Local food system development

The opportunities for local food systems development on Prince Edward Island are numerous (many of which are listed below). There are several constraints, including a small land-base, a lack of young people choosing a career in farming, as well as the capitol needed for infrastructure and buying quota licenses.

The most widespread successes of local food systems development are listed below, and focus largely on small to medium scale farm businesses with emphasis placed on direct sales to the consumer.

There is growing interest in organic agriculture in the Maritime provinces, given the growing consumer demand for healthy and sustainably produced food. Recently, ACORN commissioned a study titled “Organic Research and Market Plan: Final Report” which was “…commissioned to explore both the domestic and export market opportunities for organic agri-food producers in the Atlantic Canada region.” Findings highlight that the real challenge for development of a string organic industry in the Maritimes is the ability for smaller producers in the region to meet the growing demands of the marketplace in terms of volume, price, and quality.
Read the report in full

Some of the alternatives to the industrial model of agriculture in the province of Prince Edward Island include:

Farmer’s Markets

There are several farmers’ markets spread throughout Prince Edward Island, most of which supply a variety of fresh produce and meats, including:

Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture(CSA) is a growing movement between urban and rural communities that facilitates the partnership between growers and consumers.

CSA Farms in PEI