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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 …

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 …

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. …

Plant Feature | Hawthorn | Crataegus spp.

Hawthorn is a notorious cardiac tonic that acts on the heart both physically and energetically. Hawthorn’s bountiful medicine comes in the form of leaves, flowers, and berries. Known to have supportive and protective qualities, its name, Crataegus, is derived from the Greek word kratos, meaning strength. With cardiovascular disease and heart failure on the rise …

Plant Feature | Hops | Humulus lupulus

Hops is one of the most commonly consumed medicinal herbs. As an important ingredient in beloved beer, hops is utilized for it flavouring, preserving, and relaxing medicinal qualities by brewers and herbalists alike. As the first of many plant features on the Pacific Rim blog, continue reading to learn about hops and how you can …