Saturday, April 12, 2014
Not a Cherry in Sight
Farm-to-market ideas and the Maligne Lake issue
Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald, Chilliwack
ear friends and family, the public and politicians far and wide:
Keep glorious Maligne lake free from everything commercial.
Banff, Jasper, Columbia Icefields and even Lake Louise have been ruined by motor vehicles, fast food trash bins and smog.
Compare other threatened areas and send me comments please.
I am Albertan by birth, daughter of Master Farmers. I have lived and worked in 6 provinces and 4 countries overseas.
Rescue our Fraser Valley and Agricultural Land Reserve
I live in Chilliwack BC which also has Mount Cheam and other glorious mountain views, but there is so much smog that we can hardly see them, because the air is being seriously polluted by long distance mega monster trucks. Besides road maintenance and widening costs are escalating. All this is unnecessary. Read on please.
Our farmers and ALR are ruined also because they have no local marketing facilities. They have to grow hedges and shrubs to make a living. Fraser Vale frozen vegetables and fruits used to be a thriving industry but when Pillsbury bought it they closed it down. I was living in Montreal and even bought that lovely frozen food there.
Chilliwack was Cherry Capital. Now there are no cherry trees and no strawberry and few raspberry fields. My dad retired here from Alberta and grew the best peaches I ever ate. Chilliwack had a kiwi field, but without marketing help, the fruit lay there to rot.
We could have gloriously beautiful mountains and orchards if you put money into farmers' markets. That is step number one. The next step could be to stop the trucks from ruining our roads and air, bringing food unnecessarily from California and Mexico. It is hard and tasteless.
You could put money into a network of light railways. Listen to Mayor Diane Watts of Surrey and download and read the Leewood Proposal (85 pages, all realistic). We had passenger trains four times a day for 40 years until the 1950s when people started to buy the new toy, family cars. Gas was cheap then. The RR track is still in excellent condition carrying heavy freight, and BC has the right of way.
Refrigerated Farmers' markets could be made out of railway container cars. Each one could serve one location one day a week. Any fruit or vegetables not sold that day, could be sold in the other nearby locations, or preserved or frozen and sold all year round, in the usual sites and exported.
Please people listen to me. What I am saying is vital and practical. Wake up!
About the Myrtle Macdonald
She is has a M.Sc. Applied (in Nursing Research and Education), McGill University.
She is a retired registered nurse living in Chilliwack and now working with the local chapter of the BC Schizophrenia Association. Myrtle was a street nurse for many years in places like India and Montreal. She turned 92 in June and is one of the Voice's most popular contributors.
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