Best Week Ever

My birthday was on Tuesday. Happy Birthday to me. I turned 29. This week has been extraordinarily fantastic. Which I hope is an indication of the rest of my year/life yet to come.

Last Friday I took off to Vancouver to meet up with my sister for a Folk Festival. We don’t get to hang out a lot so it was pretty nice to chill with one of the coolest chicks I know. I rode my single gear bike around a huge city, which was an experience I don’t really advise anyone to repeat.
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Summer Canning

I don’t normally can in July or August. It’s just too darn hot to have the stove on that much. Most of my summer preserving is done with the dehydrator on a table outside. One day I will find a man handy enough and who loves me enough to build me a solar dehydrator but until that day I use the electric variety.

However this year has been unseasonably – um – damp, which would make solar dehydration a little bit tricky. A conversation with a friend revealed the fact that I have never had canned cherries. Continue reading Summer Canning

Bokashi – the movie

Bruce Mol is a friend of a friend and I was introduced to his inspiring project the other day. Last year at the Armstrong IPE they introduced a bokashi pilot program of sorts where they collected the food waster from the fair over 5 days in 45 gallon barrels. All in all they collected 1 ton of organic waste that they then shredded, added bokashi mixture, sealed and let ferment for three weeks. Continue reading Bokashi – the movie

Saving Seeds.

Around this time of year many communities now celebrate Seedy Saturday a local exchange of seeds collected by backyard gardeners and small scale farmers. Only a few short years ago I remember Seed Saturday being a tiny gathering that likely meant a long day cooped up in some tiny community hall (the packing house in my hometown) with grandmothers who gardened to save on the grocery bill before it was the ‘in’ thing to do. Today it’s a highly publicized, busy event that hosts workshops, demonstrations and seeds from all sorts of people.

It is encouraging to say the least. Sort of. Continue reading Saving Seeds.