march, 2016

wed02mar9:00 am4:00 pmBuilding Self Reliance: Pathways to Healthy, Local and Sustainable Food in our Institutions9:00 am - 4:00 pm AST


(Wednesday) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm AST


Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU)

Event Details

joshna chef jacketA talk with Joshna Maharaj, Chef and Activist

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The Ecology Action Centre and FoodARC partnered with the Nova Scotia Departments of Agriculture and Health and Wellness to host an event on institutional procurement of healthy, just and sustainable foods in Nova Scotia at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax.

Nova Scotia’s institutions feed large numbers of people every day. Universities, schools, and health care facilities, among others, play a key role in nurturing local and sustainable food systems that support wellness and community economic development in our province.

At this workshop, Joshna Maharaj, Chef and Activist, shared her multifaceted experience in shifting institutional food practices, procurement and public dollars to focus on healthy, local and sustainable food.

Following the talk and lunch, those actively engaged in growing institutional procurement of healthy, local and sustainable food in Nova Scotia were invited to a special workshop to be mentored by Joshna and to learn from colleagues across the province.


If you weren’t able to attend or wish to revisit or share the workshop content, watch the video of the morning portion, including Joshna Maharaj’s presentation and local stories.


The workshop was graphically recorded by Brave Space. The following image summarizes the presentation and discussion from the day:

Graphic - Presentation and discussion summary by Brave Space at the Building Self­ Reliance workshop


Below you can see more photos from the workshop:










We have created a Facebook group for you to share updates about what’s happening regarding the institutional procurement of healthy, local, and sustainable food in Nova Scotia. Join the Facebook group to connect with others who are interested in making change.

During the workshop, participants were invited to share their thoughts on Twitter using #NSfoodshift. To view this discussion, visit Twitter and search #NSfoodshift.

Evaluation Survey

To build on the success of the presentation and workshop, we want to know what you thought of the event. If you attended the workshop, fill out this 3-minute evaluation survey to help inform and improve our efforts moving forward.

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