5 ways to tell your figs are ripe

Figs can be a finicky fruit–they don’t ripen off the tree, like apples or pears. In Victoria, what is considered a cooler climate for figs, we only get what’s called the breva crop. These are figs produced on last year’s branches, ripened into ready-to-eat fruit for this year’s harvest.

Codling moth

Fruit trees are amazing and we love our Urban Orchard for the abundant harvest it provides each year. However, we’re not the only ones who love these trees and their fruits–pests come out of the woodwork (literally) and wreak havoc on the harvest. All pests are annoying, but codling moth can be particularly tricky for the trees in our own backyards.

Why should you eat local?

The pandemic changed the way many of us eat. And when the way we eat changes, it’s only natural that the way we think about food changes too. With these changes comes an interesting focus on local food.

Fruit thinning

Did you know that falling fruit is probably nothing to worry about? In fact, fruit thinning is a practice that your tree not only experiences naturally (a phenomenon commonly referred to as June Drop) but it’s also something we recommend you perform as annual fruit tree maintenance to ensure a healthy harvest.

Volunteer Opportunity – Join our board!

Our Board of Directors is in need of new members! We’re looking for a new Youth Member as well as two new Members-at-Large to join our board. If you’re interested in getting more involved with the local food movement, are passionate about sustainable practices, and have experience or interests relevant to HR, administration, and policy development, we encourage you to apply.

Celebrate Mom

This Mother’s Day, give mom the world. Seriously. With these gifts, you not only show your mom how much she means to you but you also take a step towards helping our planet.

Just food for thought

Food insecurity is always top of mind at LifeCycles, and when we talk about food insecurity, we’re talking about money (or lack thereof). Access to healthy food is a basic human right and just food for all will only become possible if we address the systemic barriers preventing everyone from being able to feed themselves with dignity.

LifeCycles x Truffles

There is a new way to support LifeCycles for the months of April, May and June! We are one of the 2021 Community Fundraising Partners for The Truffles Group.

Welcome to Spring

The Spring Equinox is right around the corner and in our temperate West Coast climate, this marks a great time to get your seeds started.

Food in the time of COVID-19

Food in the time of COVID-19 The flu, food, & funds If you went to a grocery store anywhere in Canada mid-March of last year, likely you’d have seen empty shelves and many panicked shoppers. Some folks were wearing masks, others filling carts with non-perishable items or spritzing sanitizer on frantic hands. For weeks following … Continued