Author Archive: Genevieve Allen Hearn

What’s Growing at the Acadia Community Farm

What’s Growing at the Acadia Community Farm By Sarah Boudreau, Acadia Community Farm Coordinator and Jodie Noiles, Acadia Sustainability Coordinator At the Acadia Community Farm we are growing gardeners and community! From Acadia’s inception until the mid-1950s there was a working farm on the campus, with livestock, fruit and vegetables grown for the dining hall. Many Acadia students worked on the farm in exchange for room and board. Over time as the Acadia population grew, land was required for new buildings and the farm was no longer viable, closing in 1956. In 2008, after learning of the original farm and…
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Art and Soul

Art and Soul By Anna Horsnell Susan Spicer sees potential in the discarded. She imagines far beyond the rough edges and worn down surfaces. She envisions bright colours and intricate patterns. She has a gift for seeing the possibilities and making them real. Under the banner of “Susan’s Art and Soul,” she creates one-of-a-kind, hand-painted furnishings of all sorts to brighten your home or garden. This is not a hobby. Spicer is constantly seeking out new pieces which she can repurpose, often finding items at the end of a driveway, a second-hand store, barn, or attic. A piece of furniture…
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The Dome Chronicles: Skunked

The Dome Chronicles: Skunked 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, through flood and fire,…
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A Year of School Food

A Year of School Food By Jenny Osburn School’s out and Annapolis Valley cafeterias have closed their doors for summer! Let me tell you, it has been QUITE A YEAR working in school food in the Annapolis Valley. I’ve gotten to know some very kind and hardworking “lunch ladies,” learned how to use the giant steam kettle at my old high school, and helped to feed lots of really excited kids (and staff!) At Berwick School we’ve hosted plenty of interested visitors, many of whom have taken ideas back to their own schools and communities. Starting with inspiration from Valley…
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Deep Roots Releases 2019 Festival Line-up

Deep Roots Releases 2019 Festival Line-up Submitted The Deep Roots Music Festival (September 26-29, 2019) is preparing for its 16th edition with a focus on the role that music plays in mental health and well-being. On opening night, celebrated Maritime singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan will set the tone with a screening of her National Film Board documentary The Song and the Sorrow, directed by Millefiore Clarkes, with a duo performance following. The film captures Catherine’s personal struggle to reconcile a family tragedy, confront the hurtful mystery of her absent father, Gene MacLellan, and embrace his musical legacy, as well as break…
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Wolfville Farmers’ Market Food Bucks Project Now Province-Wide

Wolfville Farmers’ Market Food Bucks Project Now Province-Wide Thanks to a tremendous history of local support, this July the Wolfville Farmers’ Market will launch its Food Bucks program for the fourth consecutive year. The program’s success in past years has attracted the interest of many other market communities. With leadership from Farmers’ Markets of Nova Scotia and funding provided by Communities, Culture and Heritage Nova Scotia, the program will now be offered at five farmers’ markets across the province. “Food Bucks” was a program originally researched and conceived by Acadia student Jessica Wall, who was personally involved in launching the…
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Who’s Who: Brad Farquhar: Man Without Limits

Who’s Who: Brad Farquhar: Man Without Limits By Mike Butler Brad Farquhar is an inspiration! There’s just no other word that comes to my mind after meeting and chatting with him. There were moments during our conversation where I couldn’t blink and my mouth just hung open I was so in awe of his story and his accomplishments. Brad has gone above and beyond both physically and mentally and he’s showing no signs of stopping. Take a minute and be inspired. Let me introduce you to the one and only Brad Farquhar! Born and raised in Brooklyn Nova Scotia, Brad…
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Lorne Elliott Returns to Wolfville with The Fixer-Upper

Lorne Elliott Returns to Wolfville with The Fixer-Upper By Mike Butler Lorne Elliott has been a very recognizable face in music and comedy theatre for so long even he can’t remember (1974 according to the glorious Google). The Valley is in for a treat because Lorne is returning to Wolfville for a very special engagement and I had the pleasure of chatting with him about it. Lorne Elliott is bringing his show, The Fixer-Upper, to the Al Whittle Theatre from July 18-20. The Fixer-Upper is a comedy about Bruno McIntyre, who wants to take charge of his own life, his…
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Annapolis Valley Farm Land Trust Presents 100 Mile Farm Food Festival

Annapolis Valley Farm Land Trust Presents 100 Mile Farm Food Festival Featuring local food, local music, vendors, competitions, and a petting zoo, the 100 Mile Farm Food Festival promises a great day of fun for the whole family. The festival will take place on Sunday August 4 at the Northville Farm Heritage Centre in Centreville and is organized by the Annapolis Valley Farm Land Trust, an organization devoted to the preservation of farmland for future generations of farmers. Musical guests Two in the Morning, Bob Deveau, The Dearlies, and Yesterday’s Wine will perform, and the Northville Farm Heritage Centre and…
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Marie’s Report: Wolfville and Area Newcomers Club Book Group

Marie’s Report: Wolfville and Area Newcomers Club Book Group By Marie Mossman How can you make a new friend? The first step is to meet new people, and The Wolfville and Area Newcomers Club makes that easy. Newcomers welcomes all, whether new to the area or not. Its interest groups ensure you can mix with people who enjoy an activity that you like. The Newcomers book group is a particular favourite: A bikini hung unused by the swimming pool in June as the group of voracious readers concentrated on the hottest titles they would read during 2019 and 2020. This…
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