A New Season at Inspiration Farm

We stopped for a quick springtime tour with Brian Kerkvliet and Alexandra King at Inspiration Farm in Bellingham, Washington. After staying there for a month last fall, I wanted to see the other side of the yearly cycle.  Brian Kerkvliet gave the grand tour to us and … [Read more...]

A Locavores’ Potluck (257)

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...]

Gardening in a Small Space? Go Vertical!

In the Pacific Northwest where the growing season is shorter, any extension can be a help. Stephen Hindrichs of Sooke on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is experimenting with using his home garden space as fully as possible — especially vertically. We videoed this … [Read more...]

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

"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

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...]

Haultain Commons Garden Seeds Neighborliness

In Victoria, B.C. we visited Margot Johnston (L) and Rainey Hopewell (R), our guests in Claiming the Commons - Food for All on Haultain Boulevard" (episode 185, 2010). The boulevard garden continues to flourish. They've added a sitting area bench made from tree rounds. … [Read more...]

Early Autumn Chronicles from the Salish Sea Coast

Harvest time.  Gardens putting out the last of the summer veggies.  Early fall rains, harbingers of winter coming.  We're happy hyper-locavores relishing a zero-mile-diet along both sides of the Salish Sea. Tasting resilient, close-to-the-earth food cultivation … [Read more...]

Seattle Community Farm – Fresh Produce for the Neighborhood

August 17, 2013. The small strip of land in the Rainer Vista area of Seattle was once an empty lot covered with trash and dead cars. Now it's a small farm producing fresh produce for the neighborhood. The area has a lot of subsidized housing and not a lot of fresh produce … [Read more...]

The Giving Is Growing at Monroe’s Sharing Garden

In 2010 we videoed Chris Burns and Llyn Peabody in Sharing Gardens - Giving and Receiving (episode 193). Since then, they've moved the garden to a much larger plot. Their community's support has grown, too: volunteers and materials keep pouring in. Their project pretty much … [Read more...]

Jan Spencer’s Permaculture Food Forest

There's no way we could stop by Jan Spencer's in Eugene, Oregon without getting an updated tour of his permaculture project. Suburban Renewal - One Backyard at a Time with Jan was our first permaculture show (2006, episode 37). True to his permaculture roots, Jan is … [Read more...]