Author Archives : Cheryl Young

WTF?


(what’s that food) Grab a bag of these peppers and be prepared to enjoy their unique flavour. Native to China, the name would suggest that they are related to the black peppercorn (native to India), however these spices are not related. Sichuan peppercorns are the dried berries of a rue plant, not peppercorns at all. The rue plant falls into…

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Soaring High With Nature’s Pest Control


Jamie Stride turns his fascination of falconry into a high flying business Round Up, Prowl, Dual, Lorsban, and Orthene are familiar names in the pesticide world. But what about Sam the Saker, Hush, Hermes, Kensi, and Red? Ever heard of those before? You probably haven’t, but they are the names of Island Falconry Services’ birds and they are quite effective…

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Do You Want Fries With That?


Changes to ferry’s cafe menu a long time in the making For many travellers, a trip across the Strait on the ferry evokes many memories, and grabbing a meal from the onboard cafeteria is often among those. Classic fast-food items and quick grab-n-go sandwiches were the staples you found, in fact, last year alone the ferries served up 19,000 hot…

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FREE TO ROAM AND RANGE


Taking the free-range philosophy to heart at Saoirse Farms Drive down a side road that is a patchwork of old asphalt, potholes, and frost heaves in eastern PEI for a few bone-jarring kilometres and you will find Saoirse Farms. It’s a chilly but sunny April afternoon when I cautiously make my way to the farm to meet with former NDP…

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RENOWNED ANIMAL ADVOCATE VISITS PEI


When small is better: thoughts on niche markets for meat World-renowned author, speaker, and animal welfare advocate Dr Temple Grandin, paid a visit to the Island’s beef processing plant, Atlantic Beef Products Inc. (ABPI). Visiting the Maritimes as the keynote speaker for the Maritime Beef Conference in Moncton, NB, she had just enough time for a whirlwind plant tour and…

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THE CHALLENGE AHEAD IN SCHOOL FOOD


Finding common ground in school food programs A diverse group of people gathered at the PEI Farm Centre on March 15 to discuss the challenges and successes of several projects implemented as part of the PEI government’s Community Food Security and Food Education Program. Teachers, dieticians, parents, farmers, and concerned citizens participated in a robust discussion. Some of the many…

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FOOD, FERRIES, AND FUN


Northumberland Ferries aims to create special experiences for its passengers When you live on an island, travel to and fro can be somewhat complicated. For 77 years, Northumberland Ferries (NFL) has continued to steadfastly transport people and products across the Strait. Connecting the east end of the Island with Nova Scotia, NFL moves over 400,000 people every year. NFL wanted…

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RECOGNIZING ROSS’ LEGACY


Kensington garden creation encourages community members to step forward Sometimes an idea can be planted and grow quickly. Creating a community garden in Kensington was a thought for Jamie MacKay that grew as fast as a radish in summer soil. MacKay’s passion for his community has filled up his schedule, and now his office. As the deputy provincial team lead…

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BUSY LIKE A BEE


Urban beehive construction continues The bees may not be buzzing about, but the folks behind the Urban Beehive Project at the Farm Centre in Charlottetown have been busy. Architects, Silva Stojak and Shallyn Murray of Nine Yards Studio (formerly BGHJ Architects), designed the demonstrative hives and now the second part of the space has been constructed. Brodye Chappell, of Brodye…

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THRIVING ON CHANGE


Sandy and Stephen Stewart find new revenue through innovation Down a winding secondary road in the west end of the Island is a booming business, built on hard work, family values, and innovation. H.F. Stewart is a second-generation company and their contribution to the agricultural landscape—in particular, potato agriculture—of PEI has been substantial over the past 30 years. When considering…

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