Category Archives: Agriculture

GMO Apples Ready for Market

Okanagan Specialty Fruits has received U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada (HC) approvals to begin marketing their Artic ® brands of non-browning apples. Expect non-browning apple slices … Continue reading

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Gardener vs. Wildlife

It was a tough garden season this year, a lack of rain coupled with an explosion in the number of local woodchuck, deer and other garden pests wrecked havoc on many in the area. Fortunately, I  installed drip irrigation a … Continue reading

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Will to Survive

Frequently I see heavily damaged plants in the garden that should be quickly put out of their misery. Yet, optimism reigns or perhaps I am too lazy to bend over and apply the final indignity to a simple vegetable that … Continue reading

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Garden Salad

Picking the daily quotient of salad greens for lunch I came across a Nursery Web Spider in the spinach. They are an ambush style hunter waiting to strike insects as large are bees or even bumblebees.  

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Bonus Tomatoes

I buy tomato sets at the greenhouse, they do a better job at seeding and nurturing until it is time to plant. However, there is often more than one plant per container; historically I would separate the plants and plant both … Continue reading

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Fall Harvest

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2015 Durham Farm Days

Believe it or not there really is much more to Durham than student housing and the Historic District. Saturday looks to be a great day, maybe too hot to work in the yard but just right to see some of … Continue reading

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Blackberry Season

No better way to begin blackberry season but with a small dish of blackberry sorbet garnished with blackberries and chocolate mint.

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Food Security

Lloyds the specialty insurance and reinsurance carrier commissioned an analysis of food security to assist them in determining various scenarios and their associated risks.   It is worth noting that the study wasn’t commissioned by a chemical firm looking to sell … Continue reading

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Asparagus Damaged by Beetles

I had avoided damage to my asparagus beds in prior years but this year was different. Almost all of my fronds have significant damage as the outer skin was eaten away. Fortunately there is some new growth so all is … Continue reading

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