A good time to own a net-zero energy home . . .

It looks like a good time to own a net-zero energy home.  Not only are the days getting longer but electricity rates have just increased by 66% . . .

http://www2.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.html?id=05a64a7d-9b08-4ed1-9883-b2392f510015

. . . and the forcast is for high power rates continuing into the future:

http://www2.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/business/story.html?id=e14dd103-ef6d-4ccb-9534-3a7e7ca58203

Re-elect Linda Duncan

lindaduncan

 

I just made a donation to re-elect Linda Duncan in Edmonton-Strathcona.

I’m not a natural NDP supporter. Labour unions sometimes really annoy me, and I am firmly against the NDP’s tendency to subsidize energy use.

However, Linda Duncan is a stalwart defender of the environment, and a leader with integrity. She has always run her elections with fair-mindedness and dignity.

The same cannot be said for her opponent. Living in a riding that had the temerity to exercise its democratic will in Alberta (that’s a big no-no around here), I have received countless mailings from MPs outside of the riding. Now that the guys who is running against her has also started mail drops the quality of the literature has not improved.

In my opinion, almost every piece of communication from the Conservatives contains at least some dishonesty and/or fear-mongering. The last piece that I received blatantly lied about Duncan’s position on the oil sands.

Is it too much to expect our politicians to not behave like spoiled children when they lose? Apparently it is.

Linda Duncan is not only an all-around excellent representative, she is also the only adult who has a chance to win the race.

Re-elect Linda Duncan in Edmonton-Strathcona.

http://www.lindaduncan.ndp.ca/

Local Food Grab Bag

Local food hasn’t been this alive in Edmonton since the pre-WW2 era. Here are a few tidbits:

A family grows ingredients for and brews wine in the Edmonton area. Seriously.

Story here and link to the winery website here.

 

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We grow mustard in Alberta? But none of it was processed into mustard (the spreadable kind) until now? It’s available at the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market or online? Awesome.

Here’s a story on it and here’s the website.

 

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This man is my new hero when it comes to local food. He is incredibly involved in the food that his family eats. And his blog makes this one look like something from 1997 (style-wise anyway). Check out Kevin Kossowan’s amazing local food website.

 

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Finally, did you know that you could get local Edmonton food delivered directly to your door? Check out the good food box.

Planting and Harvest Dates, Edmonton Gardens

Edmonton Garden Veggies, 2010

Vriends Organic Farm did Edmonton a service when they printed and gave away (that’s right, for free!) a calendar that included the following chart. Now known as August Organics, the Vriends have been farming organically in Edmonton for over 30 years (I’m not sure on the exact timeline. Anyone?). Visit their booth any Saturday at the Old Strathcona Farmers’ Market for the best seasonal organic vegetables around.

 Please share your knowledge on the subject in the comments, and I'll add to the chart.

Planting Dates
First Harvest Dates
  Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Beans       25 15   1  
Beets     16, 29 6, 25 15 1 | 1    
Broad Beans     19 20 8 15    
Broccoli     10 15 10 15    
Brussels Sprouts     10 15       5
Cabbage, Spring     10 15 10 1    
Cabbage, Green     10 15 10 10    
Cabbage, Red     10   15      
Cabbage, Savoy     10       1  
Cabbage, Flat     10       30  
Cabbage, Chinese     10 15 10 15    
Cabbage, Bok Choi     10 15 10 15    
Carrots     19 6, 25 15 1 | 1    
Cauliflower     10 15 10   1  
Celeriac 25             15
Celery 25           15  
Corn       15 20   1  
Cucumbers       25 10   1  
Dill         15      
Eggplant   25         15  
Endive   25 10 25 30 19    
Garlic             10 10
Herbs 25       15      
Kale     10   15      
Kohlrabi   25 10 25   10    
Leek 25 20         1  
  Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep
Lettuce   25 10 25 15 19    
Onion, Salad     19 10 | 15 8, 30 22 4  
Onion, Spanish 25           1  
Onion, Cooking 25           15  
Onion, Red 25           15  
Parsley Root     20 29       15
Parsnip     20 29     15  
Peas     19 27 10 1    
Potatoes       19 5 1    
Pumpkin       25       Oct 1
Radish     15 15 1 15 15  
Rutabaga     10 15     30  
Shallots 25           30  
Spaghetti Squash       25     30  
Spinach     10, 25 11 8 | 1 15 2,14,25  
Squash       25       1
Swiss Chard     19     1    
Tomato   25         15  
Turnip         15      
Vegetable Marrow       25   30    
Zucchini       25   15    
                 
Raspberry           30    
Rhubarb       15        
Strawberry         20