Spring Gillard

Cocoa Latte

I’ve been off sugar since January. Trying to tame my sweet tooth. But when I simply must have chocolate, I do allow this one decadent treat. In a large mug, put a teaspoon of rich high end cocoa (I get mine from Chocolate Arts), a packet of stevia (a natural sweetener) and fill about three […]

City Farm Boy

Last summer I ran into Ward Teulon – “ the City Farm Boy at my neighbourhood farmers’ market. Ward has 13 gardens scattered throughout the city, mostly in people’s backyards. One of his most productive sites is on the podium level of Freesia, a high rise development in the heart of downtown. The developers asked […]

The Art Box

I had this cool box left over from my bike tree project and thought it should have a special re-purpose. It was shaped like a hat box, with a lid and handles. Then I saw a great idea one day while leafing through the Metropolitan Museum of Art – “ an arts and crafts box […]

Belo Horizonte

I first read about the Brazilian town of Belo Horizonte in the book Hope’s Edge, the Next Diet for a Small Planet (Tarcher/Putnam, 2002) by Frances Moore Lappe and her daughter Anna. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. Frances and her daughter travel around the world looking at hopeful food initiatives. The […]

A Green Detroit

Thought something green and inspiring would be appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day. Detroit has been hit hard by foreclosures and the struggling auto industry. The Mayor and others think urban agriculture will help revive the city.

DETROIT – “ Detroit, the very symbol of American industrial might for most of the 20th century, is […]

Get a Grip!

I was sitting on a bus – “ one of the new cavernous tanks on the road in Metro Vancouver. I had just happily settled into one of the few seats when I noticed an elderly woman teetering down the wide centre aisle. Bags of heavy groceries dangled from one hand contorting her body into […]

I Love UBC Farm

I am a big fan of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Farm. I’ll be taking a tour there this spring. It’s the only working farm in the city of Vancouver, located on a 24 hectare expanse of land on the campus grounds, with 10 hectares actually farmable. With that kind of “undeveloped” land one […]

Porch Party

I have joined a food co-op. I stumbled on it quite by accident one day. There was a sign posted in a front yard a half block from my place: Kitsilano Organic Co-op it said. I noted the email address and sent a note to find out more. Here’s how it works, local chef and […]