Kootenay Grain CSA 2009

The Kootenay Grain Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Project  is one of the greatest Kootenay-created initiatives for food and sustainability. This year’s harvest was great for some crops and around 50% of expected for Kamut and Spelt. We are yet to open any of our bags of grain or lentils, as we are still making our way through last year’s harvest.

Prepared

Image by urbanworkbench via Flickr As the snow falls outside and most of the leaves have fallen, I’m reminded of all the things that were not accomplished on the to-do list. Despite this, we have a cold room full of apples, pumpkins and squash, preserved fruit and vegetables in canning jars, dried goods in the […]

Homemade, Homegrown Pink Popcorn

Regular readers will know that here at UrbanWorkbench, we’ve dabbled in all sorts of crops that are not regularly associated with the Kootenays. Last year it was wheat, oats and amaranth, this year we had great success with a bed of pink popcorn. With around 80 cobs of corn husked and drying, the next task […]

Urban Grains CSA Harvest

The Lower Mainland’s Grain CSA called “Urban Grains” has begun the harvest thanks to warmer July weather and the threat of late August rains. [ad#468] The Kootenay Grain CSA just posted news about the recent tour and should be readying for harvest soon. We’re heading out through Creston next week, maybe we’ll get some photos! […]

Kootenay Grain Community Supported Agriculture

The following post was written by my wife Robyn, hopefully we’ll see more posts on her perspective of local food and sustainability. Looking forward to the harvest… As I gaze across my flourishing garden my mouth begins to water as I imagine the taste of buttery-baked buttercup squash on a cold winter evening.   I ponder […]

Our Urban Farm

When we bought this property in Castlegar, we we’re really considering the prospect of it as an Urban Farm, but now that we have been here for three summers, the property has become defined, in my mind at least, as our Urban Farm. This is despite the City’s snail pace decision making on the issue of hens in residential areas, and the fact that they laughed at our suggestion of permitting Pygmy Goats in a yard such as ours.

Food Supply Accountability

Consumers have come to rely heavily on government regulation for a level of accountability inn the food supply system. We have become extremely removed from the source of food. I think that is part of the reason why farmers markets, local food CSAs, (such as the Creston Grain Community Supported Agriculture project that we are part of).

Creston Grain Harvest Comes Home

Last weekend we picked up our bags of grain from the Creston Grain CSA while we were in Nelson. We received about 80 pounds of a variety of grains including oats, red fife wheat, hard red spring wheat, kamut, spelt and a small bag of lentils. In the coming weeks we’ll show some photos of […]