Abundant City

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Support local farmers this year by joining a CSA

It’s official. Our garden is sleeping. From the winter solstice to the spring equinox, short daylight hours and cold temperatures mean that plants …

Soil: Don’t treat it like dirt

My happy place is being covered in mud. Even in the middle of winter, I’ll spend hours out in the garden, digging parsnips and harvesting hardy …

Pedalling Compost While Building a Better Community

Imagine a food system that is capable of sustaining itself—and the people it supports—indefinitely. That’s what Dustin Fedako, founder and CEO of the …

Sustainability

Why leaving your leaves is loving your leaves

We gardeners can sometimes do strange things in pursuit of our craft. There was once a time when I would “nicely” rake our neighbour’s lawns in the …

Gifts for gardeners

When you get down to it, gardeners don’t ask for much. The tools of growing food are simple: good soil, light and seeds. A big pile of leaves is …

How to Get High on Soil

M. vaccae, a living creature that resides in your backyard compost pile, acts like a mind-altering drug once it enters the human body, functioning like antidepressant pills to boost your mood.<p>I'm holding a bowl of dirt up to my nose, in hopes of getting high on the fumes of my backyard compost …

Vegan cream of tomato soup with basil-miso pesto recipe

As I write this, I’m looking at our kitchen counters and noticing that that isn’t much space on them. Zucchinis are piled up next to the stove. Mini …

Why cities are the future of sustainable food

It’s undeniable. We are living in the midst of an urban food renaissance. From farmer’s markets to craft beer to restaurants featuring local …

What gardeners eat in the fall

Gardening is a year-round activity for our family. Although many people traditionally think of growing food as a spring-time pursuit, the reality is …

What happens when you plant seeds in November?

Gardening is all about curiosity and creative exploration. Sometimes, I try things that break all the rules, just because it’s fun and interesting. …

Five ways to grow food when you don't have a garden

The fall and winter months can be a difficult time to grow anything. Especially in Vancouver, where many of us have a desire to eat more locally …

How to store vegetable seeds

We gardening nerds can rack up a lot of seeds. Between those I save from my own plants, the extras I buy, the packets I receive as gifts and those …