Tag Archive | organic

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 […]

the dirt on dirt…

the dirt on dirt…

We focus a lot of our attention on what grows out of the ground and what we build on top of it, but often, little attention to the ground itself.  The overall health of our soils is important in supporting the growth of all of our foods and fibres, whether directly or indirectly, but also […]

what rhymes with kombucha

what rhymes with kombucha

mmmmm… fizzy! Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage that is gaining popularity in North America. Known as tea kvass in Russia, it’s been used as a tonic for centuries in other cultures. Kombucha, similar to other naturally fermented products like sauerkraut, is said to have health benefits related to digestion and your immune system. Kombucha, […]

harvest time in the backyard

harvest time in the backyard

Ahhhh harvest time!  Over the last few weeks, we’ve been digging up potatoes, pulling up beets and (tiny) carrots, picking tomatoes, beans, squash and zucchini, and finding some odds and ends like garlic we planted last year and a couple hot peppers from a pepper plant that we received in the CSA. If you’re in […]

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 […]

the honey from the comb

the honey from the comb

extracting honey from a top-bar hive For backyard bee-keepers like us, the honey extraction process is really simple.  Working with one or two combs at a time makes for a quick afternoon activity with no need for specialized equipment.  Don’t get me wrong, it takes a little finesse (which we had very little of the […]

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, […]

catching up with the CSA

catching up with the CSA

Weeks four, five and six from the CSA have been steadily growing in size.  Eagle Creek farms has been benefiting from the alternating sun and rain and, thankfully, avoided the hail that Calgary has been pelted with. We’re starting to get some exciting veggies in the mix like turnips and kohlrabi.  With beets turning up […]

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 […]