Food Artisans of the Okanagan: Your guide to the best locally crafted fare

Available in Canada and the US, April 5, 2016 (TouchWood Editions)


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And this is the reason that I had to replant lettuce, radishes and chard three times.

TEN more hungry mouths in MY garden.

This spring, birds of all description were eating my new lettuce despite my best efforts to net the seeds and seedlings. I thought the worst of the spring feeding frenzy was over and I was actually getting radishes, lettuce, arugula, strawberries and such from the garden.

That is until two days ago. We found a nest with ten eggs right under my artichokes plants. You can't see the nest when the quail is sitting on them...and I kind of feel badly for watering the eggs pretty much daily until now. Then again, I'm not exactly thrilled about the fact that there will be ten baby quail eating every green thing in sight in the garden. We'll have to see how this develops.



A little PR advice from French Farmers

French farmers are ORGANIZED. First they pull together for events like Nature Capitale, where they turn the Champs Elysées in Paris into a giant food garden overnight in May 2010 (other Nature Capitale events are planned throughout Europe, but it took the French farmers to show it could be done)

Now they stage brilliant PR events like this one seen justa couple of weeks ago as the riders went through the fields of the Loire-Atlantique section of the country. Knowing the aerial coverage the riders would get, the farmers showed their support to the riders AND took advantage of a bit of a PR opportunity. "The farmers of the 44th are proud to feed you," says the sign in haybales below the moving giant bicycle.




Ready, Steady, Strip: It's World Naked Gardening Day today

Apparently, according to the Website for naked gardeners, May 14, 2011, is the day to celebrate by gardening au naturel.

Don't know how to garden naked? There's a book to teach you how:

Thanks to City Farmer, "the CNN of urban agriculture" for this alert!


Northern Calamondin Orange Crop

Condo Agriculture! Here's my Calamondin orange crop (aka agri-dulce, citrus mitus, bitter orange, etc.) at the moment. We've been eating them whole and squeezing them into drinks. I might make the surplus into marmelade. (I should mention that these oranges are growing in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada which is 53 degrees N, and about -20 C these days.)