Farmers are saving heirloom varieties and breeding new ones, writes Cate Henderson.
“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” This Indian proverb succinctly states why Kingston area farmers are ahead of the sustainability game in at least one respect; many of them save a portion of their own seed. Why is this a sustainable practice, and why should local eaters care whether farmers buy seeds anew each year or save their own?
Leda McDonald describes the value of wild edible garlic mustard for health and ecology.
Following the bleak winter months, even the brown leftovers of snowbanks look appetizing to a forager of wild edibles. Dedicated eaters who have searched for green leaves under mulch and snow delight in the abundance of growth that occurs as soon as the temperature climbs above freezing. The harvest of wild weeds can begin well before the first garden vegetables sprout.
Last September, over 30 farms throughout Eastern Ontario opened their doors to their communities by inviting the public to tour, taste and experience life on today’s local farm. By using the OpenFarms website, community members could view which farms were involved and design their own tour throughout the countryside and at several “urban farms”. The event included farms from Prince Edward County to Gananoque.
How a new worldview can help us feed our communities and grow a better future
Everyday, when we read the headlines or watch the news, we can be sure about one thing: it’s mostly going to be bad. Bad news about the planet, or poverty, or the economy, or about the future in general. We don’t often see what regular people and community groups are doing to try to solve those problems.
So you hold in your hands a rare thing: a newspaper with plenty of good news.
Dianne Dowling is the president of NFU Local 316.
Welcome to Food Down the Road, the local food newspaper for Kingston and countryside. Local 316 of the National Farmers Union is pleased and proud to produce this newspaper, and we extend special thanks to the sponsors for their support.