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Counting Sheep

Pursuing ambitious land stewardship goals through pasture lambing

“I am a grass farmer,” Adam MacLean tells me. We’re standing adjacent to an idyllic piece of green pasture in South Melville, tucked away off one of the Island’s many country roads. The field is full of ewes and lambs—282 four-legged ruminators to be precise—happily grazing the land. Pairs of lambs intermittently prance through the tall grasses in seeming synchronicity,…

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Sprinting Towards Fall Flavours

Chef Irwin MacKinnon prepares to get really busy as September’s month-long food festival approaches If there’s one thing Islanders like almost as much as food, it’s a good party. At least that’s my theory as to why PEI has no shortage of food-focussed festivals and events. There are celebrations of our most famed products (lobster and potatoes for the un-indoctrinated),…

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From Aquaculture to Kitchen Culture

Chef Stephen Hunter shares his journey through some of PEI’s popular food destinations What got you into cooking? I travelled, tasting cuisines from different countries. Then I found myself in Vancouver with $120 in my pocket. So I got a job in my field, aquaculture (salmon farms). I wanted to enjoy all of the flavours I had tried, and couldn’t…

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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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Farmers Helping Farmers volunteer helping a member of the Upendo Women's Self Help Group in the garden

Lending a Helping Hand

PEI NGO working to enhance food security in Kenya On the surface, Kenya and Prince Edward Island may seem worlds apart, but challenges related to farming and food security are a reality for both. PEI’s Farmers Helping Farmers (FHF) has been working with community groups in the African nation to address these issues through education-based projects. Their latest project is…

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PEI Farm Centre exterior

New Night Market Opening at Farm Centre

This summer will see a new farmers’ market opening at the Charlottetown Farm Centre (420 University Ave). It will differentiate itself from the growing number of markets in the city and beyond by operating as a night market. It will run every Thursday from 4pm to 8pm beginning June 15th. The newly envisioned market will be run by the Farm…

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Back to the grind

Kate Lee, the Spice Lady of PEI, adds flavour to the local retail landscape Kate Lee’s obsession with spices began with a fervent search for the perfect shawarma spice mix when she was just 19 and working at the Town & Country restaurant in Charlottetown. While the family that ran the restaurant shared many recipes with her, the concoction of…

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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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A Day On The Farm Gives Hope

Nancy Sanderson offers visitors a glimpse into sustainable farming at Hope River Farms Nancy Sanderson’s 98-year-old grandmother still works the family farm in Saskatchewan on a daily basis. When I ask Sanderson if she herself ever takes a break or a vacation from her farm in Hope River, she replies that she’s just not the kind of person that particularly…

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