I come from a background in the fine arts. I worked for 20+ years at NSCAD University as a Technician and Instructor and continue to hold a Regular Part Time Faculty position. For the past 8 years, however, I’ve worked full-time as a farmer. Driven by an interest in food security and food sovereignty, I left my full-time university job to buy a farm and attempt to contribute to sustainable food production in the Annapolis Valley. I grow produce using spray-free methods and raise pastured animals for meat, milk, eggs, and companionship. I sell produce through a Community Shared Agriculture model, and use my vegetables and goat milk to create value-added products, which I sell at the Wolfville Farmers Market.
Through my farming journey I’ve discovered that Nova Scotia is far less food secure than it should be, that government policies and regulations work for the big guy but often not for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and that the people in this region really do appreciate good food, the great outdoors, and our beautifully diverse community.
Spending every day with my hands in the dirt, I continually experience the effects of global warming on food production, and I am motivated to find solutions. One thing I know for certain is that we won’t see real change unless every person is equipped to focus on the problem. If we want to combat the climate crisis we first need to combat the crises that people face on a daily basis… food insecurity, lack of healthcare, lack of affordable housing, to name just a few.
I’ve been involved over the years as a member of many boards with organizations that include the NS Mountain Bike Trails Association, NSCAD Faculty Union, Bicycle Nova Scotia, and the Kentville and Wolfville Farmers’ Markets. During the odd moments that I’m not working I enjoy wilderness adventures via kayak, bicycle, and on foot with my partner Troy and our dogs Milo and Spike. I also love to cook, especially for other people.
This is my first foray into the political arena. I’ve always believed that if I have ideas about how things can be better, I have an obligation to try and affect those changes. I see myself as a problem solver, not a politician, and that’s why I’m running for Kings West.
Name: Sue Earle
Riding: Kings West