Tap That Sap: How to Make Your Own Maple Syrup

Nature’s Sweet Gift. We all know it’s part of our heritage (remember this?), but how many of us can actually say we know how to make maple syrup? Perhaps we’re in the same boat. And you may know the familiar tale of warm days + cool nights = tree awakening and sap running, but how many of us have actually drilled a hole in a … Continue reading Tap That Sap: How to Make Your Own Maple Syrup

K is for Kombucha

I recently attended a ‘Fermentation Basics’ workshop with about 8 others in Amherst and had such a blast, that I am compelled to write about it. The workshop was sponsored by the Ecology Action Centre and the Cumberland Food Action Network (CFAN) and facilitated by Jody Zinner and Steve Wiseman, a dynamic duo who are both local food activists and CFAN Board of Directors members. … Continue reading K is for Kombucha

4 Activities to Get Kids Keen on Gardening

My name’s Caitlin Eisenhauer, and this summer I’ve been working with the Ecology Action Centre’s Food team. Over the last few months, I’ve been developing and delivering a series of food related workshops to young families. Gardening is a great activity that the whole family can get involved in. Whatever your families level of interest is in gardening, there is always room to get the … Continue reading 4 Activities to Get Kids Keen on Gardening

Starting a Garden in July: what to plant and how

It’s July. It’s hot (finally). And fresh, local food is once again becoming bountiful. Farmers markets, CSA’s and Upicks food is everywhere; not to mention the closest access point of all, your own garden. Which I’m sure, for some of you, are well on their way to being a wildly productive food factory. But for those of you like me who have been eying others … Continue reading Starting a Garden in July: what to plant and how

Building an Herb Spiral at Oxford School

What can you get when you cross conversations of permaculture, herbs, and three grade 8 classes at Oxford school? THIS! An herb spiral. The ultimate raised bed for herbs; it’s both beautiful and practical in its design. By building the spiral shape you take advantage of an added dimension and you also create different microclimates for various herbs to co-exist in. An herb spiral has a number … Continue reading Building an Herb Spiral at Oxford School

Companions in the Garden

Since my first foray into the world of gardening, the veggies I’ve grown have always been in a community of friends: at school gardens, community gardens, and now on an urban farm. It’s fun and comforting to share the experience of growing food with companions and what better way to do this than in a setting that is designed to be public, open, and inclusive … Continue reading Companions in the Garden

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Planning Your Seed Saving Garden

In many ways, planning a seed saving garden is the same as planning any garden. You want the plants to receive their nutritional, water, light and pollination requirements, and to reach the end of their life cycles as healthily and productively as possible. For a seed saving garden, however, there are a few additional considerations: Plants grown for seed often need more time in the … Continue reading Planning Your Seed Saving Garden

Lunchbox Bartering for Grown-ups: How to Host a Successful Food Swap

Food swapping. It’s a thing. A really exciting, fast paced, delicious thing that all food lovers can surely get behind. Whether you’re trying to conquer that kitchen creativity rut, revive an old favorite recipe, or just looking for an excuse to get together and talk and eat with other food enthusiasts, a food swap may just be for you. I won’t try to identify the … Continue reading Lunchbox Bartering for Grown-ups: How to Host a Successful Food Swap

Meal Planning 101

Ah, January. The time of new year’s resolutions. One common resolution I’ve been hearing a lot lately is, “This year I’m going to plan my meals!” Food waste is a big environmental issue.  According to a recent study, $27 billion of Canadian food is wasted every year. $27 billion!   This represents farming inputs that didn’t have to be used, food miles that didn’t need … Continue reading Meal Planning 101

Guest Post: Planting Garlic Bulbils

What are bulbils? The usual method for growing garlic is to break each bulb (the part that grows under the ground) into cloves, and to replant the cloves separately in autumn. Each clove grows into a whole new bulb, which is harvested in mid-summer. Normally, growers remove the scapes (the flower stems) in early summer, to allow bulbs to grow larger. That makes sense, and … Continue reading Guest Post: Planting Garlic Bulbils