August 1, 2023
The bug populations have dropped significantly. We've planted the last of our fall crops and we've begun closing down some of our beds. It's amazing how short the growing season is here in the Kootenays. It seems to end just as quickly as it starts!
Oh Deer 😞
Some scoundrels raided our zucchini patch this week. Usually they only take a few zucchini but this time they decide to eat 95% of our 100 ft row. If you notice a gap in our zucchini stock you can thank the deer.
Ailsa Craig Onion
Description: Ailsa Craig onions are harvest and eaten fresh, unlike a storage onion which have to be cured. They have a sweet and mild onion flavour. Great on burgers, sandwiches and Greek salad.
Details: Sold in a bunch of two.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT 🍎
Farms Before Pharmaceuticals
In Canada, the Public Health Agency estimates that chronic diseases cost Canadians $190 billion annually. Yet we only spend 5.1% of total health expenditure on public health activities that promote healthy lifestyles and prevention of long-term chronic conditions.
Behavioral patterns, such as diet and lifestyle, have been show to have the biggest impact on determinants of early deaths compared to all other factors - including genetic predispositions. (1)
This means that our healthcare system is completely backwards. The truth is, many of the chronic diseases that plague Canadians can be prevented and managed through a diet rich in fresh nutritious whole foods. And the freshest and most nutritious whole foods come from community and regionally-based farmers who value soil fertility, biodiversity and environmental sustainability.
If the government spent more on promoting and supporting healthy eating, local agriculture and soil health it would save an enormous amount of our tax dollars and improve the lives of millions of Canadians. We need more farms, not pharmaceuticals.
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