Category: Ag & Food

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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Using Regrarianism to Reboot Agriculture

The term “Regrarian” isn’t a common word in many people’s vocabulary. Developed in Australia, this method of farm planning is now gaining popularity across North America. On Wednesday, February 21st at 7pm, the Mid Island Farmers Institute will host Hornby Island farmer Ryan May on the topic of Regrarianism and how he used the method to develop his own farm on Hornby. The meeting will be held at the Merville Hall, 1245 Fenwick Rd, and is free for member or $5 drop-in.

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Linda’s list for Feb. 7: Big chill coming, yams again, fruit sources

Well, nuts! To prove my contention that you just can’t trust February, the current forecast is for a few days of really cold air to hit this weekend. With lows of -4 and -5oC (25 to 23oF) predicted for the south coast (even for Victoria, which is unusual), you may need to take steps to protect some plants if that cold does materialize. I am afraid those temperature will kill any early peach and cherry flowers that are opening now, but don’t worry about garlic, spring bulbs, buds on native shrubs and trees or fruit trees that flower later — they should be okay. Do worry about half-hardy herbs, such as rosemary, and new shoots of artichokes and other less robust perennials. Mulch right over the crowns of plants or cover them with plastic. It would be a good idea to cover spinach, lettuce, chard and other overwintered greens too; the roots should survive the low temperatures, but new leaves could be ruined as -5oC is pretty much the lower limit for many greens (kale would be fine, though). I plan to harvest as many leaves as possible before the cold snap in case it takes plants awhile to recover.

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Stone Soup and Groundhog weather forecast

Many cultures celebrate a special day at this time of year- when the light returns and we are half way between the dark winter and burgeoning spring solstices.

We begin to hope and see the end of winter. Imbolc is the name in the old Celtic calendar, celebrating the fertility goddess Brigid. This came down as St Brigid’s day in Ireland – a celebration that includes good comfort foods, including to long-storage potatoes, cabbage or kale. Its also a time to check the signs for weather – hence Groundhog day ( badger in Ireland) when we see if cloudy weather winter will soon be over. And we can start the new garden process.

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Community Created Agriculture Co-op for the Comox Valley

A group of concerned citizens is creating a food production co-operative in the Comox Valley. The Community Created Agriculture Co-op (CCAC) is in the process of acquiring a 56-Acre farm within city limits in Courtenay. In the next few months, we will be setting up the necessary infrastructure to facilitate production, processing, preservation, storage, and delivery of food in the Comox Valley. This includes the purchase of a farm where food can be produced or collected to be delivered to the 300 individuals or families that will participate in the CCAC Food Supply Program. The co-operative will own, house and maintain, farm equipment, cold storage, processing equipment, etc … for the use of the co-op members on a cost recovery basis.

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Linda’s list for Nov. 13: Last notes for winter

That recent cold snap was a surprise, with temperatures well below freezing and the first snowfall in some areas. If your winter veggies were not all mulched by then I doubt they came to harm as the soil was still relatively warm. In this warmer lull, however, do get the mulching done before temperatures drop again. Mulch is especially necessary to protect the shoulders of root crops poking above the surface, but it also protects soil from erosion in heavy winter rains. I always set aside a big bag of leaves to use at the last minute, just before a really cold spell, to cover over top of the leaves of carrot, beets and other root crops. I wait as late as possible for this because I don’t want to smother the leaves prematurely (or provide rats with a tempting winter nest).

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LUSH AGM, and Keynote Speaker, Peter Sinclair- October 16th

Comox Valley, BC, October 16th, 2017 — Please join LUSH Valley Food Action Society on October 16th, 2017- World Food Day – For our 2016/17 AGM and Keynote Speaker. The event will start at 6:00PM at North Island College, Tyee Hall Room 203.  We will start by highlighting the successes of our last year and end the evening with a free and inspirational presentation by Peter Sinclair.  Peter, the Executive Director of Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes, will be sharing their exciting progress in the City of Nanaimo with a food recovery program they started called Food4U. 

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