagouche community has celebrated Christmas at the Creamery. This involves a delicious turkey dinner followed by an afternoon of entertainment. There is a free event with food service and entertainment is provided by volunteers.


Power within the Food System: Creating Change (Peter Andrée)

This workshop will introduce participants to a few tools for analysing the power relations of the food system, including how the policies that shape how food is produced and distributed are created, and how they can be changed. We will introduce participants to three simple tools that they can use in various contexts to strategize around creating policy change: Stakeholder analysis, policy mapping, and political economy analysis. Participants will work in small groups to explore these tools in relation to current challenges facing the food system in Nova Scotia.


The Right to Food in the Canadian Context: Does it Exist? and Advocacy Options (Vincent Calderhead)

A presentation to provoke discussion on the right to food in Canada; exploring implications, opportunities, and challenges. What is it? What does it mean? How can we advocate for the right to food?

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Integrating School Gardens: Into the curriculum and culture of the school (or university) (Kathy Aldous, Rob MacNeish, Deirdre Evans)

Schools and universities are amazing sites of learning. Hear how three different gardens approach integrating growing food into curriculum and culture.

Friday Presentations/Workshops: Session #2 – 1130am-12:30pm

Towards a Transformative Food Politics (Charles Levkoe)

This interactive, popular education workshop will explore the diversity of food initiatives that have emerged to challenge the dominant
food system. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences and engage with practical and theoretical ideas of what a transformative orientation for the emerging food movement looks and feels like. This workshop is part of a series of similar sessions being held in British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario. The dialogue will contribute to strategic planning efforts among regional, provincial and national food networks.

Putting “Community” into Community Food Security (Marjorie Willison, Sheila Bird and Patricia Vanaman)

How can we engage our communities in conversations about food?  Several communities in Nova Scotia are exploring what community food security means in their community through the Activating Change Together for Community Food Security Project.  Hear from two of the communities to learn more about what they’ve been doing and what they’re learning.


Entrepreneurship and Financing with a Difference: Alternative social food entrepreneurs (Seth Graham and Jessie DoyleLinda Best, Natalie Chavarie)

The global dominant food system promotes profits over people and working within its structures often reproduces inequitable access to healthy food. Join these speakers to hear how they have negotiated their place within the food system in order to make good food accessible to Nova Scotia residents in alternative and innovative ways.

Great Meals for a Change (Dr. Edith Callaghan and Dr. Alan Warner)

The session presents a toolkit, Great Meals for a Change, in which pairs of volunteers across a community host friends for a meal at their home featuring sustainable food. They facilitate a set of educational activities that enable critical discussions on sustainable food issues. These meaningful interactive experiences with friends enable critical reflection, role modeling and social norms to develop and spread across community social networks.

The session will include findings from an action research project that documented what participants learned, how they were influenced, and which educational strategies produced change as the result of Great Meals. We will also explore alternative delivery options through pot lucks or community suppers. This will be a hands-on workshop including lunch so that it models the activities and we learn, do, eat and reflect simultaneously. Great Meals has a website with the requisite information and materials to conduct the meals in communities. It is sponsored by Acadia University and the Just Us! Development and Education Society (JUDES).

Getting Local Food: Stories from the Frontline in Getting Food from Producers to Table  (Jason Pelley and Sean Gallagher)

Changing the path that food travels from producers and consumers can be challenging, particularly when wanting local and sustainable food. Using stories of experience, this session will explore one innovative alternative model for selling fish directly to consumers, as well as the experiences, successes, and challenges  in trying to ‘buy’ local. On different ends of this path, these two stories will spark discussion about different ways to distribute and buy food.


How does Participatory Food Costing contribute to our Understanding of Food Security? (Dr. Patty Williams, Wendy Knowlton)

For over a decade, the NS Participatory Food Costing Projects have been exploring issues, barriers, and opportunities relating to people’s access to healthy food in this province.  Learn more about the history of this work and how it’s helping us to understand food security in NS.


Special Session – 3:15pm-4:15pm

Our ‘small scale’ and ‘local’ Fisheries (Peter Darnell, Ginny Boudreau, Beau Gillis and members of the Ecology Action Centre’s Marine Issues Team)

Informants from the seafood side share their experiences and visions to help us explore how ‘small scale’ and ‘local’ fisheries and aquaculture can make a difference to our food security, and the challenges and opportunities for innovation.

Friday evening event (optional):

Local Food Showcase featuring numerous well-known local chefs including Chris Veldon, Sean Gallagher, Diandra Phipps, and Fruition’s Seth and Jessie as well as a live musical performance by Jeff Torbert.   Jeff Torbert is a multiple award nominee for the album This Weather Honest and has since released a second album in October 2012 entitled Urban Poultry & Other Hopes. Garrison Brewery is supplying at the event’s cash bar so you can look forward to the local flavours of their Case Citra One Hop IPA, Nut Brown, Tall Ship and Irish Red beers.

Saturday Presentations and Workshops: Session #2 – 10:10am-11:10am

First Voice: Storytelling Session (Wayne MacNaughton)

Wayne MacNaughton is a very active anti-poverty activist and will speak from the perspective of someone who lives in poverty and struggles to maintain a healthy diet on low-income.


Free Food: A Diversity of Approaches (Nicole Marcoux, Loadle Ladle & TBD, Nourish NS)

Free food can mean a lot of different things to different people.  This presentation and discussion will highlight experiences of two diverse approaches to thinking about food — how we value and share healthy food, how we can make it accessible, and how community innovations are changing our food landscapes.


Innovations in Community Food: Gardens and Ovens (Jayme Melrose, Rob MacNeish, Su Morin, Ali Shaver & Lorrie Rand from Park Avenue Community Oven)

Join this shared presentation to hear about different examples of community gardens and a community oven as community food innovations – initiatives that bring communities together around food.


Groups with More Diverse Voices: The Ins and Outs of Inclusion (Larry Baxter)

Have you wondered who is missing from your group and discussions; or why you’ve felt like the odd person out in a group? Want to build more diverse allies? Perhaps inclusion is the issue. Find out how you can harness inclusion as a group asset to change the dynamics of power and privilege in your group.


Film – Mama Milk: The Tatamagouche Breastfeeding Experience (Shanni Singh and Kaia Singh)

Nova Scotia has the 2nd lowest breastfeeding rate in Canada. Tatamagouche, NS has one of the highest breastfeeding duration rates in North America. Mother-to-Mother peer support, pre-natal education, and early access to help (before you need it) have been the key to its overwhelming success. Can this model be replicated throughout Nova Scotia?


Propagating the Food Movement: Provincial Networks and Social Mobilization in Canada (Charles Levkoe)

Canada has a rich tradition of collective action for social change initiated by food-related initiatives. In this session we will discuss a recent study that explored the emergence of provincial food networks across Canada and how the results may impact efforts to transform the food system in Nova Scotia. We will consider the way that the research findings suggest new opportunities and challenges for relationship building and food system change. (Note: the report is available at


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