A diary of the projects, hurdles, rewards and family life at we recorded at Wise Acres, our former homestead in Horsefly, BC. (Careers and teenagers have forced us back into the city, at least for a little while.)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Self-sufficient gardening on CNN?

I just came across this link on a new blog I follow called Country Living in a Cariboo Valley...an interesting article...here is a teaser...

Recession gardens' trim grocery bills, teach lesson

CNN) -- As American families try to stretch their food budgets during the recession, some are turning to the backyard, rather than the grocery store, as the place to look for produce....

The gardeners are following seed-strewn paths laid by Michelle Obama and Eleanor Roosevelt, both of whom have used the White House lawn to show the value of a garden during tough times.

The scope of today's trend is shocking even to those in the gardening industry.

W. Atlee Burpee & Co., the largest seed and gardening supply store in the country, says it has seen a 25 to 30 percent spike in vegetable seed and plant sales this spring compared with last.

"I've been in the business for 30 years, and I've never seen anything like it -- even remotely like it," said George Ball, chairman and CEO of the company.

Click here for full article.

Here is a video from CNN, of a chef in Georgia, demonstrating 'farm to table'...


  1. Nice to find another Cariboo blogger.

  2. I think alot of the new gardening trend also has to do with people losing confidence in the food industry itself. What with artificial colours and flavours, growth hormones, and constant recalls and warnings (eg listeriosis) we just don't know what we are consuming anymore. (I know I don't want to take a chance with my family's health.)

    And I also agree with Cicero - it is nice to see other bloggers in the area (or at least outside of the west coast).