Healthy and Sustainable Food

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Photo: Chartwells

Acadia is located in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, known as the breadbasket of Nova Scotia, and is thus uniquely positioned to provide healthy, sustainable and just food service to the campus community. Acadia's primary food service provider is Chartwells, with additional services provided by the Acadia Students' Union and the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre.

What is our Vision for healthy and sustainable food at Acadia?

Our vision is that Acadia University cultivates a nourishing, enjoyable and accessible campus food system that supports learning, celebrates diversity, contributes to the local economy, protects the environment, builds community, and promotes health. This vision is supported by ten guiding principles for food services at Acadia with a focus on healthy, sustainable and just food, but that is also affordable, educational and much more. The guiding principles are:  

  • Health
  • Sustainability
  • Affordability
  • Accessibility
  • Community
  • Education
  • Engagement
  • Partnerships
  • Service
  • Accountability

Acadia Food Services Plan

The Acadia Food Advisory Committee worked with the campus community and community partners over many years to prepare a comprehensive plan for food services that achieves ambitious goals aligned with student priorities which are healthy, sustainable and affordable food services for campus. This planned formed the basis for the 2019 RFP for Food Services at Acadia.

Acadia Food Plan 2018

What is local?

Local food is especially important to Acadia since we live and learn in the primary agricultural region of the province. Local is defined as food and beverage produced no more than 400 kilometers away from the university. A producer is any entity involved in growing, raising, harvesting, processing or manufacturing a food or beverage product. Distributors, bottlers, and packers are not considered producers (AASHE, 2015).

At Acadia, food and beverage produced in Nova Scotia, PEI, much of New Brunswick and northeastern Maine is considered local. Of course, not all products we consume on campus are available locally so we source food from other areas as well.    

local map

Local Producers and Suppliers

These are just a few of our local suppliers, some new to Acadia and some, like Stirling Fruit Farm, that have been long time suppliers to campus food services.

Afishionado Fishmongers

Nova Scotia Fish and Seafood Provider featuring small-scale, community-based fishers and aquaculturalists, many with Ocean Wise certification.


Credit: Alan Warner.  Acadia Environmental and Sustainability students visit Afishionado in Halifax

Cossman & Whidden Honey

A family beekeeping business owned by Tom Cosman and Mary Ann Whidden, located just up the road from Acadia in Greenwich in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia.

Eden Valley Poultry

Eden Valley Poultry processes and markets chicken and turkey for Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island farmers. The company is owned by local producers of quality chickens and turkeys from their family farms and a major poultry processor.

Stirling Fruit Farms

Stirling Fruit Farms has been growing apples in the Annapolis valley for over three generations.

Food Services Advisory Committee

A committee of staff, faculty, students reports to the Vice President Finance and Administration & Chief Financial Officer to advance healthy and sustainable food policies and practices at Acadia and provide advice and assistance in food service related matters on campus. Members include:

Jodie Noiles, Acadia Sustainability Office (Chair)
Dr. Alan Warner, Community Development and Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ESST)
Liesel Carlsson, School of Nutrition and Dietetics
James Sanford, Executive Director, Student Services
George Philp, ASU President
Chaiti Seth, Graduate student, Community Development