The documentary Food Inc. posed this question during its screening at the Cape Breton Film Series. Then this past weekend, Nova Scotia held Open Farm Day – a day selected by the Department of Agriculture to promote local farms across the province. People are encouraged to visit farms in their area to learn more about the origins of the food we all eat.
As folk are always saying – buy local – or specific to this island “Think Cape Breton First” – Sunday was an opportunity to see what six farms are doing. Those featured were Twin Lighthouse Farms in Point Edward, Hank’s Farms in Millville, Crown Jewel Resort in Big Baddeck, Nova Scotia Highland Village in Iona, Galloping Cows in Port Hood, and South Harbour Farm in Dingwall. But fear not, if you didn’t hear about the event before hand – or had other stuff on the go – WGO is going to feature these locations over the next few weeks. Starting this week: Twin Lighthouse Farms.
Take exit 5 off the Trans Canada, then drive down Rudderham Road. When you reach the beautiful T intersection, turn right. Twin Lighthouse is just a couple of kilometers down the road, on the right. There you’ll find retired school teacher Joan Leroy, and she’ll be delighted to take you through her agri-tour farm where you’ll see 80 different types of animals from ostrich to a zebra to minature horses. Several large ponds dot the property housing rainbow trout and other pond-loving creatures. The entire family can have fun and learn lots without even meaning to!