AVFTS Presents to “100 Men Who Give a Damn”

On April 19th, AVFTS was one of three local charities to present to the recently launched “100 Men Who Give a Damn” for a chance to walk away with a $10,000 donation. This group donates money to local registered charities nominated by their members.

Meeting with the Agriculture Minister, May 28

Keith Colwell

Hon. Keith Colwell

On May 28, 2015, AVFT Board Members Richard Melvin and Brian Newcombe met with Nova Scotia’s Minister of Agriculture, Keith Colwell, to further our discussion on how the Province and the Farmland Trust Society can collaborate on the issue of preservation of farmland.

The meeting was very positive. More discussions are planned.

New Directors Elected at 2015 AGM

At our Annual General Meeting in April, the membership elected two new directors, David Fuller and Janice Lutz to the Board, and re-elected Richard Melvin who will serve another term.

The Chair would like to thank the retiring directors for their service to the Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust.

April Flavours Dinner & Auction, April 30

April-Flavours-poster-2014The April Flavours Gala Dinner & Auction will take place on April 30th at 6 pm at the Louis Millet Community Complex in New Minas. The sit-down dinner is being arranged by the April Flavours Committee and Executive Chef Jake Wright and many local Chefs will be preparing delicious food for the guests.

The event is presented by Friends of Agriculture in Nova Scotia (FANS) as a fundraiser to support the educational activities of local agricultural organizations. FANS promotes farmers and food producers and chefs who are contributing to Healthy fields, farms and food for the people and communities of Nova Scotia now and in the future.

Cocktail Hour

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour and viewing of more than $8,000 worth of fabulous new live and silent auction items including tours, accommodations, dinners, lawn mowers, home décor and many 75 additional items. Guests can use their complimentary drink ticket to sample local wine, beer and other beverages at the Lion’s Club bar while enjoying finger food appetizers created by local providers featuring local ingredients.


The dinner will start with our signature “April Flavours Salad” created by Sue Carroll of Paddy’s Pub. It is a blend of local seasonal greens, mushrooms, cheese, nuts and berries with a dressing featuring locally made oils, vinegars, and herbs. The main course will consist of Meadowbrook Honey Ham, a medley of local roasted root vegetables and other local foods. On each table will be a selection of fresh local tomatoes, cucumbers, preserves and local breads. The dessert buffet will feature more delicacies and Just Us! coffee and tea will be served.

During dessert people will want to check on their silent auction bids, and a live auction of many items will bring the evening to a close.


Tickets are $35 and are available through Eventbrite.ca, Box of Delights, Wolfville 542-9511 (VISA, MC), Chisholm’s Stationery, Kentville 678-4661; Linda Best 542-3442 email hidden; JavaScript is required; Jayn Kenny 542-0002; Donna Crawford 582-7326; Val VanOostrum at Just Us! 670-8388

The full menu will be posted on the Shift to Delicious Facebook page and on FarmWorks April Flavours page.

Participating Restaurants and Food Producers to date are listed below – please check out their websites for more information about them.

Chef Jake Wright Vincent Food Dressings
Pie r Squared Field Guide Restaurant
Meadowbrook Meat Market Fruition
Paddy’s Pub and Rosie’s Restaurant Rocky Top Farm
Helen B’s Preserves Slow Dough Bakery
Local Source Market & Catering Valley Mushrooms
Flying Apron Cookery Cocoa Pesto
Oakhaven Bakery Taproot Farm
Front and Central Just Us Coffee Roasters
Chartwells at Acadia Farm Girl Preserves

Live and silent auction

You’ll be able to bid on over 75 items valued from $20 to $500:

  • Tours and Travel and Toys for Adults and Kids
  • Farm and Lawn and Garden Implements
  • Chairs and Benches and Storage Units
  • Entertainment Centres and Home Décor
  • Fashion and Jewelry
  • Dinners and Beverages
  • Local Foods