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Growing your own food is like printing your own money

Apr 12, 2013

Spring is the time of the year on the Island when we are blessed with visions of apple and cherry blossoms, when we pay homage to the sun, and when we start to think about planting our gardens.  If you want to get inspired to stick your fingers into the ground and make something grow, listen to a TED talk with Ron Finley.  Ron is part of a guerilla gardening movement, planting vegetable gardens in South Central LA in abandoned lots, traffic medians, and along the curbs.  He does this because he lives in an area that is considered a food desert, where there is a notable lack of access to healthy food, where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys”.   He saw food as the problem and the solution.



We are lucky that we live in a place where we have easy access to fresh food, though we are still inundated with false foods, fast food, and temptation to believe that kids just don’t like veggies.  But, we also live in an area of the country that easily facilitates food-growing, where our temperate climate allows us to sow seeds in April (or March even!) and pull food out of the garden throughout the winter.  So get out there and grow, and if gardening isn’t your thing, then at least support your local farmers and growers.


Resources to learn about food growing and finding locally grown food:

  • Learn about the Good Food Box, which costs $10 and gives you a box of fresh, mostly locally grown produce every month


Local farmers markets (Seasons typically start in May)

Beban park: Wednesdays 4-6:30

Downtown Nanaimo: Fridays 10-2

Nanaimo north (mall parking lot): Saturdays 9-1

Lantzville: Sundays 1-4

Cedar (in front of the Crow & Gate): Sundays 10-2

Qualicum Beach: Saturdays 8:30-noon



Don’t forget the Wild Foods Festival - Bowen park, Sunday, April 21st, from 11-3:30pm. A great way to celebrate Earth Day (officially Monday, April 22nd)



Dr. Clare Craig, ND, CD(DONA)
Naturopathic Doctor, Doula
Island Optimal Health & Performance
Island Optimal Health & Performance
#103-1808 Bowen Road
Nanaimo, BC   V9S 5W4




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