Agriculture

Bean There: The Locavore’s Dilemma

Bean There: The Locavore’s Dilemma

September 20, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Inspiration for this column can come from the strangest places. This time, I was deep in the heart of my favorite blackberry patch, high canes arching above my head, hands and mouth stained as purple as my bucket. A flock of sparrows and finches were chirping and scolding me forRead...

Vegetables in a root cellar. (Source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 37

September 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week This time of year there is a lot going on for gardeners. You may be very busy figuring out how to store your harvest. This week is a good time to review a few basic storage tips for the most common Cape Breton garden products.Read...

Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk.

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 36

September 13, 2017 at 11:32 am

What to do this week It must be green tomato season, unless you have been as lucky as I have been and are enjoying ripe tomatoes too. Local tomatoes had a bit of a slow start this year. It was cool, and then it was dry, so the plants didn’tRead More

Iannetti pole beans, brought to Sydney Mines from Britolli, Italy by the Iannetti family in 1902  (Photo by Michelle Smith)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 35

September 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm

What to do this week It is getting to be dry-bean time, especially since we may be getting excess rain (or even frost) very soon, making it a tricky time of year for beans. You may have planted dry beans deliberately. Certain varieties of bean are specific to dry beansRead More

Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk.

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 34

August 30, 2017 at 12:02 pm

What to do this week The main thing I am doing now, besides harvesting, is dealing with cover crops. I’m crimping or otherwise destroying the cover crops I had planted for the summer period, and planting new ones for fall/winter. A while back, we talked about cover crops as livingRead More

Bean There: Cold Calls & Hot Potatoes

Bean There: Cold Calls & Hot Potatoes

August 23, 2017 at 11:49 am

Really, this was my fault. Stephanie hadn’t wanted to do it this way at all. She thought it would be better for one of us to fly to St John’s, rent a car, and visit farmers in the surrounding area. With only six days to work with, it was aRead More

A Short History of Blame:  Reckless, Imprudent Miners

A Short History of Blame: Reckless, Imprudent Miners

August 23, 2017 at 11:47 am

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of essays by Susan Dodd on Nova Scotia’s history of blaming coal mining accidents on the miners themselves — a history that finally changed in the wake of the Westray disaster. You can read the first essay here.   hat weRead More

Beets. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 33

August 23, 2017 at 11:45 am

What to do this week This week, we are still on harvesting, and mid-season busy-ness. I am now digging up my early variety potatoes — the time is right when the plants are starting to yellow and die back. So you can finally stop picking potato bugs and start pickingRead More

CFIA: No Safe Route from Sydney to IW Disposal Site

CFIA: No Safe Route from Sydney to IW Disposal Site

August 16, 2017 at 11:50 am

I wrote last week that dealing with international waste (IW) at the Sydney Marine Terminal will involve more than simply getting in a stash of orange garbage bags. You can read the details here, but the gist is that international waste coming off vessels must be segregated from domestic wasteRead More

Raspberry canes. (Photo by Madeline Yakimchuk)

Gardening Tips for Seedy Characters: Week 32

August 16, 2017 at 11:35 am

What to do this week If there is one thing that is true about gardeners, it is that we are always thinking ahead. You might think we would all be busy enjoying what we have grown, or perhaps be scattered in multiple directions picking and processing everything that is comingRead More