Rebecca Cuttler

Kevin Huang. Photo by Matt Schroeter.

Food, race and the ethnic aisle

It is, perhaps, a cliche to say that food brings people together. A good meal, shared amongst friends or strangers, can provide an ideal starting place for dialogue, learning and connection. Food is...

Helping hungry students a key to improving schools in Canada

School may be out for the summer, but for some food security advocates, the connections between education, poverty and nutrition are in session. As a member of the Vancouver Food Policy Council (VFPC...

Garlic scape pesto recipe

We planted a lot of garlic last fall. I’m not sure what got into me, but we ended up devoting a big section of our garden to a garlic patch that will produce over 100 bulbs. Garlic is a great...
The privilege to grow food

The privilege to grow food

As recently as World War II, growing some of our own food was an act of subsistence. War efforts in Canada and elsewhere encouraged people to grow vegetables as a way to supplement food sources...

What we're doing now to prepare for watering restrictions

Stage 1 watering restrictions went into effect in Vancouver on May 15, two weeks ahead of last year. So far, the rules apply to lawns and car washing only, but I’m not taking any chances. 2015 saw...

What we're planting this May

Vancouver has had what feels like an unusually mild spring so far. We’ve already enjoyed plenty of summer-like days. As much as these soaring temperatures are pleasant, I also find them a bit...

Flowering kale buds with olive oil and garlic

One of the true pleasures of growing your own food is eating vegetables that you can’t find in stores. From the crunch of fresh-picked peas right off the vine to the intense flavour of frost-...

A Vancouver gardener finds space in small-town Ontario

When my gardening friend Danie McAren moved from Vancouver to Guelph Ontario in 2013 to study organic farming, I was both sad to lose a fellow gardening nerd, and excited to learn about her...

Double digging our garden beds

Early spring is an ideal time to do some soil maintenance in your garden. Each year, I modify my technique based on new things I learn. In the past, I’ve raked finished compost into the surface of...

How to capture the signs of spring with a garden photo diary

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air. Although winter technically doesn’t end until the spring equinox on March 20, it truly feels like the world is waking up from its slumber. On my morning walks...