Podcasts from 2009 (Page 2)

Pedal-Powered Groceries / Tom Stearns on Hardwick, VT

Pedal-Powered Groceries Martin Gunst is an active cyclist in Vancouver. Throughout the summer of 2009, Martin joined Kevin Cooper in a unique project that offered bicycle delivery services to customers at Vancouver farmers’ markets. Known as Marketcargo, the project also assisted the UBC Farm and an urban agriculture business with their bicycles and heavy-duty trailers.…

Farming in the City XI (Nelson Urban Acres / Massachusetts Avenue Project)

Nelson Urban Acres Nelson Urban Acres is bringing fresh produce closer to home. They are a multi-plot urban farm in Nelson, British Columbia that launched into operation in 2009 based on the SPIN farming model. Co-founders Paul Hoepfner-Homme and Christoph Martens are working backyard gardens within the city using low-impact, organic farming techniques to grow…

The Local Grain Revolution X (Retail Supported Agriculture? / Sprouting Grain)

What is Retail Supported Agriculture? As far as the North American local food movement is concerned, it’s not a concept that has yet been coined in any notable way. The Kootenay Grain CSA (community supported agriculture) project located in the Kootenay region of British Columbia is now changing that. Community Supported Agriculture is most often…

The Local Grain Revolution IX

Since March 2008, Deconstructing Dinner has featured The Local Grain Revolution – a series tracking the evolution of Canada’s first community supported agriculture (CSA) project for grain. The CSA completed its first year in the end of 2008 following a commitment by 3 farmers in the Creston Valley of British Columbia who planted 15 acres…

Stuffed & Starved / Food Sovereignty / The Canadian Wheat Board

Deconstructing Dinner features three segments produced by the National Radio Project’s Making Contact and Vancouver Co-op Radio’s (CFRO) Redeye. The segments include a lecture of Raj Patel – author of Stuffed and Starved, an interview with the University of Regina’s Annette Desmarais on the topic of food sovereignty and an interview with freelance journalist Frances…

Genetically Engineered Sugar, Trees, Alfalfa and Wheat / Backyard Chickens VIII

As one of the clearest examples of the direction in which our food and agricultural systems are heading, Deconstructing Dinner has paid considerable attention to the evolution of genetically modified or “engineered” foods. These ever-present ingredients in our food supply represent one of the most controversial and debated shifts that have taken place among modern…

Permaculture at The Blue Raven Farm

Deconstructing Dinner revisits with the topic of permaculture… a concept and philosophy that has grown significantly in popularity since we first aired a show on the topic back in 2006. In September 2008, Deconstructing Dinner’s Andrea Langlois visited The Blue Raven Permaculture Farm on Salt Spring Island British Columbia. Farmers and Instructors Brandon and Patti…

Norway, British Columbia V (“Organic” Salmon?)/ Co-operatives: Alternatives to Industrial Food VI

Norway, British Columbia V (“Organic” Salmon?) The presence of open net-cage salmon farms are an ongoing and contentious debate off the coast of British Columbia and around the world where such farms exist. Norway, Chile, Scotland and Canada are some of the most notable locations for these controversial operations. By all accounts these farms are…

Norway, British Columbia IV (Farming Atlantic Salmon in the Pacific)

In October 2008, host Jon Steinman spoke with wildlife biologist Alexandra Morton who was in the midst of taking the Province of British Columbia and Marine Harvest Canada to B.C. Supreme Court. Morton was challenging the ongoing regulation of the industry by the Province, arguing that the Province is not constitutionally permitted to do so.…

The Future of Prison Farms

In February 2009, it was discovered that Canada’s Public Safety Minister, Peter Van Loan, alongside the Correctional Service of Canada, had planned the closure of all six of the prison farms owned by the people of Canada and operated by CORCAN – the branch of the Correctional Service that operates rehabiliation programs that provide employment…