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Islands Agricultural Show, Beekeeping, Winter Garden, Horse Health, Vancouver Island Farms for Sale

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  • ISLAND

    ResOuRCeFuL LIVInGFARM GARDEN&FREEWInTeR 2013 / 2014

    COWICHAN EXHIBITION GROUNDS

    FEBRUARY 7-8

    Advancing the business of agriculture

    PLUSBEEKEEPINGWINTER GARDENHORSE HEALTH

    CAN YOU DIG IT?ISLANDS AGRICULTURESHOW CELEBRATES THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OFFAMILY FARMING

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    Naturally Resourceful

    Resourceful living is a fundamental adjustment in philosophy that reflects the constant changes around us and how we react to them. Whether its economic change, climate change or simply the progress of our own life situations, we stand ready to creatively forge ahead and meet challenge head on.

    Vancouver Island is vibrant with agricultural activity, and no-one exemplifies resourceful living more than island farmers and gardeners. Our magazine is poised and ready to share (as is the farming tradition) ideas to increase productivity, decrease costs and improve flexibility the key to market survival.

    Circulation & Distribution

    Island Farm & Garden Magazine is locally owned and operated from a 5 acre farm in Ladysmith, BC. We distribute bi-monthly to hundreds of locations, including garden centres, farm supply stores, tack shops, all Vancouver Island Regional Libraries, coffee shops, medical and veterinary centres as well as direct mailing over 1000 copies to island farms and businesses. We cover Vancouver Island from Victoria to Campbell River, including Port Alberni and Salt Spring Island. The magazine is also available in a digital version on our mobile device friendly website check us out on your iPad or tablet. Current visitors to our website account for another 2000 readers per issue, and growing fast!

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    Island Farm & Garden ~ Winter 2013 / 2014 3

  • Table of ContentsHome is Where the Hearth is .....................................................5

    2014 International Year of Family Farming:

    Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth ..................................6

    Celebrate the Family Farm at the

    Islands Agriculture Show 2014 ...................................................7

    Structuring the Family Farm Proprietorships ....................9

    Family Farming in the Cowichan Region ..............................11

    4-H... 4-FUN! ......................................................................12-13

    Marks Tips for Taking your Tractor on the Road ................14

    Family Farm Tractor Safety......................................................15

    Winter Feed Guidelines for Horses ................................ 16-17

    Holistic Winter Horse Keeping:

    Tree of Life Veterinary Care ............................................18-19

    Holidays with Hounds .................................................... 20-21

    Gift Suggestions for Under the Tree ........................................23

    Why Shopping Local Really Matters .............................24-25

    Lesleys Holiday Ham ...................................................... 26-27

    Stone Soup .........................................................................28-29

    Winter Gardening ............................................................ 30-31

    Bee Keeping ...................................................................... 32-33

    Innovations in Agroforestry ...........................................34-35

    Purchasing a Farm Off-Season ......................................36-37

    Featured Farm for Sale: Terra Nossa .............................38-39

    Calendar of Events ...........................................................40-41

    Gotta Getta Gutter Guy? .................................................42-43

    Cleaning Your Own Gutters ...................................................44

    Advertisers Directory ............................................................... 45

    The Last Laugh .......................................................................... 46

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    Island Farm & Garden ~ Winter 2013 / 20144

  • In every culture, in every age since it was first conceived, fire has drawn us closer together. The hearth is where we cook our food, warm our homes and gather to tell stories, share our triumphs, commiser-ate in our troubles, and simply clear our minds while we gaze transfixed into the dancing flames and glowing embers. The pace required to find wood and stack it neatly then allow it to season cultivates patience. The warmth of your fire is so much more rewarding after a day spent

    in the frosty air chopping logs and bun-dling kindling. It slows the soul down for contemplation.

    We have a traditional fireplace in our living room that is lit for ambiance more than heat or food preparation, although the odd marshmallow has ballooned, crisped and fallen into its blackened grate. Daily, we use our wood stove. I am the first up, and the opening task of my day is to start the fire. The first crackle of the cedar kindling is such an optimistic sound! Later, as we head out to feed the goats and collect eggs, the air is fragrant from the wisp of smoke that curls up from the chimney.

    The stove is stoked all day, and a kettle is left on top to heat water for free. Appar-ently the bit of steam generated is quite good for our wood floors. Recently, I bought an old fashioned iron that sits on the stove top too, patiently waiting for me to feel the need to press out wrinkles. I have yet to find a situation in which my clothing is wrinkled enough to warrant that amount of work. I have perked

    coffee, warmed buns and prepared stew and soup on that stove, but the most unfortunate meal I cooked was a handful of dry cat food that got spilled on top mistakenly. Trust me you dont want to experience that smell. A clean grill is a good thing! A cast iron pot with a brew of cinnamon and vanilla left to bubble will fill your kitchen with a holiday fragrance. Smell is so closely tied to memory; you may be surprised what pleasant thoughts of Christmas past surface in your mind.

    The fire burns now while I write, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Youngs voices float through the room, singing you are what you are. Winter is a good time to take stock of your personal fortitude, what good fortune you have, and share it out. Share it out loud!

    Home is Where the Hearth is

    The simple hearth of the small farm is the true center of our universe. ~ Masanobu Fukuoka, Japanese Farmer and Philosopher

    I say to myself that I shall try to make my life like an open fireplace, so that people may be warmed and cheered by it and so go out themselves and warm and cheer.

    ~ George Matthew Adams, Newspaper Comic Syndicator

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    F r o M o u r FA r M t o Yo u r S

  • the International Year of Family Farming 2014 is an United Nations initiative promoted by the World Rural Forum and supported by over 360 civil society and farmers organizations.

    This worldwide celebration aims to achieve a world, regional and nation-al communications network which would strengthen bonds of solidarity

    and reciprocity between the urban and rural society.

    They recognize that 40% of world households depend on family farm-ing, and that family farming helps to preserve historical and cultural values and practices.

    Family farming offers greater potential for biodiversity protection. Histori-cally, humans have used about 7000

    plants to meet their basic needs. Nowadays there

    are 150 species grown commercially, of which 30 constitute 90% of the calories in the human diet and