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AVRL News: Funding Announcement for the Annapolis Royal Library

AVRL News: Funding Announcement for the Annapolis Royal Library By Angela Reynolds   The Annapolis Royal Library is moving to The Academy (formerly the Annapolis Royal Regional Academy)! On Tuesday, October 10, Colin Fraser, MP for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced funding of $255,400 through their Innovative Communities Fund to be used in conjunction with a $230,822 investment from the Town of Annapolis Royal, $30,000 from the Province of Nova Scotia, $40,000 from the Municipality of the County…
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Everything Starts with the Grapes

Everything Starts with the Grapes By N.Neslihan Ivit, M.Sc. Viticulture and Enology The harvest season is the most exciting time of the year for grape growers, since they are harvesting the fruit that they have been working all year long. It is equally exciting for wineries, since it is the only time that they ferment the grapes. There are many different varieties of grape produced in our valley and they all have a different time of ripening. This is an advantage for both grape growers and winemakers because their busy schedule during the harvest period is eased by varied harvest…
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The Dome Chronicles: Baked Beans and Brown Bread

The Dome Chronicles: Baked Beans and Brown Bread 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 Happening at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre: Seeds for the future

What’s Happening at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre: Seeds for the future Robin Browne, Propagation Specialist The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre at Acadia University not only houses a collection of dried plant specimens within the Irving Biodiversity Collection’s E. C. Smith Herbarium, it is also home to a seed bank of native plant species from the Acadian Forest Region. The storage of seed is considered an important conservation strategy for preserving biodiversity and protecting our native plants for the future well-being of the planet. Factors like human population increase, habitat loss, disease outbreaks, competition from invasive species, and…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Acadian Forest

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Acadian Forest Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist   If you’ve read my column, taken one of my courses, or walked through the woods with me, you will know that I spend a lot of time talking about why the Acadian Forest Region is such a precious place and how important it is that we work together to preserve it. For one night on Monday October 23 I get to sit back and listen to someone else share their passion and knowledge of our amazing, unique, and at-risk forest.   To kick off Acadia’s…
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The Dome Chronicles: Thanks but No Thanksgiving

The Dome Chronicles: Thanks but No Thanksgiving 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, through…
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Valley Family Fun: Lots of Great Local Reads for Kids

Valley Family Fun: Lots of Great Local Reads for Kids By Laura Churchill Duke As the author Beverly Cleary says “children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something teachers make us do at school”. In the valley we are blessed with so many great local authors writing books specifically for kids. The best places to find these books are by asking a librarian at your local library (valleylibrary.ca), or by stopping by one of our book stores. Box of Delights in Wolfville and Chisholm’s in Kentville always carry a great selection of local reads. Here are some of…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Reading Nature

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens: Reading Nature By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist Working outside in nature most everyday gives me a wonderful opportunity to really see and feel the changing seasons. It has made me less reliant on internet and radio weather forecasts, and taught me to observe and interpret the signs around me. Prior to the onset of technology, this type of observation of the natural world was common practice. With changing times, more of us are losing track of what’s happening outdoors and some simply don’t seem to care. Each year I note the first…
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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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