food security – what’s that all about?

my friend likes garlic.  she also likes local.  but the garlic she had seen at the supermarket were all grown far far away, so she planted some last fall because she knows it grows here.  that’s a part of food security.  remember that Halloween when the pumpkins were all sold out?  all the ones that grew were gone and there was no truck bringing in any more?  that’s a part of food insecurity – absence of supply.

food security is when all people at all times have access to enough food to meet their physical and cultural and economic needs, and the food is created in a sustainable, socially just manner.

the food system is everyone, from those who grow to those who make to those who sell to those who eat and the ground it grows from and the rain that falls and the trucks or planes or boats that move it.

it’s big deal!

so thegreenrock.ca Green Team talked to Rick Kelly at the Food Security Network Newfoundland and Labrador.  he shared his insights about sustainability and the importance of ‘local’ and ‘fair trade’ in a food secure system.

check it out!  and have a look over at Root Cellars Rock http://rootcellarsrock.ca/, lots of great ideas about planting, picking preserving and more.  and, coolly enough, lots of buzz about growing garlic!

down to the dirt – worms make the world a greener place

last summer thegreenrock.ca green team took a trip to bay bulls and met with Christa Williams, co-owner of the J&C Sod Farm, and the Trouters Special Worm farm.

they found out that worms work magic!  from chowing down on kitchen waste to making nutrient-rich soil that needs no harmful chemicals to get stuff growing they are the green bomb.

winter is a great time to start a vermi-composter right in the kitchen (see vermin in the kitchen blog post), and it’s never a bad time to think about making your garden grow.

check it out, online and in person.   1 Main Witless Bay, Newfoundland, 709 334-3531   or email at jcsodfrm@nf.aibn.com