A few Sundays ago, in fact, the only nice Sunday we’ve had so far, 40+ of us from the BC Urban Farmers group sat around tables and hashed out a strategy for forming an organized collective.
After 6 hours we came up with the beginnings of a plan to get our message out, and firm up who we are and what we stand for.
Not all the members farm in urban areas. I do both. Both have different models and different varieties based on space available. It is in these findings that we can come together and compare notes, making us all the more wiser. Intensive agriculture is not new, but it is making a comeback as it feeds a large number of people, has multiple markets, and you can earn a living wage from it.
I have posted our “conclusions” from our first meeting for you to look at: (January+30+Urban+Farmer+Meeting+Summary). Feel free to join us. Even if you have a smaller garden, everyone’s experience here counts. All gardening has value. Especially today…
Dan Jason from Salt Spring Seeds came to Richmond for a talk on Friday January 21. This was the overview of his comments – we all must start to save seeds NOW. This is how:
Communities are talking a lot about local food security these days because of the increasingly uncertain times in which we live. Many people have even started using the term “food sovereignty” instead of “food security” because it conveys the idea of becoming self-reliant in food rather than simply having stockpiles of dubious food shipped from far away.
A fast growing movement that’s spreading across the globe involves people organizing together in “transition towns” to address the challenges of climate change, peak oil and economic instability. You can get more background at transitionnetwork.org or you could google transition Salt Spring, Victoria, Guelph or Peterborough, for examples. The aim of these transition towns is to create the ability to manage one’s own affairs in the midst of the huge transitions we are facing. Not surprisingly, every transition community lists locally grown food as a first priority.
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I get asked all the time how I figure out how much I make on my production gardens. So here is the magic, or actually, the hard work that makes it all happen. I am using kale as the plant example, and using containers and raised beds. Hope you love math…
Black Kale, the Ancient French variety: I grew 4 plants within 6 square feet. I started them early and planted them as fairly big starts. I already had seeds from the year before (2009). Because kale is biennial, I harvested 21 thick bunches from the year before in the early spring and sold them for $2/bunch – $42. Or $7 a square foot, which alone is a great number.
Metro Vancouver is developing a Regional Food System Strategy and we welcome your input on the Draft Strategy. This collaborative effort aims to create a sustainable, resilient and healthy regional food system.
Become informed about the issues, engaged in the discussion, and have your opinions heard by attending one of the upcoming public events.
Public Consultation Meetings: 6:30 – 8:30 pm (open house from 6:30 – 7:00pm)
Wed. Nov 3 – Delta
Delta Town & Country Inn
6005 Highway 17 (at Hwy 99), Delta
Thurs. Nov 4 – Pitt Meadows
Hotel Royale Ramada Inn
19267 Lougheed Highway (at Harris Road), Pitt Meadows
Tues. Nov 9 – North Vancouver
The Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver
Wed. Nov 24 – Langley
Douglas Recreation Centre
20550 Douglas Crescent, Langley
Thurs. Nov 25 – Burnaby
The Hilton Metrotown
6083 McKay Ave, Burnaby
Thurs. Nov 25 WEBINAR: 12 – 1 pm (to register for the webinar click here)
Who would ever in their right mind have thought that growing food or raising livestock could be considered a crime, but senate bill 510—the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 (an amended bill to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act) does just that; making the growing of your own food or saving your own seeds or raising your own chickens a criminal act punishable by law. And once again you can thank one of the usual suspects in Congress—Dick Durbin [Democrud from Illinois]— for this piece of draconian legislature. But Dicky-boy is not alone in this bit of police state legislation, he has lots of co-sponsors on the bill, friendly folks like:
Lamar Alexander [R-TN], Jeff Bingaman [D-NM], Richard Burr [R-NC], Roland Burris [D-IL], Saxby Chambliss [R-GA], Christopher Dodd [D-CT], Michael Enzi [R-WY], Kirsten Gillibrand [D-NY], Judd Gregg [R-NH], Thomas Harkin [D-IA], Orrin Hatch [R-UT], John Isakson [R-GA], Edward Kennedy [D-MA], Amy Klobuchar [D-MN], Ben Nelson [D-NE], Tom Udall [D-NM], and David Vitter [R-LA]. The last entry in this rogues gallery is of special interest to me. He’s my very own senator. I’ll have to fire off a quick fax and let the “Honorable” Senator Vitter know how he needs to proceed with this bill if he wants to stay in office. My rule this fall for voting: vote all the incumbents out. Even Ron Paul.
Now you’re probably wondering what’s so bad about this bill to warrant such a sensationalist headline. Here it is:
I posted this on the blog GE Free BC: http://gefreebc.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/important-dna-fragments-from-gmo-plants-in-animals/ It’s an article regarding how Genetically Engineered plant DNA is beginning to show up in animals, which you can read as “YOU”. In fact, some of the Genetically Engineered DNA was found to be “enhanced” in children that drank goat’s milk; those goats fed GE soy and other crops.
It’s becoming increasingly obvious to many: any food that’s not created by Mother Nature simply cannot sustain life or be expected to “feed the world” without creating a new nightmare of potential disease, environmental disasters and complete corporate monopolization.
The company that tested the above (Testbiotech) also tested wheat and found the plant became unstable and disease prone when under changing environmental conditions. GE Wheat has not been approved yet for production in North America, but it is being considered as a crop soon.
This blog allows me to say what I want. I posted this on GE Free BC: http://gefreebc.wordpress.com/2010/08/05/choosing-healthy-foods-now-called-a-mental-disorder/
There is a wider gap of disconnect between the “experts” and those who live through spirit. Growing food and putting your hands in the dirt to create something is an experience like no other. So is having the luxury of eating it all when it’s grown. But lately, perhaps because of the growing numbers of people healing without medication, the “doctors” have found a way to label us and slot us into a disorder. Here’s a saying from “Course In Miracles” that comes to mind, for those that don’t “get” us:
HEAL: “Health is the result of relinquishing all attempts to use the body Lovelessly.”
Perhaps we are not crazy: just more aware of how this Universe works, beyond the mechanical and mindful methodology of science. It is the foundation behind “why” I grow food and work with others to do the same.