Talks coming up:

Superfoods in Your Own Back Yard

Victoria Seedy Saturday, Saturday February 20, 2016

10am – 4pm Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St, Victoria BC

Superfoods are trendy, and expensive! But what are they, and what makes them super? Rhona McAdam, R.H.N., will demystify the superfood craze and explain the nutritional benefits of easy-to-grow plants you can grow for pennies in your own home garden.

The Small & Beautiful within the Big & Beautiful

with Lee Beavington & Dave Friend

Hearth Earth, Wednesday February 24, 2016

2 – 3:30pm MacLaurin Building, D287, University of Victoria, Victoria BC. A series of conversations focusing on living in the world in sustainable ways. Light refreshments served!


Nutritional Gardening

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, April 9, 2016

10am – 1pm 505 Quayle Road, Victoria BC

Nutritional Larder

Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, July 16, 2016

10am – 1pm 505 Quayle Road, Victoria BC


Previous Talks:

Nutritional Gardening

Comox Valley Horticultural Society, June 15, 2015

References & Resources

PDF Slides of the talk: Nutritional Gardening

Nutrient Declines in Food

Plant Communication

Human Microbiome

Environmental Toxins

Glyphosate (Roundup) Research

Some Books (support your local independent bookstore!)

  • Blaser, Martin. Missing Microbes: How the Over-use of Antibiotics is Fuelling Our Modern Plagues. (2014) Enlightening discussion of the human microbiome, antibiotic resistance, obesity, GERD and why H.Pylori might not be 100% enemy.
  • Grossman, Elizabeth. Chasing Molecules: Poisonous products, human health and the promise of green chemistry. (2009) Looks at the hazardous chemistry of everyday things, including a hefty chapter on nanotechnology, and how green chemistry may be able to make positive change.
  • Hart, Robert. Forest Gardening: Cultivating an Edible Landscape. (1991) About growing food in a perennial forest garden; as discussed in the film A Farm for the Future.
  • Kennedy, David. Eat Your Greens: The Surprising Power of Home Grown Leaf Crops. (2014) Why consumers should grow their own greens to support an inadequate food system.
  • McAdam, Rhona. Digging the City: An Urban Agriculture Manifesto. (2012) Food security in Canada and what urban agriculture has to say about that.
  • Mollison, Bill. Introduction to Permaculture. [2009] A digitized pamphlet that does what it says in the title!
  • Ohlson, Kristin. The Soil Will Save Us : How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet (2014) Includes a visit and interview with Allan Savory.
  • Robinson, Jo. Eating on the Wild Side (2013) How nutrition was bred out of foods by thousands of years of agriculture, and how to make better nutritional choices (buying, growing, eating and storing) in familiar fruits and vegetables.
  • Salatin, Joel. Folks, This Ain’t Normal. (2012) How to use the lessons of the past to make a better future, by the entertaining & outspoken “grass farmer” made famous by Michael Pollen (and Food, Inc.)
  • Schatzker, Mark. The Dorito Effect. (2015) Why flavour makes nutritional sense, and how to make better choices.
  • Schumacher, E.F. Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered. (1973) Sadly never out of date, this collection of essays addresses the impossibility of infinite growth and argues for sustainable development. Available to read online.
  • Solomon, Steve. The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient-Dense Food. (2013)
  • Tasch, Woody. Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered. (2010) Inspired by the ideas in EF Schumacher’s Small Is Beautiful (see above)

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