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The Garden: A Place of Complexity and Questioning

A Garden for the Rusty-Patched Bumblebee provides all the information gardeners need to take action to support and protect pollinators, by creating habitat in yards and community spaces, on balconies and boulevards, everywhere!

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It’s not unusual, when gardeners talk about insects, for the word “problem” to be the next word uttered. The idea that most insects are “pests” to be eradicated is so deeply entrenched in the gardening world that it takes hard work—a basic rethink of approaches and assumptions—to break free of this notion and, instead, to see insects as members of a hugely intricate and intimate community, in relationship with all else.

Yes, we love butterflies! But caterpillars eating our garden plants? Probably not so much. We’re starting to value bees—but wasps, ants, aphids, beetles, plant bugs and flies? It’s much harder for us to rally around them and to encourage them to visit—and make use of—the gardens we plant and work to protect. And as for celebrating the death and decay that are fundamental to the life of the garden—the dead leaves, dead plant stalks, dead wood and, indeed, the dead plants that result from any failed attempts to grow them—well, that’s something we try to sweep away, out of sight, as quickly as  …

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Freshly Picked: Amazing Food Books

Freshly Picked: A Locavore’s Love Affair with BC’s Bounty, by Jane Reid, is an amusing romp through the fruits and vegetables grown in the varied soils and landscapes of British Columbia. The author covers the fascinating history and oddball growing habits of the plants we eat, and includes personal stories of love and affection plus recipes and tips to enjoy the harvest. “Packed with informative, humorous stories that celebrate the fruits and vegetables grown in local fields and orchards, Freshly Picked is an ode to the joys of eating in season,” according to Edible Vancouver & Wine Country Magazine.

Author Jane Reid continues to read and write about eating and growing local food. She is constantly inspired by others. Her favourite books (for now) are described below. 

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The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating, by Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon

It was the flavour of local harvests that first made me a locavore, but now I know there are multiple reasons to seek out food grown nearby —and this book was one of the first that told me so. The …

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