Stories

Food Insecurity

Food Insecurity

COVID-19 has illuminated many of the existing problems in our society, including food insecurity. We wanted to learn more about who is most affected, and discuss why these conversations are necessary, especially in the health and wellness world. 

Gardening with Ariel & Jess

Gardening with Ariel & Jess

Ariel and Jess Reyes Barton are the creators of Palenke Greens, which is a burlap sack gardening initiative aimed at assisting people of African descent facing food insecurity. Not only do they provide all of the supplies to create a burlap sack garden, they also help to install it, and have exciting ideas for the future. 

Photography with Nathan Smith

Photography with Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is the photographer behind most of the portraits on Fare & Flourish, and many other interesting photo projects besides. We are so grateful to be able to showcase his beautiful visions on our website.

Getting to Know Sarah Nyrose

Getting to Know Sarah Nyrose

Sarah Nyrose is a naturopathic doctor, a co-founder of Fare & Flourish and an avid food photographer.  She wanted to take the opportunity to talk about the inspiration behind F&F and to share a little about herself.

Getting to Know Chelsea Cole

Getting to Know Chelsea Cole

Chelsea Cole is a naturopathic doctor and co-founder of Fare & Flourish. To celebrate the one year anniversary of F&F, she wanted to take a moment to share a little about herself.

Kitchen Staples

Kitchen Staples

Catch a glimpse of what we always keep stocked in our kitchens, and consider picking up some new ingredients on your next grocery shop. 

Conversations with Parker Johnson

Conversations with Parker Johnson

Parker Johnson is the creator and facilitator of Table Talk, which is a platform aimed at prioritizing the voices and experiences of people of colour through conversation and connection. We enjoyed chatting with Parker over drinks about why food is an important part of Table Talk events.

Food & Love

Food & Love

Food is at the heart of community and connection. We wanted to explore how food connects us, so we hosted our first Fare & Flourish potluck. The theme was Food & Love. Here are the highlights from our afternoon.

The Sunshine Vitamin & Mood

The Sunshine Vitamin & Mood

Vitamin D is unique because it requires sunlight to be activated in the skin, and isn’t found in many food sources. While it has many roles in the body, the role it plays in mood is perhaps the most noticeable. 

Reminiscing with Sarah and Chelsea

Reminiscing with Sarah and Chelsea

Recently, Sarah and Chelsea spent some time reminiscing about the beginnings of Fare & Flourish. From hilariously bad photos to musings about the future, we wanted to share our thoughts about Fare & Flourish.

A Century of Food

A Century of Food

The diet recommendations we are bombarded with at the start of a new year can quickly turn this time of excitement and reflection to one of shame and dissatisfaction. One thing is for sure, the culture surrounding food is always changing and dieting is not the only lens with which to view food.

Botanical Medicine with Michelle Reichert

Botanical Medicine with Michelle Reichert

Michelle Reichert is a medical herbalist and holistic nutritionist who owns the beautiful, Apotheka Herbal Boutique in Victoria, BC. We frequent her shop for the good company and delightful botanicals, and were excited to learn more about the herbs that she values for immune health. 

Nutrition with Mia Harris

Nutrition with Mia Harris

Mia Harris is a registered holistic nutritionist in Victoria, BC. We had the opportunity to chat about Fare & Flourish, nutrition and plant-based eating with Mia over coffee, and she was kind enough to provide a veggie bowl recipe (stay tuned).  

Diet For A Cool Planet

Diet For A Cool Planet

Climate change is an international issue that requires immediate action. One of the best ways for individuals to make a personal difference is to reduce their meat consumption. Making this change isn’t easy, as dietary decisions are complex, but there are small steps that we can all take.

Cooking with Danya Smith

Cooking with Danya Smith

Danya Smith is a chef who owns her own catering company, Lulu’s Apron, on Salt Spring Island. We spent a lovely day in the kitchen with Danya, learning how to improvise recipes, and make delicious meals out of food that might normally be wasted. 

The Benefits Of Being In Nature

The Benefits Of Being In Nature

Summer is coming to an end, and it feels like autumn is already here, but there is still time to take advantage of sunny days and have a picnic. Eating in the sunshine is a joy, not only because of the delicious food and good company, but also because of the benefits from time spent in nature.

Travel Snacks

Travel Snacks

Reminiscing about lovely meals and food experiences is one of the joys of coming home from a trip. Chelsea and Sarah went to Newfoundland and Clayoquot Sound, respectively, and wrote about their favourite food moments.

Exploring Fermentation

Exploring Fermentation

Fermented foods provide a burst of unique flavour, adding complexity to any dish, while also being rich in probiotics. We explore the science behind this ancient practice, and techniques for safe, effective and delicious fermentation.

It’s not all in your head

It’s not all in your head

The connection between the gut, brain and mood. It’s hard to believe that our digestive system and the bacteria that inhabit it are intricately linked and in dialogue with our brain. Our understanding of this complex relationship continues to deepen, as research explores the connection between our gut microbiota, neurotransmitters, inflammation and ultimately, our mood.

The Microbes Inside Us

The Microbes Inside Us

The bacteria in our gut play an underrated role in our digestion; they contribute to breaking down food, synthesizing vitamins, regulating inflammation and are linked to various digestive conditions.

Foraging with Carmelle LeMaistre

Foraging with Carmelle LeMaistre

Our first community profile is of the lovely, Carmelle LeMaistre who is a registered acupuncturist here in Victoria. She was kind enough to teach us about foraging for wild plants, share beautiful recipes, and pose for photos in the forest.

Food in the Wild

Food in the Wild

There are so many beautiful edible plants and wild medicines growing on Vancouver Island, especially in the spring and summer. Chelsea and Sarah felt inspired to capture the first tastes of spring, and share some thoughts about foraging.

The Bitter Truth

The Bitter Truth

More and more research is pointing to the benefits of bitters. We explore these benefits, discuss the history of bitters and share delicious ways to incorporate that sharp taste into your diet.

Welcome to Fare & Flourish

Welcome to Fare & Flourish

Fare & Flourish was born out of a passion for food—how it’s harvested, how it’s cooked, how it nourishes, how it heals, and how it is celebrated. We aim to inspire, inform, and educate through recipes, stories, and researched articles.