A roast and toast for a good cause

Char­ity event to raise laughs, funds for agri­cul­ture non-profit ini­tia­tives

Annapolis Valley Register - - LIVING - KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA BER­WICK Sara.Eric­s­son@kingscountynews.ca

Two women who’ve had a hand in help­ing es­tab­lish Nova Sco­tia’s agri­cul­tural in­dus­try and fight­ing food in­se­cu­rity will be toasted – and roasted – at an up­com­ing char­ity event in Ber­wick.

Linda Best and Ann An­der­son, who are cel­e­brat­ing their birthdays and are turn­ing 75 and 80 re­spec­tively, will be hon­oured at the sup­per and auc­tion event at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 at the Kings Mu­tual Cen­tury Cen­tre in Ber­wick.

“We thought to our­selves that we’re both reach­ing mile­stone ages, so why not use this as a fundrais­ing op­por­tu­nity. We were chat­ting with Margie Lamb, and next thing we know, she’s say­ing ‘leave it to me’ and plan­ning a won­der­ful event for us,” says Best.

Best is the founder of the Far­mWorks In­vest­ment Co-op, which helps peo­ple work­ing in Nova Sco­tia’s agri­cul­tural in­dus­try take out loans and help get their busi­nesses off the ground.

An­der­son came on board with the busi­ness in 2010, and has be­come Best’s right­hand woman with that and the Friends of Agri­cul­ture pro­gram, which sup­ports ed­u­ca­tion, nu­tri­tion pro­grams and com­mu­nity gar­dens.

Best hails from Som­er­set, where she grew up with Lamb. Af­ter mov­ing to Hal­i­fax, Best says it wasn’t un­til she moved back to the An­napo­lis Val­ley that she re­al­ized the level of food in­se­cu­rity present.

“We got a group of peo­ple to­gether, were in­ter­viewed by Kirk Starratt, who asked us, ‘so what will you guys call your­selves, the Friends of Agri­cul­ture?’ And we liked it so much that it stuck,” she says.

Far­mWorks has so far raised nearly $2 mil­lion and loaned out $3 mil­lion to farms across the prov­ince. Lamb says she ac­quired help from the ini­tia­tive in the form of a used piece of equip­ment – some­thing she says other­wise wouldn’t have hap­pened.

“We wanted to take out a loan to pur­chase a used piece of equip­ment, and they gave us a loan. Oth­ers wouldn’t have even con­sid­ered do­ing that,” says Lamb.

Lamb says she hopes com­mu­nity mem­bers will at­tend the event and help sup­port ini­tia­tives that, in turn, sup­port agri­cul­ture.

“This is my way of say­ing ‘thank you,’” says Lamb.

Pro­ceeds from the event will go to­wards sup­port­ing Friends of Agri­cul­ture and the Ber­wick & Dis­trict Live­stock Shel­ter.

For up­dates and ticket lo­ca­tions, visit the Mead­ow­brook Meat Mar­ket’s Face­book page: https:// www. face­book. com/ Mead­ow­brook- Meat- Mar­ket-259442934073606/

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Linda Best and Ann An­der­son will be hon­oured – both roasted and toasted – at a sup­per and auc­tion fundrais­ing event Oct. 28 at the KMCC in Ber­wick.

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