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October 2000 

CCN Profiles Sheet Harbour

Town at the Crossroads

The Coastal Communities Network, established in 1992, grew out the crises in the groundfish industry. Now, CCN is a vital growing volunteer association of organizations. CCN's mission is to provide a forum to encourage dialogue, share information, and create strategies and actions that promote the survival and development of Nova Scotia's coastal and rural communities.

In Issue 4 Volume 1 of Coastal Community News, CCN places Sheet Harbour in an interesting juxtaposition. While Sheet Harbour is poised to catch some of the spin-offs from the Sable Offshore Energy Project and the short term nature of the hardwood chip industry, the town is also home to Dewdrop Gardens, the first commercial hydroponic farming enterprise in Canada and a feather in Sheet Harbour's sustainability cap.

According to Cedric Boutilier, a 10 year employee of Dewdrop Gardens, "A lot of my friends from high school had to move away. I'm glad for [Dewdrop]" It's meant that I could stay at home."

Developments like Dewdrop Gardens insure Nova Scotia's rural communities of a brighter future after the 25 year offshore boom is over and the hardwood has all been shredded.

Go ahead, read this story now, then tell us what you think!

Dewdrop Gardens (listing in "Food for Thought")
Sheet Harbour Halifax Co. Nova Scotia B0J 3B0 Telephone (902) 885-2707 Fax (902) 885-2707 Sales Contacts: Jim Keizer/Tim Keizer, partner Products Produced: Cranberries, Greenhouse tomatoes, English cucumbers, Christmas trees
Distribution: Direct sales/Most major wholesalers. Email

For in-depth information on this topic, visit the following websites:

Global EcoVillage Network (Canada)
Eco Communities on Environment Canada's Green Lane
Canadian Telework Association
Nova Scotia's Smart Community Project


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