Browsing Category : Sustainable Practices

What a Waste?


Meal kits fail to deliver on 100% recyclable guarantee This is part one of Katherine Bell’s review of meal kits for Salty. Next month, she’ll compare flavours. Pre-planned menus, prepared fresh ingredients, and easy-to-follow recipes shipped right to your door for less than a meal at a restaurant. For many busy Islanders, the allure of meal kits is clear and…

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Waste Awareness


A week of conscious waste reduction Legacy. Good or bad, we all build one. Some are forgotten, but some can leave a lasting effect. Waste is a legacy we all contribute to and is an area where individuals can make a real difference. It can be great for the environment as well as the pocket book. More importantly, waste reduction…

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PEI Water Act


Long-awaited legislation introduced Water. It’s in every facet of people’s lives, from our bodily make-up, to daily activities of eating, drinking, cooking, and washing; water is an essential part of life itself. In 2010, the UN recognized the right to clean water and sanitation as one essential human right for all people. In PEI, such legislation has been a long…

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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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Seed for Thought


Brian and Lorna McMaster, The Taco Farmers, want you to save your seeds The Taco Farmers. The name is pretty spot on when you consider that Lorna and Brian McMaster grow nearly 100 per cent of the ingredients for the menu of their taco-centric booth at the Charlottetown Farmers’ Market. However, what you may not realize is that your tortilla…

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Stepping Up to the Plate


Planting the seeds for better food security on PEI The PEI Food Exchange is graduating its fourth cohort of Community Food Mentors this fall. This iteration of the program focused on providing participants with knowledge and skills in gardening. It marks just one of the many activities this grassroots organization has undertaken to address food insecurity on the Island. A…

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A Simple Farmhouse


The rustic charm of Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead Sir Andrew Macphail Homestead in Orwell, PEI offers a welcome place of respite that will feed the soul and fill the belly. The historical property is best known as the homestead of the Macphail family, headed by the illustrious Canadian scholar, Sir Andrew, who purchased it in 1864. The home remained in…

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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…

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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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