CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Closely observing and responding to weather fluctuations has always been key to a grower’s success, however the recent extreme heat in early July is forcing farmers to rethink plans for future resiliency.
“This heat dome was the first time where I actually felt, holy crap, here it comes. We’ve been talking about it, we’ve been hearing the impact of the droughts in some of our southern neighbours. We’re going to have to get a lot stronger about how we’re doing things and how we’re supporting each other as community members and how we can support the food producers,” said Tamara McPhail.
Continue reading How island growers are adapting to the dry summer heat
Cortes Island had its annual community Christmas Dinner on December 25th.
As a result of the COVID shutdown, close to a third of the island’s population turned out. It was truly a gourmet delight.
Continue reading A Truly awesome Cortes community Christmas Dinner
Local farmers produced 85% of the food consumed on Vancouver Island during the 1950s. While a combination of high costs, low returns and cheap imports has almost squeezed them out of the market, there have long been people concerned about our losing the ability to feed ourselves. COVID 19 reminded everyone that, if distribution lines go down, food security could fast become a crucial issue. The increased emphasis has been good for the local food production sector and Cortes Island nurseries are flourishing.
Continue reading Cortes Island Nurseries ‘Bursting At The Seams’
Originally published on Cortes Radio .ca
Cortes Island‘s 2018 Christmas Market Season kicked off at Gorge Hall on Saturday December 1, 2018. There were between 80 and 100 people at any given moment, but it is hard to get an aggregate number because this is also a social event where people go visit and enjoy the food.
Continue reading 2018 Christmas Market Season kicks Off At Gorge Hall