Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

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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Wild Eats: Cooking with Llewyn – My Kitchen Sidekick

Wild Eats: Cooking with Llewyn – My Kitchen Sidekick By Avery Peters When I think springtime cooking, I think transitional cooking – a little bit of those last winter vegetables jazzed up with a touch of spring – just like this risotto I made recently. I love to make risottos because they’re so adaptable to various additions. In our family, we don’t like risotto to be too heavy, so we’ve started to add heaps of vegetables. It becomes a comforting meal in a bowl and it gets Llewyn to eat his greens. I usually have to hide them in some…
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Uncorked: Banker’s Hollow, A Real Treasure!

Uncorked: Banker’s Hollow, A Real Treasure! By Mike Butler I just moved! Not in my spot while writing this article but actually MOVED from my old apartment of 14 years to a new dwelling in Wolfville. The process of moving, for me, was actually quite entertaining, fun, and interesting. I had a few weeks to organize, pack up, and make the transition smoothly, unlike those who have the usual three-to-four days to pack up their entire lives and make the move. I am blessed to have had friends to help, flexibility with space and movement, and some time off from…
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Going to Council Meetings!

Going to Council Meetings! By Emily Kathan Probably like many of you, I have always felt a little intimidated by the idea of sitting in on council meetings as a member of the public, and even wondered if I’m really allowed to be there. Now, I know better. The Nova Scotia Municipal Government Act says explicitly that (with some specific exceptions), “council meetings, and meetings of committees appointed by council, are open to the public” so in general, anyone can attend. How should you prepare? Most municipalities in the Valley provide documents on their websites about various concerns of the…
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Group Plans to Restore Jijuktu’kwejk (Cornwallis) River First Annual General Meeting of Valley Watershed Alliance

Group Plans to Restore Jijuktu’kwejk (Cornwallis) River First Annual General Meeting of Valley Watershed Alliance Submitted On March 26, citizens and groups interested in restoring the Cornwallis River will meet for the first Annual General Meeting of the Jijuktu’kwejk Watershed Alliance (pronounced gee-gee-wok-tok).  The group aims to improve watershed health; connect people with the river through outdoor experiences; and maintain an organization with a focus on education, teamwork, development, engagement and positive change. “This group started as an alliance of people and groups who want to see the river restored to the beauty and health it enjoyed when it was…
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Grapevine on Government: Jodi MacKay, “Reach out to your elected officials. We are here to serve your interests!”

Grapevine on Government: Jodi MacKay, “Reach out to your elected officials. We are here to serve your interests!” By Emily Kathan In this issue, Jodi MacKay, counsellor for the Town of Wolfville, shares her insights about political engagement with us. Grapevine (GV): In your opinion, what barriers exist in understanding how municipal government works? What can be done to overcome these barriers? Jodi MacKay (JM): Education – We don’t talk politics to our children, and when we do it has a tendency to be negative. Our kids then have the opinion that politics is bad and may disengage and not…
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