Category: Ag & Food

Linda’s List for Aug. 9: Sow spinach and greens; pests and problems

Yesterday should have been “Spinach Day” in my garden, but it is far too hot to attempt to sow anything right now. I have had good results sowing spinach as late as the middle of August so will wait to until it cools down in a couple of days to plant seeds. The forecast for Saturday is for cooler weather, with a small chance of the ever-receding mirage of rain showers in some places. Gardeners along the outer coast and Strait of Juan de Fuca, where summers are cool and foggy should sow spinach right now to give it time to grow to a good size before winter.

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Local Farmers provide quality food to those in need through LUSH Valley Farm Gleaning project

“LUSH Valley’s Farm Gleaning project provides volunteer labour on the farm when I need it most in exchange for the produce that I can’t sell, says Mariette Sluyter of Whitaker Farm and Merville Organics, “We love knowing that the produce is going to feed people that otherwise may not have access to high quality local produce and it’s great to connect with those who also care about food waste in our community. The whole experience is enriching to so many people, including us as farmers”

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Seventh Annual Garlic Fest

Things are going to get pretty stinky down at the Big Yellow Merville hall on Sunday, August 12th, from noon to 4pm as it is time for the Seventh Annual Garlic Fest. The garlic sellers will have their wagons overflowing with cloves and scapes and will be eager to sell you every other form of farm produce that is now in season.

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You are invited to LUSH Valley’s AGM Dinner

Join us to hear about our amazing 2017-18 year, enjoy some tasty food on a beautiful farm and listen to our guest speaker.

The AGM will be outside, in an accessible location at Minto Farm with tent coverage – please dress appropriately for the weather. Dinner will be provided, but as space is limited we ask that you please RSVP.

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LUSH Valley Food Action Society Launches Farm Gleaning Pilot and seeks Volunteers for Fruit Tree Program

As concerns over food waste, food security, and sustainability increase – gleaning, or harvesting food that would otherwise go to waste- is becoming recognized as a viable practice to increase access to healthy food for all. That’s why this year alongside their successful Fruit Tree Program LUSH Valley is launching a Farm Gleaning pilot program to augment and increase the diversity of local fresh and healthy food supplied to those in need.

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What’s in the Best (Political) Interest of the Comox Valley Farmer

Although the municipal elections seem far in the future, farmers in the Comox Valley are being proactive before their busy season and starting the conversation on what to advocate for. The Mid Island Farmers Institute is meeting on Wednesday, May 16th at 7pm at the Merville Hall to discuss What’s in the Best (Political) Interest of the Comox Valley Farmer?

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Linda’s List for April 30: Tomatoes, corn, beans, peas and pests du jour

With the warmth last week and the forecast of another sunny week, you can keep right on planting any and all cool weather crops (peas, lettuce, onions, leeks, all of the cabbage/mustard family, leafy greens, Swiss chard, carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes, etc.). It is still too cool at night in most places to rush warmth-loving plants into the ground, including tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, melons, corn and beans. And don’t push sweet basil outdoors too early, either: it can’t handle cool, wet weather.

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Wet soil, cool crops, pollinator plantings

Our cold spring continues…with the soil too soggy to work in many gardens, especially after this recent heavy rain. If you squeeze a small handful of soil and it stays together in a compact clod, then it is too wet to handle; it should be moist but still easy to crumble apart after you squeeze it. Trying to turn in amendments in wet soil compacts the soil and crushes the air spaces that let in oxygen and let out carbon dioxide (plant roots, soil microbes, earthworms, etc. all need to breath). If hard clods form when your soil dries out, it is a sign of compaction, often seen in clay soils. Wait until such soil are drier before handling them and keep adding compost and organic matter from mulches to improve soil structure.

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Is Canada Serious about Recognizing and Respecting Our Aboriginal Right?

“We again call on Canada to prove that it is serious about recognizing and respecting our Aboriginal right to fish and sell fish,” said Cliff Atleo, lead negotiator and Councilor of the Ahousaht Nation, in response to Prime Minister Trudeau’s speech in the House on February 14. “This government continues to talk a lot about a new relationship with Indigenous people and respecting our Aboriginal rights, but we are still waiting for this government to actually do something that is meaningful to our Ha’wiih and fishers.”

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