Here’s a wee photo stream of my experience during the wintery weekend of the first Young Agrarians Young Farmer Mixer at the beautiful Summerhill Pyramid winery in Kelowna, BC.
Matt and Molly were two names that popped up frequently as I began asking around about who the young farmers were in the Okanagan. My visit to their farm confirmed everything I had ever read or heard about the hospitality of folks who work the land and have the fruits of their labour to share.
Hugel-what? This autumn, the midwives in Kelowna decided to replace their two front lawns with annual and perennial food plants, as well as medicinal herbs. I said “hugelkultur!” And they said “what?” Hugelkultur is a German word meaning “hill culture”. It is a raised garden bed that can be created by placing large pieces of wood into a shallow trench and then layering upside-down turf and soil on top. Why would you want to do this? The wood behaves like a sponge, sucking up water in the winter months and then slowly releasing it into the bed during the drier … Continue reading Hugelkultur at the Malachite House | Vittles