Browsing Category : Farming

An Homage to Herbs


Adding zest to your garden and palate The unsung heroes of the culinary world, a cornerstone of traditional medicine, a dream come true for beginner gardeners and experienced farmers too – herbs are all of these things and more, yet they don’t often get the accolades they deserve. Most of us are familiar with the stars of the herb world…

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Reg Phelan, Carina Phillips and Byron Petrie showcase a table filled with vegetables grown on their farm, Seaspray Organics

An Intergenerational Farming Co-operative


Wisdom of experience and energy of youth unite at Seaspray Organics Four stouts clink together in cheers at the Old Triangle Pub in Charlottetown. It’s the mark of a regular, ceremonious gathering for Byron Petrie, Carina Phillips, and Reg Phelan of Seaspray Organics Cooperative. The three farmers meet here every Saturday after the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market to talk shop and…

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PEI Cattle Producers Talk Burger Love


Islanders are encouraged to know their producer, ask questions With all of the talk about burgers and burger love, we wanted to go straight to the source of the primary ingredient – beef! PEI Cattle Producers’ (PEICP) Executive Director, Rinnie Bradley answered a few questions we had about how PEI Burger Love has “fired up” local love for our Island…

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What Does it Mean to be Organic?


Certified Organic Producers Cooperative asks government to regulate use of ‘organic’ It’s not easy being green, as Kermit the Frog knows well. And for those farming organically, the same could easily be said. While the challenges associated with organic farming are diverse, an overarching issue that continues to crop up in PEI and across Canada concerns the use of the…

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Street Farm – Book Review


Vancouver’s Sole Food Street Farms creating an urban “farmily” Street Farm – Growing Food, Jobs and Hope on the Urban Frontier, Michael Ableman, Chelsea Green Publishing, August 9, 2016, 1st edition, 256 pages, paperback, $41.95, ISBN 978-1-60358-602-3 Fragility and strength. In Michael Ableman’s latest book, Street Farm – Growing Food, Jobs and Hope on the Urban Frontier these counterparts stand…

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Upclose of laying hens

Backyard Chickens


Getting started doesn’t have to cost a wing and a leg One morning I woke up thinking that I would like to have chickens, laying hens, specifically. I just couldn’t get the idea out of my head, so I went ahead and did it. Now it seems like everyone wants to raise their own backyard chickens and, since I’ve been…

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Just Some Good, Wholesome Food


Siblings launch Heatherdale Wholesome Goods line of organic products PEI’s organic food scene has scored a major win with the recent entry of Heatherdale Wholesome Goods to the local market. Heatherdale joins a growing number of Island farmers and producers providing consumers with organically-grown food products. This new kid on the block is unique in its product line. While shoppers…

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Making it to the Small Time


Growing better not bigger with Little Victory MicroFarms Forget about “making it big.” Micro is the new macro, nano the new giga. For mother- daughter duo Tara Callaghan and Debi Stevenson, when it comes to growing high quality produce, small is mighty. In fact, little IS the goal! With small plots in New Glasgow and a large backyard in East…

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Counting on our Antibiotics


Data is an important weapon in the fight against antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, but collection in the Atlantic provinces has stalled The global issue of antibiotic resistance, more accurately called antimicrobial resistance (AMR), can be overwhelming. Often people feel there’s nothing they can to do to change the situation one way or another. But with the severe impacts of AMR on human…

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Planting the Seeds of a Vegetable-Loving Community


Veg PEI serves up plant-based education, events, and restaurant challenges “You don’t win friends with salad.” Or so Homer Simpson tells his daughter, Lisa, in a 1995 episode of The Simpsons when she decides to become a vegetarian and is ridiculed by her family and schoolmates for her dietary choices. Feeling alone and frustrated, Lisa’s resolve to stick to her…

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