Harrowsmith Magazine Contributor

Remembering Wingfield Farm and Trees for Heroes

Remembering Wingfield Farm and Trees for Heroes

This episode is about plays, a fictional farm, heroes and highways. I start off by chatting with Dan Needles, a mainstay for Harrowsmith readers and the author of the WIngfield Farm mediaverse.

Of Blooms and Bees

Of Blooms and Bees

The Rundown In this episode we combine two natural, literally natural partners, blooms and bees. First up I chat with Terry Caddo, the executive director of Canada Blooms, a venerable gardening show that will soon be celebrating 25 years of gardening glory. Next up,...

Winterizing and Big Bags of Bird Seed

Winterizing and Big Bags of Bird Seed

The Rundown This episode features a return visit from Harrowsmith’s resident handyman from Manitoulin Island, Steve Maxwell. This time out Steve offers some good, and timely advice about how to keep your house warm in the winter. You can learn more about Steve and his...

Living Off the Grid and Coffee Alternatives

Living Off the Grid and Coffee Alternatives

We start this episode talking about living off the grid using solar, wind, batteries and a generator with Canada’s handyman and Harrowsmith contributor, Steve Maxwell. Then, on a lighter note, but with no less energy, I speak with Signe Langford, Harrowsmith’s food editor about alternatives to hot chocolate on cold winter evenings, on the grid, or off.

From the Wildfire Into the Soup Pot

From the Wildfire Into the Soup Pot

The Rundown This episode starts with a sobering conversation with science writer Vanessa Farnsworth about the wildfires that have ravaged the West, including, most recently, California - and in 2017, B.C.. We talk about how human-induced climate change has a lot to...

Women in Agriculture and a Royal Winter Fair

Women in Agriculture and a Royal Winter Fair

The Rundown In this episode we talk about the changing role of women in agriculture and the future of the largest agricultural fair in the world. I speak with Iris Meck, the force behind the Advancing Women in Agriculture conference.  And I chat with the CEO of the...

EP 7 Feeding Winter Birds and Crafting Homemade Cider

EP 7 Feeding Winter Birds and Crafting Homemade Cider

Mark and Ben Cullen, a father and son dynamic duo of gardening expertise, have been guiding home-based horticulture fans for years, decades and now, generations. This time out they team up to guide you to getting the best birds in your backyard this winter. Along the...

Beer and Holiday Foods—A Perfect Pairing

Beer and Holiday Foods—A Perfect Pairing

When most people think about pairing holiday foods with drinks, their minds turn to wine. Not Ryan Barath, a beer expert at Collective Arts Brewing in Hamilton, Ontario. Barath puts together the ideal pint with the perfect comestible for entertaining. From a salty...

Christmas Baking at Dundurn Castle

Christmas Baking at Dundurn Castle

"There may be butter," Janet Kronick warns as she ladles a hearty dollop, destined for shortbread, into her crockery bowl. Kronick is the historic kitchen coordinator at Dundurn Castle in Hamilton, Ontario. The castle is a national historic site...

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