NBFSAN September Newsletter~2015

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Managers Update~

It has been a busy summer with lots of activity and exciting developments in our province. It is now time for us to celebrate and to share in our successes , challenges and visions for a more Food Secure New Brunswick.
Join us for our 4th biannual Food Security Forum on the beautiful Miramichi. The Forum runs on October 26th and 27th and is packed with lots of exciting workshops, community conversations and keynote speakers. Registration is now open and the Agenda is close to complete.
The registration information is attached and we encourage you to book early as we are trying to plan our numbers. There will be 12 unique learning workshops and a series of Food Talk presentations so , something for everyone. The local planning committee has been busy planning the Gala dinner and there will be music and great opportunities to network and celebrate Food in New Brunswick.
For additional information on the forum contact Rick Hutchins , rick@nbfsan-rasanb.ca . We can send information on accommodations and updates as we get closer to the Forum .

To register via Eventbrite, click HERE.

Download Registration Form Here:  eng. NBFSAN Registration Form – Final Draft w hyperlink

Check out the agenda here:  NBFSAN Agenda – eng – 2015


New Toolkit from the Wellness Movement!

Has your group, school or workplace started planning an activity or event for Wellness Week, October 1-7? The NB Food Security Action Network has worked in collaboration The Wellness Movement and other major wellness partners in the province to bring you a new tool that will give a boost to your preparations: the Wellness Week Planning Toolkit!
Find information, tips and tools to help you out, whether you are at the brainstorming stage or have everything ready and only need a few promotion tools and a medium to get the word out on it.
View the Toolkit at http://www.wellnessnb.ca/resources/wellness-week-planning-toolkit/ and whenever you’re ready, don’t forget to add you event or activity to the Wellness Events Calendar at http://calendar.wellnessnb.ca/!


Farm to School NB News~

Nutritious Food in our Schools

A project of the Westmorland Albert Food Security Action Group, has decided to apply for funds to support food actions in the greater Moncton area and do a documentary on the impact they have and the need for these programs. More updates to come as this project unfolds. In the meantime, please contact Aaron Shantz at wafoodsecurity@gmail.com for more details.

NB Farm to School Stories

Check out the Farm to School NB Facebook page to see photo albums for each of the schools involved in the Farm to School NB pilot program, and our website to find NB specific resources, press, and other materials to support the development of Farm to School programs or simply inspire you with what is happening! Keep checking back for more.

Upcoming Events

Changing the Menu! National School Food Conference:

Save the date for Canada’s first national school food conference! This gathering aims to enhance and advance activities to get more healthy, local and sustainable food into the minds and onto the plates of students. The three-day event held from November 12-14, 2015 in Montreal will feature field trips to inspirational projects in Québec, keynote speakers, presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities. Register here.

Farm to School Month 2015

Mark your calendars; the second annual Canadian National Farm to School Month is coming in October! This month will be packed with activities across the nation to celebrate all that is happening to connect youth to healthy, local and sustain-ably produced foods.

How will you celebrate successes and encourage new activities? Now is the time to plan! Some fun ideas: get out on the farm and dig, prepare a special meal with students, celebrate in the cafeteria with a special meal plan for the month, kick things off in the classroom with a special guest or project, or even celebrate in the garden or on social media. Watch for more details about Farm to School Month 2015 coming in the fall, and in the meantime check out this amazing gallery from last year for inspiration.

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Community Food Mentorship Program

The Greener Village Community Food Center will be hosting a Community Food Mentor course during October/November of 2015 as part of their continuing education programming. The course will run for six consecutive Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and will include a one day National Food Safety Course.
Topics that are covered during this program, which will focus on mentoring include: what is food security / insecurity, healthy eating, label reading, program planning, eating well for less, gardening as well as other topics we believe the participants may benefit from. During every session there is a cooking component where the participants cook together under the guidance of a visiting chef to prepare their lunch for the day.
The course is open to everyone and there is no cost, but attendance is limited so please express your interest by contacting Cliff Gunn, our Mentor Course Coordinator at cfcmentorcourse@gmail.com or at 363-4245.

NB Food Security Action Network



About Us:

Vision of the NBFSAN

A New Brunswick that is connected, informed and engaged in food security for all

Mission of the NBFSAN

To provide leadership in the advancement of food security in New Brunswick through:

  • Networking
  • Knowledge and information sharing
  • Public Relations and Building partnerships


  • We value what has come before
  • We educate to activate
  • Our aspirations and successes are interdependent
  • We value a sustainable food system
  • We believe in access to food for all


  • Create space for connections between members
  • Collectively celebrate actions and efforts
  • Connect individuals and organizations to information provided by the network
  • Build capacity of individuals and organizations
  • Share in a way that is inclusive and accessible to all
  • Increase awareness of food security and food security initiatives
  • Increase awareness of the Food Security Action Network
  • Nurture existing partnerships and build new partnerships
  • Foster collaboration amongst members

Visit our website HERE and our Facebook page HERE.  Be sure to visit often, we love company!!