Please join us to learn more about one initiative to help Halifax build a sustainable local food system!
The Ecology Action Centre is an environmental charity based in Nova Scotia. We take leadership on critical environmental issues from biodiversity protection to climate change to environmental justice. We are grounded in community, and a strong voice and watchdog for our environment. We catalyze change through policy advocacy, community development and building awareness. We take a holistic approach to the environment and our economy to create a just and sustainable society.
The overarching goal of The Our Food Project of the Ecology Action Centre is to strengthen communities' relationship to food by helping to build what we call ‘positive food environments’. Positive food environments are the physical and social spaces that help to normalize healthy eating by making it easier to grow, sell, and eat good food. We work at the individual, community and systemic level to increase the availability of nutritious food as well as our access to it. In doing so, we actively involve people in the development of more localized food systems.
Jen Organ coordinates the Community Food Leader Certificate Program for organizations in Halifax, Cape Breton, and Cumberland who want to make it easier for their communities to grow, eat, and sell good food. She also supports communications activities with the @ourfoodproject. Her previous food related experience includes community food programming with the Our Food Project, children garden programming with Urban Veggies, knowledge mobilization with the Food Action Research Centre, and supporting a Community Freezer program in Nain, Nunatsiavut. She has a Degree in Outdoor Recreation and Geography with a focus on Leadership, and a Masters of Environmental Studies with a focus on community food security. Jen’s interest in food primarily stems from cultural connections between food and place and how this takes shape in the local food movement. When not at work, Jen loves to weave bright and cozy things, and visit special islands off the coast of Nova Scotia.