A Conversation with Terry Dobbie and Donna Bishop of GrowDat Farms

DSC01494

 

 

Terry Dobbie farms up (way up!) on a hill outside Heart’s Content, overlooking Southern Cove Pond. The fifty-five acres of land that he leases were at one time Reginald Legge’s, before being used as an experimental farm by the Lower Trinity South Regional Development Association. Terry, along with his aunt Donna Bishop, have been working the land for the past six years. Terry grew up in Ontario, and studied to be an engineer. Newfoundland is someplace he knew would be home without ever having set foot in it. He knew, too, he wanted [...]

Continue reading A Conversation with Terry Dobbie and Donna Bishop of GrowDat Farms

A Conversation with Dave and Del Oliver of Olivers Farm

DSC01272

This post is the seventh in a series that Sarah Campbell, an intern with FSN, is doing around the International Year of Family Farming this summer, gathering stories of family farming from around the Avalon Peninsula. Look for more stories in the coming weeks!

Del and Dave Oliver have been farming now for thirty-five years. They got their start on Thorburn Road at Dave’s family’s farm. They now farm on a property just west of Placentia Junction on the Western Avalon. Driving into the driveway, this is a farm that feels in use; real. Barns [...]

Continue reading A Conversation with Dave and Del Oliver of Olivers Farm

Planting the Seeds of Food Security : A Conversation with Dan Rubin of Perfectly Perennial Herbs and Seeds

DSC01032

Dan Rubin’s enthusiasm is infectious. A former teacher and curriculum designer, now a writer, musician, and seed company owner, Dan runs Perfectly Perennial Herbs and Seeds on the edge of the ocean at his Pouch Cove home. Growing for seed and consumption on the lot behind his house, as well on an adjacent lot shared with four neighbours, Dan currently stocks eight seed varieties of flowers and vegetables alike. The passion and creative energy that Dan puts into his project yields results. He’s interested in growing as much as possible in our windy, wet, and cold climate, which means that he uses as many tricks and tools as possible to make that achievable. [...]

Continue reading Planting the Seeds of Food Security : A Conversation with Dan Rubin of Perfectly Perennial Herbs and Seeds

A Conversation with Evan Murray and Brian Kowalski of Murray Meadows Farm

Jeep

This post is the fifth in a series that Sarah Campbell, an intern with FSN, is doing around the International Year of Family Farming this summer, gathering stories of family farming from around the Avalon Peninsula. Look for more stories in the coming weeks!

A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of going out to the Murray Farm to speak with Evan Murray and Brian Kowalski of Murray Meadows Farm, a one-acre parcel on sixty-five acres of land, primarily used to grow for Murray’s Garden Centre. Evan met me at the Garden Centre, [...]

Continue reading A Conversation with Evan Murray and Brian Kowalski of Murray Meadows Farm

A Conversation with Sarah Crocker and Judy Lien of Seed to Spoon and the Lien Family Farm

CIMG1137

 

 

This post is the fourth in a series that Sarah Campbell, an intern with FSN, will be doing around the International Year of Family Farming this summer, gathering stories of family farming from around the Avalon Peninsula. Look for more stories in the coming weeks!

 

A few weekends ago I was happy to spend some time at the Lien Family Farm, speaking with Judy Lien and Sarah Crocker, who now grows on the land for Seed to Spoon. Seed to Spoon started growing at the Lien Farm in [...]

Continue reading A Conversation with Sarah Crocker and Judy Lien of Seed to Spoon and the Lien Family Farm

8 Days a Week Kale Garlic Scape Pesto

Ready for the fridge!

This recipe is a super food flavour high five for your mouth. That doesn’t make much sense but neither does doing something 8 days a week or letting rampant kale and confusing garlic scapes go to waste because of lack of inspiration. Don’t let them fall victim to a wilty death in your fridge! Thanks goes to Murray Meadows Farm for the kale that they’re now selling in bulk for a great deal and The Natural Gardener for the kind gift of scapes that they dropped off to us at the office. [...]

Continue reading 8 Days a Week Kale Garlic Scape Pesto

Wildly delicious: getting to know some of the province’s lesser-known berries

Serviceberry

You might be familiar with some of the more commonly picked berries in the province: blueberries, strawberries, cranberries and partridgeberries. The following are some of the (perhaps) lesser known berries: crowberry, Chuckley pear, bakeapple and marshberry. [...]

Continue reading Wildly delicious: getting to know some of the province’s lesser-known berries

Fresh Catch! The 100 Nautical Mile Seafood Diet

Untitled

Check out the new video ” The 100 Mile Nautical Diet” encouraging you to enjoy the variety and value of seafood available off the coasts of Newfoundland and Labrador. Restaurants and home cooks are showing renewed interest in what our waters have to offer and CURRA’s new video is a great place to start learning more. CURRA’s “The 100 Nautical Mile Seafood Diet is a short video, directed by Anne Troake, that promotes dialogue about ways to build a diet heavily reliant on food from the sea around Newfoundland and Labrador, including both traditional and contemporary uses.” [...]

Continue reading Fresh Catch! The 100 Nautical Mile Seafood Diet

A Conversation with Jeremy Carter of Nagels Hill Agri-Products

Jeremy - Shallots

This post is the third in a series that Sarah Campbell, an intern with FSN, will be doing around the International Year of Family Farming this summer, gathering stories of family farming from around the Avalon Peninsula. Look for more stories in the coming weeks!

Last weekend I was happy to be able to speak with Jeremy Carter of Nagels Hill Agri-Products, both at the kitchen table and out in the fields. Below you’ll find audio recordings of our conversation as well as photographs from the field. I really enjoyed chatting with Jeremy [...]

Continue reading A Conversation with Jeremy Carter of Nagels Hill Agri-Products

To Market, To Market

Tiny Tim

This post is the second in a series that Sarah Campbell, an intern with FSN, will be doing around the International Year of Family Farming this summer, gathering stories of family farming from around the Avalon Peninsula. Look for more stories in the coming weeks!

The weekend before last was the first one that I attended the St. John’s Farmer’s Market – always a good feeling. I didn’t spend too much time inside – long enough to get a coffee – but I was happy to see vendors I remembered from last year – selling books, soap, and local art. [...]

Continue reading To Market, To Market