Spring Gillard

Farming in the Queen Charlottes

“I will be in town and therefore near a phone this Tuesday between 9 & 5,” wrote Lynda Dixon in an email, replying to my request to interview her. Ok, already I was intrigued. Her response implied that she wasn’t normally near a phone. Which probably had a lot to do with where her farm […]

Productive Landscapes

I am leading a tour to the University of British Columbia (UBC) Farm on Hallowe’en. Some of you may know the long struggle that has been going on to save that farm, the only remaining market farm in the city. The administration wants to pave it and put up some condos. The entire campus has […]

Happy World Food Day!

Today is my birthday. It is also National Boss Day, a coincidence not lost on my close friends and colleagues or my mother who used to call me Bossy Boodle. It is also World Food Day, the day the United Nations’ (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) was founded in 1945. The theme this year […]

Lovin’ Langley

I am speaking about food security at an event in Langley on Saturday hosted by the Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS) and the Township of Langley. The Green Living Symposium winds up Waterweeks and kicks off Waste Reduction week in Langley. Other speakers include Ian Lai, founder of the Terra Nova Schoolyard Society and coordinator […]

Gaining Ground?

I am not sure if we’re gaining ground. It doesn’t look like it from so many angles. But perhaps the stellar line up of speakers at the Gaining Ground Conference (Oct 20-22) in Vancouver will have a brighter perspective. Speakers include author Paul Hawken; Bill Rees, of ecological footprint fame; Anita Burke, former advisor to […]

Sustenance: Feasting on Art and Culture

There is a fabulous celebration of food going on in Vancouver until World Food Day (October 16th). Sustenance: Feasting on Art and Culture is presented by a number of great groups working on food issues; Get Local (a partnered project of FarmFolk/CityFolk and the Vancouver Farmers Market, and the BC Farmers’ Market Nutrition & Coupon […]