permaculture

Guerrilla Gardening

Edmonton has a new movement: guerrilla gardening. A group of Edmontonians has started organizing and enacting gardening events that aim to promote "issues of community ownership, food security, native habitat, biodiversity, and the direct replenishing the environment in which we live our daily lives". Awesome.  read more... »

Lamb's Quarters

While weeds have been a part of my diet for over thirteen years now, and I've had many occasions to speak about eating them, it's been a long time since I've actually served them to anyone. In fact, apart from my wife, I can only recollect that reporter from the St. Albert Gazette, and my room-mates from just before I was married. And with my roomies, it was only dandelion root coffee.

Dandelion root coffee and chickweed omelets were part of a strategy to introduce weed-eating to people using the least foreign tasting species. Something like prickly lettuce isn't a friendly starting point. "Just that picture of prickly lettuce in your blog looked menacing," [info]amandi_khera said. "I don't think I'd ever put something like that in my mouth."

Today though, I'd start with lamb's quarters. It's not just "least foreign tasting". It really tastes good.

This was my supper tonight:

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Seedy Sunday - March 16, 2008

We're working on fully activating the Activist Agenda part of this site, and it will be in full swing very soon. Even once we're fully using it though, I will be highlighting local Edmonton-based events from time to time.

Seedy Sunday is on March 16. Occurring at the North Glenora Community Hall (13535-109A Ave), it marks the beginning of gardening season in Edmonton.

Local farmers will be selling heirloom seeds, and there's a seed exchange - bring your unused seeds and take those of fellow gardeners - for free!  read more... »

Plant Now

Edmonton-Grown Swiss Chard

Edmonton-grown Swiss Chard

Incredible things can be done in Edmonton with a backyard garden. And growing food in our yards is one of the best things we can do to mitigate climate change and reduce our overall impact.

Permaculture expert Ron Berezan (TheUrbanFarmer.ca) is a wealth of information on how to grow incredible amounts of food in Edmonton yards.  read more... »