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E. B. Klassen
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More Bad News
This time, a giant methane leak. A 61 year old well has sprung a leak and is blowing a massive amount of methane. Mother Jones has a good explainer about the leak.

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Quince!
The prize-winning quince Photo by E. B. Klassen CC BY-SA I've had a bit of luck recently and come into possession of about 4 kilos (10 pounds) of quince. This has meant that I can do a bit of experimenting with new recipes above making some quince jelly. Qu...

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The Secrets of Soil
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. has produced a series of educational readers on the secrets of soil for kids between ages 5 and 14. The guides are free,as is the educators guide. This might be a great take-away for compost educators.... Th...

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Apple Festival--Sooke
Northern Spy apple photo by Red58bill We made it out to the Sooke Apple Festival on the weekend. This is part of our current "get to know our new neighbourhood" programme. We've been here about three months and have had nothing but a great time; the farm an...

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The Emergent Agriculture--a review
There is not a lot that is new in Gary Kleppel's book The Emergent Agriculture: Farming, Sustainability, and the Return of the Local Economy . A cogent, well-reasoned take-down of industrial ag--but then, there's a herd of those, ranging from succinct to ve...

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Sooke Farm Tour part 1
Yesterday, 19 July 2015, was the
annual Sooke Farm and Food Tour, organized by Sooke Region Food CHI (Community Health Initiative) . There were eight stops on the tour,
and it seemed like a good way to get to know some of our new
neighbours and start to int...

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Carbon Sequestration in Saskatchewan
via SaskPower So the first coal-fired power generation facility with CCS (carbon capture and sequestration) has opened in Saskatchewan. I know I'm supposed to cheer about this, it being Canadian and "green" and all, but, no. I've never really understood the...

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The Word: It's Worse Than We Think
via Simon and Schuster Looking at the UCL-Lancet Commission on Managing the Health Effects of Climate Change report and one thing becomes clear; the future is going to be so much worse than we think. As the project summary says: A major report on managing t...

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The New Corporate SLAPP to Canadians
Bill C51, the new expansion of "anti-terror" legislation in Canada, isn't really about the one-in-twenty-million chance of an act of terror having any effect on a Canadian. Rather, it is clearly about expanding the remit of the Canadian Security and Intelli...
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