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The Dome Chronicles: Confession of a Karaoke Addict

The Dome Chronicles: Confession of a Karaoke Addict By Garry Leeson In 1972, a boxcar from Toronto containing a menagerie of farm animals and an eager young couple pulled into the station platform in Kingston, Nova Scotia. They were bound for a deserted hundred-acre farm on the South Mountain, determined to preserve the foundations of farmsteads past while constructing a geodesic dome. They were pioneers of the future, armed with respect for tradition and an irrepressible sense of humour. They didn’t call themselves farmers. They were back-to-the-landers. Farming was industry and their calling was sustainability. Over the next forty years,…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens By Adrien Green, Head Gardener and Educator In our beautiful forest community, when we stand amid the trees we often feel the sensation of belonging, or that we are a part of something much larger than ourselves. Humans have received many gifts from trees over millennia including food, lumber for building, heating for homes and oftentimes metaphors conveying strength, flexibility and generosity. Trees can make us feel humble and connected all at once. In the spirit of Deep Roots, let’s imagine what lies beneath the trunks of the trees we see in…
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Valley Vixen

Valley Vixen By David Wimsett The Valley Vixen sex-positive bookshop and adult toy store opened its doors on April 29, 2017 at 3 Elm Avenue in Wolfville. Co-owners Tessa and Max Janes were thrilled with the reception. Tessa said that traffic inside the store on the first day was, “A constant flow.” They had advertised widely and offered special sales for the day. Since then, the shop has been open for regular business and offering unique workshops. So far Tessa says, “Business is going great.” Max and Tessa are first-time business owners. They each graduated from Acadia University in May…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Serviceberry

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Serviceberry By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist The fruit of the Acadian Forest is starting to ripen much to the delight of the creatures who call the region home. One of the first wild berries enjoyed by birds and humans alike are that of the serviceberry. There are a variety of shrubs and small trees referred to as serviceberries. They are in the Rose family (Roseaceae) and are in the genus Amelanchier. There are ten or so species native to Nova Scotia. They can be tricky to identify and classify as they hybridize…
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A Talk and Book Signing with Jonathan White

A Talk and Book Signing with Jonathan White, author of TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean   Friday, July 14, noon-2pm, Auditorium, K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre Expert mariner and marine conservationist Jonathan White spent four consecutive summers visiting the Bay of Fundy region during his research on tides. Now he is returning to promote his new book, TIDES: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean (Trinity University Press 2017). White will be sharing his insights on why the Bay of Fundy is a teaching ground and critical to understanding what global warming means for our coastlines. In…
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Living in Wine Country

Living in Wine Country By N.Neslihan Ivit, M.Sc. Vinifera European Viticulture and Enology winesofnesli.com   Being a wine-producing country and living close to the vineyard changes our lives in many aspects. Firstly, it gives us the opportunity to visit the vineyards around us and to see how the grapevines are growing. If you haven’t payed attention to grapevine growth before, I suggest you to do it now, as it’s one of the prettiest seasons of the vineyards, when everything is all alive and green. When you visit a vineyard and get to know it more, you will feel closer to nature…
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Fidelis House Celebrates 25 Years

Fidelis House Celebrates 25 Years By Emily Leeson Nova Scotian hospitality: Supper at the kitchen table, the company of friends and family, a cozy place to spend the night. It’s no secret that we excel at welcoming our guests. While plenty of tourists make their way here for pleasure, there’s also a steady stream of Nova Scotians regularly travelling across the province each year to access medical services. Fidelis House is making those trips more comfortable and affordable for patients of the Valley Regional Hospital. Visiting a hospital can mean a stay far from friends and family, and the comforts…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Ticks

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Ticks   By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist   Scary tales of ticks and lyme disease have been prevalent in the news lately. I see this as a good thing, as education is the first step towards prevention. What is unfortunate is that the media hype is scaring people. I’ve heard many folks say that they are afraid to spend time in the woods. There is no denying that lyme disease is a terrible thing, however staying indoors is not the answer. The average Canadian sits for 10 hours a day which can…
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The Maritime Small Farms Co-op: A Community Affair

The Maritime Small Farms Co-op: A Community Affair By Sarah Pittoello Sarah Pittoello farms with her husband Joey and their two kids, Mia and Lewyn, at Rerooted in Hortonville. Sarah is also a counsellor in private practice, sarahpittoello.com, and Joey is the Director of Coffee at Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op. You can learn more about the Maritime Small Farms Co-op at martitimesmallfarms.ca, follow us on facebook, or come chat with us on Saturday mornings at the Wolfville Farmers’ Market. When I recently responded to a survey for my vision of a sustainable food system in the Valley, my response…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens–Getting Outside

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens–Getting Outside By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist Acadia University recently had the pleasure of hosting over 330 environmental educators from across Canada during the 2017 Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication conference. So much magic happened at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, and around campus, during the 3-day conference that it’s impossible to put it all into words. 130 presenters shared their stories and environmental education experiences with delegates. New connections were made, tears of wonder were shed, and great ideas were born. One clear take-away from the conference was the feeling…
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