Tag Archive | food politics

the buzz, as of late…

I’m not sure if any of you out there have noticed it, but there have been tons of news articles over the last couple of weeks that discuss the state of bees on our planet.  From pesticides to  colony losses and potential food issues, bees are taking centre stage in the news and hopefully the […]

CSA on the home stretch

CSA on the home stretch

The second half of our CSA deliveries have brought new challenges into our kitchen as we’ve received squashes, loads of beets and new herbs to try. (And seriously, what do you do with a soccer-ball sized kohlrabi?) There have been many more choices each week and bins of  assorted veggies to drive you crazy deciding […]

community gardens in Calgary: Downtown Calgary

community gardens in Calgary: Downtown Calgary

 Community Gardens Series 4.0:  The Downtown Calgary Urban Garden Our fourth community garden series story is from the Downtown Calgary urban garden project located on 3rd Street on the Barclay Parade (between 5th and 6th avenue SW). This past week, Downtown Calgary celebrated its community garden with their Harvest with Heart event. Reaping the rewards […]

community gardens in Calgary: The Mustard Seed Rooftop

community gardens in Calgary: The Mustard Seed Rooftop

 Community Gardens Series 3.0:  The Mustard Seed Rooftop Garden Our third community garden story comes from the from the top of world in downtown Calgary: the Mustard Seed’s Rooftop Garden. The Mustard Seed is an organization that provides basic services, employment assistance and housing to Calgary’s men and women faced with hardship and homelessness. In Calgary, […]

community gardens in Calgary: Sunnyside Shared

community gardens in Calgary: Sunnyside Shared

 Community Gardens Series 2.0:  Sunnyside Shared Community Garden Our second community garden story comes from the new installment in the greenspace under the LRT bridge on Memorial Drive.  The Sunnyside Shared Community Garden is not your usual neighbourhood garden project — this group truly promotes the idea of “community” in how the gardens have been […]

half share, full flavour

half share, full flavour

 Our first CSA delivery… fresh veggies (almost) to your front door We picked up our first CSA delivery from Eagle Creek Farms and met Farmer John, a 30-something year old who looks more like he’s come off the beach from surfing than out of the fields from a harvest.  Relaxed, happy to meet all of […]

saving our seeds – the importance of heirlooms and open-pollinated seeds

Mass extinction Seeds have been on my mind a lot this summer. A seed is such a simple thing, something we come across multiple times each day – hidden in the cores of your apples, spilling out of dinner’s green pepper, blowing away from the dandelions in your front yard. They are one of the […]

bee-keeping for women… the 1910 edition

bee-keeping for women… the 1910 edition

This article was included in the early editions of the ABC and XYZ of Bee Culture, a veritable bible for bee keepers for well over the last century.  Organized like an encyclopedia with topics listed from A – Z, the Root family gathered the knowledge of bee-keeping from the first edition in 1887 through to […]

community shared agriculture

This year we have gotten a little more involved with supporting local food growers by participating in a Community Shared Agriculture program through Eagle Creek Farms, near Bowden, Alberta. CSAs allow small-scale, local farms to be a financially sustainable option in the face of large, corporate agriculture practices. By spreading the risks and rewards of […]