Gardening Between Frosts (1986, republished 1987) by Dave Harvard is a gardening guide specially prepared for communities from Terrace to Valemount and north of Quesnel. It lists species suitable to the north and describes gardening techniques adapted to the short growing season. It was available for $9.95 from the author at Box 2458, Smithers VOJ 2ND.

Havard received his agriculture degree from UBC in 1950 and worked on land use research in the Peace River and Kamloops. He managed a feed store in Merritt and was a provincial land inspector from 1951 until 1964. In 1965 he became editor of Canadian Feed & Grain Journal.

He also wrote I Slept in a Courthouse: Confessions of a Land Inspector ($16.95) in which he recalls being a B.C. land inspector in the 1950s. "The hardest part of the job was finding the land we had been asked to examine,"; he says. He brings back the days when horses pulled trucks up icy hills, and engines could be fixed with foil from a cigarette pack. Also available from Box 2458, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0.

[BCBW 2015]