Food & Agriculture

Holiday Harvest Meal Fundraiser

Holiday Harvest Meal Fundraiser

Sunday, Dec. 13, from noon until 4:00 p.m. LUSH Valley Food Action Society is holding a Holiday Harvest Meal Fundraiser.

Get FoodSafe Certified!

Join LUSH Valley Food Society as they host Chef Gaetane Palardy to offer the one-day certification course for FOODSAFE Level 1 on Saturday, May 11th.

Spring at LUSH Valley

The 2019 growing season is off to a great start at our Share the Harvest community garden in downtown Courtenay. On March 25, 2019, Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells, Council members and leaders at LUSH Valley Food Action Society signed a five-year ‘Share the Harvest Community Garden’ partnership agreement.

Opportunity to Support Local Farmers

After a successful pilot project, the New Farmer Mentorship and Loan Program is ready to support more Comox Valley farmers in 2019. The New Farmer Mentorship and Loan Program matches up farmers that require small loans to purchase farming equipment with mentors and lenders that are interested in supporting local agriculture.

Introduction to Beekeeping

Gerry and Chris Rozema run Rozehaven Farm in Campbell River and are avid beekeepers. They will be providing an overview of what is involved in beekeeping for anyone wishing to get into production, especially farmers. As members of the Comox Valley Beekeepers Association and the BC Honey Producers Association, they have a depth of knowledge on how to manage bees in the climate of the Comox Valley.

Opportunity to Support Local Farmers

Opportunity to Support Local Farmers

After a successful pilot project, the New Farmer Mentorship and Loan Program is ready to support more Comox Valley farmers in 2019. The New Farmer Mentorship and Loan Program matches up farmers that require small loans to purchase farming equipment with mentors and lenders that are interested in supporting local agriculture.

Introduction to Beekeeping

Introduction to Beekeeping

Gerry and Chris Rozema run Rozehaven Farm in Campbell River and are avid beekeepers. They will be providing an overview of what is involved in beekeeping for anyone wishing to get into production, especially farmers. As members of the Comox Valley Beekeepers Association and the BC Honey Producers Association, they have a depth of knowledge on how to manage bees in the climate of the Comox Valley.

Deadline for Making a Charitable Donation in 2018

Deadline for Making a Charitable Donation in 2018

Today is the deadline for making a charitable donation in 2018. As per CRA regulations, only donations postmarked on or before December 31, 2018 will receive a charitable tax receipt for credit for the 2018 calendar year.

Wet soil, cool crops, pollinator plantings

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.

Racing a Virus – is the BC salmon farming industry spreading disease?

Racing a Virus – is the BC salmon farming industry spreading disease?

March 1 independent biologist Alexandra Morton released a 6-minute film documenting the government cover-up that released millions of Atlantic salmon infected with a virus that appears to be Norwegian, into pens along the BC coast. 48,000 people have viewed the video on facebook and Vimeo.

Is Canada Serious about Recognizing and Respecting Our Aboriginal Right?

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.”

Using Regrarianism to Reboot Agriculture

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.

Cumberland Forest presents Trivia Night for the Kus-kus-sum Project

Cumberland Forest presents Trivia Night for the Kus-kus-sum Project

Join friends and neighbours from across the Comox Valley for a very special fundraising event for the Kus-kus-sum Project! The Cumberland Forest volunteer crew is bringing their trivia party event talents to the K’omoks Band Hall for a fun filled night to raise funds for this important effort to purchase and restore the old Fields Sawmill site.

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

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.

Stone Soup and Groundhog weather forecast

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.

Community Created Agriculture Co-op for the Comox Valley

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.