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The Truffle Hound

When I was a few years younger – well, when I was in elementary school – I would draw blueprints of the houses I planned on living in when I grew up. Some looked like your garden variety mansions, opulent and symmetrical, towering Versailles gingerbread houses that now make me wince a bit. Others were …

February Infusion | Heart Tea

February has arrived and with it, thoughts of the glorious springtime on the horizon. As the bulbs and buds sprout into action, we too may begin to shift away from winter dormancy and awaken to the possibilities and exciting challenges the next season will offer. Following the slowness of winter, movement, flow, and transformation can …

Mulching and Meaning

Over lunch this week, the watercooler talk turned to leaf mulch. I promise, it was more interesting than it sounds. But let me give you some background: that morning, we’d been staking out ground at Tiny Tree Herb Farm for a new garden plot in a rough and sunny corner by the barn, thick with …

PRC February 2018 Newsletter

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Urban Permaculture

Pedalling through the Saanich Peninsula, to the north of Victoria, can sometimes bring the feeling one’s been pitched into a verdant dream. Now in its wet winter, lazy rolling slopes are transformed into blankets of fern; trees bowing overhead possess an air of the ancients, lichen dripping from their boughs; protruding rock faces are moss-kissed …

Beginner’s Mind

Here I am: hunched over the classroom table, squinting intently through a hand lens like some rubber-booted horologist. Feeling vaguely aristocratic with this new implement, I test my eye muscles to see whether I can hold the lens hands-free, like a monocle. In my imagination, I wear both personas at once: an aristocrat watchmaker, an …

On Becoming a Permaculturist

I often think about all the things I don’t know. Or maybe it’s better to say, I often think about not knowing, envisioning a kind of huge space next to whatever I call “what I know”. And then, sometimes, I try to stretch it out and make it a collective thing – all that we …

Recipe | Herb and Garlic Butter

Butter is good. Herb and garlic butter is excellent. Herb and garlic butter-infused steamed vegetables or liberally spread on organic sourdough is magnificent. Inspired by an upcoming holistic nutrition workshop at Pacific Rim College hosted by butter loving, traditional foods advocate Sally Fallon on January 20-21, here is a simple, delicious, and nutritious recipe to enhance your …

PRC December 2017 Newsletter!

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Nourishing Traditions Workshop with Sally Fallon

Pacific Rim College is proud to host renowned health advocate, author, and farmer Sally Fallon who will be giving a workshop titled “Achieving Optimal Health Through Nourishing Traditional Diets” on January 20-21, 2018. This workshop will provide participants with a thorough understanding of  traditional foods and food preparation techniques that promote vibrant health and longevity. …