Creating a healthy local food supply for all Nova Scotia

About the fund

Nova Scotia has the ability to produce its own meat, dairy, eggs, fruit, vegetables, fish, and soy products. Those involved with the local food fund want to support a variety of activities around the province to grow, store and preserve our local food supply. This will strengthen our ability to feed ourselves and our neighbours with fresh, safe food and contribute to the well-being of our local farmers and our local economies.

The Local Food Fund is the only charitable funding source in the province with a mandate dedicated to healthy local food issues.

It was established in 2010 by a Catalyst Group within Spirit Nova Scotia. The inaugural donation to the Local Food Fund was made by agricultural visionary and mentor on climate change Lil MacPherson in memory of her brother Jim MacPherson. She chose the Local Food Fund to honour their collective love for food. The initial donation was matched by Sean Sears, co-chair of Spirit Nova Scotia, and his wife Barbara Thompson.


  • To build a sustainable local food supply for Nova Scotians.
  • To raise awareness and educate residents about the importance of local food across the province.
  • To support unique projects with mandates aligned with the mission of the Local Food Fund.

Donate to this fund

If you would like to donate to this fund, donations of up to $500 can be made by clicking on the button below to go to the CanadaHelps donation page. 

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For donations over $500, please contact the Community Foundation of Nova Scotia office at