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The Food Action Research Centre is a collaborative research centre at Mount Saint Vincent University committed to participatory research, community engagement and action to build food security in Nova Scotia and beyond.

nsfsn_logoThe goals of the NSFSN include increasing the proportion of Nova Scotians who have access to safe, locally produced, nutritious foods and supporting sustainable food systems in the province.


The Food Action Committee supports efforts to be more self-reliant in food within Nova Scotia.  We also support ecological methods of food production.

We are a citizens’ group wNS Food Policy Councilorking with communities, organizations, and governments to develop and implement policies and programs that ensure an equitable, healthy, and sustainable local food system, responsive to the economic, environmental, social, and cultural needs of Nova Scotians.


Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia (FMNS) is a cooperative of farmers’ markets from across the province. We understand your challenges, see your opportunities and want to help your market flourish.

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Slow Food Nova Scotia exists to honour the tradition of experiencing the taste of local food in a social and convivial atmosphere through excursions to farms, special dinners, tastings and public projects.


The Dalhousie Student Union Sustainability Office (DSUSO) strives to create a culture of sustainability within DSU Operations and at Dalhousie University. It works to improve our university community by making the DSU an ecologically aware, economically responsible, socially equitable institution as well as to encourage communication within the Dalhousie student community, DSUSO acts as a hub to identify, assess, and address challenges of environmental sustainability on campus.



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In 2011, the strong history of partnership between the NS Food Security Network and the Food Action Research Centre (formerly Participatory Action Research and Training Centre on Food Security) at Mount Saint Vincent University was acknowledged by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research through a Partnership Award in 2011 for bringing health research communities together to create innovative approaches.



The Nova Scotia Nutrition Council is a volunteer organization whose membership consists of professionals, community members and students interested in nutrition, health promotion and community capacity building.  Formed in 1985, the Council has a strong history of working to enhance the nutritional health of Nova Scotians.  The landmark report ‘How do the Poor Afford to Eat? An Examination of Social Assistance Rates in Nova Scotia’ was just the beginning. With renewed energy and commitment the Council is once again tackling the issue of food security and working to address barriers to healthy eating. Recent work has focused on advocating for leadership and valuable infrastructure to support efforts for policy change that impact the ability of Nova Scotians eat healthy.



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NS Food Gathering Sponsorship Opportunities

From May 9th to 11th, over 200 Nova Scotians representing all aspects of the food movement will come together in Halifax to focus on increasing access to healthy food for all Nova Scotians. Titled the NS Food Gathering, this event will bring together producers, retailers, distributors, eaters, government and policy makers, food security researchers and practitioners, gardeners, chefs, and engaged citizens. To help bring the 2013 NS Food Gathering to life, we would like to invite you and your business to be a sponsor.

Below you will find our sponsorship package which provides further details of the NS Food Gathering as well as the many ways in which you are invited to contribute. As a sponsor, you will be recognized in all promotional materials as well as throughout the Food Gathering itself. In-kind sponsorship is also welcome as discussed in the attached package.

NS Food Gathering Sponsorship Invitation

I would love to speak with you personally about this opportunity and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely, Keltie Butler

On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the NS Food Gathering

Keltie Butler
Executive Director, Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia


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