This helpful summary report covers what GMO crops are grown in Canada, what GM crops are grown in the world, GM crops imported into Canada, what GM crops are not on the market, and GM crops that could be next.
The report was shared as a pdf so I cropped it so it's easier to read on mobile.
Step 3: Go to http://www.wolfvillefarmersmarket.ca/whatsfresh to see what's available at the market on Saturday and make a list of items I still need for meals. I am very excited about this because I often find that I get overwhelmed at the market without a list and I can never possibly know what's available in a given week. Is asparagus season over? Is it not? I never know. It's also a fun way to explore what's available and think about how I can combine it with stuff I have and the recipes I've been perusing.
Step 4: Email or print my shopping list. Usually I email my list to myself because I make it on my laptop and use my email on my phone to check my list. Sometimes I'll make the list on my phone so I don't have to email to myself and so I can make my list with one hand sorting through my fridge and or pantry.
On Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, I top up my CSA share produce by buying additional products through the Taproot website that I will then pick up with my CSA veggie share on Wednesday.
Step 1: Buy groceries online from Taproot's Add-Ons. To do this I login into my Taproot Farms account (only available to Taproot Farm members - see membership options- become a member here), select what I want, and pay for it. My order will be waiting for me with my veggie share on Wednesday.
Why Shopping this Way Makes Sense to Me
Making the shift to buying mostly local food requires more planning because naturally you eat much less processed (fast) foods and cook more delicious slow food (good, clean, fair). I love shopping and living this way. These tools enable me to think and plan ahead, choose carefully the food I eat, and look back at what I ate throughout the year. As a bonus, I tend to feel more healthy and full of energy because I've eaten well. I also tend to waste less food because I only buy what I need. Plus every week feels like Christmas when I open my CSA box to see all of the yummy food inside it.
CSA FARMS CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL CSA SIGN-UP DAY FEBRUARY 28
WOLFVILLE, NS (February 25, 2015):
Farms from around the world are celebrating International CSA Sign-Up Day on February 28. The day encourages consumers to buy a share of their local farm’s harvest for the 2015 season, a buying model known as Community Shared (Supported) Agriculture, or CSA.
CSA has become an important model to support local agriculture since it was introduced first introduced to the United States in the 1980s and since grown to over 14,000 farms around the world. To join a CSA, members buy a share of the harvest in the winter and spring and then get a box of local produce each week throughout the year.
“Who’s your farmer reads the Taproot Farms van. I’ll never forgot the first day I read that and Googled Community Shared Agriculture, it changed my life. As a CSA member I have the opportunity to get the the freshest, tastiest local produce as well as have a direct connection with a farmer and fellow CSA members. What’s more, by investing in a CSA share I can directly help reduce how far food travels, ensure that I know where my food comes from and what’s in it, and know that I am supporting my local economy and the next generation of farmers.” says Duncan Ebata, Food Community Builder at HarvestHand, a technology company that works with CSA farms to grow their communities.
February 28th was chosen as International CSA Sign-up Day because this day is the most popular day to sign up for CSA shares according to the US based 2014 CSA Farming Report. Buying a CSA share in late winter is important for farmers who are making the capital investments for this year’s harvest now. The CSA model means they do not need to finance these costs taking on debt.
“ We use the CSA model because we needed immediate support when we started in 2009 to make it on the farm. The community has been supporting us. We deeply value the community, the connection and the shared values with our members.” - Patricia Bishop
“The CSA model has helped us to start farming and provide a living for our family. Although we had farming experience, we did not inherit or own a farm and the CSA model has helped to provide the cash flow and support we needed to get started. This model is also very rewarding as it helps create meaningful connections between us and our customers. Members enjoy the connection to the farm, the access to fresh healthy food along with the sense of anticipation, surprise and adventure that goes with getting a weekly box of produce. They often equate it to getting a Christmas box every week. The CSA model is good for everyone." says Tim Livingstone, owner of Strawberry Hill Farm in Woodstock, New Brunswick.”
HarvestHand is a small start-up company in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Our mandate is to participate in building a vibrant local food economy by providing new media solutions that help to bring together farmers and food consumers in mutually beneficial ways.
This is a full-time, term position for a minimum of six months. Starts immediately.
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
development and maintenance of HarvestHand Web based CSA software platform
develop innovative new features and evolve current feature sets
analyse software to ensure stability, availability, and performance
identify and implement proactive solutions to address potential issues
identify ideas for system improvements
respond to customer support needs
participation in preparation and implementation of training materials
thrive in a startup environment and familiarity with launching “lean” software applications
Apache HTTP server
MySQL relational database management system
PHP programming language
FIELD OF STUDIES
Applicants should be graduates of a recognized computer science training program (degree or diploma) with a concentration in web development.
be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
be between 15 and 30 years old (inclusive); required by funders.
have graduated from a post-secondary institution;
be legally entitled to work according to relevant provincial legislation and regulations; and
be a first-time youth participant in a placement of the Career Focus Program of the Youth Employment Strategy.
Launch of What’s Fresh! A new shopping list tool to help consumers make the most of their visit to the Wolfville Farmers’ Market
The Wolfville Farmers’ Market is thrilled to launch What’s Fresh!, a new first-of-its-kind shopping list software tool for Farmers’ Markets. Market customers can now browse for real-time information about Vendors and available Products for the upcoming Market day on their desktops or mobile devices. What’s Fresh makes it easier for people to browse what’s available at the farmers market market, plan meals, remember everything on their shopping list and support local businesses.
What’s Fresh was designed by HarvestHand, a community-shared software development company with a vision to strengthen food and farm communities. The HarvestHand community have lead a number of local food new media projects including HarvestHand CSA Software- management software for Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) producers, F5://Food (Refresh)- a 48 hour idea lab for local new media and food solutions, and a World Map of CSA Farms.
“I am very proud of the Wolfville Farmers’ Market for taking this innovative step to help deliver greater service to its customers. This tool is designed to help families plan their in-season meals and shop at the Market more effectively. We want to help them get the job done, while also enjoying the Market experience,” said Market Manager, Kelly Marie Redcliffe.
“A Farmers’ Market is a unique environment where every week there is a 4.5 hour window of time for over 60 vendors to offer their products with over 1000 people who are also neighbours with one another. We thought it would be great to make it easier to browse what’s available at the Market from home on Friday and make up a shopping list to take with you,” explained Redcliffe, and further to that. “Because we have an IT community particularly interested in building community food systems, we decided to embrace this new adventure. It has been wonderful to work with HarvestHand as they built this tool; and it is our hope we can over time make it more and more effective for us and for the Farmers’ Market community as a whole.”
First time users of the tool can show their What’s Fresh shopping list at the Information Booth to enter to win $50 Market Dollars. The draw will take place on the last Saturday of each month for the next three months.