Food is of international concern and it is important that we share our concerns, our approaches to sustainable food production, our pitfalls and successes because we also share some commonalities.
Did you know that Ripley is in a plant hardiness zone of 5B? Did you also know that plant hardiness zones are fairly consistent globally (or can be related). This area of Ontario shares similar cold climate characteristics with parts of the European countries of Romania, Sweden , Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Byelarus, and central sections of Czechoslovakia, Austria, and Switzerland (see map). Vast areas of Northern China, parts of southern Russia, and pockets along Coastal Alaska are also in 5B zones. Keeping in mind that we could potentially grow many of the plants that survive in zones 2-5A as well, there is a very wide variety of foods that could be grown here. Understanding pros and cons, complementary plantings etc is valuable information to glean.
We hope that you will share your plant experiences with us and introduce us perhaps to plants that may enjoy 'heirloom' status in your home country which are not readily available in Canada.