350 or bust: A Radical Monday Morning

Today is the first cool and rainy day in quite a while, so I’ll be spending the morning the way other “radicals” the world over are, in the kitchen and the garden reclaiming democracy and occupying the food supply. I’ll be  cooking up strawberry & rhubarb jam with organic local fruit,  and possibly making jelly ...

350 or bust: The Climate Crisis: It’s Time To Take Back The Land

Dr. Vandana Shiva – physicist, ecologist, activist, author, and founder of Navdanya (a movement for biodiversity conservation) on the most important work of our times: * VandanaShiva.org  

350 or bust: Are You Hungry For Change?

Yesterday, I asked the question: what if our dysfunctional relationship to food is connected to the dysfunctional relationship we have with our ecosystem? Can we really properly care for our planet if we aren’t able to care for our own bodies?  If we are making choices that contaminant our bodies, and make them less and ...

350 or bust: An Apple A Day

One of the responses that we can all take to the looming peak oil/climate change crisis is to work to make our communities more resilient (for more on this, check out the Transition Town movement).  And one of the ways to build resilience is to increase reliance on locally-sourced food and decrease reliance on food ...

Geoff at Mount Allison: Mount Allison University Farm Project

Mount Allison University recently revived its farm after allowing it to lay dormant for half a century. The results have been a very sucessful harvest and a substantial amount of fresh local food for Jenning Dining Hall. From Global Maritimes: From the CBC: Mount Allison students harvest first crops Posted: Sep 12, 2011 6:53 AM ...

350 or bust: Does Life Get Better Than Fresh Strawberry Pie?

It’s strawberry season in Canada, although here in our corner of the Canadian Shield there are no strawberry farms within 200 kilometres, and no organic ones within 500 kilometres. But, thanks to Mark’s lovely parents, who visited us from Manitoba, we had 16 pounds of fresh organic strawberries to enjoy this weekend. Many of the ...

350 or bust: The Joys of Mushroom Hunting

It is becoming increasingly clear how important the links between food security, decreasing our carbon footprint, and eating local are. Although for decades industrial agriculture has been touted as the way to feed an increasing, and increasingly hungry, world population, it hasn’t lived up to that goal. Now a new study has found that small ...

350 or bust: Eating Local Is Delicious With Rhubarb Kuchen

Here in northern Ontario where I live, rhubarb is the first harvest from the garden that we  look forward to.  In anticipation of a meal of homemade pasta and grilled eggplant that’s planned for tonight (thanks to Michael who is willing to share his expertise in Italian cooking gained in the kitchens of his mother ...

350 or bust: Eating Local Is Delicious

Where we live in northwestern Ontario we don’t have access to a lot of local market gardens  or farms. But what we do have on our doorstep are lakes full of pickerel and jackfish, as well as some trout and perch. Mark took our youngest daughter out on their first fishing trip of 2011 yesterday ...