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I pledge allegiance to the earth and all the life which it supports.
One planet in our care, irreplaceable, with sustenance and respect for all.

  Amazing Life

Disney nature: The Beauty of Pollination

BBC series: Mouldy munching BBC series: What's for lunch?
The Beauty of Pollination - Wings of Life
Watch the beauty of pollination captured like never before in Disneynature's Wings of Life.
A yellow slime mould moves across the forest floor, searching for its white fungus food source.  Time-lapse in the Autumn series of the BBC. Earthworms gather Autumn leaves and pull them under ground.


Food gardening in Russia

    "According to official statistics, in 1999 more than 35 million families (105 million people, or 71% of country’s population) owned a dacha or a subsidiary plot and were cultivating it… The 35 million plots of these families occupy more than 8 million hectares and provide 92% of Russia’s harvest of potatoes, 77% of its vegetables, 87% of berries and fruits, 59.4% of meat, and 49.2% of milk. . . .

    Essentially, what Russian gardeners do, is demonstrate that gardeners can feed the world – and you do not need any GMOs, industrial farms, or any other technological gimmicks to guarantee everybody’s got enough food to eat. ”


I prefer to grow my own


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The Story of Food

 Plastic Paradise

    Every single piece of plastic that has ever been created since the 19th century is still somewhere on our planet. So if it never goes away, where does it go? Filmmaker Angela Sun travels to the Midway Atoll to uncover the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in this independent documentary.

 The Story of Bottled Water (2010)



Garden Humor

A toddler was found chewing on a slug.
After the initial surge of disgust the parent said,
"Well . . . what does it taste like?"
"Worms", was the reply.


Poetry Corner

The little cares that fretted me,
I lost them yesterday,
Among the fields above the sea,
Among the winds at play,
Among the lowing of the herds,
The rustling of the trees,
Among the singing of the birds,
The humming of the bees.

The foolish fears of what might pass,
I cast them all away,
Among the clover-scented grass,
Among the new-mown hay,
Among the hushing of the corn,
Where drowsy poppies nod,
Where ill thoughts die and good are born.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning - Out in the fields with God

Kootenays location


    The Kootenays region of British Columbia, Canada, marked white

    The Kootenays region is located in the S-E triangle of British Columbia, Canada, in-between the two majestic mountain ranges: the Monashee Mountains in the West and the Rocky Mountains in the East.
    Cranbrook, Elkford, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Sparwood and Radium Hot Springs are major cities/towns in the East Kootenay.  Castlegar, Creston, Greenwood, Grand Forks, Kaslo, Midway, Nakusp, Nelson, New Denver, Rossland, Salmo and Trail are major cities/towns in the West Kootenay (including Kootenay-Boundary).
    Because of its mountainous location, the region encompasses several gardening zones, from zone 6 in the South, close to big tables of water, to zone 1 in the high elevations.
    Gardening is one of the favourite activities in the Kootenays. There are many beautiful flower as well as vegetable gardens in the region.
    Each summer we have garden tours and garden festivals in the Beaver Valley, Castlegar, Cranbrook, Creston, Grand Forks, Kaslo, Kimberley, Nelson, Rossland, the Slocan Valley, the Slocan Lake area, Trail and Warfield.
    To support sustainability and help local farmers and gardeners sell their surpluses directly to consumers, outdoor markets become more and more popular. The largest outdoor community market in the Kootenays, Cottonwood Falls Outdoor Market is located in Nelson. There are also farmers markets operating during summer in  Creston, Fernie, Grand Forks, Invermere, New Denver, and Silverton.



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