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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What’s Growing at Acadia

What’s Growing at Acadia By Sarah Boudreau, Acadia Community Farm Coordinator and Jodie Noiles, Acadia Sustainability Coordinator Acadia has a long history of growing food for the campus community, but also for teaching and research. From Acadia’s inception until the mid-1950s there was a working farm on the Acadia campus with livestock, fruit, and vegetables grown for the dining hall. In 1893 the Acadia School of Horticulture was established by the province of Nova Scotia with 60 students enrolled in its first year. In those early years many students worked on the farm for room and board while learning about…
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The 39 Steps: I Spy: A Very Fun Show!

The 39 Steps: I Spy: A Very Fun Show!! By Mike Butler Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python, and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced comedy thriller for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony and Drama Deck Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs and a talented cast of 7 local actors. The play is based on the book by John Buchan, adapted by Patrick Barlow, and directed by Chérie Zinck. The cast in order of appearance includes Mike Butler (ME!), Candy O’Brien, Alan Tupper, Emily…
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The Art Spot: Ericka Walker

The Art Spot: Ericka Walker This year, Uncommon Common Art began their season with Ericka Walker’s mural, titled “Be Industrious That You May Live” (the motto of the King’s county Agricultural Society from 1806 onward). It can be found at Longspell Point Farm on Medford Road in Kingsport. WHO: In a few sentences, please tell us about yourself. I am a visual artist living and working in the Head of St. Margaret’s Bay here in Nova Scotia. I am also an Associate Professor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, in the Printmaking Area of the Fine Arts Division….
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