Food First NL is thrilled to announce the recipients of the first round of the Community Food Security Fund!
Just over a month ago, Sarah Crocker and Sarah Ferber from the Food First NL team in St. John’s, travelled to the Coast of Bays region to visit with two partner sites from the Our Food NL Project -- Miawpukek First Nation and Pool’s Cove.
After 10 years as Executive Director, Kristie will be leaving the role at the end of August to pursue a Master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford. This is an exciting time of change for both Food First NL and Kristie. We are now recruiting the next leader for the organization to steward it into its next chapter.
In May, we attended two separate national conferences devoted respectively to the farm to school, and farm to healthcare movements. Networking, and learning more about the successes and challenges others have faced in these endeavours, help empower us to lead the charge here at home, in institutional food work.
Ethan and Ashton were in Toronto last week, at the second annual National Food Security Symposium, to network with Canadian leaders in food security and bring their learnings back home to Food First NL's ongoing projects.
The Federal Government’s 2019 Budget contains notable support for food — and many of the announcements align with Food First NL’s work.
The 2019 Canada Food Guide provides a solid new science-based foundation for healthy eating. Now it's time for bold leadership and action, across sectors, to make the guide's recommendations accessible for Newfoundlanders & labradorians.
Turning 20 is a remarkable milestone for Food First NL, and as with any milestone, it presents us with an opportunity to take stock – to look back to our origins, reflect on what we’ve accomplished, and plan for where we want to go.
Through our partnership with Farm to Cafeteria Canada, Food First NL acts as the provincial lead in establishing the continent-wide “Farm to School” movement in Newfoundland & Labrador. In late October, we trained in the latest 3 local schools to have adopted Farm to School programs in our province.
We turned 20 in 2018. To celebrate, we’re checking in with 20 voices from our first 20 years in operation, by asking them all about the past, present, and future of Food First NL (and food security in NL).
To improve residents’ access to fresh fruit in the area, Peggy Caines, Our Food Security Coordinator in Recontre East, and her committee are establishing a Fruit Program
With 86 Events and 115 speakers, Food Secure Canada’s Resetting the Table Assembly is being touted as the country’s “largest and most vibrant food gathering.”
Read up on Guaranteed Annual Income as a means to address poverty-induced hunger, the throes of shrugging off the “Starving Student” stereotype, why hunters in NL cannot donate meat to food banks, why meat producers are moving away from antibiotic use, the success of the Clarenville Farm & Market, and more.
Nearly 1 in 4 single parents, and 1 in 9 people living alone in our province struggle to access adequate healthy food in our province. To address statistics like these, the Everybody Eats Action Group on Cost of Food & Household Food Insecurity has drafted the first Cost of Food in NL report in over a decade.
We put out a job ad in July, and a familiar face answered the call: Sarah Crocker has (re)joined the Food First NL team, in the role of Education & Community Outreach Coordinator.
Many months of fun, hard work have culminated in the creation of 9 new programs in 3 communities in the Coast of Bays that will improve residents' access to healthy, affordable food — from pig & chicken rearing, to community freezers full of donated game, fish, and berries, to community farms that include a plot for the local school, and more, like the heritage rhubarb garden pictured above, that's already produced tasty treats for the whole town.
To make the healthy choice an accessible and easy choice for Newfoundlanders & Labradorians, we must ensure the public has access to healthy food in places where many people spend much of their time, like schools, hospitals, and government buildings. Furthermore, these sectors have profound purchasing power: if they bought and served more local food, they'd become serious economic engines and lynch pins for our local food system.
Cost of Food & Household Food Insecurity is 1 of the first 3 Action Groups formed through our Everybody Eats project, which is building a roadmap towards better Food Security in Newfoundland & Labrador.
Kristie & Sarah are fresh back from Coast of Bays, where we’re working with 3 communities to improve access to healthy, affordable food: Miawpekuk First Nations, Pool’s Cove, and Rencontre East – the latter is accessible only by ferry.
“The type of food procured by public institutions can play a big role in shaping the health, economy, and food system of our province,” says Ferber.
While putting a motion forward this week, senator Art Eggelton acknowledged our partner Farm to Cafeteria Canada, for their Farm to School program. It was this very program that helped create the farm to school salad bar in place at St. Bonaventure’s in St. John’s (and 3 more forthcoming to our province!)
Thanks to these events, one group of seniors knows where to get a variety of fresh local foods, from fish, berries, and produce, to quail and quail eggs, and breads made using locally milled, organic flour, and another group has the fermenting skills they need to get more out of their home gardening efforts.
In the Coast of Bays, community conversation around food security continues to yield immediate positive change and collaboration, including the new gardening initiatives outlined in this blog post.
You know you’re off to a good start with a new project when things start changing for the better before the project has truly begun! Our latest Our Food NL project will assess and address issues of food security in the Coast of Bays region of our province. By simply talking about the project among each other, one community is already seeing positive changes.