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 […]

Fall Philosophy

Fall – This time of year and this weather makes me feel restless. Writing becomes harder, it’s as though my philosophy becomes cloudy – as the rain falls and snow graces the peaks, my mind wishes for hibernation.

Harvest in the Kootenays

There’s snow on the mountains, about a foot or so on Kootenay Pass I hear, this feels early, but maybe I’m just not quite ready for the onslaught. We are in the midst of harvest here in the Kootenays. Our house is full of stored, canned, ready to can, and dehydrated fruit and vegetables. The dehydrator is running as I write, Italian plums at the moment.

BC’s Agricultural Plan and Local Food

Image via Wikipedia Flipping through the British Columbia Agriculture Plan, which is a beautifully presented document by the way, I was struck by one paragraph and how little has been achieved on this front, either through policy, or other means… We will also work with community and farm groups and local governments to help facilitation […]

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 […]

Grey-Stripe Confectionary Sunflower Seeds

This year we won the Pass Creek Fall Fair competition for the largest sunflower head. The specimen I cut from our garden just before last weekend’s festivities measured a whopping 18 inches across. Since last weekend, I’ve employed my daughters Eden and Nyssa to remove the seeds from this head, which we completed last night. The total seed yield weighed in at just over a pound (478 grams). These are good eating seeds, so now we will dry them off and roast some of them for eating. The rest, we’ll save for planting next spring, or possibly sell off for aspiring competitors!