As a young woman of eighteen, I went treeplanting on the BC coast with Kelly Contracting (Brian Kelly) in Knight Inlet and the Heiber River outside of Gold River. Hired by my stepfather – my main job was cook for a vegetarian crew, although I did spend a few days in the hills planting.
We flew from Campbell River in an Otter seaplane to the mouth of the Ahnuhati River in Knight Inlet. Being the only woman in the crew was a challenge, and my most memorable moments included meeting a woman grizzly tracker and getting to tag along for the day, a grizzly on the clearings edge for a morning heart starter, a visit with the only female on the Marabella and a tour of the vessel, the gifting of some fresh salmon from visiting fisherman (made for an easy supper), and the praise of the BC forestry staff for having well planted more trees in a day than any other woman on the coast (i remember thinking “probably one of the few out here”).
Taking Flight in Otter to Ahnuhati River
My Ahnuhati A-frame cookhouse in our rough camp.
Sauna and gravity fed riverwater shower. A daily task was heating the rocks for the sauna in the campfire.
Brian, Partner and Chimo, with the “Marabella” in the background.
The road to work
Jim with Frank, the caretaker
Meeting the camp caretaker, Frank.
Jim and the Crummy
Ahnuhati River Day one
There’s nothing like home grown and if you’re not up to the growing why not let someone else!
What every school should be teaching – Urban Agriculture
Kudos to Gord Trousdell
Sharing Food and Knowledge Forum
Everyone Welcome ~ This event is Free and Open to the public
April 30th – May 1st from 9am to 4pm
A wide range of plants are for sale including unique shrubs and perennials, propagated from the Glendale Gardens collections, vegetable starts, tomatoes and herbs.