Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bees, Chicken Dances, and Seed Saving

The EYA (Environmental Youth Alliance) is an amazing group that works on, among many other things, projects like putting bee condos in parks and offering programs to teach people to save heirloom seeds. Check out this link if you're interested in finding out more about them...

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Meeting of the Minds

We had our third meeting today, and as always, we had a galloping goulash of ideas and inspiration from every corner. We discussed everything from cedar compost bins to cold frames, chickens to butterfly gardens.

Some things to check back for in the very near future:

-Meeting minutes
-Compost bin plans
-Seed catalog
-Two Block Diet Gardening Handbook with information on edible flowers, green building techniques, small-scale permaculture, bee-keeping, and growings of all sorts.

The snow is piling up outside, but there is plenty of groundwork to be laid before the first seed is planted anyways, so we can enjoy the frozen landscape.

It's really exciting to be involved in such a diverse group.

In the Beginning

The home page for our Two Block Diet experiment is here!
We are a mixed basket of veggies in the Mount Pleasant Area of Vancouver, B.C. who all share the same interest: growing more food close to home, in gardens that are free of harmful chemicals, attractive to pollinators, and a delight to be in for people of all ages. We want our children to learn that food came from the earth before it came from the supermarket, and have a great time doing it. And we aim to support other neighbourhoods to do the same.
We have already met twice to discuss the endless possibilities, and have come up with some pretty solid plans, including a community compost system, a tomato haven, a culinary and medicinal herb space, and oodles more.
This is a good place to keep up on our progress, as I will be posting pictures, notes, resources, and plans for the future here.