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COMMUNITY | Shopping Local: Why it’s (Still) Great

COMMUNITY | Shopping Local: Why it’s (Still) Great

By Brianna van de Wijngaard — Food Action Coordinator Williams Lake Food Policy  Just about every year for the last decade or two, we have been encouraged to shop local for the holidays. And most of those reading this editorial likely already do: you’re reading TheGreenGazette, and you’re awesome! But, as the holidays approach yet again, […]

FARM & GARDEN | Extending Local Food Production: Possibilities in a milder Cariboo climate

FARM & GARDEN | Extending Local Food Production: Possibilities in a milder Cariboo climate

By Brianna van de Wijngaard — Food Action Coordinator Williams Lake Food Policy Council   This article is largely a how-to on extending your gardening season. Unfortunately, it’s coming out a wee bit late for 2015, but hopefully you still have a number of crops in the ground or raised garden bed that can be […]

COUNTRY LIVING | How and Why to Mulch Your Garden –The Ultimate in Garden Awesomeness

COUNTRY LIVING | How and Why to Mulch Your Garden –The Ultimate in Garden Awesomeness

By Brianna van de Wijngaard, Community Liaison, Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society —     Here at the Water Wise headquarters, in the basement of the Phoenix building, we’re always trying to find ways to decrease summer water use, because it increases so much in July and August—up to 50 per cent, compared to other months. […]

FARM & GARDEN | Successful Seed Starting Tips for the 2015 Growing Season

FARM & GARDEN | Successful Seed Starting Tips for the 2015 Growing Season

  By Brianna van de Wijngaard —   It’s always fun to start thinking about gardening this time of year: our energy returns as we think of new beginnings and yet another season of growth. By the time March rolls around, it will be time to start thinking about planting. And that isn’t too far […]

LOCAL FOODS | AGRICULTURE | Modern Day Dust Bowl:  One of the many reasons to grow and eat locally

LOCAL FOODS | AGRICULTURE | Modern Day Dust Bowl: One of the many reasons to grow and eat locally

  By Brianna van de Wijngaard —   Williams Lake Food Policy Council As many of you now know, California and the surrounding region are having some hydration issues. They have been experiencing extreme drought conditions for the past three years, but it all came to a head in 2014, with projections for the worst […]

FARM & GARDEN | Dark Days and Cold Nights: Prepping for garden hibernation

FARM & GARDEN | Dark Days and Cold Nights: Prepping for garden hibernation

By Brianna van de Wijngaard — As winter approaches, it is a good idea to prepare your garden for the harsh weather ahead, to ensure it is healthy and vigorous in the early spring. Low temperatures are hard on sensitive soil organisms, and adding certain nutrients, amendments, and protection now can give those populations the […]

FARM & GARDEN | Getting Garden Ready for the 2014 Season

FARM & GARDEN | Getting Garden Ready for the 2014 Season

Image source: www.soilsensor.com   By Brianna van de Wijngaard — It’s amazing how close spring can feel once the holidays are done and gone. There is a period of relief once the garden is put to bed in the fall, then relaxation as there seems no end in sight to the winter months. Then January […]