Garden Tip of the Week: 9

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(“Taku”, a recent houseguest from Bella Coola,  delicately sniffs the beans)

If it’s not deer or marmots lurking around your yard, what next?  Aphid season has arrived again in the Okanagan.  Want to encourage aphid-eating, beneficial insects such as ladybugs to hang around your garden?  Here’s a recipe for an easy to make spray which can be applied to the leaves of flowers and shrubs near your vegetable plants, or to the leaves of broccoli,  carrot tops, potatoes, etc:

In a small container with a lid, mix the following:  ½ cup sugar, 2 tsp. honey. 4 tbsp. brewer’s yeast or nutritional yeast, and 2/3 cup warm water. In a spray bottle, mix 2 tbsp, of the solution in a liter of warm water. Use the spray bottle to apply the solution to your plants. Apply every few evenings, right  after watering down the leaves, or after rain.   Keep the container of concentrated solution in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Garden Tip of the Week: 7

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Are you picking peas yet? Whether edible pod or shelling peas, those first bites are a delicious early-summer treat. They won’t stay that way long, however, unless they are picked regularly. To keep them at their tender best, peas need to be harvested every second or third day, particularly during a hot spell. That sounds like a lot of work, and it is, but the difference between sweet young peas and starchy over-mature ones is worth the effort.

And in case you’re short a few crops in your own garden, here’s a link to fresh local produce sources on the Okanagan.

 

Check out our Farm Bag Fundraiser

PUAA was offered an opportunity to raise money through enrollments in a CSA-style local produce program.  Customers sign up to receive 20lbs of produce on a monthly basis.  Each month costs $25 and PUAA earns 20% for each sale. Customers collect their produce from our C.Urb site once a month at a scheduled time.

The Farm Bag program runs monthly until April.

This program is a natural match for PUAA’s mandates to support local agriculture.  With many of the involved producers growing in the South Okanagan this program provides income-generation for those farmers through the winter months.

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Eat Locally and Support the C.Urb Project!

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be offering a monthly local produce box program for the months of October through April.  It is a fundraiser called the Farm Bag Program and it will help us raise money for our C.Urb site at the corner of Nanaimo and Ellis – 20% of every sale goes towards helping us build a stellar Centre for Urban Agriculture!

What does it cost?

The program is $175 for 7 months – that’s $25/month for 20 lbs of local produce!

What do you get?

  • Each month you come to a central location to pick up a 20 lbs seasonal collection of locally-grown produce.
  • The first time you come, you receive a Farm Bag program reusable bag into which you can put your produce.
  • Each month the produce will vary, according to what is available.  Throughout the winter, the contents will consist of cold-stored goods.  Where possible the produce is organic.
  • An informative newsletter is provided with each month’s produce with recipes and information about the contents.

How do I buy a Farm Bag?

  1. Visit http://farmbag.littlegreenbook.ca
  2. Click on ‘Buy a Farm Bag’ in the top left corner
  3. Choose Penticton Urban Agriculture Association
  4. Follow the prompts for placing your order (you’ll receive a confirmation email when the order has been submitted)
  5. Pop a cheque in the mail  right away!

When is my order due?

  • Orders need to be in by September 28th, 2011 to receive an October Farm Bag.
  • The first delivery will be either October 12/13.  You will be notified in advance of time, date and location.
  • Late orders will be added to the next delivery month, and the program cost will be $25/month for the remaining months in the season (it ends in April).

Where can I learn more?

This program is a locally-developed concept between Localmotive and Little Green Book in an effort to help schools and community organizations raise much-needed money and support local agriculture.

You can visit the Farm Bag Fundraiser website to learn more about the program.

You can email pentictonurbanag@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Courses for Summer 2011

Our first Seasonal Curriculum is UPDATED!

Click the link below to learn more about our fun and informative Food Gardening Courses running this June.

Classes are 1.5 hours long and will take place each Wednesday evening from June 15 – June 29th.

**NEW** Due to insufficient registration for our June 8th course ‘Gardening Fundamentals’,

we will add the content to be learned in this first course to the remaining three classes. **

Sign up here

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Benefits to the Community

The driving force behind this project is to increase self-sustainability of the community through education and engagement.

A few of the direct benefits are listed below:

  • A more extensive, reliable local food supply grown and stored over a longer period of time is critical for the areas’ long-term prosperity and liveability;
  • Young farmers who cannot afford to buy land will be able to lease land from orchardists and farmers a number of whom wish to retire and/or are in difficult financial situations;
  • Our limited supplies of water and arable land can be more efficiently used as well as potential food-growing land now in urban areas;
  • The rising interest in food gardening and processing and in obtaining locally grown foods can be satisfied more than at present;
  • Energy, the costs for which are rising and increasing the price of imported food, can be conserved and used more efficiently with local growing and preserving;
  • The amount of energy used and greenhouse gases emitted by hauling food over long distances will be reduced for this area;
  • Young people will learn to grow food and be more food self-sufficient;
  • People on low incomes and with limited facilities and/or who do not know how to shop, cook, and feed themselves in a healthy and affordable manner will learn these skills
  • Policies at the local level that support local food production and distribution  will contribute greatly to community support for and the viability of such programs