Barefoot Gift Cards

This is the story of  how we came up with the best local present you can give or receive this year.


Two years ago the owners of Witch Haven Farms decided to give back to their community by helping  struggling families grow food. The hope was to help with rising food costs, and increase nutritious food availability, variety, and security in their community.   They helped people start their own home lots, offering everything from seeds to support. The families had success in their new gardens, so much success that they had excess.


Witch Haven began buying the excess and offered the veggies at cost to seniors they know in neighbouring communities.  The income created even more household security and made a real difference for the families growing food.


People began eagerly joining the program, and success has brought the challenge of organizing and delivering all of the food.  This issue brought Witch Haven to the Ecology Action Centre’s Community Food Leadership Certificate Program.  

We fell in love with the idea and formed the Barefoot Farmers Association and work beside our community partners Shelter Nova Scotia, the Mulgrave Park Family Centre, and Sipekne’katik Food Pantry.

We all put our heads together and came up with the perfect local gift idea:


Barefoot Gift Cards


Each gift card provides twenty dollars worth of local, organic produce and eggs to a local shelter or community pantry.  This would be a great gift in itself, however this twenty dollars also provides economic growth to our Barefoot Farmers Collective, and increases food security in Nova Scotia.  


You see it is the perfect local gift.


Get yours in person at the Brewery Market on Saturday December 22, 2018


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Writing to meditate and heal

I read a beautiful book I once named “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron.  She introduced me to the practice of morning pages.  Writing three pages each morning started as just something new to try.  It began so long ago now that I have forgotten my motivation.  It would take me hours, struggling to make the words flow out of my fingers onto the page.  Most of the time it was pages of the silliest mundane drivel, anything to reach my goal.

That drivel was probably the most important stuff that I ever wrote.  Having a learning disability that makes it difficult to spell, I have always felt a lot of shame around my writing.   These morning pages were the first time I made myself use my voice in a way that was  allowed to be, and meant to be imperfect.  The goal was not to write anything in particular, what mattered was writing three pages.  What ended up happening was my first experience of listening to myself and the inner dialogue that was creating the world I lived in.

There are lies that we tell ourselves all the time: I can’t cook, I am not prepared enough, there is not enough time.  In the background noise of my pages I write down my lies.  They usually come out as blame, creating problems and self doubt.  When I see the lies on the page in front of me a different part of my brain takes over and solves, works around or flat out dismisses them.

My journey of recovery started with those first pages.  I have learned to use meditation as my daily tool for connecting my internal chorus to my awareness, but I would not have known that was possible without those pages.  If you are looking for a place to start, and especially if you have no access to professional help, try morning pages.  Three pages written everyday (within reason, some is better than none) for at least a month, looseleaf size, single spaced.  It is tough and time consuming, and so is everything else that is worth doing.  You deserve to listen to your own story. You are worth it.