The Ram's Horn is a vital source for information on who's doing what to the food we eat. It is a celebration of thoughtful action, and is always provoking and insightful. While the Ram's Horn newsletter is now dormant, there's lots of useful information in the back catalogue for those who want to know more about the food system. Written and published by Rebecca's parents, Cathleen (deceased) and Brewster Kneen.
This is a great BC seed company, growing organic seeds for cool climates, specializing in heritage varieties of flowers and vegetables. Patrick Steiner is our partner in Left Fields as well as running Stellar Seeds. His lettuce and tomato varieties are outstanding! For more information on BC seeds, the www.bcseeds.org website contains a database of BC grown seeds and articles on seed growing. It is a great resource for farmers looking for bioregional seeds.
Certified Organic Associations of BC is the body which oversees certification in BC, and which creates the guidelines under which we all operate. Their website has info on certification, links to farms, and the quarterly newsletter. Lots of information, a great source if you are trying to find organic foods, farmers, supplies or general information.
This is one of the best beer festivals in Canada! Run by CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale), it is held every fall in Victoria, BC, and features cask-conditioned beers from 30-odd BC and Pacific Northwest microbreweries and brewpubs. It is by invitation only, and is the best place to check out new releases, unusual beers, and brewers' favorites, as well as all the familiar brands. There are educational seminars as well, on everything from beer tasting to hops. This festival has been going for ten years! Check in to their website early, because tickets go on sale in very limited locations and sell out in about 30 minutes for the two day festival.
This festival is held in Penticton, BC, and is a wonderful celebration of the brewer's art. It, too, is a two day festival, and it holds down the spring end of the festival season. About 30 brewers from the region bring out their favorites - the festival includes local cider as well.
Simply the best site on the web for the professional brewer. Useful tools, a great database for finding suppliers of everything from stainless steel to irish moss, and a great database on breweries all over North America. If you're travelling, use this site to find breweries and brewpubs wherever you're going.
COG is a national information network for organic farmers, gardeners and consumers. COG is a leading organic information and networking resource for Canada, promoting the methods and techniques of organic growing along with the associated environmental, health and social benefits. Plus they have one of the best lists of links out there.