The Engaging African Nova Scotian Youth (EANSY) in Agriculture and Community Food Security Project is an initiative of Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA), in partnership with the Department of Canadian Heritage, African Nova Scotian Affairs, African Canadian Services Branch (NS Dept of Education), Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Perennia Food and Agriculture Corporation.
A youth-led community garden and greenhouse that will contribute to community food security. The community projects will involve youth in all aspects of the farming cycle.
The Youth will experience the following:
- How to build practical food sovereignty skills.
- Agricultural and entrepreneurship training
- Marketing and branding training
- Fun field trips and camp opportunities
- Exposure to careers in agriculture
- Practical and soft skill development – critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity
Objectives of the Project:
- Equip our youth with food-growing skills.
- Create employment opportunities and develop employment skills by exposing our youth to careers along the agri-food spectrum, from entrepreneurship to research, which will include awareness of technology development in the agricultural sector.
- To develop youth leadership skills among African Nova Scotian youth
- To identify community food security needs and develop a suitable food production model that works best for African Nova Scotia communities.
- To close the participation gap of African Nova Scotians in all aspects of agriculture and to promote equitable participation in the agriculture and agri-food sectors.