PenderBlog From The Pender Islands Of Canada

February 26, 2010

Spring farm and garden notes

Filed under: Gardening — Jocko @ 3:31 pm

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The Pender Islands Farmers’ Institute presents Pender Islands’ first “Seedy Saturday” to be held on March 6, 2010 from 10 am until 2 pm at the Pender Island Community Hall.

Featured will be a seed swap, plant sale, seed sale, garden books, Master Gardeners, and local food.

What is a Seedy Saturday?

A Seedy Saturday is a time to exchange or buy food and plant seeds, purchase plants that will grow in our area, and to get ideas from experts in all aspects of gardening.

The Seed Swap is where you can share your saved seeds with other local gardeners or buy seeds they have saved locally.  Bring your own saved seeds to donate or trade at the “Seed Exchange“.  Seeds should be cleaned, packaged in clear bags or small envelopes and labelled with the variety and year saved.  Heritage and/or organic varieties preferred.  Exchange seeds including: heirlooms, runner plants, tubers, rhizomes, bulbs, etc…  all clearly labelled.

Vendors can call to book a table to sell plants and seeds.  If you have anything that you think might fit the event call Mathilde at 250 629 3829 or Barbara 250 629 3320

Products preferred to be organic, island produced, non GMO and just plain good.

Apropos to Seedy Saturday, the Pender Island Garden Club is excited to be sponsoring the fantastically successful organic vegetable-growing workshops entitled:

“FULL CIRCLE”

which Carol McIntyre introduced to Vancouver Island throughout 2009.  An introduction to the workshops will be held on Thursday March 11th, 2010 at 1:00 pm in the Anglican Parish Hall, North Pender, and all members of the community are warmly invited to attend ($2 donation appreciated).

The first workshop will be held in the same place on Friday 12th March, 9 am – noon, $50 per person.

For more information and pre-registration (space will be limited for the workshops) – Visit: www.winter-harvestvegetables.ca

Email: carol.wintervegetables@shaw.ca;  Phone: Carol McIntyre at 250 334-2701 or email Patricia Callendar of the Pender Island Garden Club at pcallendar@gmail.com

Another gardening note:  The Pender Organic Community Garden Society (POCGS) will meet Sunday March 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm in the Hall lounge.  If you are interested in gardening at the community garden at the Ross Smith farm in 2010 please come out to the meeting.

Just in case, someone can benefit from this:

2011 Nuffield Farming Scholarship Applications Open

(Innisfail, AB – March 3, 2010)  The Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust is accepting applications for their 2011 program. Applications are due by April 30, 2010 and forms can be downloaded from the Nuffield Canada website at http://www.nuffield.ca.

Nuffield Farming Scholarships are awarded to enthusiastic individuals, between the ages of 25 and 45, who wish to explore topics of their choice in agriculture, land management, horticulture or the food chain. Three scholarships of $15,000 each are available for 2011.

The scholarships are awarded to men and women who are judged to have the greatest potential to create value for themselves, their industries and their communities through the doors which will be opened and the opportunities provided for life-long learning and improvement. The scholarships are awarded on the strength of the applicants’ vision, enthusiasm and determination to pursue their farming goals.

And don’t forget to check out the activities of the Pender Island Community Farmland Acquisition Project.

February 12, 2010

New and delicious… Island Vittles

Filed under: Recipes — Jocko @ 12:44 pm

Pender Islands’ own Theresa Carle-Sanders has created a new website featuring delicious recipes.

Check out Chile Rellenos Strata with Smoked Paprika Sour Cream

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“PLEASE.  Do not mistake this for a casserole — you would be very, very wrong.  Although loosely based on a secondhand account of an LA Times recipe for a Chile Relleno Casserole from 1990, this little beauty here is to be referred to as a strata.  Layers of cheesy, chile goodness baked in the oven…

It started with a loose game plan, and ended in complete, very tasty, success.  Perfect for a filling meatless meal (although you could easily incorporate a layer of ground meat — but trust this wife of a MEAT EATER — no one will miss it).

It’s already a new favourite in this kitchen.  An easy weeknight meal — the only finicky step is whipping the egg whites — but it only takes a couple of minutes with an electric hand held beater, and ensures the cooked custard is light, not scrambled.”

For the complete recipe and many others, visit her website, Island Vittles.  Bon Appetit!

February 10, 2010

Islands Trust Proposes Tax Hike

Filed under: Governance and Legal — Jocko @ 1:04 pm

To all you loyal and esteemed PenderBlog readers, I have just returned from a three week vacation and back in the saddle at PenderBlog.  Thank you all for your interesting suggestions and submissions over the past three years of PenderBlog’s existence.  It has been fun, let it continue!  Jocko, moderator, PenderBlog

From Mike Aston:

Dear Friends, Fellow Penderites et al,

Opposition to Islands Trust 2010 Proposed Tax Hike…

I hate politics, so apologies for this political message.  However, I feel strongly about this, so contacting you seems like a good place to start… (since you are all likely directly affected).  It all adds up to more taxes = less money in community pockets = Less money for local economy = more pressure on our communities = less feel-good factor.  Need I say more….?

The Islands Trust is proposing a 4.9% Tax Increase for 2010.  Public input is required by noon on 19 February 2010. (for final decision in March).  The Islands Trust taxes are already between 10% and 20% of our annual property tax bills, depending on which island you live on.

Many lslanders are already struggling to get by on their fixed or reducing incomes.  Meanwhile the bureaucrats always seem able to spend more, even going into deficit, if necessary, on the taxpayer’s account.  This is a global phenomenon, and history proves it to be folly.  (If you need proof, look at Japan, which is still languishing in recession and debt after 2 decades of government “stimulus” packages and tax increases.)

So, if you like the idea of a 4.9% tax hike (and that’s just from this particular level of government) then DO NOTHING !

If however, like me and many others, you think a tax increase is unjustified, or that the Islands Trust should become more efficient and do MORE FOR LESS, not take on extra staff, then please send your opinions to budget2010@islandstrust.bc.ca as soon as possible.

You could also email your local trustees…
(North Pender Island Trustees Gary Steeves <gsteeves@islandstrust.bc.ca> and Derek Masselink dmasselink@islandstrust.bc.ca)
(South Pender Island Trustees David Greer dgreer@islandstrust.bc.ca and Wendy Scholefield wscholefield@islandstrust.bc.ca
(For a full list of trustees for various islands see: http://www.islandstrust.bc.ca/contact/trustee.cfm )

When, over time, an increasing portion of our money is being handed over to government, it will be very, very difficult to turn back.  Government austerity measures must kick in somewhere and soon for everybody’s sake.

PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU KNOW WITH AN INTEREST IN THE ISLANDS TRUST AREA.

Please share this, share the responsibility, share the pride that you are able to say No!  Enough is enough!

Cheers,  Mike

P.S.  You could tell these guys too…  murray.coell.mla@leg.bc.ca; ida.chong.mla@leg.bc.ca;  gordon.campbell.mla@leg.bc.ca;  premier@gov.bc.ca ; lunng@parl.gc.ca;   lunnmp@garylunn.com;  pm@pm.gc.ca     Somewhere, I got the impression they are paid to listen to us… although they may perhaps be  suffering from a dose of the porogues right now…

……………………………………………………………
Mike Aston
www.mikeaston.ca

“If, in my lifetime, I can help eliminate just one small piece of wanton bureacracy, then my life will have been worthwhile.”

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