Broccoli Grape Salad

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December 4, 2014

RECIPE

This lovely red and green salad is as attractive as it is delicious. Broccoli, red grapes, sauteed onions and toasted nuts come together in this sweet and tangy side dish. An exceptional addition to any meal.

broccoli salad with red grapes and toasted nuts
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Organic is Better for You!
Study Confirms Benefits of Eating Organic Foods

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November 2, 2014

fruit platter with raspberries, strawberries, grapes, blueberries and cherriesNo surprise, but good news. A new comprehensive study from Newcastle University in Great Britain confirms that organic food is better for you and the world. Using meta analysis, an advanced statistical technique, the international science team reviewed 343 individual food studies and found that organic crops contain significantly more healthy antioxidants and have dramatically lower pesticide levels than conventionally grown crops.
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In Search of the Local Bean
Reviving Heritage Bean Varieties on Small Farms in British Columbia

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October 7, 2014

A colorful mix of heritage dry beansThink of this— a bubbling pot of maple baked beans on a cold, rainy day. It’s Canadian comfort food. After all, Canada is one of the world’s leading producers of pulses: dry beans, peas, chickpeas and lentils. A trip to the local supermarket, however, tells another story.

Look for the source of the conventional or organic dry beans you buy packaged, canned or in bulk and you won’t see “product of Canada.” More often than not, the beans and chickpeas you eat come long distances from China, Thailand, India or maybe the U.S.
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23 Heritage Beans
Unique, Colourful, Flavourful Foods

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October 7, 2014

Heritage bean growers like Rebecca Jehn preserve a wealth of traditions, diversity and flavours not found in today’s mechanized food chain. At her farm at Rebecca’s Garden in Victoria, BC, she grows over 30 unique varieties of beans, chickpeas and lentils.
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Threshing Dried Beans
A Low-Tech Method for Small-Scale Growers

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October 7, 2014

Small-scale dry bean growers often lack the large equipment needed to quickly thresh their crop. In this video, Rebecca Jehn of Rebecca’s Garden in Victoria, BC, demonstrates a fast, low-tech method she uses to thresh dried beans.
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Tuscan White Beans with Rosemary

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September 27, 2014

RECIPE

Infused with rosemary and virgin olive oil, these creamy baked beans make a hearty meal or side dish.

Tuscan white beans
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The Deer Resistant Food Garden
A Guide to Vegetables, Fruit and Herbs Deer Don't Like

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August 7, 2014

deerShort of erecting a tall fence, the best way to minimize deer damage in a vegetable garden is to grow plants deer don’t like to eat. When wild food sources are low, deer will munch on most anything. However, some garden fare is less attractive to these browsers than others.

Deer usually avoid root vegetables (which they have to dig up) and prickly vegetables such as cucumbers and squashes with hairy leaves. Sharply-odoured plants like onions, garlic and fennel are not palatable to deer. Similarly, strongly-scented marigolds and herbs like mint, sage or dill can direct deer away from favoured edibles. Certain plants, such as rhubarb, are toxic to deer.

The following list of deer resistant garden plants is intended as a general guide.
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Parmesan-Stuffed Tomatoes

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July 6, 2014

RECIPE

Ripe tomatoes bring a sweet, sharp tang to this simple side dish. Broiled with virgin olive oil, white wine and parmesan, stuffed tomatoes go well with grilled meat and fish.

Parmesan-Stuffed Tomatoes
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Open Source Seeds
Keeping Seeds in the Public Domain

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June 7, 2014

open-source-seed-1-new-425Even as local food movements bloom like flowers across North America, their initiatives for community control over food face a nearly invisible threat from multinational seed patent holders like Monsanto and DuPont—the loss of public domain seed. In response to this threat, a group of concerned scientists, plant breeders and seed growers have launched a new model, the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI), to keep seeds as a common resource for humanity.
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Coriander Oil : A Natural Antibiotic
Infection-Fighting Properties from a Common Herb

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May 18, 2014

coriander seeds

Coriander seeds

The herb, coriander (or cilantro, as the leaves are sometimes known), may do a lot more than just season your salsa. Scientists in Portugal, testing oil from coriander seeds found the herb effective against such dangerous bacteria as E.coli and staphylococcus.
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What Weeds Can Tell You About Your Garden
Soil Indicators and Enhancers

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April 16, 2014

Dandelions and other weeds

Dandelions and other weeds

Study the weeds in your garden and you may learn a lot about the soil. Although we’ve been trained to regard weeds as a nuisance, they actually offer many benefits to gardeners and farmers. Not only can they tell you about the condition of your soil, but they can also add nutrients, minerals and humus to the dirt, serve as companion plants, and attract pollinators to the garden when other flowers are not yet in bloom.
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