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November 5, 2009

‘I am strongly of the opinion that the possession of a quantity of plants, however good the plants may be themselves and however ample their number, does not make a garden; it only makes a collection. Having got the plants, the great thing is to use them with careful selection and definite intention.... It is just in the way it is done that lies the whole difference between commonplace gardening and gardening that may rightly claim to rank as a fine art.’

So wrote Gertrude Jekyll in 1908

  • Who would have thought that there could be a World Wide Mustard Festival…  and the posters are gorgeous!!
  • In 2008, 68 per cent of Canadians reported product labels as their prime source of nutrition information, followed by the internet at 51 per cent and magazines, newspapers and books at 46 per cent… Canadian Council of Food and Nutrition
  • It's time to register your community to participate in the 2010 edition of America in Bloom.
    The deadline to register is February 28, BUT if you register by December 31 we'll give you a FREE "Best Ideas" book ($50 retail value) that outlines the best ideas from AIB cities over the years. So register now to get this valuable resource at absolutely no cost to you.
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about vinegars
  • Proven Winners 2010 Gardener's Idea Book, is available online for viewing now. Also new on their website: "New Plants for Spring 2010" which lists the 141 plants that are new to the Proven Winners® (18) and Proven Selections® (121) programs
  • here is a free plan for a coldframe. You can get working on it now to have it ready when you need it!

    From December 1, 2009 - January 6, 2010 the Butchart Gardens launches its 23rd season of The Magic of Christmas. Amongst the tens of thousands of lights found twinkling throughout the lush garden paradise, visitors can take in the delights of the season through the various displays and activiites available during the holiday season. Whether it be searching for each of the scenes depicting the Twelves Days of Christmas magnificently tucked away in the gardens, enjoying the live music and traditional caroling held nightly in the Piazza, or by donning a pair of skates and taking a spin on the popular outdoor skating rink, there is something for the young and the young at heart. For those with little ones in toe, December 1st also marks the unveiling of the Rose Carousel at The Butchart Gardens. Housed within the new Children's Pavilion, The Rose Carousel features thirty hand-carved, hand-painted animals, a menagerie of characters ranging from bears, to horses, to ostriches, to zebras. The carousel is the first of its kind on Vancouver Island. A National Historic Site of Canada, The Butchart Gardens began in 1904 with an effort to beautify a quarry, and today whether you are a horticulture enthusiast or someone who simply delights in the magic of the season, a visit to The Gardens during the holidays is a must do. The Butchart Gardens is open 365 days a year including Christmas day. Skate rentals are available and sessions begin on the hour, lasting 40 minutes. Reservations and group bookings are also available. For more information visit
  • PEI ADAPT Council’s CAAP Official Launch

    Join us in ‘The Futures Game,’ a public workshop designed to engage people, organizations and communities in the task of balancing our economic, environmental and community well-being……while pathfinding a new chapter for the Island’s agricultural and agri-food economy.

    Friday, November 27, 2009; 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    The Farm Centre, 420 University Avenue, Charlottetown

    The objective of the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) is to facilitate industry’s ability to seize opportunities, respond to new and emerging issues and to pathfind and pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues. In order to help align the CAAP priorities with those identified by civil society, industry and government we will use this event to host the internationally acclaimed, workshop: ‘The Futures Game’.
    ‘The Futures Game’ is enjoyable way for you to engage in robust discussions about the future. Your participation will lead to a stimulating and meaningful discussion about future scenarios, and explore critical decisions that will affect the future of Island agriculture and the PEI economy.

    There is no fee to participate.

    However, please register by contacting the PEI ADAPT Council;
  • Shaping the Future of Food in Canada

    The People's Food Policy Project is backed by a growing number of concerned citizens and organizations across the country. It is a unique opportunity to develop a concrete food sovereignty policy for Canada – a policy framework that reflects our common values of health, justice and sustainability. The moment to transform our food system is now. Tell us what you think. People's Food Policy Project invitation to participate.
  • From the article on apples in the October newsletter…

    'You didn't list my favourite and the only one I buy which is the Mutsu or Crispin. It is the best keeping apple and Ontario ones are available here until June at least. Great flavour as well!!!' Larry Sherk


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Chocolate Bliss describes how completely chocolate touches the culinary heart of the world. In this compact and pretty package, Chocolate Bliss celebrates the rich and diverse culture, delights, and benefits of chocolate.

Chapter one, “Good Taste: Exploring Your Favorite Chocolates,” provides culinary information on how to taste and appreciate chocolate through all five senses. The recipes featured in this chapter—for bon bons, marbled pound cake, brownies, and hot cocoa—reflect how strongly chocolate appeals to the senses.

Chapter two, “Health and Beauty: How Chocolate Helps You Inside and Out,” summarizes nutritional information and discusses how chocolate contributes to overall wellness. These recipes—for healthy snacks, sauces, body lotions, scrubs, and soap—show how chocolate can be incorporated into a health-conscious lifestyle.

Chapter three, “Good Works: How You Can Help Chocolate,” explores the people and sustainable agricultural practices of chocolate’s growing regions, as well as how to give back. The recipes here are earthy—chicken with mole negro sauce, cocoa chili, and fair trade mocha lemon cheesecake—and are inspired by the people who grow chocolate.

Chapter four, “Share the Love: The Gift of Chocolate,” looks at cultural gift-giving traditions featuring chocolate. These recipes feature birthday cakes, cupcakes, cookies and icing. The book lists many resources, including websites, blogs, organic companies, and worthy organizations supporting sustainability and biodiversity.

Part cookbook and part gift book, Chocolate Bliss is a delicious hybrid and thoughtful book about all things chocolate. It makes a wonderful holiday present, especially when paired with a bar of chocolate, a tin of cocoa, some black forest cupcakes (see page 121 for recipe), or some homemade chocolate mint foot rub (see recipe on page 66). Share the bliss!
Susie Norris is an artisan chocolatier, pastry chef, and culinary school instructor. Her chocolate business is called Happy Chocolates (  ). Visit her chocolate information website . She is available for events and interviews. She divides her time between Los Angeles and the Berkshires.

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