Author Archives : Katherine Bell

Cultivating a Forest of Food


Borden family growing East Asian mushrooms in PEI Julie and Dale Hamilton of Borden are eagerly awaiting their first crop of shiitake mushrooms. They are one step closer to their dream of creating a permaculture forest on their Augustine Cove woodlot by cultivating this Asian mushroom. Shiitake mushrooms, or Lentinula edodes, are brown, meaty mushrooms grown in eastern Asia, particularly…

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Our Day on the COPC Farm Tour


On July 6, 2017, six of SALTY’s team took part in a media farm tour organized by PEI Certified Organic Producer Co-operative (COPC). Along with other members of the media, government, food industry, and Maritime farming community we toured five organic farms in central PEI. We learned many interesting facts along the way. Here are my top 11: 11. Typical…

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Municipal Bylaws Prohibit Livestock


Bylaws in some Island municipalities make it difficult for residents to pursue food security and sustainability goals With food prices ever increasing and a growing disconnect from farming, many Islanders are taking it upon themselves to regain some control over their food supply. While backyard gardens are the most common means of doing so, backyard animals are gaining popularity, with…

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No Summer Break For Childhood Hunger on PEI


Food insecurity can peak for families with children during July and August Most Island kids look forward to a summer of activities and adventures, but for one out of every five children, hunger cuts the fun short. Summer hunger is a form of food insecurity and is the result of many combining factors: school-based breakfast and snack programs end in…

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Creating Community


Summerside’s Soul Soup offers free lunch program and weekly connection The act of coming together to share a meal is a longheld tradition shared the world over. To break bread around a table is to celebrate life and the commonalities we share. Over the past year, Soul Soup, hosted by the Summerside Church of the Nazarene, has been serving up…

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More Than an Apple a Day…


The Canadian Cancer Society encourages you to fill “half your plate” with vegetables at each meal Vegetables and fruit pack a strong nutritional punch, lowering your risk of cancer and other chronic life- threatening illnesses. April is the Canadian Cancer Society’s Cancer Awareness month, focusing on preventing as well as curing the disease. “Fruit and vegetables – whether fresh or…

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Do I need Vitamin D this winter?


NOTE: This article is not medical advice; it is intended for general information purposes only. Please consult your family physician for advice about your own unique health situation. Vitamin D is best known for its role in bone health. It helps us absorb calcium from the food we eat and works within bones as they grow and repair themselves. It also…

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Team Diabetes


Team Diabetes – Running for a Cause Katherine Lowings runs for a disease familiar to many Islanders For the past 8 years Katherine Lowings has been running marathons for a cause close to home. A music therapist from Alberta who now lives in the Charlottetown area, Lowings is a Type 1 diabetic.  In 2009, she joined Team Diabetes to improve…

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What Are You Really Hungry For?


Practicing mindfulness may help curb poor eating choices. Most Islanders are overweight and at increased risk for diabetes and other serious illnesses. North Americans gain on average one pound each holiday season and most of us only shed about half that before the next holiday season. In any one year, this weight gain seems small, however, over time this steady…

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