Who’s Who: Jim Murphy: A Deep Rooted Local!

Who’s Who: Jim Murphy: A Deep Rooted Local! By Mike Butler If the name Jim Murphy doesn’t bring music to your ears right now, come September it sure will! Jim is part of the very busy board handling the organization and marketing for the 15th Deep Roots Festival in Wolfville. It’s gonna be a busy couple of weeks for Jim and his team but he was willing to lend me some time for this profile. Hear is a sweet little blurb about Jim Murphy! Jim was born and raised in Wolfville, went to Wolfville School, Horton High School, and then…
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Valley Family Fun: Farm Visits

Farm Visits Family Fun By Laura Churchill Duke I recently spoke with a friend, now living in a big city in the United States, who has to drive his children over 20 minutes just to find a pocked of nature to explore. Being surrounded by nature and farmlands is something that we sometimes take for granted here in the Valley, and I think we shouldn’t. This is our list of places in the Valley where you can go to explore a variety of farms. There is a complete list on under Go Places – Farms and Zoos. Visit farms…
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Mud Creek Rotary Supports Farm to School Program

Mud Creek Rotary is a proud supporter of the Annapolis Valley Farm to School program. The Farm to School Committee provides a monthly free locally-grown vegetable or fruit snack from farms to students and staff participating in the AVRCE schools. The current program is running in 10 schools in the Annapolis Valley. This program increases food literacy, encourages healthy eating habits, and enhances access and exposure to local vegetables and fruits. Your toonies are making a difference in your community!

Flower Farmer Amanda Muis Brown Launches book at Tangled Garden

Flower Farmer Amanda Muis Brown Launches book at Tangled Garden Recently, the Tangled Garden hosted the launch of From Seed to Centrepiece: A Floral Journey Through the Seasons, an exciting new book about flower farming written by Amanda Muis Brown of Humble Burdock Farm. About 55 people of all ages attended and enjoyed scones with jam and clotted cream, and mint lemonade. Amanda did a flower arranging demonstration, and guests got to make a bouquet to take home. A beautiful event in a beautiful location!

Featurepreneur: New Shoots, Lifelong Roots

Featurepreneur: New Shoots, Lifelong Roots By Genevieve Allen Hearn The Annapolis Valley benefits from multi-generational farming families who are rooted to this land in history, in family traditions, and in the crops they grow. But there is also a group of first generation farmers who have uprooted their lives from out-of-province, and sown new seeds in the Annapolis Valley. The Grapevine spoke to two farming couples who have recently moved to the breadbasket of Nova Scotia. Sarah and Kenny Macalpine – Two Birds One Stone The Grapevine (GV): What attracted you to farming? Sarah and Kenny (S&K): We are passionate…
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Bessie North House Pig Roast

Bessie North House Pig Roast By Scott Campbell When my editor told me that she needed stories with a farm theme, I knew exactly what I wanted to write about. Recently, as part of their thank you to their Kickstarter supporters, Dave Smart and his wife, Susan – co-owners of Bessie North House Farm and Restaurant – had a pig roast. This amazing new venture, located on Bessie North Road just outside of Canning, is already proving to be a successful restaurant with reservations for sold out nights well into the summer and fall, but let’s talk about the farm….
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The Dome Chronicles: The Trade

The Dome Chronicles: The Trade By Garry Leeson In the early nineteen seventies, the barter system was still alive and well among the small farmers of the Annapolis Valley. One morning in May in 1974 I loaded my pickup truck with a second-hand saddle horse, a crate of roosters, and a runt pig. I was hoping that someone at the Lawrencetown Cattle Auction might take a shine to them and take them off my hands for cash or kind. I guess I hadn’t checked the calendar because when I arrived at the site where the auction was normally held I…
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“Our Heritage Hearth: From Field to Farm”

“Our Heritage Hearth: From Field to Farm” Exploring The Roots of Valley Cooking From Garden to Table. Mid- September until Mid-December 2018 Before the rise of the “Farm to Table” movement there was our “Heritage Hearth.” Even with the dramatic changes to food processing and storage in the middle part of the last century, traditional gardening techniques and methods of preparing and serving food remained very much alive in Valley kitchens. Recipes for favourite dishes were kept and shared and passed down from generation to generation in cherished handwritten cookbooks. This exhibition celebrates those traditions and the people that…
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Wild Feast Among the Vines at Planters Ridge Winery

Wild Feast Among the Vines at Planters Ridge Winery By Emily Kathan On a recent Friday evening, diners had the privilege of looking out over the vineyards of Planters Ridge and beyond to the Wellington Dyke while enjoying a six course tasting menu, along with the vineyard’s own wine pairings. The view was punctuated by the occasional bald eagle gliding past on a gentle breeze, and the local songbirds were kind enough to provide the perfect soundtrack to an evening of foraged ingredients incorporated into each of the beautifully executed courses. Avery Peters and Chef Nelson Penner have together created…
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