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Nourish Your Roots is a healthy fundraiser to support healthy eating food programs and initiatives in schools and not for profit childcare centres through the sale of fresh, healthy, sustainable, NS Foods.  It connects children and families to Nova Scotia farmers.  100% of the purchase price of each sale stays in Nova Scotia, supporting the schools, local farmers and Nourish Your Roots.  Check out our story on CTV news or view our current media release.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our Nourish Your Roots FAQ to find answers to many of your questions.

Resources for Schools

Looking to promote your school's Nourish Your Roots Campaign for Fall 2017?  Resources can be found here.

Want to get involved?

Nourish Your Roots 2017 will run throughout the Fall of 2017 (October-November deliveries).  The sign-up period for the Harvest Campaign 2017 is now closed.  Participation is dependent on local farm capacity.  All applicants will be notified in May 2017 as to whether or not their request to participate in Nourish Your Roots has been successful. 

We are seeking more farm partners for the continued growth and sustainability of NYR.  Farm partners for 2017 have been identified.  

A sign-up form for schools, childcares and farms interested in participating in 2018 will be available here soon.

What's in a Nourish Your Roots box?

Each Farm Box will include a variety of seasonal fresh produce such as carrots, potatoes, turnip, and depending on the farm/availability, a selection from apples, beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cranberries, garlic, greens, herbs, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, onions, parsnips, pears, sweet potatoes and squash. 

Here are some photos of what you may receive in your box.

By purchasing a Nourish Your Roots box, you:

  • Increase awareness of healthy, local food choices for children, families and the community.
  • Support local NS farmers and a school/childcare centre in your community.
  • Help a child in your community raise money through a local, healthy and sustainable option.
  • Provide an opportunity for you and your family to eat quality, delicious and healthy food fresh from the farm.
  • Are part of a truly healthy fundraiser that is in line with the Nova Scotia School Food and Nutrition policy and the Standards for Food and Nutrition in Regulated Child Care Settings. 

Meet Your Farmer

Each of the farms listed below will be supporting Nourish Your Roots in 2017. They believe in the power of healthy eating to nourish the minds of children and families alike in their community.  Watch for new farms to be added.

Alder Meadow Farm
Dueck Family Farm
Elmridge Farm
Good Thyme Farm
Indian Garden Farms
Hank's Farm Market
Les Jardins Stellaria
Longspell Point Farm
Noggins Corner Farm
Sawler Gardens
Spurr Brothers
Straitwind Produce
TapRoot Farms 
Vista Bella Farm
Wysmykal Farm

Kids in the Kitchen

Want your kids to help prepare and enjoy your Nourish Your Roots produce?  We've compiled some great resources to engage kids in the kitchen.

Recipes

Looking for ideas on how to use the produce in your Nourish Your Roots box?  Check out the produce storage, preparation and fun facts section (below) where you will find links to recipes or you can visit our full list of recipes.

Produce Storage, Preparation and Fun Facts

Apples
Beets
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots

Cranberries
Garlic
Herbs
Kale
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Onions
Parsnips
Pears
Potatoes
Squash
Sweet Potatoes
Turnip

Farmers are proud of the produce they grow. It is important that you store your produce according to the instructions provided. If you have a concern about the quality of an item in your box, please contact the Nourish Your Roots coordinator nyrcoordinator@nourishns.ca

Interested in the evaluation from the nourish your roots?

We asked for your feedback and your responses helped inform the evaluation of our NYR 2015 pilot and the 2016 NYR Campaigns.  The evaluation reports detail the development, planning, implementation, and expansion of Nourish Your Roots over the past two years. These reports, with your continued feedback will help guide the expansion of the Nourish Your Roots healthy fundraising program.

NYR 2015 Pilot Evaluation Report
NYR 2015 Pilot Evaluation Infographic for a quick look at the pilot evaluation
NYR 2016 Evaluation Report and Appendix 
NYR 2016 Evaluation Infographic for a two-page view of the evaluation.

Be a local food star!

Send us your photos, videos or stories about the Nourish Your Roots farm box experience.  Whether it's kids in the kitchen, a family meal celebration or supporting this healthy fundraising program, show us what this experience mean to you and yours - we'd love to see it!  Stories can be shared here or via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by using #NourishYourRoots