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Toronto, Ontario on August 3rd, 2021—
The Harrowsmith community keyed into the importance of self-sufficiency over 40 years ago when our magazine was first established. While living more sustainably requires an initial investment and some ingenuity, the pay-off comes in the form of perennials, self-reliance and sometimes, an unexpected passive income (eggs! Honey! Airbnb farm stays!).
“Growing your own grocery list” was once the ideal reserved for the newly retired, lean income homesteaders or burnt-out urban refugees. Now, with the precarious teeter-totter of a pandemic, having the skill set to grow your own produce is the best investment you can make in yourself, and your family.
Harrowsmith’s 2021 Almanac is a quintessential resource for greenhorns and seasoned readers alike. Our content revolves around the basics: how to extend your vegetable crops, growing roses, splitting wood and farmhouse recipes reliant on local ingredients.
In the past, our annual almanac has featured “Small Ponds,” a section highlighting famous Canadian athletes, musicians, writers and artists. This year we decided to shift the spotlight to our dedicated farmers. The “Small Farms” profiles are an introduction to the genesis, commitment and generational history of some of our country’s remarkable farmers. We hope the Small Farms feature will inspire readers to explore their own radius and bounty within.
While this almanac is stitched together by writers from BC to Newfoundland, we also have a responsibility to publish stories that connect us to the world too. Beth Lischeron’s “Blowpipes Against Bulldozers” is deeply rooted in the Sarawak rainforest in the western state of Malaysian Borneo, but her story is a familiar one. It demonstrates the continued global conflict over natural resources and indigenous land claims. In the same pulsing vein, Phil Norton reflects on the 1990 Oka Crisis, 30 years later. Both pieces are a raw and passionate examination of tainted relations and land disputes in need of resolve.
Of course, you’ll find all the essential almanac staples you’ve come to rely on in our fall issue including over 60 pages of weather forecasts and night sky events.
What else? We’re glad you asked…
As always, flip to the back of our magazine for Dan Needles reliably nostalgic yarns, “True Confessions from the Ninth Concession.”
Things We Love, A Cup of Coffee With a Local and Bookshelf are all designed to help you keep tabs on notable Canadians and what’s trending from sustainable products to must-have books. Plus, we’ve included a few duck recipes and some porcupine lore for good measure!
Pour another cup! Stay awhile…
“If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the power of sharing. Whether it’s a dozen muffins, some seedlings or volunteering your time at a local food bank. We need to support each other and our farmers. That’s who we are. That’s what makes us Canadian,” says Publisher Yolanda Thornton.
“The Small Farms and Lost Stories Project have been such an engaging section of the almanac to curate. The two features represent an alignment of our country’s past and present. The stories overlap in what becomes a very cherished and colourful quilt of Canada and the vibrant communities that we call home.”
–Jules Torti, Editor-in-Chief
Harrowsmith is the only publication of its kind that can honestly dub itself “Made in Canada.” We are 100% Canadiana. In fact, if you open the magazine and inhale really deeply, you can actually smell maple syrup. Harrowsmith is now published four times a year (also available in digital).
MEDIA INTERVIEWS: Publisher Yolanda Thornton, Editor-in-Chief Jules Torti, Gardening Editors Mark and Ben Cullen, Food Editor Signe Langford, Home and Farm Editor Steve Maxwell, are available now for media interviews. We can provide additional copies for prize giveaways to your readers or listeners.
Yolanda Thornton [email protected] 416.930.1664
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Title: Fall 2020, includes Harrowsmith’s 2021 Almanac
Jules Torti’s resume reads more like a well-folded treasure map. She has been a canoe outtripper, outdoor educator, colouring book illustrator and freelancer. Jules has volunteered (and eaten all sorts of questionable things) in the soupy jungles of Costa Rica, Uganda and the Congo. Her work has been published in The Harrowsmith Almanac, The Vancouver Sun, The Globe & Mail, travelife, Canadian Running and Coast Mountain Culture. She actively feeds her blog, Alphabet Soup, with posts on books, birds, burgers and beer (in no particular order) across the latitudes from Zanzibar to Iceland. Closer to home, she was grandfathered into the Galt Horticultural Society, was the caretaker of a 155-year-old stone heritage cottage and has chronic fantasies about church conversions, beekeeping and owning llamas. She has been known to slam on the brakes for photo ops of saltbox houses, saddle roof barns, snowy owls and sunflower fields. As editor-in-chief of Harrowsmith she is thrilled to be able to curate, write and read about the very best things in life.