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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Linda’s List for Oct. 1 – This Month’s Tasks

The golden days of fall are such a delight…but they do remind us that there are things to do before winter:

All you Brussels sprout growers, if you haven’t done so, this is the week to pinch out the tips of the plants to hasten the growth of the sprouts along the stem. If you have good-sized sprouts forming already, you don’t necessarily have to do this, but if your plants only have tiny little sprouts at this point, do force them to make sprouts by pruning the tops. If the plants don’t develop their crop this fall, you won’t be getting sprouts this winter.

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GMOs, Pesticides and Herbicides – How to eat cleaner?

Comox United Church will present “GMOs, Pesticides and Herbicides – How to eat cleaner?” on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7 pm.

Dr. Thierry Vrain worked for 30 years as a Research Scientist for Agriculture Canada, retiring in 2003. He owns Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden. Thierry is now an educator, teaching about soil biology, genetic engineering and the food contamination common in industrial agriculture.

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LUSH Valley Food Action Society is pleased to invite you to our annual AGM featuring guest speaker Peter Sinclair, the Executive Director of Nanaimo Loaves and Fishes. Peter will be sharing the City of Nanaimo’s exiting progress with a food recovery program they started called Food4U.

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Mid Island Farmers Institute hosts talk on “Organic” & Glyphosate Issues

Farmers in the Comox Valley have had to adjust to a great number of events this season. Epic snow storms, a very wet and long-lasting spring, and record-breaking heat and drought in the summer. Luckily, growers are resilient and with the right information, are able to make decisions that allow their farms to adapt. The Mid Island Farmers Institute will be hosting its first meeting of the fall/winter season on September 20th at 6:30pm at the Merville Hall with two talks that farmers and growers will not want to miss.

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Linda’s List for Sept. 1: Last planting, powdery mildew, rats

If you sow this week, you should still be able to grow nice-sized plants of hardy winter lettuce and arugula before winter. It is expected to be pretty hot this week, so cover seed beds with burlap or other covers to cool the soil enough to allow seeds to germinate. Now is the right time to scatter corn salad seeds under tomatoes, squash and other plants that won’t continue in cold weather. Corn salad may not germinate until the soil cools down, so don’t worry if they don’t come up immediately; it is the hardiest salad green I know of and will continue to grow (slowly) during the winter.

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