Healthy & Sustainable Food
Acadia is located in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, known as the breadbasket of Nova Scotia, and is thus uniquely positioned to provide healthy and sustainable 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 Healthy and Sustainable Food?
At Acadia we define healthy and sustainable food as accessible, affordable, healthy, and culturally appropriate food. It is produced in socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable ways that promote self-reliance and social justice. Acadia Food Services are aligned with the following guiding principles:
- Food Security
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 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.
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
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 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 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, Student Services
Kelton Thomason, Residence Life
George Philp, 4th year ESST student and ASU Sustainability Officer
Chaiti Seth, Graduate student, Community Development