"There are 70 pesticides that are listed as known or probable carcinogens, based on animal testing. Of those 70, 44 are in use today, and 23 are used on our food."

— Gina Solomon, specialist in internal medicine [2001]

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Opening Day of DWFM

Opening Day of DWFM




 Amanda White - Artist In Residence at DWFM - Neighbourhood Spaces
 Our Cafe Section 
 We could have filled up 6 bike racks!
 Bloks Hands of Healing
Carrots N Dates 

 Roosters/Gary Zaveros meeting with Health Inspector

 You can tell by the shadow we just opened! See the Palm Trees and row of tables?

 Local Fare - Save one for my mom, Amy!
 Locally Germinated 
 Our Farm Organics
Spin Smoothies & Spin Art for kids! 
New Vendor - Zone 6 Gardeners

Monday, March 17, 2014

Pallet Gardens and Pallet Collection Safety

How to turn a Pallet into a GARDEN!


What Every Pallet Buyer Needs
to Know About Heat Treating

 If you intend to put edibles in your pallet, be sure to find one that was heat treated as opposed to fumigated with pesticides.
If you're shipping goods out of the United States, heat treating (HT) of your pallets for fumigation purposes needs to be part of your shipping procedures.
Since March of 2002, the IPPC (International Plant Protection Committee) has set guidelines for regulating wood packaging material in international trade. The ISPM-15 Standard applies to both softwood (coniferous) and hardwood (non-coniferous) packaging. Both types of wood must be either heat treated to 56 degrees Celsius for thirty minutes or fumigated (MB) with methyl bromide.
Because the ISPM-15 Standard is ever changing and can often be confusing, select a pallet provider with experience in International Shipping. This not only applies to ISPM-15 regulations, but also to acceptable size requirements. While the U.S. operates in inches, other countries around the globe use metric measurements. Not being in compliance with these measurements can result in your entire shipment being rejected and returned. A knowledgeable and reliable pallet provider can guide you through these requirements.
According to the WTO (World Trade Organization), the following countries have begun to enforce the ISPM-15 Standard:
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, European Union, Guatemala, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, and Turkey. Shipments from United States to Canada are exempt.
When your shipments are treated properly and are in compliance, they will be allowed to display the IPPC certification symbol.
This symbol will include:
  • A two letter ISO country code. For instance, AU for Australia or US for the United States.
  • The 000 portion of the symbol represents the unique certification number issued for AQIS (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service) to the treatment provider or wood packaging manufacturer. Inclusion of this certification number ensures that the wood packaging material can be traced back to the treatment provider or manufacturer.
  • YY is the treatment abbreviation.
  • HT is the code for heat treatment to a minimum of 56 degrees Celsius for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • MB is the code for methyl bromide fumigation.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Future Commons is Tomorrow Feb 27th 2014


February 27th 2014
830 AM - 330 PM
Walkerville Brewery


Interview with Sunday Harrison - Green Thumbs Growing Kids

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Malware Code Finally Found and Removed

Malware Finally Located and Removed!

Just a short note that the Malware that was hacked into our site is finally removed! Man, that is a painful job, reviewing code. 

To help me I used: http://aw-snap.info/file-viewer/

Steve Green

Friday, February 21, 2014

Buying Veggies locally

With spring around the corner, Windsor residents have been asking us about where they can sign up for local vegetable box schemes and CSA's.  There are several options:

If you want to keep it really simple, you can head over to the Downtown Windsor Farmer's Market every Saturday, starting May 31.  This might be your best option if you wish to choose your own produce each week, or if you don't want to be tied down to a weekly purchase, for example if you are planning to be away during the summer.

Our Farm Organics has changed its format a little this year, and has started offering farm shares.  The way it works is that you sign up for a share at the beginning of the season, which provides Lesley Labbe and her team with the capital to grow your produce, which you will be able to pick up your produce either at the farm in Cottam on Wednesdays, or at the Downtown Windsor Farmer's Market on Saturdays.  There is an extra 10% credit for those who sign up before May 1st.  Eggs from pastured chickens will also be available, though only at the farm, since it's not legal to sell ungraded eggs beyond the farm gate.

Locally Germinated, run by Rashel Tremblay, CSA shares.  Again, participants purchase their share at the beginning of the season, and pick up boxes of produce on a weekly basis as the summer progresses.  Produce will be delivered weekly in Lakeshore on Monday afternoons, and in Windsor and Leamington on Tuesday afternoons, at a location still to be determined.

A third option for Windsor area residents is Lee and Maria's.  Operating out of an extensive farm stall in Kingsville, Cathy and Kevin's free delivery service ensures you get a box of freshly harvested produce on your doorstep every Wednesday afternoon.  Payment is weekly or upfront - you can choose - and there are several different box sizes to choose from.  The produce comes from their own farm as well as a small number of other farms in the area.

New Earth Organics has been delivering produce in the area longer than any of the others I mentioned.  With an emphasis on organic, their selection extends beyond just what is grown locally.  Linda will deliver to your doorstep, and also runs a small market on Saturdays at Bump Maternity in Walkerville.

As you can see, there are several different ways to obtain the freshest locally grown produce.  The four options mentioned above have different price points and delivery days, and you can sign up online - there is sure to be an option for locally grown seasonal produce that works for everyone!