Visions of a future veggie garden and lessons in Permaculture

Organic Garlic at the Belleville Ontario Farmer's Market

Organic Garlic at the Belleville Ontario Farmer’s Market

Hello Local Food Fans,

A couple of years ago I read “The 100 Mile Diet” and was greatly influenced to purchase my food differently.  My hubby and I always visit the local market in every place we visit – provided there is one to take in.  From New York City to Belleville Ontario to Chiang Mai, Thailand we locate, purchase and eat local food.  We are the ones who travel so not really living the 100 mile diet however we make an effort to eat local where ever we are.

For years I have tried to grow a vegetable garden.  I have been successful at herbs, but have had less success with a good supply of vegetables.  I am thankful for farmer’s markets to connect me to people who can grow enough food to sell.

But what if we needed to grow our own food?  Could I do it?  Could you? I believe that with the right partnership we could.  It would need to be a partnership with people who have experience creating a vegetable patch, growing a rich harvest and are willing to hold our hands through the entire season to teach us how to adapt to climate and conditions of our soil.  Their partnership would need to be year round so we could learn how to create rich soil, start seeds and leave the planting bed in right state over the winter for even better soil the next year.  Growing food is hard and it is a skill.

The video I want to share with you is one on permaculture.  This video gives you a view to a community of people who are helping each other learn about the soil, water, seeds, housing, climate, animals and trees that work together to create a sustainable food supply for over 120 people year round in one location.

Permaculture - A Quiet Revolution

Permaculture – A Quiet Revolution

Take the 26 minutes to enjoy how they have created a community that supports each other to grow food and grow a rich partnership (click on the image above).

The melting of the snow this weekend has me itching to try again to create another vegetable patch.  Good thing the Guelph Organic Conference and the Canadian Organic Growers Conference are both in February.  They will certainly help me start thinking about how this year my garden will be full of healthy veggies.

Alternatively, there are farmer’s markets or CSAs to explore.  Either way, be the farmer or get to know your farmer.  They help deliver the veggies and fruit you need for the 9CupChallenge.

May your day be filled with thoughts of future gardens and dreams of a plentiful harvest.

To getting dirt under your fingers.

Jo-Ann Blondin, your 9CupChallenge partner

6 thoughts on “Visions of a future veggie garden and lessons in Permaculture

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    • Thanks Katherine,

      Yes, I am the one you see taking pictures at the farmer’s market. I just love the way each market has its own personality and way of displaying vegetables and fruit. One of my personal favourite in Ontario is the Belleville Farmer’s Market as it has the bounty of the County at its doorstep plus lots of organic vendors to select from too. I love a good chat with real farmer – you learn a lot about seeds, soil, drought and community from them. It is easy to take the pictures but a lot harder to grow the actual food. Another great market is the Guelph Farmer’s Market. It has a wonderful youthful urban feel with so many of the shoppers being from Guelph University.

      If you want to see a list of great farm experiences, check out my sister’s blog at http://agritourismguide.ca/ which provides great ideas for the National Capital Region in both Ontario and Quebec.

      If you or other readers know of great Farmer’s Markets, please share them and I will add them to my list to check out. And then you might just see me with a camera around my neck and bags of fresh veggies and fruit waiting to be eaten.

      Jo-Ann

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