Browsing Category : Sustainable Practices

A YOUTH-LED ENTERPRISE


Epekwitk Gardens & Preserves engages youth through land stewardship The Epekwitk Gardens and Preserves project began five years ago when leaders of the First Nation community felt it was important to create an opportunity for their future generations. Reconnecting youth to their ancestral roots of stewardship and community was identified as a priority for the Band. According to Chief Brian…

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THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS


Matt Dykerman: running a split operation farm Why do you choose to do what you do? For some, work is not ‘work’ at all but rather, getting paid to do what they love to do; for others, work is a full time, teeth-gritting, clock-watching event endured for reasons merely logistical in nature. The truth of it is that there are…

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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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