50% Local food club

Meeting Nova Scotia Food Producers Halfway – Est. September 2014

Who We Are

The 50% Local Food Club organizers are a collaborating coalition of local food advocates, eaters and backyard growers. Our inspiration came from Alicia Lake, author of the Cape Breton Local Food Adventure blog, who supported a group of 200 Cape Bretoners to eat 50% local for the month of September in 2013.

This year, Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia Co-operative is taking the lead:

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Keltie Butler – Executive Director, Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia

Keltie has her hands in many local pies – she is passionate about community development, food security, agriculture and she has a serious sweet tooth. At the heart of her love of local food and farming is the unstoppable ability of sharing food to bring people together regardless of language, culture, or age.

aldaraAldara MacKay – Strategic Projects Coordinator, Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia

Aldara is a recent graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition. Growing up in the Annapolis Valley, she gained an appreciation for local food and agriculture at an early age – she loves exploring farmers’ markets, cooking with seasonal produce and advocating for improved access to healthy, fresh, local foods in Nova Scotia.

FMNS logoFind us online at www.farmersmarketsnovascotia.ca
Facebook: Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia
Twitter: @MarketFreshNS
Instagram: @marketfreshns


Many thanks to Select Nova Scotia for their sponsorship this year

Select NS logo

Find them online at http://www.selectnovascotia.ca/
Facebook: Select Nova Scotia
Twitter: @SelectNS

Our Collaborators:

alicia copyAlicia Lake – Cape Breton Food Hub Coordinator, Local Food Advocate & Blogger

Alicia Lake, known as a local food fanatic, currently lives in Baddeck with her husband and 2 amazing children.  She is very passionate about local food and how it pertains to community economic development. Last year, Alicia founded the 50% Local September Club that invited Cape Bretoners to join her in eating a diet of (at least) 50% locally grown food – 200 people from across the island took up this challenge!

LindaLinda Best – FarmWorks Investment Co-operative

Linda grew up on a mixed farm in Somerset, NS.  Knowing that good food is crucial for health and realizing that food production is key to developing rural economies, she helped establish Friends of Agriculture and is a founding member of FarmWorks Investment Co-operative Limited, a community economic development co-op providing funding for farmers and food producers across Nova Scotia.

GeorgiaGeorgia McNeil – Our Food Project Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre

Georgia lives in Margaree, Cape Breton. She loves food: growing it, preparing it, and of course eating it, and she believes that greater food awareness is key to healthier communities.


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