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The Bear

The bear came last night. A sow, a big momma, a big hungry momma. Even though we’d hidden the bin, she tore the critter-proof lid off  and devoured the remnants of human meals past. This was the first bear we’d seen in the backyard. There had been signs before, but never a face-to-face encounter. Bang. […]

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Paladio Peas

Fresh peas are one of the joys of gardening. For the past two seasons we have grown a variety of pea called “Paladio”, available through West Coast Seeds. These pods have up to 10 large sweet peas in them and are quite prolific. This year we have, in addition to eating lots of peas, harvested […]

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Goats @ Google

As I take a break from writing my comments to the Draft Sustainability Discussion Paper for Castlegar, I was drawn to this blog post from Google on the use of 200 goats to maintain a field… The cost of bringing in the goats is comparable to hiring lawn mowers for the same job and the […]

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Food Inflation

While pundits and economists everywhere welcome in the “recovery”, a different story is brewing in the US produce sector, from the Producer Price Index (PPI) report for March 2010, it seems that the price of food rose 2.4% in March alone – the largest monthly jump in over 26 years. Some of the startling food price […]

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Castlegar Yard Waste Pickup

The City is once again providing a yard waste pickup program. I’m thinking of using it this year for the tenacious weeds that keep popping up in our veggie patch. Most of our compostable material goes into one of our three compost systems. The toughest choice comes with tree prunings, this year we have already amassed about twenty […]

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