Growing Urban ~ Here We Grow

All photographs by Jane Grueber Copyright 2017 Here we go. Finally the time has come to get our food garden plans underway on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. It is so wonderful to see people sharing their joy of growing food on social media. Their joy and enthusiasm are highly contagious and fill me with…

Inspirational Tuesday ~ Children & Nature: The Ultimate Outdoor Playground

Cool crisp air, salty water, shells, seaweed, rocks, drift wood, waves, tides, tree roots, jelly fish, and bald eagles swooping to catch their morning meal are just some of mother nature’s offerings in her classroom. This quiet empty beach creates space for reflection, gratitude and boundless invention. Imagination roams amidst the shallow pools left behind…

The Blue Winter Sky

All pictures by Jane Grueber Copyright 2017 View my Photo Gallery here I believe it is possible to sit by the water, write, ponder and observe the winter sky over Vancouver Island infinitely. There is something about the blue and the depths beyond that intrigues. It often rains here during the winter. It is a…

Brew Tea with Benefits

The calming aroma of this tea boiling up on the stove is enough to induce a Zen-like state. Drinking it is meditative. The glow from within that follows creates a reflective sense of relaxation that is lasting and unforgettable. I look forward to my ‘tea’ ritual and its soothing benefits on a daily basis. The…

Inspirational Tuesday ~ Growing A Sensory Garden

A Sensory Garden The benefits of ‘sensory gardens’ are well documented and widely written about. They can be a calming sanctuary for those suffering from traumatic brain injury, mental health challenges, developmental difficulties, or neurodegenerative diseases to name a few. For the young and young at heart, they provide a welcoming environment for exploration, learning…

Delicious Gluten and Dairy Free Banana Bread Recipe

We have been making this simple banana bread recipe for what seems like years now. When I worked with young children, they were happy to mash bananas as well as measure and mix the ingredients (after tasting them, of course). After I eliminated gluten and dairy from my diet, I knew that there had to…

Putting Good Food on the Table ~ Policy Change is Necessary

With the British Columbia Provincial Election on May 9, 2017 and political campaigns in full swing, I want to talk about a major public health, social justice and human rights issue that lies at the core of a healthy population: Food Security. It is knowing you have enough money to buy nutritious food on a…

Inspirational Tuesday ~ Food Security in the ‘Invisible North’

Food security is an issue near and dear to my heart.  Although I live in Canada, not all our citizens have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life at all times. Food security is not just a poverty issue. It is a much larger issue that involves the whole…

Gluten Intolerance ~ It’s About The Food System

In September 2016, I wrote a blog post “Oh Gluten, why do I not eat you so“. I do not have Celiac Disease but have chosen to exclude gluten (for the most part) from my diet. My article was a tongue-in-cheek review of societal perceptions when it comes to those of us who are ‘gluten…

Inspirational Tuesday ~ ‘Hope in a Changing Climate’: A Compelling Documentary

“Hope in a changing climate” is a documentary film by Jhon d Liu produced in collaboration with World Permaculture Association (WPA). This fascinating and inspiring documentary gives clear insight in to the connection between a damaged environment and poverty. It describes the process of soil degradation and the resulting cycle of impoverishment. Poor farming and…