Welcome Spring! NBFSAN May Newsletter~2015

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Managers Update

The last few months have been very busy with the NBFSAN. We had a wonderful gathering of the Community Food Mentors in February and are now busy planning our next network meeting ( June) for Buctouche and our provincial conference ( late October) in the Miramichi. It is encouraging times.

The NBFSAN will have a summer intern and are excited to bring Christina Wilson on board. She will be
assisting with the Forum planning and with administrative support. Our new committee on research
and measurement will be meeting in May with Nick Scott ( New Brunswick Social Policy Research
Network) agreeing to act as chair.

As the summer approaches we encourage all of you to get out and garden while supporting community
food actions in your communities.

Rick Hutchins,  NBFSAN Acting General Manager


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

Update from Farm to School New Brunswick

Things are really moving along with Farm to School in New Brunswick. Recently the advisory committee met over teleconference to give updates on the truly impressive and diverse activity happening across the province, with plans to gather in person over the coming months. The 7 schools participating in the Nourishing School Communities evaluation project have launched their programs all across the province and are seeing first hand excited students enjoying and preparing fresh, healthy, local food at least twice a week. The weather over the winter was perhaps the biggest shared obstacle for all schools – delaying planning, organizing, and food prep, and now outdoor gardening – but things are certainly moving ahead! At the end of May the participating schools will be gathering in Bouctouche along with other partners to reflect on the first year of the project and plan ahead for the second and final year of evaluation.

Photo:  Students from the JMA Armstrong High School prepare food for one of Salisbury Elementary School’s taste testings.


Kelsey Wilson
Provincial Coordinator Farm to School New BrunswickPhone
506 470 8916
Email: kelsey@nbfsan-rasanb.ca
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Website: http://www.nbfoodsecurity.ca/programs/farm-to-cafeteria-initiatives/; www.farmtocafeteriacanada.ca
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Twitter: @Farm2SchoolNB

Farm to Cafeteria

Buy Local NB, Be sure to put this handy provincial directory to good use!

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The more food we source locally, the less it has to travel which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and your carbon footprint. Food purchased and produced in New Brunswick also helps to stimulate our local economy and contribute to better food security. We believe that once you begin buying locally, tasting the food’s freshness and meeting the people behind the food, buying locally will soon become a way of life!  We hope that you will spread the word and share the opportunity for farmers, value-added food entrepreneurs, farmers markets, local grocers and restaurants to be a part of it. Click HERE to visit the site.

Food Secure Canada, Resetting the Table

It took 3500 people almost three years to come up with Resetting the Table – A People’s Food Policy for Canada (1.6 MB pdf). This grassroots response to the crises in our food systems – millions hungry, millions obese, declining numbers of farmers and fishers – offers a menu of workable policies that can put us on the right path.

Across Canada, people are increasingly taking actions that are transforming our food system from the ground up. They are connecting directly with food producers, they are revitalizing indigenous food systems, and they are establishing food policy councils.

Read more HERE

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Reach Conference 2015

Date: May 26May 27

Patients as Partners: Supporting Patients with Chronic Conditions through Effective Interprofessional and Intersectoral CollaborationREACH

May 26 (evening) & May 27, 2015
Delta Beauséjour
Moncton, New Brunswick

Keynote Speaker: Suzanne C. Gordon, Journalist, Author, Patient Safety Advocate

This year’s program will demonstrate how integrated interprofessional teams across the healthcare continuum (and beyond), can effectively support patients with chronic conditions and their families to achieve optimal outcomes and quality of life.

For more information and to register, please visit http://reachforall.ca/.

Have you Eaten Today?  Always remember to give thanks to the Farmer who grew your food!!  Learn more Canadian Agriculture facts HERE.

Safe healthy Food Eng