It was another gloomy and chilly day with slight chance of drizzle.   Good for the snow peas, greens and broccoli, not so good for cucumbers, squash and tomatoes. Without the climate control of a greenhouse, this natural form of gardening really keeps you in tune with the soil and Mother Nature.   There are no artificial buffers. The earth is in control and we have nothing we can do or say about it. Sure we can help out a little with keeping the soil healthy – Jules likes to say “healthy soil = healthy plants.”   We are trying to manipulate nature too much these days and we are paying a price for this controlling – in ourselves and in our natural surroundings.

To be good stewards (not masters) of the earth and to tend to our little Garden of Eden is our mission . It’s certainly a rewarding challenge/mission. Everywhere you turn in the garden you are greeted with lovely sights and smells – magnificent blooms, tempting (yet young) fruit, lush vegetables, humble herbs.

The loquat, figs, apples, apricots, peaches, berries vines are covered in fruit. The pineapple guavas, citruses are covered in fragrant blossoms.  Yesterday we picked 4 cups of strawberries and we are expected a berry good year (couldn’t pass up the pun). The avocados, however, had pretty hard fruit/blossom drop due to the late rains and the continuing flux in temperatures.

This morning we found a “gift ” on the porch. A bag filled with monstrous grapefruit ( a few that are at least 5″ in diameter!), a welcome addition to our diet. Thanks, JBB, for thinking of us. They will certainly not go to waste in our household.    Locally grown food is a great gift – thanks!

Reminder, Saturday night at USC is the premier of Ready or Not?

This is a story about three families who are preparing for the possibility of a global pandemic, global energy crisis, and global climate change. Beyond awareness, beyond talk, they have taken action to ensure the safety of their families and communities. They believe it is time to prepare for the future NOW, while they still can, before it’s too late! This crux of this story evolves around an average person’s ability to do something small to help create a better future, by enhancing the power for resilience and adaptation.
Featuring Kathlyn Powell and Jorge Strunz, Melinda Epler and Matt Eliseo, and Path to Freedom (Jules, Anais, Jordanne and Justin).With appearances by Jan Lundberg, and Michael Ruppert.
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In Search of Ethical Gladrags { The Tyee }

If food typically travels between 2,500 and 4,000 miles before it ends up on our plate, clothes are even farther wanderers. Hong Kong, where many of BC’s clothes are made, is 6378 miles (10,265 km) from Vancouver, and that’s not even counting the distance the fabric travels to get from the mill to the factory, or the distance the fibers travel from their source to the mill.
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Think Outside the Spice Cupboard { Eat Local Challenge }

… By now, more than a few Eat Local participants have addressed the spice conundrum: “Most spices aren’t local, but they really make my food taste better. Besides, I already have a bunch on hand, and I’m not exactly putting any local cinnamon growers out of business by using them.”
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Speed Kills { via Common Ground }

… That used to refer to the dangers of driving too fast, and sometimes to the drug. Now it more ominously refers to the unhealthy pace at which we live our lives, coerced by rampaging technology into cramming as much as possible into our waking hours. This isn’t good for an individual’s well-being. But even if you’re indifferent to everyone’s need for a little wa, the bean counter in you should appreciate this: It’s also counterproductive.Numerous studies link falling worker productivity to the advent of e-mail, mobile phones, BlackBerries and instant messaging. The ability to communicate instantaneously, around the clock (or, if you prefer, 24/7), with colleagues and clients may seem like a good idea at first blush. But healthy humans know when to down tools and head for the hills. The problem is that we’re always on the grid now, always reachable and constantly bombarded, blurring the distinction between work and leisure time.One recent study, commissioned by a manufacturer of organizational products and reported by Reuters, concluded that technology has sped things up to the point where, paradoxically, everything is slowing down.”We never concentrate on one task anymore,” said John Challenger, CEO of a Chicago outplacement consultancy. “You take a little chip out of it, and then you’re on to something else. It’s harder to feel like you’re accomplishing something.”
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  1. Darryl says:

    Is “Ready or Not” available for screenings on the east coast? Plans?

  2. Vicki Atz says:

    I just love the all the animal updates and pic’s, NEVER too many!Jordanna how are enjoying being a mommie? Pretty cute. Love, Vicki

  3. Anais says:

    Hi Vicki

    Nice of you to drop us a line. Hope you are well and we are glad you are enjoying the updates and photos.