Monday, August 31, 2009

New Canning Dates

Since our previous dates sold out so quickly, the Richmond Food Security Society has agreed to put on some extra workshops on Food Preservation:

Tuesday, September 8th 7-9pm
Saturday, September 12, 1-3pm
Tuesday, September 15, 7-9pm

Classes are $5 each and will most likely concentrate on preserving the following produce: tomatoes, green tomatoes, and beets. Please bring canning jars, 250 ml or smaller, to replenish our supply. Each participant will go home with a jar of preserves.

For more information or to register, please e-mail or call (604) 727 9728.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Time Magazine's Article on Cheap Food

Probably the most hard-hitting article on the state of North America's food supply that I've seen yet. And, in of all places, mainstream Time Magazine!

Somewhere in Iowa, a pig is being raised in a confined pen, packed in so tightly with other swine that their curly tails have been chopped off so they won't bite one another. To prevent him from getting sick in such close quarters, he is dosed with antibiotics. The waste produced by the pig and his thousands of pen mates on the factory farm where they live goes into manure lagoons that blanket neighboring communities with air pollution and a stomach-churning stench. He's fed on American corn that was grown with the help of government subsidies and millions of tons of chemical fertilizer. When the pig is slaughtered, at about 5 months of age, he'll become sausage or bacon that will sell cheap, feeding an American addiction to meat that has contributed to an obesity epidemic currently afflicting more than two-thirds of the population. And when the rains come, the excess fertilizer that coaxed so much corn from the ground will be washed into the Mississippi River and down into the Gulf of Mexico, where it will help kill fish for miles and miles around. That's the state of your bacon — circa 2009.

To read the whole article click here

Friday, August 14, 2009

Put that bounty away for the winter

If you are new to the idea of canning and preserving, come out to South Arm Community Center for the next 3 Fridays and learn how to can. Chef Karen Dar Woon will instruct participants on easy methods of canning, using excess fruit and veggies that are coming out of the garden.

Dates: August 21st, Sept 4, Sept 11
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Kitchen, South Arm Community Center
Cost: $5

Supplies will be provided but if you can, please bring canning jars to replenish our supply. Everyone will go home with a jar.

Please register for these sessions as the kitchen @ South Arm fits about 12 people max. Call (604) 727 9728 or e-mail

Monday, August 3, 2009

Chefs to the Field

Combine your passion for food with a very worthwhile cause. Join a couple thousand of your new friends at the 3rd Annual Chefs to the Field event at Terra Nova Rural Park this Sunday, August 9th from 11-3. Proceeds from the event go to the Terra Nova Schoolyard Society which educates over 500 kids every year on how to grow food.

Sample food from dozens of restaurants and then watch the Iron Chef competition in the afternoon. Wonder what the secret ingredient will be this year... last year it was sardines and the year before muskox.

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