Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)
Chaga Mushroom: A listing of research papers on Chaga, as well as general information.
Chaga Trade: A Russian company with informative articles on Chaga.
National Center for Home Food Preservation: A recommended free, short on-line course in safe canning,with some handy charts and recipes.
Preserving the Harvest
Here are some basic principles for dry storage of your harvested fruits and vegetables. Many vegetables can remain edible for months if stored in ideal conditions. Cold pit, mound or mulch storage can work in Alberta, but often doesn't. We have had better success with root cellars (or insulated rooms/sheds set up for storage) for cold and moist storage and use a cooler room in our house for warmer and drier items, such as winter squash and garlic.
Broccoli (short term)
Brussel Sprouts (short term)
Turnips Winter Radishes
Cauliflower (short term)
Hot Peppers - dried
- Harvest storage vegetables as late in the season as possible and in cool dry weather - you don't want wet dirt clinging to your roots.
- Handle your food carefully so as not compromise it and store only your best specimens.
- Do not wash roots prior to storage. Cut leaves off roots just above the apical meristem/crown. Store roots layered in damp, but not soggy, sand or wood shavings (not sawdust or wood chips).
- Keep vegetables off of concrete floors and ideally raised somewhat to allow for ventilation beneath storage containers.
- Check storage containers regularly, removing any questionable items. One bad potato can spoil the bunch.
- Wrap apples separately and store either in their own location or above vegetables in the storage area.
Vandana Shivas: Vandana's organization defends farmer's rights, promotes diversity and the right to farm organically. Her YouTube videos are clear, impassioned and articulate.
Seeds of Diversity Canada: A charitable corporation dedicated to conserving non-hybrid plants of significance to Canadians. They produce an annual Seed Exchange Directory for members, with over 2000 varieties of seeds and plants.
Saving Our Seed: Small scale equipment plans, production guides, and seed saving resources, as well as a robust listing of seed saving books.
Organic Seed Alliance: A non-profit dedicated to the ethical development and stewardship of seed. A number of downloadable research articles and seed production manuals are available. Provides members with technical assistance.
Public Seed Initiative: A handy resource for information on seed saving, small-scale equipment and production methods.
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service: Provides information on organic crop production and organic seed sources.
Permaculture Activist: A comprehensive listing of seed saving resources.
The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization established to challenge harmful food technologies and promoting sustainable alternatives. Methodology includes litigation against genetic modification, mandatory GE labelling campaigns, as well as the True Food Shoppers Guide to Avoiding GE Foods.