Author Archives: Shana Johnstone

Finally, it’s here. Canning season.

This year’s long, wet spring has finally relinquished its hold. After a few weeks of summer weather Vancouver’s Lower Mainland is enjoying the full diversity of summer produce and the opportunity to eat something fresh other than leafy greens. I’m … Continue reading

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Gathering Morels

Early this year I made three food goals, the third of which was to forage for food in the city. I haven’t found a way to fulfill this goal yet, but others certainly have. Guest blogger Roman Muntener and his … Continue reading

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Off-Season Abundance

A trip through my grocery store a few months ago brought me face-to-face with a freezer special that would change the way I think about canning. Packages of frozen berries—organic, sustainably grown, heirloom variety black raspberries, to be exact—were on … Continue reading

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Growing Community: It begins

Garden preparation started in mid-February after months of anticipatory planning. This year I would get a jump on things by being ready to plant at the first possible moment. The first bona fide gardening act of the season was to … Continue reading

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Growing Community: I am an urban homesteader

What does it mean to be an urban homesteader? The notion of the homestead is far from new. The Oxford Canadian Dictionary (Second Edition) defines “homestead” as: “n. 1 an area of public land…granted to a settler in exchange for … Continue reading

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Growing Community: To die for

“I would kill for a community garden plot,” is a common sentiment in Vancouver, at least among the apartment-dwelling locavore crowd. Demand for garden space is extremely high, with wait-lists several years long—if the wait-lists aren’t already closed. If you’re … Continue reading

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Growing Community

I began this year by setting out some goals for myself. These are goals about food— growing it, preserving it, and saving it from waste. Goal 1 was to grow more food, and I thought I might accomplish this goal … Continue reading

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