Nuts and Links

Walnuts are beautiful trees.

LOCAL FOOD:  As the climate crisis heats up, local food is becoming more and more urgent.  We must support local food in every way we can.

  • Buy local and support local farmers
  • Grow more food in your yard or on your farm.
  • Get involved with community gardens
  • Host local food potlucks
  • Talk about farmers markets, your garden, community gardens, seasonal recipes, food preservation, etc with everyone. Become an annoying but lovable local foodie.
  • Plant perennial food (nuts, fruits, berries) and encourage your community and local farms to do the same.

Bumper crop of hazelnuts

Fresh harvest of winter veggies even in Jan.

Here at Eco-Sense we are gearing up for the Spring Season.  We have invested in lots more nuts this year including chestnuts and walnuts and Gord is busy grafting almonds, layering hazelnuts, and other surprises.  Here’s our current list of nuts.  Please contact gord@eco-sense for nut enquiries and private appointments.

Spicy fermented mixed veggies…OMG!

The nursery will be opening sometime in March, so sign up here on our blog or find us on facebook to keep unto date.

Fascinating, inspiring, and entertaining links for these dark rainy days:

  • Greta Thunberg’s latest speech at Davos for the World Economic Forum.  Worth watching.
  • Just. Have. A. Think. (JHAT)  Well done videos explaining a wide variety of topics.  These two short videos on Regenerative Agriculture are excellent. Climate mitigation, Biology, Food. Here’s part 1.  
  • This next podcast was amazing. If you like thinking deeply about everything simultaneously, this is for you. From local to global, this conversation weaves ecology, finance, energy, climate, collapse, time lines, sociology, anthropology, psychology, technology, resilience, inequality, ethics, and yes, even beer into a very logical take on where humanity is, possible future scenarios, and what to do about it.
  • As a follow up to our last blog post on carbon budgets, here is our short powerpoint presentation for Highlands council.
  • Beautiful podcast from Emergence Magazine.  All about soil, and life, and civilization, glyphosate, and climate, and pretty much everything. Half essay, half poetry. Wow, just wow.  Dwelling on Earth.
  • Another fantastic podcast from Emergence Magazine. This one on culture…specifically the overlap between fermentation and culture. Beautiful story telling weaving in a personal story of a Copenhagen restaurant (apparently the worlds BEST), on seasonal local food, foraging, survival, wilderness, food security, the climate crisis, the future of food, and back to fermentation. Wow. Fermenting Culture
  • Even the World Economic Forum is getting the climate crisis. Top 5 risks are all about climate:
    1. Extreme weather events with major damage to property, infrastructure and loss of human life.
    2. Failure of climate-change mitigation and adaptation by governments and businesses.
    3. Human-made environmental damage and disasters, including environmental crime, such as oil spills and radioactive contamination.
    4. Major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse with irreversible consequences for the environment, resulting in severely depleted resources for humankind as well as industries.
    5. Major natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and geomagnetic storms.
  • ONE BILLION DEAD ANIMALS IN AUSTRALIA…  For those suffering from climate grief as I am,  here’s a helpful article. Love is the Answer

Take care,

Ann and Gord (and Nina)

One response to “Nuts and Links

  1. Hey Gord!!! Wonderful news. Im too excited for perennial planting this year. I think winter is over! As per our conversation before Xmas I’ve been trying to come up with the right questions to ask.

    My intention is to create a tree nursery here at OUR for future plantings of food forests here on site and to populate the community schools. Im currently reading on a system which is set of 3’s. 2 fruit 1 nut. 2 nut and 1 fruit while implanting supportive round covers and nitrogen fixers.

    One of my biggest concerns is the prices of the 3-5 year old trees. Im weighing into the though of purchasing a bulk of seeds vs seedlings? or maybe very very young seedlings?

    A thought incurred that maybe sterile planting soil is like bringing in a tree, root bound, and without an immune system lol…

    Cheers, Lee


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