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Time to forage for wild food and gather seeds for saving

CBC News / Rhiannon Johnson / 12 October 2020

[Caleb Musgrave] said over the last three to four years he’s noticed an uptick in people foraging for their food, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and especially with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The pandemic put fuel on the fire, people are in survival mode and thinking they need to prepare for the end days,” he said.

“Amongst Indigenous communities you were seeing this return to traditional food ideology that was basically trying to decolonize our diet.”

He pointed to establishments like Toronto’s Pow Wow Cafe and Ku-Kum Indigenous Kitchen that are bringing wild food in to serve restaurant patrons.

For Musgrave, having a more traditional diet based around wild food is important because much of his family is affected by diseases with dietary factors, like diabetes and heart problems.

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Community garden updates

Transition Brockville / 29 September 2020

Despite a slow start with the arrival of COVID-19 last spring, community gardens did get up and running — following guidelines established by the City of Brockville and our local health unit.

The Butler’s Creek Community Garden on North Augusta Road includes 22 householder plots, a shared herb garden, shared raspberry, black currant, rhubarb and horseradish patches, and a pollinating flower garden. A compost system is working really well, providing plenty of composted organic matter for the gardens. All were encouraged to donate surpluses to Loaves and Fishes, the Brockville and Area Food Bank or the Food Cupboard run by the Baptist Church. There are three plots still available for the 2021 season. Contact garden coordinator Nancy Raitt at nancyraitt@corptype.ca

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From feast to famine

Queen's Alumni Review / Andrew Stokes / 2020 Issue #3

This past February, Paul Sawtell (Artsci’02) offered me a tour of the low-slung warehouse in North York that holds his business, 100km Foods. As we walked, he talked about the pride he felt moving into the space. How when he started the enterprise with his wife, Grace Mandarano, he couldn’t have dreamed of being big enough to need its more than 8,000 square feet.

Back in 2008, they’d started 100km Foods to link the farms of the Ontario Greenbelt to the restaurants and stores that wanted local seasonal food. Now, after 12 years of growth in fits and starts, they were on strong footing. They had hundreds of clients, a staff of over two dozen, and had just been awarded a “Best for the World” designation by B Corp.

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Indoor farm start-up seals deal with Farm Boy

Fieldless Farms / Media release / 05 August 2020

Fieldless Farms, a local Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) start-up, announced today that its cut lettuce mixes have hit shelves in Farm Boy stores. This is an important step for the company, which aims to bring year-round local produce to Canadians and reduce the country’s dependency on foreign imports […]

The company’s first farm in Cornwall, Ontario—which grows leafy greens using highly controlled environments, renewable energy, and without herbicides or pesticides—reached full commissioning and CanadaGAP certification earlier this month. The Farm Boy deal comes just one year after Fieldless quietly closed a $3 million first round of funding from local investors and Farm Credit Canada (FCC).

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Loss of bees causes shortage of key food crops, study finds

The Guardian / Oliver Milman / 29 July 2020

A lack of bees in agricultural areas is limiting the supply of some food crops, a new US-based study has found, suggesting that declines in the pollinators may have serious ramifications for global food security.

Species of wild bees, such as bumblebees, are suffering from a loss of flowering habitat, the use of toxic pesticides and, increasingly, the climate crisis. Managed honeybees, meanwhile, are tended to by beekeepers, but have still been assailed by disease, leading to concerns that the three-quarters of the world’s food crops dependent upon pollinators could falter due to a lack of bees.

The new research appears to confirm some of these fears.

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Why cities are planting more ‘food forests’

CBC News / Emily Chung / 23 July 2020

Many of us see forests as places to walk, hike and enjoy nature. But more and more cities are planting “food forests” — not just for strolling through, but for growing fruits and veggies.

At the Cowichan Green Community Food Forest in Duncan, B.C., visitors can amble along green microclover pathways in the shade of big-leaf maple trees to pick herbs such as rosemary and savory, vegetables like asparagus, as well as fruits, including salmonberries, grapes, plums, kiwis and figs — for free.

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