From Our Kitchen ~ Shaved Lemon Asparagus

By Heidi Scheifley

Shaved Asparagus with Lemon Parmesan

All these years, asparagus has been green with envy, longing to be thrilled on a fork like spaghetti. We’re happy to report that dreams do come true. Shaving asparagus spears with a vegetable peeler and marinating them in lemon juice softens them and creates a tangle of noodle-like ribbons. It’s time to really let asparagus fulfill its destiny. Twirl away!

Serves 4

  • 20 large asparagus spears
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan


Snap off the tough ends off the asparagus. Working with one spear at a time, use a vegetable peeler to shave into long thin ribbons. It helps to hold the tip of the asparagus and press down firmly with the peeler. The tips can remain intact and do not need to be shaved.

Transfer the asparagus ribbons and tips to a bowl. You should have about 5 cups of asparagus.

In a small bowl, combine lemon juice and olive oil and whisk thoroughly to combine. Generously season with salt and pepper. Pour over asparagus and toss to coat. Set aside and allow to marinate for 30-60 minutes. Just before serving, grate fresh Parmesan and sprinkle over salad. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook’s tip: Forget the salt shaker; instead use a smal bowl and add pinches as you cook and taste. This way you’ll have more control over the amount.

From our best-selling cookbook Hollyhock Garden to Table.

Heidi-ScheifleyHeidi Scheifley‘s experience with food over the past 15 years has brought her into kitchens around the world.  She received certification as a Gourmet Natural Foods Chef at California’s Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition & Culinary Arts. Heidi has been a chef at Hollyhock and co-authored Hollyhock Garden to Table (Spring 2013). She spends her days growing food by the ocean, dreaming of goats and a wood-fired oven.

SVI Hollyhock Alumni Receive Successful You Award

Small Business BC announced the winners of the annual Successful You Awards Contest, awarded to businesses who proved their excellence in six categories over 170 other BC businesses during the course of a rigorous five-month contest.

Winners were shortlisted by votes from the public and then submitted an application explaining to Small Business BC why they deserved to win where they then went on to be judged as to why they should be named BC’s best.

Two of the six winners of the Successful You Awards are previous alumni of Hollyhock’s Social Ventures Institute.

Congratulations goes out to:

Suzanne Siemens & Madeleine Shaw of Lunapads InternationalBest Community Impact
Lunapads International is a women-owned and operated social mission-based business and certified B Corporation. Its goal is to help individuals have healthier, positive experiences of their menstrual cycles, and by extension, their bodies overall.

Thanks to Lunapads customers who have made the switch to Lunapads’ washable cloth menstrual pads, over 1 million disposable pads and tampons are now diverted from landfills monthly. Lunapads also donates washable pads to women in developing nations through our Pads4Girls program.


Annalea Krebs of EthicalDeal – Best Online Marketer
ethicalDeal is a Vancouver-based online promotions company that runs integrated email marketing and social media campaigns for natural and organic brands. Its promotions go viral, with 1 in 4 shoppers sharing the promotion with friends on social media.

ethicalDeal launched two years ago and now has a team of ten and has run over 2,000 promotions that reach over 100,000 eco-minded shoppers. The company received the Better Business Bureau award for Advancing Marketplace Trust and Innovation, and was voted one of the top 25 women-run start-ups to watch by Fast Company.


See a list of all the winners and find out more about Small BC Business awards, here.

Farm Folk can Be City Folk BY REBECCA CUTTLER

Experiencing Vancouver’s urban farms, By Rebecca Cuttler for

Rebecca Cuttler, Executive Assistant to Joel Solomon at Renewal Partners, and an SVI and SCI Alumnae, has written an article for FarmFolk CityFolk Magazine about Vancouver’s urban farming scene.  A print version of the magazine is available for free at specialty grocery and wine shops in British Columbia.

Farm Folk can Be City Folk

If you are paying attention, you might catch it out of the corner of your eye: an almost hidden half-acre where Vancouver’s urban landscape gives way to a lush market garden bursting with flowers, multi-coloured beans and deep red beets. Farmers on 57th is one of a growing number of farms situated within Vancouver’s city limits.

Karen Ageson and Tessa Wetherill are the farmers in ‘Farmers on 57th’. I’m meeting with them in a cluster of lawn chairs next to the market garden stand, and a neighbour and cSA member interrupts us. She has a small plastic bag in her hand, out of which poke some seedlings with leaves that range from green to purple to a near-blue. “Here’s the rainbow kale I was telling you about,” she says, handing it to Karen. We all take a look. Karen and Tessa have never seen this variety before.

Farmers on 57th runs a 30 member cSA program: households sign up at the beginning of each year to receive a weekly share of the farm’s harvest. cSA members come from many walks of life. Some, like the rainbow kale-grower, are gardening enthusiasts. others are busy downtown workers who didn’t know anything about local food production until recently. What they share is the fact that they all pick up a week’s worth of produce at the place where it is grown. As Wetherill explains that, “more and more they stick around, they walk through the garden, they talk to each other.” In many cases, members have had to dramatically changed their diets simply to keep up with the harvest. “I have so much respect for the amount of vegetables they eat,” says Wetherill. “We give them a large box, in the spring they’re getting just greens and greens and greens. They’re like, ‘I have to eat salad every night!’”

Read the full article here, see page 18.

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Democracy Now Interviews Matthew Fox about the Pope's Resignation

With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and emergence of Pope Francis we turn to a former Catholic priest Matthew Fox.  In this interview with Democracy Now, Matthew Fox chronicles his story and provides sage advice in his most recent book, The Pope’s War.

Matthew Fox is an activist, theologian and Episcopal priest.  His 30 books have been translated into 43 languages and have received numerous awards.
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Join Matthew April 26 – 27 at his Vancouver Workshop, Hildegard & The Mystics, illuminate your heart-centred path of transformation and awaken your inner mystic

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