Kings-North MLA Jim Morton
The latest in a string of provincial funding announcements is taking place in Port Williams this morning.
Kings North MLA Jim Morton is at Taproot Farms, one of the community shared agriculture operations, or CSAs, in the Annapolis Valley, to announce $220,000 in provincial one-time funding in the 2014-15 fiscal year to support, develop and increase the number of CSAs.
"This support will help grow local farms here in the Annapolis Valley and across the province," Morton said. "Families will have more opportunity to buy the local food they want while supporting our farming industry."
CSA members, or shareholders, pay in advance for shares of what is grown and produced on a local farm. Most of Nova Scotia's more than 20 CSAs provide fresh produce; some provide meat, bread, eggs, fish or a combination of both.
The funding will be used to help CSAs increase profitability and sales and do further research, a government release said. The funding will also include the development of a farm share rebate program.
"This is a positive step toward a more secure and fair food system in Nova Scotia," said Josh Oulton, co-owner of Taproot Farms with his wife, Kings County Coun. Patricia Bishop.
Oulton is also president of the Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network.
Agriculture Minister John MacDonell is announcing the program at the same time at the Norman Newman Market (Alderney Landing farmers' market) in Dartmouth.
"More and more consumers are asking about the food they eat," said Greenwich's Andrew Bishop, owner of Noggins Corner Farm, which has a permanent booth at that market. "Through the CSA program, we are better able to connect consumers with our farms and us the producers. A win-win for everyone involved."