Food Forest Part 2: See ya in the Spring!

Sunday, October 20 marked the second half of our food forest installation.  About 20 lovely volunteers gathered from 10am-2pm to help plant the “bones” of the food forest, top up the poplar bark mulch and trim a few straggly cardboard edges off the sheet mulch.

DSC_0030DSC_0034DSC_0016Much of what we planted was donated, thank you!  These included Saskatoon berries, paw paws, blueberries, winter savoury and other herbs, haskaps, everbearing strawberries, alpine strawberries, purple asparagus, black currants, wolf willow, red osier dogwoods, sweet fern, lavender, and garden rue.  We will be accepting donations of more plants (if you can believe it!) to be put in come spring.  Scroll to the end of this post for a list of what we are hoping for!

food forest foxesHot, mulled MacIntosh Apple Cider (collected by our amazing Fruit Tree Project) and organic spelt linzer torte from the farmers’ market kept folks fuelled through all the good work.  Many thanks for Jenica for for organizing the refreshments table and for keeping spirits up during the event!

This fall the RDCO will be installing an English style cedar fence, and the design for a pergola will be completed.

Spring 2014 will see us installing the pergola, and getting more bulbs, herbs and plants to attract beneficial insects into the ground. Plums and hardy pecan will also be planted, as well as hardy kiwis which will be trained along wires in the pergola.

DSC_0044Stay tuned for information on springtime work parties!

Our Plant Wishlist:

Oregano
Creeping thyme
Chives, garlic chives
Egyptian/walking onions
Wild leeks/ramps
Alpine strawberries
Lupine
Solomon’s Seal
Russian comfrey
Lovage
Liquorice
Clove currants
Astragalus (Milkvetch- Astragalus glycyphyllos)
Rhubarb
Violets
Purple orach
Lamb’s quarters
Glacier lilly
Mariposa lilly
Daylilly
Tigerlilly
Foam flower
Marsh mallow
Blue false indigo

 

 

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The Core Review and the ALR: Our position

Garden ViewThe Central Okanagan Food Policy Council supports efforts to ensure that the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and its governing body, the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), remain intact, protected and effective.  The ALR and ALC provide what is needed in the face of an uncertain and problematic future by establishing a model of adaptive management which preserves options, hedges bets and sees diversity as essential to sustainability.  If the ALC’s budget is further cut to the point that they can no longer meet their mandate or if ALR boundaries are significantly reduced, BC’s public faces the paving over of land that we need to eat from. Continue reading

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COFPC Director of External Affairs statement re: the ALR and the ALC

The COFPC’s Director of External Affairs, Carol Kergan, attended the core review public meeting in Kelowna on Oct. Below is the transcript of her great words on this subject. Continue reading

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Organic Okanagan Festival and the Great Apple Harvest!

This fall has been busy so far for the COFPC and the Fruit Tree Project.  We picked a shwack-load of apples and then headed up to Summerhill Pyramid Winery for the Organic Okanagan Festival, where the apples became juice!

 

Beautiful bins in the late afternoon sun.

Beautiful bins in the late afternoon sun.

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Food Forest Installation Part 1 Complete!

On Saturday, September 14 we completed the first phase of installing Kelowna’s first food forest in Mission Creek Park!

By planting edible trees, shrubs and other perennial plants, a permaculture food forest’s seven layers are designed to mimic a natural forest ecosystem.  This food forest will provide food and a beautiful natural space for the community to spend time in, as well as habitat and food for pollinators and other beneficial insects.

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20-30 lovely volunteers showed up, we are so grateful!

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Motion for GE Free BC at annual meeting of UBCM

The municipality of Metchosin (already declared GE Free) is putting forward a motion for all BC municipalities to ban genetically engineered crops and animals at the annual meeting of the Union of BC Municipalities.  The motion will be debated Sept. 16-20.  A rally will be happening outside the meeting in Vancouver on Sept. 18, we’re sending our support from the Okanagan!

You can support the campaign by signing the petition here:

For updates and background information on this campaign, visit the Society for a GE Free BC website.

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