Monday, April 9, 2012

Seeking WWOOFer's and Volunteers!

InspirEarth Organics is a young farm. We are in our second year now and we run a Harvest Box program, similar to a CSA.  The first year we grew about 80 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs.  We are always experimenting with new crops and varieties. 

We prefer heritage varieties of vegetables and are considering adding some laying chickens this summer as well.  We have a greenhouse in which we experimented with winter growing this past winter.  Results were not as great as we hoped for, but we learned a lot and will try again next winter as well.  We believe year-round vegetable production is very important to work towards.

If you choose to visit us you will enjoy a wonderful sense of peace at our farm.  Next to us are some horses and there’s nothing quite like the sound of neighing horses and a few paragliders wooping it up on the other side! The sky is brilliant blue most of the summer and the temperature warm, not humid.  If it gets too hot just go jump in the river or wet your feet to cool down.  It borders our farm. 

WWOOFer’s accomodation is off site but nearby in a comfortable modern home.  The basic amenities are included and a few bonuses as well such as bicycles.  If you are here on a Sunday or Wednesday you can come and work with me at the market or put together the Harvest Boxes.  Berry picking at a neighboring organic farm is another weekly activity.  Of course on an organic farm there is always plenty of weeding to do along with the harvesting and planting.  The farm has lots of horsetail so be sure to have a daily cup of horsetail tea and bring some home with you too.  It’s super high in silica so great for your hair, nails and bones.  A cup a day works wonders!

Pemberton has got to be the most awesome spot in all of Canada and I’ve been from the most eastern island to the most western point.   Until the 1970’s it was pretty much cut off from the world since there was no major highway. Even today when you drive into the village you will get the feeling you are living in an old western movie.  It is not unusual to see people riding horses through the main street.   Have one of the best meals in BC at “The Pony”, a European style restaurant we provide some produce to.  There are plenty of places to eat out and a great grocery store that has just about everything the average Whole Foods has.  Of course there is fresh produce from our farm or neighboring farms. 

Monday, January 9, 2012

Winter Harvest Boxes

So far the boxes have had quite a variety of produce in our Winter Harvest Boxes.  Potatoes, apples, carrots, rutabagas, leeks, beets, mushrooms, parsnips, celeriac, onions, garlic and various squashes.  All organic.  All from BC.

While it has been a challenge for some of us to come up with meals, imagine what our ancestors did when they didn't have so much variety!  They had to can, dehydrate and pickle all summer and fall.

I have learned to make sauerkraut which is like having a living food all year round.  But only so long as there is cabbage.  Next will be fermented beets and carrots.  This is great for the immune system and digestive system.  Almost all peoples around the world include fermented foods into their diets.  Here where everything needs to be sterile and bacteria-free and pasteurized, people are sickest.  What irony. This so called "protection" is far from what nature intended.

We really appreciate all our customers and their loyalty to keep our money in BC.  This helps not only to use less gasoline but will ultimately help BC farmers to keep growing more and more food.  It would be fantastic to see ALL our winter foods until spring but unfortunately there is only so much to go around.  We will be growing far more next year ourselves now that we have had a full season of experience.  Let us know what you would like to see in your Harvest Box this year as we will be planning our crops soon for the upcoming season.

Happy eating!

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Politics of Food

By Kim Slater

Nov. 7 2011

With less than 2 weeks to go, the entire Sea to Sky corridor is a buzz with news of the elections. Profiles of Mayoral and Council candidates fill the pages of the Pique and the Question, opinions are offered on Facebook and Twitter, and ‘All Candidate’s Meetings’ provide forums for debate.

The only other event that is competing for our attention is Cornucopia, Whistler’s epicure event extraordinaire. With politics and food swirling around at such high velocity, is it any wonder that my thoughts have turned to the politics of food?

Before I lose those of you whose eyes glaze over at the mere mention of politics, take heart (and stomach)! Politics is not just about politicians and government affairs (agitating to some and deadly boring to others) it goes much deeper than that.

Broadly speaking, politics is about power and power dynamics exist in virtually every relationship. That means all relationships - whether they are between men and women, the wealthy and the poor or the state and its citizenry - are political, one way or another. The relationship we have with food is no different; in fact, it is arguably more about power than any other relationship.

Think about it, food gives us energy. By definition energy is the capability or power to do work (or any other activity for that matter). To state the obvious, we eat to have power. But issues of power and control also influence what we eat, who produces it, and how it makes its way onto our plate. The politics of food has a place in so many conversations - healthcare, urban planning, the abolition of the Canadian wheat board, genetic modification, intellectual property rights, corn-based renewable energy, the treatment of animals, farmers’ livelihoods, soaring obesity rates in North America and skyrocketing famine in parts of Africa.

Who is calling the shots and what decisions are being made around this thing that we all need to survive?

Fortunately, there are some thought-provoking movies on offer that explore some of these issues.

This Tuesday Nov. 8, Earthsave Whistler is screening “Forks over Knives” a movie on the merits of a whole foods, plant based diet. It’s a free show that starts at 7 at the Whistler Library. Check out:

On Friday December 2, LUNA is screening “Cinema Politica: Fresh- a film that celebrates farmers, thinkers and business people across America that are re-inventing our food system.” The film will be shown at the Library (doors open at 6:30 pm, show starts at 7 pm) For details on this film and others in the series visit:

Exploring and weighing in on these topics can be as interesting as savouring the flavours that dance across your palate during a delicious meal and will help ensure you make the right choices when it comes to this important relationship. 

Get informed and have a say. It’s as good advice in choosing Council representation as it is in choosing what ends up on your plate.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Greenhouse News

The greenhouse was covered last Saturday and the tomatoes were protected from the rain, wind and flooding. What timing! The seeds are planted and soon we'll be growing your winter greens. Imagine fresh arugula, spinach, various lettuces and of course the root veggies like beets and carrots in the dead of winter!  Loads of vitamins coming to you thanks to the rich Pemberton soil. 

 All summer long we've been digging up the weeds and they are being turned into new soil on a continual basis. This creates a higher mineral source for your food than spraying with fertilizers.  Many people have issues with bone density these days.  Our property is loaded with the wild herb horsetail which is possibly the number one food source of silica outside of ocean sources.  Silica feeds your body what you need to create your own calcium and therefore stronger bones.  No dairy products even come close to the benefits of horsetail and that is what your soil is getting supplemented with. Just another benefit you get from being an inspirEarth Organic subscriber!