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The Garlic News

Think about a subscription to THE GARLIC NEWS, a Canadian quarterly just for garlic lovers. It is a garlic growers' publication, written by garlic growers for garlic lovers. Information in this newsletter includes articles on growing garlic for market and home gardens, organic growing, soil building, getting better yields, the garlic harvest, marketing information, results of growing trials and garlic research, the latest in new garlic strains, garlic festivals, field...

Foreword to The Power of Pulses

I have been growing and talking about the value of pulses—dried peas and beans, chickpeas, favas and lentils—for 30 years, and remain more convinced than ever that they could help renew the health of our planet.    Pulses are tried and true—people in temperate climates have been growing and eating them for more than ten thousand years. Nutritional powerhouses, pulses are still the most essential part of the diets of...

Seed Declaration

Seeds are us for sure The stories of seeds are the stories of us all: the hoeings and the weedings, the waterings and the gleanings, the dances of weather and plants The forests of trees whose breath we breathe were all once seeds And the way seeds feed us, giving our own goodness back, along with their own Our seeds are us Seeds invent us no less than language,...

Community Shared Agriculture & Salt Spring Seeds, Canada

COG’s last issue on Community Shared Agriculture was really informative and inspiring. I’d like to add a few ideas to Rupert Jaanasch’s excellent article in which he asks us to imagine the shape of things to come as we enter “a period of economic and cultural upheaval.” Food security is indeed already a phrase on many people’s lips and it’s important to think of ways we can work together to...

Seed Politics

The simple act of saving seeds has lately become an extremely important one. Unprecedented changes are going on in the world of seeds. Corporate mergers of seed growers have accelerated at such a pace that there are now only a few giant rulers. Patented seeds have become common in catalogues. Millions of acres of farmland are being planted with bioengineered seeds. Certain transnational corporations have openly declared their intention of...

How to Save Seeds

I think the practice of saving seeds is due for a revival. Seed saving is rewarding in so many ways. It’s very easy.  If you find yourself smitten by it, there are ways you can get more expert about it. However, even a little seed saving is an empowering and powerful thing to do. Basics    What you basically do when you save seeds is this: you go to the...

O Canada, How Can I Grow For Thee?

There’s a revolution that is happening in Canada. Not many people know about it yet but a lot of people are part of it.    The revolution is about as basic as you can get. It has to do with the way we grow and eat food and take care of ourselves. It has to do with the way we nourish and sustain ourselves as a nation.    The 2010...

Safe Seed Pledge for Safe & Sustainable Agriculture

We have signed the Council for Responsible Genetics' (CRG) safe seed pledge. Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, We pledge that we do not knowingly buy or sell genetically engineered seeds or plants. The mechanical...

Sustainable Agriculture & Farming

Quotes from Living Lightly on the Land Intro re Sustainability, 1998 When I am in my garden, the most obvious and amazing truth stares me in the face, makes music to my ears, kisses my feet, tugs at my heartstrings. It is a truth almost everyone knows but no one dares say. It is a truth that is so gigantic, it is painful. It’s a truth, which once absorbed, forever...