To Almond or Not to Almond

Apr 21 2015

We like to simplify problems.  To solve the water crisis in California, we’ll just stop buying almonds.  Well, if only problems were that simple!  We would have figured everything out a long time ago if that was the case.

Here’s a good article that explains more of the complexity of the problem:

http://grist.org/food/everything-i-thought-i-knew-about-water-in-california-is-wrong/

(I really like that news site…)

Often what needs to change is policy.  Let’s work on that instead!

On the policy concept, take a look at this article (yes, US based):

http://grist.org/food/our-crazy-farm-subsidies-explained/

I think it’s time we changed the rules of the game!

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Photos – Extreme examples of what we are doing to the planet

Apr 21 2015

While I know some of these pictures have been around for a while, it’s good sometimes to remind ourselves that our impact is not negligible.

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/gallery/2015/apr/01/over-population-over-consumption-in-pictures?CMP=share_btn_fb

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maku Naturals

Apr 21 2015

I’ve bought a few products from maku Naturals.  Marnie Eckberg is a wizard at making creams, scrubs, toner, cleanser, etc.

The items that I really like:

  • Deodorant spray – Lavender Vanilla
  • Face and body cream
  • Ageless night serum

The deodorant is phenomenal.  Compared to all the others ones I’ve tried (ie. all of them) it’s the only one that lasts until at least 3pm and I don’t smell!  It’s awesome.  The face and body cream is also really nice.  I like that I only need one cream and it just glides on.  We’ve made creams before that I also use but this one is amazing for my face!

Check out: https://www.facebook.com/MakuNaturals

Marnie will deliver to your home in Calgary for a $5 fee.  Always best to bulk order with some friends!

Last product list from Marnie: MAKU PRODUCT INFO 02.2015

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Documentary – Merchants of Doubt

Mar 09 2015

I remember a friend telling me a long time ago about the concepts explained in this documentary. It’s almost hard to believe but we know that power controls what we learn through the media.  I saw this crazy article today on Grist that is related to this documentary: http://grist.org/news/florida-officials-banned-from-talking-about-climate-change/

http://www.mongrelmedia.com/film/merchants-of-doubt.aspx

I’m glad these film makers exist and work so hard to research their version of the truth! Films are one of the mediums that is very accessible to large numbers of people (versus, say, books or magazines that not as many people read). It also means that when I say something I can say “look, it’s in this documentary!  I didn’t make it up”. 😉

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Eagle Creek CSA is open!

Feb 16 2015

Eagle Creek CSA is now open for registration! Amazing new options this year. Fruit and/or vegetables!  Sign up quickly… This one sells out every year.

https://eaglecreekfarms.ca/csadeposit.html

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Country Thyme Farm – CSA is open!

Feb 09 2015

Country Thyme farm is open for CSA registrations!

http://www.countrythyme.ca/csa-programs.html

Country Thyme has various shares including:

  • Vegetables
  • Duck Eggs
  • Poultry (Chickens, ducks, geese)

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Documentary – Poverty Inc

Feb 09 2015

This documentary was screened a couple of weeks ago. I hope it will be shown again!

http://www.povertyinc.org/

It looks like a good documentary outlining how the position of power in the west enables us to profit even from poverty!

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Chocolate – Awesome place to buy some!

Oct 07 2014

Next time you hit up the Market on McLeod or the Marda Loop Farmers market, check out Wicked Chocolate.

Very yummy and great flavours. Made by Sue Burgess!

www.wicked-chocolate.com

https://www.facebook.com/WickedChocolate

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Documentary – What Plants Talk About

Aug 13 2014

This is a really fun documentary about plants! It will surprise you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=T7MOe5clOtI

 

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Community Garden – August Pictures

Aug 03 2014

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