Our Food Project – Ecology Action Centre

The Community Food Leader Certificate Program is for community‐based organizations and businesses located in Cumberland County, Cape Breton and Halifax who work at a local level to directly impact the lives of individuals experiencing food insecurity.

Over eight months, The Our Food Project will support leadership development and collaboration among organization and community leaders who want to implement or expand food initiatives in their communities. Food initiatives include an array of activities that help to shape local food systems such as: community gardens, cooking skills programs, local food markets, and more. Graduates will become part of a regional network of food leaders, working to build food literacy, leadership skills, and food initiatives that improve food security in their community.

Cost:  We are able to offer this program free of charge thanks to  generous funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

May 2018 – December 2018
Cumberland // Cape Breton // Halifax
**Applications Due April 20, 2018**

Click here for the online application
Please read our Frequently Asked Questions and Selection Criteria before applying.



The Community Food Leader Certificate Program, hosted by the Our Food Project of the Ecology Action Centre, is entering its second year! We had so much fun this year working with organizations across Nova Scotia, and can’t wait to continue the momentum with a new group in May.

Program timeline: May – December 2018

Applications due April 20th, 2018.


Watch our video, and visit www.communityfoodleader.com for the online application and more details. You can also download and share the poster and 2-pager here:



Program locations:

What past participants have to say:

 “This was one of the best training opportunities I’ve had in my career as a Community Librarian…I’ve made so many valuable partnerships and connections.”

“The Community Food Leader Program has provided me with time, space, and support to develop my ideas and has added considerable to the toolkit at my disposal…My plans for farm-based food education programming now seem more real, more achievable and less ‘maybe one day’…”

“Being a chef, meat cutter, and farmer, I’ve always had a passion for food. However, being able to sit and share ideas with such like-minded people definitely fueled my drive to be better at what I do when it comes to food.”

JODY NELSON, Community Food Coordinator, Cape Breton

902-489-5634 / ecologyaction.ca/ourfood

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Photovoice in the Garden: Gala Event!

Check out the 3 min video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDM5pYMZLjs

What does your garden mean to you? In 2014/2015, the Our Food team collaborated with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) on a project entitled, “Photovoice in the Garden.” On March 27th 2015 we held a gala to celebrate the participants and share the messages.

To see the full exhibit: https://www.ecologyaction.ca/photovoice-garden

Our Food: Making Connections

Check out the 5 min video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Osl2TMyO3ok

This video highlights three of our exciting initiatives: the pilot Cost Share CSA Local Food Box, the Food UpSkilling Festival and the Organic Agriculture Tour for seniors.

You can also find us on:

Twitter: @ourfoodproject

Instagram: ecologyaction

Blog: Adventures in Local Food

Website: ecologyaction.ca/ourfood

MIRANDA COBB, Community Food Research and Evaluation

2705 Fern Lane, Halifax, NS, B3K 4L3             mobile. 902.412.6433

office. 902.442.1077 ecologyaction.ca/ourfood

We are expanding and improving our Fern Lane office!

STARTING May 1st we’ll be at 1888 Brunswick Street, Suite 703

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Local food for all!  The Cost-Share CSA Local Food Box Program links low-income families with healthy and affordable locally produced food in Cumberland County. Help support a family by donating today, click here.

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