Where does your funding come from?
The Loaded Ladle is a Type 1 society of the Dalhousie Student Union, and our funding comes directly from Dalhousie students. Every full-time Dalhousie student (except students at the Truro Agricultural campus), including Master’s and PhD students, pays into levied societies on top of their tuition. The Loaded Ladle receives $4.50 per student, per semester, and this is our only source of funding. Dalhousie has 13 levied societies, including NSPIRG, The South House Gender and Sexual Resource Centre, CKDU 88.1FM, The Dal Bike Centre, and the Dal Urban Garden Society.
Do I have to be a student to eat at the Ladle?
No way, pal! We welcome any and every-one to join us in the kitchen, to share a meal, or attend one of our meetings. We have a donation jar at our servings, and encourage folks to donate if they can, but never turn away people. Come eat our food!
Where does your food come from?
Our produce is purchased from Nova Scotia farmers from the Brewery Market in downtown Halifax. We purchase from vendors such as Hutten Family Farms, 4 Seasons Farms, and Highland Farms. We also buy produce from the Dalhousie Farmers’ Market Collective, who gets their veg from Abundant Acres.
Our tofu and mushrooms come from Acadiana Soy, who uses organic and non-GMO soybeans from PEI.
Our dry goods, such as grains and beans, come from Speerville Flour Mill, a family-run business in New Brunswick.
Our food is acquired according to our Environmental and Purchasing Policy. We source all of our food as locally and organic as possible. However, the reality of growing conditions in Nova Scotia and Canada means that some of our ingredients come from far away or aren’t organic. For example, the brown rice we buy from Speerville is often sourced from China, and the cumin we use in our hummus comes from Sri Lanka. Organic canola oil in bulk amounts is difficult to find and often prohibitively expensive.
We are always looking for sources of locally and organically produced products, and value transparency in labour relations and worker-treatment. If you know of a farmer we should work with or a source for more ethical products, we would love to hear from you.
Why do you only make vegan food?
We are vegan for many reasons!
Accessibility: by not cooking with dairy, meat, eggs, or animal products of any kind, our food is available to many people with various dietary needs, such as Halal, Kosher, vegetarians, and vegans
Simplicity and Safety: it is easier for us to obtain and maintain our cooking and serving health permits in a kitchen that doesn’t deal with raw meat or dairy. The risk of unsafe food handling or food poisoning is also substantially reduced in a kitchen that cooks solely plant-based foods
Political: the industrial food system, like the prevailing politico-economic order, is imbalanced and unjust. Factory farming of meat and dairy is responsible for significant environmental degradation, inhumane conditions and practices, and exploitative and dangerous conditions for workers. The Loaded Ladle is committed to food sovereignty:
“Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. ” – Wikipedia
The Loaded Ladle does not police people’s diets. We believe that every person has the right to determine their own diet and food, without judgement from anyone. We also acknowledge and embrace the diversity of different people’s diets, based on culture, upbringing, relationships with food, preferences, beliefs, and values.
The Ladle also acknowledges that that “healthy” is a concept that varies from culture to culture and person to person. Our food is local and vegan, but that doesn’t make it healthy, and “healthy” food isn’t inherently better than any other food.
I ate a delicious thing at the Ladle! How do I get the recipe?!
Step 1: Visit the recipes section and see if it’s already been posted!
Step 2: If that didn’t work, contact us and ask! We will try our best to recreate it/rustle up a recipe and post it under recipes!