A Big Thank You!

904153_10202304059864186_2102288358_o(1)Hasting Community Centre youth journeyed last week to Burnaby Agricultural Lands to harvest pumpkins.  Eric Yu,  youth coordinator at HCC drove the full van, and we arrived just before dusk. We found approximately 20 pumpkins, many of which were huge, in the first year mandala (circle) garden that we had roto-tilled at the back of the field. It was a quick trip. Pumpkins are spiny though, we weren’t wearing gloves so discovered the hard way that not wearing them makes for some good pokes and sore hands!  It was a fun time, and the kids loved the experience!


Cob Oven in the Hastings Sunrise

After a long process, with a visit to City Hall and the Engineering Department, we were finally able to get permission to install a mobile cob oven at the Nisga’a Garden on Franklin and Kamloops. This weekend we welcome volunteers through the Vancouver Tool Library’s City Commons project (inspired and educated by Portland’s city repair and City Commons projects).




An eye is meant to see things.
The soul is here for its own joy.
A head has one use: For loving a true love.
Legs: To run after.

Love is for vanishing into the sky. The mind,
for learning what men have done and tried to do.
Mysteries are not to be solved. The eye goes blind
when it only wants to see why.

A lover is always accused of something.
But when he finds his love, whatever was lost
in the looking comes back completely changed.
On the way to Mecca, many dangers: Thieves,
the blowing sand, only camel’s milk to drink.
Still, each pilgrim kisses the black stone there
with pure longing, feeling in the surface
the taste of the lips he wants.

This talk is like stamping new coins. They pile up,
while the real work is done outside
by someone digging in the ground.

Organic Coffee Grounds

IMG_2997Blessed are we here, in the Hastings Sunrise, where the organic coffee grounds are abundant, thanks to Laughing Bean. (Please go there – or to your local organic coffee shop – and ask for some – take lots!  – just keeping bringing the bucket back!) The grounds can be mixed up to a third with soil, or added to the compost bin. Our potting soil is currently being produced out of well-rotted horse manure, coffee grounds, and soil that we recently harvested from the pathways in our home garden. And there is abundance, finally! The carport is filled with buckets and tubs – (thanks to Rick J!), all filled with these ingredients. They are arranged in rows so they look nice and we are about to go out there and keep integrating it all in to the systems. Hooray for springtime!

Cyclic Nature

Cascadia is our Bioregion. Green, lush, dank. So much potential, and yet it is have being cut down and BC?Canada is ‘working’ to make a profit off the land and the sea without thinking much about the future, or the indigenous past. We, Cascadia North invite you to collaborate to redesign this land that is our life. How can we take the waste and turn it into resource? If we can, we have abundance. If we can’t we have a stinky mess. Let’s bet that we can. Nature has been doing it for millennia. Cascadia North is currently offering a few CSA shares. We also do garden installations for those of you who wish assistance in growing your own food. We offer complete installations, systems installations,  greywater diversion drains, rooftop gardens,  aquaculture, potato pallet palaces, domes, raised beds, chinampas…