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the farm

30 May

I have stumbled upon a gem on this little island I now live on.  Here on Cortes Island is a small school called Linnaea.

The Linnaea Ecological Gardening Program offers a thorough grounding in a small-scale organic gardening and farming, with the intent to impart an understanding of the values and practical skills of ecological land stewardship.  Students come here for a full growing season March to October and work there assigned plot of land while attending classes  like herbology, wildcrafting, and woodworking.

The school and its students are really lovely.  I wanted to share this special place with you and some pictures too.  Please check out the website linnaeafarm.org  for more information. 

spring buds

26 May

24 May

Cortes Island may be one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.  It has stunning beaches with gorgeous views of the mountains.  It has dense forest with abundant wildlife.

When we get the chance we love to explore this land.  When we are not discovering new territory we stay close to home and play in the garden.

These are some new photos of our Belwood Garden.

Oh Deer

15 May

Out here in BC on Cortes Island there may be more deer then people.  Even as I post this there is one grazing outside my window.  One thing is certain these sweet deer love to munch on flowers.

They love the Cherry Blossom.

Oh Deer

Foraging For Nettles

8 May

Foraging for Nettles

Stinging Nettle its botanical name is Urtica Dioica which is most commonly found in damp areas of North America and Europe.  Stinging Nettle has a well know reputation for giving a sting when the skin touches the hairs on the leaves and stems.  The sting is a really irritating to the skin so make sure you where your gloves!

harvesting nettles

This herb has many well-known curative properties.  Here are just a few:

1. It is a diuretic

2. Really high in Iron great for battling anemia

3. Anti-Inflammatory – Histamines found in the Nettle plant can inhibit the body’s response to symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Stinging Nettle Plant

Nettle have many health benefits and can be substituted for spinach in any recipe.  I love them sautéed in a little butter and garlic.  Happy picking and eating.

Belwoods

7 May

Introducing the Belwoods Garden

6 May

So I have been on Cortes Island for almost a week and I have fallen in love with my new little house and its beautiful garden.  I share this gem of a garden with all my new housemates here at Belwoods.  All of us are employees of Hollyhock for this season.  I work in the beautiful kitchen that over looks the Pacific ocean and has a stunning view  of the Mountains.  We cater to a variety of guests that are enrolled in programs like yoga, meditation, Qi Gong, and music.  Hollyhock has a beautiful organic garden where the gardeners deliver fresh greens daily.

So I wanted to share my garden with you that is on the verge of great beauty but more importantly some really great food.

Belwoods

Cherry trees are sheer beauty.  The gate keeps the dear out that are in the plenty on this tiny island.  Everyone in the house had their own garden bed and were growing every vegetable under the sun.

so we decided to hack out the dense overgrown blackberry bushes.  After many painful pokes from the thorns of the blackberry we had a sweet little spot.

Me and my sweetie had brought some heirloom seeds we got from a shop in Toronto called Urban Harvest with us.   We planted radish, greens, tomatoes, and peppers and we are looking forward to some great delicious eating  this summer.