Not Food, No Eat

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We visited Llyn Peabody and Chris Burns at Monroe Sharing Gardens to see the 130-year-old farmhouse they've transformed into a warm and happy house over the past year. While we chopped fresh veggies, Llyn mentioned visiting a household living in noticeable poverty. There … [Read more...]

Yak, Buffalo, Alpaca – Oh My!

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Last night I cooked braised Yak shanks… so tender and mild, perfectly sauced in the stock I made last week from Buffalo bones. This morning Robin served homemade garlic-ginger-basil sausages made from Alpaca ground paleo style (with heart and liver added to the muscle … [Read more...]

Our British Columbia Winter Adventures

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Turns out we're wintering over in British Columbia. After housesitting during the holidays in Victoria, we visited nearby Sooke, Salt Spring Island, and  Shawnigan Lake. We'll be in Bowen Island in March, then Shawnigan Lake until mid-April when we must leave Canada after … [Read more...]

Serving Local, Seasonal Food for Decades – Sooke Harbour House

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Sooke Harbour House is a gracious award-winning resort hotel and restaurant on the shores of Sooke Bay in southwestern Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Innovative owner/innkeepers Frederique and Sinclair Philip have featured local, seasonal, regional foods for decades, … [Read more...]

A Locavores’ Potluck (257)

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We attended a delicious potluck dinner from foods produced around Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C. Too bad you can't taste this video — it was a locavore's delight! Small-scale food producers brought fresh-caught salmon, pastured pork and lamb, eggs, winter squashes, … [Read more...]

Monroe’s Sharing Garden — The Giving is Growing (252)

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"We're enjoying the abundance and the feeling of richness and generosity along with everybody else," say Sharing Gardens coordinators Chris Burns and Llyn Peabody. During this five-year experiment in the giving economy, the garden has tripled in size. Sharegivers … [Read more...]

An Urban Farmer’s Ultra-Local CSA – Just a Walk Away

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If awards were given for Vancouver's most local CSA, urban farmer Gabriel Pliska would be right up there in the running. He grows veggies in 13 different residential yards all within a 2 km radius (just over a mile). His CSA customers are within walking distance of each … [Read more...]

The Bean and Grain Project – Outperforming Chemical Agriculture (248)

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The Southern Williamette Bean and Grain Project is exploring bean, grain, and edible seed varieties which can be added to those already grown in Oregon's Willamette Valley. Oregon Tilth co-founder and farmer Harry MacCormack shares wisdom and stories about farms … [Read more...]

Growing Veterans – From Battlefields to Organic Farm Fields

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I've wanted to do a show with veterans-turned-farmers ever since I read Trading their Swords for Plows in the New York Times two years ago. I got my chance in the innovative community near Bellingham, Washington. While we were videoing at the Whatcom SkillShare Faire, a … [Read more...]

A Longtime Farmer Shares His Wisdom, part 2 (245)

For over forty years, Nash Huber has grown healthy plants, soil, seeds — and now future farmers. He nurtures soil fertility with compost, cover crops and chicken tractors. He saves seeds from plants that are best suited to local growing conditions — that's how he developed … [Read more...]