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Canada: Nelson will use unique technology to reduce composting costs

Nelson City Hall staff person Sandy Kobe with a FoodCycler used in a city staff room.

The start-up cost including purchase of 4,000 FoodCyclers and bins is expected to be about $1.1 million, with two-thirds to be paid for by a grant from CleanBC

By Bill Metcalfe
Nelson Star
Dec 9, 2020

Excerpt:

Households in Nelson will first treat their organic material with a FoodCycler, a kitchen counter-top unit that dehydrates food material.

Organic material from around the RDCK will be trucked to a new facility being constructed on an old landfill site near Salmo.

According to the city, taking the water out of the organic material before it is picked up at curbside will mean “not trucking water around,” because the volume and weight of the waste will be significantly reduced. This will result in fewer curbside collections per year, lower transportation costs, and fewer greenhouse gases.

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January 19, 2021   No Comments

Canada: Pender Island couple only eating what they can grow and catch in BC

Chris Hall harvests Dungeness crab in the Gulf Islands. PHOTO BY TIMES COLONIST

Five months into their year-long quest — and well into winter — Lowey and Hall say they’re happier, healthier and a lot wiser about the food most of us take for granted.

By Darron Kloster
Victoria Times Colonist
Jan 11, 2021

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Nothing is ingested that isn’t hatched and hewn from their half-acre patch on Pender, harvested from the Salish Sea or grown and given by neighbours. To start the quest from scratch, they gave away all their store-bought food.

Five months into their year-long quest — and well into winter — Lowey and Hall say they’re happier, healthier and a lot wiser about the food most of us take for granted.

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January 15, 2021   No Comments

Canada: Winter – What we are eating today at Vancouver’s Compost Garden

Giving away bay leaves on the Greenway.

Midwinter! January 14, 2021 – A Canadian winter, nutrition basket. All grown with the help of COMPOST!

By Michael Levenston
City Farmer
Jan 14, 2021

Sitting next to the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver has milder temperatures than the rest of Canada, much like Seattle in the USA. City Farmer runs the Compost Demonstration Garden where we use compost to grow food and flowers. Today, in the depths of winter, we harvest food from our bay leaf tree, basil from our indoor AeroGarden, Asian greens from our homemade cold-frame, arugula from our plastic greenhouse, fresh greens from a LifeSpace planter, kale, Brussels sprouts and cabbages from raised earth beds, and beets from beneath that earth.

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January 14, 2021   No Comments

Canada: Drawn into the Garden – a book and short documentary

Book by Helen Stewart

Tudor House Press, Victoria
Printed: 2020

A plea for the celebration of gardens and the wonders and wisdom of nature, this work is a spiritual and artistic meditation describing the creation of a garden, its seasons in a time of changing climate, and the importance of life-giving soil and water. It speaks of favoured individual plants (from dandelions to roses), children’s literature, farm gardens to white gardens, bees and butterflies.

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January 13, 2021   No Comments

Canada: Ottawa Community gardens ready to adapt and grow in 2021

“We all hoped we were going to be able to open the garden, to give people a place to be outside, get their hands in the dirt and provide a growing space for food they or their loved ones may need.”

Preslea Normand
Capital Current
Jan 4, 2021

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More than 90 community gardens saw increased engagement in 2020 and adopted new measures to ensure safety that may also be used in future, coronavirus or not.

“It was a source of pride and joy and a reason to get out of the house every second day to check on the garden. Good for mental health and physical well-being,” gardener Monika Ferenczy wrote in a recent email.

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January 8, 2021   No Comments

Canada: Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Genius Loci

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is among the most eminent landscape architects in the world

January 20, 2021 – March 13, 2021
West Vancouver Art Museum

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander is among the most eminent landscape architects in the world, known for many projects in Canada and abroad. Genius loci, meaning the protective spirit of a place, is embodied in the seven decade span of her work. Her landscape designs demonstrate her desire to create terrains that are less an interruption and more an amplification of what already exists on a site. Her training in modernist design and a desire to connect people with nature is immediately apparent in her landscapes. At a time when our relationship to the earth is of paramount importance, Oberlander’s projects reveal consistent and significant stewardship of the natural environment. Many of her designs—even those from 50 years ago—remain largely unchanged, testaments to her technical skill, research techniques, and judicious selection of flora.

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January 5, 2021   Comments Off on Canada: Cornelia Hahn Oberlander: Genius Loci

Canada: Potlotek one of first Atlantic Indigenous communities to launch garden initiative

A bird’s-eye view of the greenhouse and field garden installed at Potlotek First Nation. (Submitted by Andrea Durfee)

Digital Mi’kmaq hopes to install greenhouses at all 32 First Nations communities in Atlantic Canada

By Cassidy Chisholm
CBC News
Dec 26, 2020

Excerpt:

“I think food insecurity has long been a reality for most First Nations communities across all of Canada since, well, colonialism,” said Marni Fullerton, the director of Digital Mi’kmaq.

In the fall of 2014, a study funded by Health Canada asked more than 1,000 people from 11 communities in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland about their health and diet.

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January 2, 2021   Comments Off on Canada: Potlotek one of first Atlantic Indigenous communities to launch garden initiative