BERWICK – Two women who’ve had a hand in helping establish Nova Scotia’s agricultural industry and fighting food insecurity will be toasted – and roasted – at an upcoming charity event in Berwick.
Linda Best and Ann Anderson, who are celebrating their birthdays and are turning 75 and 80 respectively, will be honoured at the supper and auction event at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Kings Mutual Century Centre in Berwick.
“We thought to ourselves that we’re both reaching milestone ages, so why not use this as a fundraising opportunity. We were chatting with Margie Lamb, and next thing we know, she’s saying ‘leave it to me’ and planning a wonderful event for us,” says Best.
Best is the founder of the FarmWorks Investment Co-op, which helps people working in Nova Scotia's agricultural industry take out loans and help get their businesses off the ground.
Anderson came on board with the business in 2010, and has become Best’s righthand woman with that and the Friends of Agriculture program, which supports education, nutrition programs and community gardens.
Best hails from Somerset, where she grew up with Lamb. After moving to Halifax, Best says it wasn’t until she moved back to the Annapolis Valley that she realized the level of food insecurity present.
“We got a group of people together, were interviewed by Kirk Starratt, who asked us, ‘so what will you guys call yourselves, the Friends of Agriculture?’ And we liked it so much that it stuck,” she says.
FarmWorks has so far raised nearly $2 million and loaned out $3 million to farms across the province. Lamb says she too acquired help from the initiative in the form of a use piece of equipment – something she says otherwise wouldn’t have happened.
“We wanted to take out a loan to purchase a used piece of equipment, and they gave us a loan. Others wouldn’t have even considered doing that,” says Lamb.
Lamb says she hopes community members will attend the event and help support initiatives that in turn support agriculture.
“This is my way of saying thank you,” says Lamb.
Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting Friends of Agriculture and the Berwick & District Livestock Shelter.
For updates and ticket locations, visit the Meadowbrook Meat Market’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Meadowbrook-Meat-Market-259442934073606/.
Kings County News recently took a deep dive into agriculture with our series called Back on the Farm. Here are some highlights:
- VIDEO: Falmouth farmers shift focus to find the right balance
- Reporter spends a day at TapRoot Farms in Port Williams
- Diversification key to success for Wolfville farmer who took on grape growing, established winery
- Woodville apple orchards lose U-Pick crop to June frost
- Keith Colwell pushing food security, farming as a career, capitalization of new opportunities