How tax credits and social finance are building a healthy future for Nova Scotians

“There are social, green, brown and transition bonds … why not agriculture bonds?”

Why It Matters

Canada’s small-scale farmers and food producers face a myriad of challenges, including access to capital. Could community investment funds provide a solution, while also building resilient food systems and healthy people?

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Charlie MacLean lives in the same house where his parents raised him in North Sydney, Nova Scotia. He inherited the house when his mother passed away; and just like his parents before him, he and his wife grow a fair amount of their own food. 

Food has also been at the centre of MacLean’s long career. While studying at Acadia University, he worked in the school’s food service department to make ends meet. After graduating with a bachelor of business administration, he went onto head food services at a number of prominent

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