Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

Spring into Action Challenge Gets Communities Moving

Spring into Action Challenge Gets Communities Moving Submitted The 14th annual physical activity challenge, “Spring Into Action”, takes place April 10 to May 21, 2017. It helps support people making a commitment to a physically-active lifestyle. Coordinated by Horizons Community Development Associates (horizonscda.ca), the challenge, which involves teams made of friends, family, or work colleagues, has grown to include teams from across Canada and other parts of the world. It was also featured as a model health promotion initiative at the Atlantic Summer Institute in Prince Edward Island. “We are so proud that the challenge has motivated 7,000 people over…
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Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust

Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust By Jenny Osburn Standing at the stunning Lookoff and gazing over thousands of hectares of Nova Scotia’s best farmland, you could be forgiven in believing that farms are forever. Unfortunately, farmland in Canada is disappearing at a disturbing rate with over 6 million hectares lost mainly to development since 1966. Nova Scotia is certainly not immune to the trend, which is why the work of the Annapolis Valley Farmland Trust is so important. Formed by a group of concerned but enthusiastic Valley community leaders in 2009, the AVFT set out to facilitate the preservation of farmland,…
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Wolfville’s Acadia Cinema Building Receives Provincial Heritage Property Status

Wolfville’s Acadia Cinema Building Receives Provincial Heritage Property Status Submitted The neon ACADIA marquee on the Acadia Cinema building, a key landmark on Wolfville’s Main Street, is now protected as a provincially-registered heritage property. The Co-op received notification in January that the property has been registered under the Provincial Heritage Property program of the Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage. The Acadia Cinema Co-operative, the non-profit operators of the Al Whittle Theatre in the Acadia Cinema building, applied to have the theatre’s century-old significance as a cultural venue recognized both provincially and municipally. Inclusion in the provincial program offers conservation…
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Club Corner: Radio Amateurs Commemorate Battle of Vimy Ridge

Club Corner: Radio Amateurs Commemorate Battle of Vimy Ridge By Bob Schofield, VE1RSM, President, Kings County Amateur Radio Club From Sandy Cove on the Digby Neck to Sydney, Nova Scotia, Radio Amateurs took to the airwaves to tell the world of Canada’s victory at the Battle of VIMY Ridge. Starting on New Year’s Day, 2017, and for the next six days, fourteen operators across Nova Scotia told the VIMY story to more than 5700 Amateur Radio stations in 73 countries around the world. These contacts were made using voice (SSB), Morse code (CW), and digital modes (RTTY and PSK31). VE100VIMY/VE1,…
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Slow Food: Are You a Co-producer?

Slow Food: Are You a Co-producer? By Doug Linzey A couple of years ago I joined the board of Slow Food Nova Scotia (SFNS). Most of my fellow board members are involved in creating and promoting food and food products here in the Valley and elsewhere in Nova Scotia. But I’m not – so how was I to describe my relationship to food other than as a consumer? It turns out I’m a co-producer. It took me a while to figure out what this means – after all, apart from growing my own garlic, I’m definitely not a producer. In…
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Recipe: Spring-Is-Coming Roasted Vegetables

Recipe: Spring-Is-Coming Roasted Vegetables By Jenny Osburn | The Union Street Cafe Cookbook | jennyosburn.com It’s the end of March! I can feel spring just around the corner but summer vegetables are still a long time coming. Luckily, our Annapolis Valley farmers store a huge variety of nutritious and versatile winter storage vegetables for us. A rainbow of local beets, carrots, red and green cabbages, parsnips, turnip, sweet potatoes, squash, potatoes, and brussels sprouts can still be found at markets. And, as if that’s not enough, Taproot Farm is growing sweet little pea shoots, which are great in salads and…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Poisonous Plants

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Poisonous Plants By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist Spring has arrived in the Acadian Forest. Little green shoots are starting to emerge from the warming soil, songbirds are signing, and hibernating animals are stretching their legs. Despite the feeling that we humans sometimes have that winter will never end, we can trust in nature that there’s no stopping spring! One fascinating and determined native plant emerging right now in southwestern Nova Scotia is Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus). This aptly-named plant has a stinky but beautiful flower that begins to emerge from the…
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Dinner Out: LeCaveau Air Miles Dinner

Dinner Out: LeCaveau Air Miles Dinner My Scott Campbell For those of you familiar with the Air Miles loyalty program, you may already be aware of the spectacular dinner that was offered at Restaurant Le Caveau at Grand Pré Winery on Saturday, January 28. As many regular patrons of Le Caveau would know, the restaurant is usually closed through the winter months, however, they opened their doors for this special Air Miles culinary evening and I was one of the lucky ones who attended. We began the evening with a small reception in the Grand Pré Wine Shop. We were…
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WHO’S WHO: Janet Rendell, Let Me Hear Your Body Talk!

WHO’S WHO: Janet Rendell, Let Me Hear Your Body Talk! By Mike Butler Does your body talk? What does it say if it does? Have you every looked at someone and been able to know how they’re feeling based on their body language? Of course you have because anyone with a visible injury, someone who might be grieving, exercising etc., all display how their body is feeling. Your body has a language and yes your body talks and there are people out there who specialize in listening to how bodies talk. Janet Rendell, The Bodytalker, recently contacted me and invited…
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Acadia Fork and Farm Club: Growing Food as Art in the K.C. Irving Environmental Centre Conservatory

Acadia Fork and Farm Club: Growing Food as Art in the K.C. Irving Environmental Centre Conservatory By Shelby Farmer, Acadia Fork and Farm Club President It is weird to think one can enjoy homegrown foods amongst all the snow in Wolfville, but it sure is possible for the Acadia Fork and Farm Club, a club that fosters the interest in growing plants and focuses on connecting the Acadia student body with local farms in the Annapolis Valley. The club has had a busy winter designing and growing an aesthetically pleasing display of plants, turning food into art in K.C. Irving…
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