Shutting Down Urban Farming in Lantzville

The trouble with attempting to be progressive is that there are often rules against it, whether written or unwritten. It may be the neighbours who don’t like the fact that you tore out your front lawn and replaced it with potatoes and squash plants, or in Dirk Becker’s case, it is the District of Lantzville’s […]

Peak Oil Vignette 7 -The College

The community had always just assumed that there would be a college in town. It had been a feature of the local economy since its construction and grand opening in 1967 with many of the local kids starting or completing their studies in the institution, and many more young adults travelling from far and wide […]

Gardening Update June 2010

Image by urbanworkbench via Flickr As I sit in my home office looking out across the garden at the lightening playing off the mountain range, I pondered what to write. I know that I have slowed down over the past month or so, adn that the posts have been fairly serious and heavy in nature. […]

Peak Oil Vignette 5 – Hope and Reality

Walking from the large brick building that used to house the airport terminal operations, but now was given new life as a fruit farming centre, Janie scanned the snow line on the mountains surrounding the valley.  The flat land around what was once known as the West Kootenay Regional Airport was once a living farm. In fact, […]

A Focus on Food

While Castlegar City Council makes an impassioned plea for residents to understand the tough times the City is facing, it seems that all the good work, energy and momentum that was generated during the Integrated Community Sustainability Planning (ICSP) sessions seems to have fallen to the wayside. Council still has a focus on attracting new businesses to […]

Basket Willows

In the quest for useful plants to grow in our urban farm, we are looking at basket willow as a resource that has multiple uses: Fedges – A cross between a fence and a hedge. Living Structures Basket-weaving Coppicing for sustainable timber harvesting, and Carbon sequestration I’d like to give a plug to a local […]

I Have Not Forgotten the Hens

Just to let my regular readers know, I haven’t forgotten about the issue of Urban Hens in Castlegar. For today’s post, I’d like to share this video from El Cerrito, California that shows some great examples of community building around a family’s chickens. Castlegar City council has chosen to not pursue the issue, instead relying on the […]

Peak Oil Vignette 4 – Summer Harvest

I straightened up from the soothing task of weeding the rows of baby carrots, rubbing my back as I watched my daughter perched high in the peach tree across the yard. She was meticulous in easing the plump ripe fruit off the branches, gently shooing away the yellowjackets when necessary, obviously drawn to the sweet […]