Book Review: Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier

By Michael Ableman, Chelsea Green Publishing, 2016 Review by Sally Luce In this remarkable book, farmer/activist Michael Ableman tells the captivating story of the creation of Sole Food, a community farm started in 2009 in the parking lot of the Astoria Hotel in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Sole Food’s aims are to provide meaningful employment for […]

The Allium Family Album

By Janet Wallace   What’s the difference between a scallion and a shallot? Is Elephant garlic really garlic? And, what do you do with Egyptian onions? The onion family, Alliums, are a confusing but wonderful group of plants. They are easy to grow, reproduce on their own and taste great. For each species, almost the […]

Rooting for Onions

By Gwen O’Reilly   Onions in everything – that is my motto in the kitchen. I have been struggling to grow various forms of the damn things for many years. Onions are one of the oldest cultivated crops, and there are many representatives of the Allium family in my garden: leeks, chives, garlic, shallots, Welsh […]

Caring for Carrots

We love it when people say that our carrots are the sweetest they have ever tasted. We work hard to grow carrots well and, of course, we can take some credit for their flavour. But most of the credit goes to the land itself. It seems that our farm wants to grow great carrots. Since […]

Local Food At Your Fingertips

It’s the end of the work day and I am picking up my weekly order of groceries at the Marché de Solidarité Régionale de l’Outaouais (MSRO). As I walk through the door, I am greeted by a pair of volunteers: a young mother and her four-month-old baby calmly chewing on his sling. The space is […]

Cool Produce: Cooling Options for Market Gardens

Some years ago, a Nova Scotia farmer caused a stir by insisting that organic produce had a shorter shelf life than conventional. A spirited debate was resolved with an agreement that quality reflects shoddy product handling after harvest as much as the method of production. Cooling is by far the most important post-harvest handling technique […]

Picking Peppers Perennially

The first time I saw it, I was amazed. It was not a pepper plant. It could only be described as a pepper bush. The plant was 3½-ft (1-m) wide with fat woody stems, abundant foliage, and a heavy crop of perfect orange habanero peppers. It was a two-year-old plant growing in a fifteen-gallon pot. […]

Vegetable production: Wild Planting

Wild Planting Potatoes will grow anywhere there is a bit of good soil, some sunshine and water. Between our professional lives in Alberta and driving back and forth purchasing seed and equipment, and getting field crops in the ground etc., we did not have a lot of time for getting a vegetable garden in this […]

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

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