Farm Co-op Initiative on Southern Vancouver Island seeks Farmers

A good friend, colleague, raw dairy advocate, and all-around bovine enthusiast recently sent me the below announcement about the group she co-founded that intends to establish a farm-based community on Southern Vancouver Island. More details can be read on the group’s blog. OUR VISION OF A COMMUNITY FARM In order to address our concerns about … Continue reading

Agroforestry Project at UBC

Call for collaborators- UBC Farm Agroforestry Project  UBC Farm, in consultation with industry partners, and UBC Faculties of Forestry and Land and Food Systems will develop an Agroforestry Production Development (APD) Tool to aid farmers/land managers in assessing the viability of specific agroforestry ventures. The tool will help determine what ventures are likely to be … Continue reading

Hugelkultur at the Malachite House | Vittles

Hugel-what? This autumn, the midwives in Kelowna decided to replace their two front lawns with annual and perennial food plants, as well as medicinal herbs.  I said “hugelkultur!” And they said “what?” Hugelkultur is a German word meaning “hill culture”.  It is a raised garden bed that can be created by placing large pieces of … Continue reading

Essay: A Fairy Tale Retold (or: the challenges of leasing farmland)

The Homestead Organic Farm on a late November Afternoon

My partner Vanessa and I (and that’s partner in both the professional sense and the hubba-hubba one) do not own the land we’re farming. We’re on a lease at The Homestead, an organic farm in Peachland that has been under the care of Joe and Jess Klein for nearly 30 years. That we would start … Continue reading

It Depends.

Writings from Adam Huggins on his journeys. Adam put much love into urban permaculture cultivation at the Purple Thistle project in Vancouver’s DTES. http://sunfishmoonlight.wordpress.com The symphony which nature composes from its detritus is a fruit embodying the distillation of eons of death, decay, and fermentation – the doing and undoing of a multitude of bodies … Continue reading

Yeah Vancouver Island – Potluck Saanich Friday!

Wild that it’s our 2nd Vancouver Island potluck celebration:) Yeah we’re growing! Saturday, December 8th, starts 6pm Join us at Haliburton Community Organic Farm in Saanich to fun the night up with an Eat In potluck-styles. Map Link Facebook Event Link Please bring a dish to share, something liquid and your good winter cheer. Think … Continue reading

Seed, Glorious Seed! Hot mescluns and mustards!

I have a confession to make. I am in love: with seeds.  Just had to get that out. I am gaga for plants, I revel in tubers, rhizomes, and cuttings; but seeds are different. Seeds feel like wealth. They look like jewels. They taste like wellness. They grow with a passion all their own, guided … Continue reading