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Gird Your loins and Open Your Heart!

by: EJ on 04/26/2018

When she was a young mother, Judith Plant, her partner Chris Plant, and three children moved to a remote valley near Lillooet BC to join a commune inspired by the work of Simon Fraser University professor Fred Brown.  Judith's memoir, Culture Gap: Towards a New World in the Yalakom Valley, published by New Star Books, captures the spirit of the …

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Small Things Add Up - an interview with "Being the Change" filmmakers

by: EJ on 03/29/2018

Being the Change: A New Kind of Climate Documentary is now available.  We asked filmmakers Dave Davis and Mary Grandelis how working on the film with Peter Kalmus, author of the book by the same title, had influenced their lifestyles and work. 

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Managing Slugs and Snails in the Garden

by: Sara on 03/21/2018

When my nephew was a toddler he had a fascination with slugs. He found those slimy, turd-like molluscs enchanting and would carry one...or a few...around with him everywhere. His mother tried to be supportive, like any mother when their child shows an interest in something, no matter how gooey an interest it was. She even took to trying to protect …

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Choice Moms Raising Peaceful Warriors

by: EJ on 03/08/2018

Happy International Women's Day.  There are so many reasons to celebrate women.  One of my favourites is this.  Paul Hawkins researched the top most effective actions to take to combat climate change for his recent book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. He discovered that educating girls and promoting …

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Hand Pollinating Squash

by: Sara on 03/07/2018

Bees are called "nature's sparkplugs" because without them, many plants can't start to produce a crop. But wild bees are scarcer now, and few people keep domestic honeybees in populated areas anymore. Bees are also less active in cool weather, so flowers go unpollinated when it is cool and rainy. People need to know how to hand pollinate flowers. …

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