Monday, April 6, 2009

100 Foot / 100 Mile Diet

This weekend was definately spent on the '100' theme.

On Saturday morning Husband and I attended a '100 Foot Diet: Growing Veggies in your Backyard' seminar. There were two knowledgaeable local gardeners who are graduates of the Master Gardening program in attendance.

I think were at at least 30 people who came to learn about gardening. We were a little disappointed, because it was really just about the basics of gardening and Husband and I have gardened before and grew up in families that gardened. The other thing that put us off, was that they really pushed purchasing hybrid seeds from catalogues - of course we are really into heirloom/heritage vegetables and saving seeds. Obviously the seminar was really geared to the beginning gardener.

We did learn a few things about growing corn in our area and are going to give it a try this year. There were also a lot of good book suggestions for growing in cold climates, and books from local authors.

The Foodnetwork aired the first of a series called "The 100 Mile Challenge" which was filmed in Mission, BC and follows 6 families in their journey to eat only local food for 100 days. The hosts are, of course, James MacKinnon and Alisa Smith, authors of "The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating". It was quite interesting and I'm looking forward to the next episode. You watch the episode online here.