Matthew and Taryne Hildebrant have been living in the Okaganan for upwards of ten years, and have been farming full time for the past three. Morningdove Gardens specializes in locally grown medicinal herbs, tea blends, and salves that Taryne handcrafts herself, as well as organic vegetables and certified organic, free-range eggs. Continue reading
Urban foraging is a delectable oxymoron that refers to collecting the bounty that is readily available in a city’s neighbourhoods. Ruthy Penner is the inspiration for this post, as she was the one who got me from thinking about how cool it would be to pick those apples (going to waste on a neighbour’s tree) to actually doing it. Continue reading
Matt and Molly were two names that popped up frequently as I began asking around about who the young farmers were in the Okanagan. My visit to their farm confirmed everything I had ever read or heard about the hospitality of folks who work the land and have the fruits of their labour to share. Continue reading
Jordan and Vanessa, Matt and Molly, Mathew and Taryne, Curtis Stone, Gabe Cipes, Jeff and Gerry. These are a few of the names that come up as soon as you start asking around about who the young agrarians are in and around Kelowna. Over the coming weeks their stories will be featured on Vittles as part of the Okanagan’s growing community of young farmers and sustainability-minded folks. First up: a timeline of Jordan and Vanessa Marr’s winding road to The Homestead in Peachland, BC. Continue reading
Jon and Sher Alcock have been running an educational farm in East Kelowna for the past 25 years. Here you will find their story as well as a few of the most heart warming anecdotes they shared with me while we sipped coffee and ate scones one dusky fall afternoon. Continue reading
The Summerland Root Cellar Cooperative operates out of Summerland, BC. They are heading into their second year of offering preserving education and products to their members, with additional exciting developments planned for the 2013 season. Continue reading
This autumn, the midwives in Kelowna decided to replace their two front lawns with annual and perennial food plants, as well as medicinal herbs. I said “hugelkultur!” And they said “what?”
Hugelkultur is a German word meaning “hill culture”. It is a raised garden bed that can be created by placing large pieces of wood into a shallow trench and then layering upside-down turf and soil on top.