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County gathering local producers for agri-map

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The Municipality of Pictou County is embracing its rural roots and putting together a project to help local producers promote their products.

As a way to help combat food insecurity, County Council is producing a map of the local agricultural producers where customers can find locally grown food of all kinds.

“Connecting the farmers to the local consumer,” is one of the main goals of the project, shared County CAO Brian Cullen. The idea for the project came from Warden Robert Parker who suggested it as a way the county could help create food security for local residents. Callouts for local vendors have been advertised to help get the word out on the project. So far, the county has about seven or eight vendors who would like to be a part of the project.

“We do see it as something that will grow over time,” said Cullen about the list of vendors and the project itself.

The map of vendors will be available on the county’s website when it becomes live to the public and will also include information on food security for those who might not be familiar with the term.

The map of vendors will also be somewhat interactive, Cullen shared, allowing residents to check out the information and look into what they are interested in. So far, the response from vendors that Cullen has heard from has been pretty positive and they think it’s a great thing to help local business, he said.

The only concerns that Cullen has heard is that some vendors feel they may be too small of an operation to participate in the map as they may not yield a lot for their business. Cullen added, however, that they are very flexible about the project and who participates.

Currently, Cullen is the contact person for those looking to have a business or vendor put on the map. He can be reached at the munucuipal office at (902) 485-4311. When the website launches later this year there will be information on the site on how to become a part of the map there as well. The Agricultural Producers Map will be able to be found on the county’s website http://county.pictou.ns.ca.

Cullen shared that part of the reason why they got involved in the program is due to a carbon offset grant they received from the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. So far, he is not aware of any other project like this around Nova Scotia except for a student in the valley who is working on a similar project for the county of Annapolis.