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Whatcom County Bees

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Category : About Food Sources, Bellingham, Book and Movie Reviews, Farmers' Markets

Honeybee

Photo by William Warby

For the past decade, US media has carried reports of declining honeybee populations and the impending doom it could mean for food production. I’d seen depressing stories about colony collapse disorder (CCD) where whole hives of bees inexplicably disappear, so it was with some trepidation that I picked up Beekeeper’s Lament by Hannah Nordhaus from the library. However, I wanted to know exactly was happening with our fuzzy little friends. Continue Reading

Whatcom Farm to School

Category : Related Organizations

Whatcom Farm to SchoolSomething wonderful is happening in Whatcom County schools which involves locally grown foods. At a time when, paradoxically, childhood obesity and childhood hunger are on the rise in the US, a Whatcom organization is working to introduce local ingredients into school lunch programs to help improve nutrition and educate kids and their families about healthy eating. Continue Reading

Book Review: “The Resilient Gardener”

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Category : About Food Sources, Book and Movie Reviews, Grow Your Own

Resilient Gardener by Carol DeppeGardening books interest me, but don’t usually excite me, though I’ve probably enjoyed nearly as many hours reading about gardening as doing it. Recently, though, I came across a book which casts gardening in a whole new perspective. The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times by Carol Deppe (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010) is nothing short of paradigm changing. Continue Reading