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Happy Hens & Fresh Eggs

Happy Hens & Fresh Eggs

Even if you’ve never entertained the notion of raising chickens, Signe Langford’s Happy Hens & Fresh Eggs: Keeping Chickens in the Kitchen Garden, with 100 Recipes has the power to pull you into the renaissance movement. Those who are already part of the growing...

Field of dreams

Field of dreams

Fifty-five bunches of chard, 75 heads of lettuce, 110 bunches of kale, 18 kg (40 pounds) of salad mix, 13.6 kg (30 pounds) of spinach, and many more items are assigned, and we set off to harvest. I finish harvesting my last bunch of kale and starting walk back to the...

Sea The Change

Sea The Change

Langdon Hall is known as a luxurious retreat. Just one hour from Toronto, the Cambridge, Ontario, property boasts plush, Hollywood-worthy suites and an afternoon tea service fit for a princess. And yet, with chef Jason Bangerter at the helm, Langdon’s dining room has...

Back Road Trolling

Back Road Trolling

As a young girl growing up in the country, I couldn’t wait to leave my parents’ home and move to the city. I had never understood the lure of the countryside. On the farm, my life consisted of going to school, cutting grass, and helping out in the family garden. I was...

What on Earth Will You Do on April 22nd?

What on Earth Will You Do on April 22nd?

Here’s what you probably didn’t know: Earth Day was founded in the United States on April 22, 1970. It is now celebrated in more than 196 countries. While Rachel Carson’s 1962 New York Times bestseller Silent Spring turned up the volume on pollution and the fragile...

The Victoria Garden

The Victoria Garden

You have to pity Victoria Bick and her staff. It's an unseasonably scorching day in late May. The midday sun is a harsh mistress. But, there they are, working in the restored kitchen garden of Dundurn Castle. They move about in long skirts, long sleeves, bonnets and...

Discovering the  Charms of Stratford

Discovering the Charms of Stratford

Just shy of two centuries ago (1828), the Canada Company began surveying Huron Road, part of which included an area where William “Tiger” Dunlop became the first European to plant his surveyor’s stakes in what would become Stratford, Ontario. But as was typically the...

Stratford Summer Music Festival

Stratford Summer Music Festival

Held this year from July 17 to August 27, the Stratford Summer Music Festival is now in its 17th year, though its roots stretch back to the 1950s, when it was closely associated with the theatre festival. Abandoned in the ’70s and revived here and there over the...

Back to the Land…Rover

Back to the Land…Rover

It was back in my early years of elementary school when I first remember seeing one: There, projected on the gymnasium wall, bigger than life, was a Land Rover. The scene was from Born Free, the 1966 film about a couple who were working in a nature reserve in Kenya,...

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