Grow Your Best Garden Ever – No Toxins, No Pests

“Andy Lopez goes to work with vinegar, a bag of flour, garlic cloves, peppermint soap, and a bottle of Tabasco sauce. He may sound like a Cajun chef, but he’s actually one of the world’s most respected organic gardeners. He uses these items as pesticides. As time passes, more and more so-called safe chemicals are…

Garden Surplus to Table Initiative Returning in 2019

Read About & Get On Board our ‘Garden Surplus to Table’ Program here…   September 12, 2018  We made the local newspaper!! Read the article written by Don Bodger for the Cowichan Citizen & Ladysmith Chronicle.   Because our neighbours have embraced this vision and the Pop Up Farm Stand concept has grown very quickly…

Buying Canadian: Canadian Countermeasures to US Tariffs

I love Marion Nestle’s “Food Politics” Blog.  She is a Paulette Goddard Professor, of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, at New York University, which she chaired from 1988-2003 and from which she officially retired in September 2017. It is well worth it to listen to and read her thought-provoking interviews about the politics involved in food….

Creating A LOCAL FOOD Movement

Our mission is to feed our neighbours – creating more sustainable food security – as well as decreasing food waste and carbon emissions.   We do this by taking extra garden-grown food from local gardeners and brining it to the community at reasonable prices at our Garden Surplus to Table Pop Up Farm Stand.  Because…

Our First Farm Season

It has been a long while since my last blog. We moved to our new property in August 2017 and have been busy unpacking, landscaping, planting herbs and berry bushes, building garden beds as well as expanding the gardens. Our farm stand is now open on the weekends where we sell seasonal produce including culinary and…

Inspirational Sunday ~ Forest Bathing? Dive In

“What does a physician need to feel comfortable writing a prescription to someone to go spend time in nature?” For those who have regular contact with nature likely harbour a knowing about the not-so-subtle benefits on their overall sense of well-being. The concept of Nature bathing as a prescription from a medical professional is perhaps…

Inspirational Monday ~ Important Reads for Your Natural Health

5 Wellness Books to Read this Fall This shortlist of great reads came from a larger reading list recommended by the experts at the American College of Health Sciences. I regularly participate in ACHS continuing education courses and webinars and borrow the books they recommend from our local library. Here are my 5 favorite wellness books which I had a…

Joy of Summer ~ Nature Photography

The sheer beauty of sun, sand and ocean waves is indescribable. I am always in awe of the immense power of water and bathe in the blues, greens and yellows of summer as often as possible. These photographs capture my love of the earth’s summer beauty.

In the Light ~ Nature Photography

 “The light of love restores every lost voice.” ~ Janette Oke There is the perpetual sunshine bringing a smile to all those who pass by. Then there are those who unveil themselves to the world to show their true strength. Even when they lose something, they remain whole. Those who feel the light deep inside…

Inspirational Tuesday ~ Cultivating A Community Garden

Cultivating a Community Garden I’m always looking for ways to get creative in the garden. Yesterday, we dug up the center island on our street – kids with shovels, me with shovels of compost (created naturally from the fallen leaves of the various bushes and shrubs in our front yard) and seeds everywhere – it was…

Inspirational Tuesday ~ Growing A Sensory Garden

A Sensory Garden The benefits of ‘sensory gardens’ are well documented and widely written about. They can be a calming sanctuary for those suffering from traumatic brain injury, mental health challenges, developmental difficulties, or neurodegenerative diseases to name a few. For the young and young at heart, they provide a welcoming environment for exploration, learning…

Nature Heals watch ‘The Power of Nature: A Living Island Series’

The Power of Nature: A Living Island Series, Volume 1, 2016 These photographs were captured on our wanderings around Central Vancouver Island. My hope is that these pictures bring you the same peace and sense of unimaginable calm they have brought me.   Nature heals people, and here is how….