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Volume 22 Issue 1 —May/June 2016

The current issueLate Spring Garden Edibles
by Stacey Tress

As I’m writing this, I imagine many of you have already started some of your garden seeds indoors, and by the time this article goes to print, you will be hardening off those plants and maybe doing some late spring sowing/planting. Our winters are long, here in Saskatchewan (although this winter was quite pleasant), but it’s comforting to know that no matter how long the winter is, spring is surely to follow. And with spring comes everything new and fresh again. Winter is great for garden planning, spring for starting seeds, but early summer is where the fresh foraging starts to happen!

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Falling in Love with Nature in the City
Visit NatureCity Festival May 24–29, 2016

by Fiji Robinson

It was thirteen years ago when a friend took me on my first hike along the river’s edge, and I witnessed the wondrous bird migration we experience in Saskatoon in the fall. Newly transplanted from Ontario, I had never seen a sandhill crane let alone hundreds of them on their journey, flock after flock, their loud, rattling calls reverberating down the river valley. That day there were also great blue herons, and varieties of geese I had no idea even existed. It was astounding.

Over the Hill Orchards Owners Offer Local Nutritious Organic Products
by Dean Kreutzer

It is hard to believe that fifteen years ago I was a computer consultant, while today, along with my wife Sylvia, we own Over the Hill Orchards, an organic orchard and winery just south of Lumsden, SK. Many people ask why I chose to make this transition, I mean, how could a computer nerd ever hope to become a fruit farmer? Initially, the concept of growing fruit excited me, it was new and challenging, and my dreams were quite unique, at least for this part of the world. It was my belief that until I failed at something, like growing peaches, it was possible no matter what the experts said. While it's true that the experts were right more often than not, I eventually had some success, and those peaches taste amazing right off the tree!

Living Off the Grid in Saskatchewan
by Brian Bueckert

Did you know, on a clear day the sun emits 1,000 watts of usable energy per square metre every hour on your roof? That is enough energy to run all the lights in your home and your TV at the same time!

When I was in high school, I took a course in electronics and learned about solar and wind systems. From that moment on, it was a part of me. I set a goal to one day have a farm that ran on wind and solar, to make hot water with sunshine, and heat my home with renewable energy..

Garden Tower: Grow Your Own Food Year Round
by Frank Tecklenburg

What happened to digging in the soil, planting a garden, and growing your own food?

It seems that the age of each family having a garden and sharing best practices for crops in their area was lost to the last generation. During the second world war, “Victory Gardens” sprouted up everywhere across Canada and the United States encouraging people to grow vegetables for themselves and others in their community. During the sixties and early seventies, “modern lifestyles” emerged encouraging the use of packaged foods to save time, from frozen TV dinners to canned vegetables. Commercials showed the ease of the products, as well as the perceived status of buying such items. During the eighties the ability to source vegetables and fruits year round in your local grocery stores, which were previously seasonal, created a new way of shopping that removed the need for home canning and preserving, as well as making root cellars almost obsolete.

The Unanticipated: Digital Stress
Could This Be Our Modern Achilles’ Heel?

by Cheryl Hann and Moira Theede

The rapid rise of technological advancements in the last few decades has propelled researchers to delve deeper into understanding stress in the 21st century. Researchers from many different fields better understand the critical impact of negative stress on the whole body and how it can disrupt the healthy patterns essential for our biological balance (homeostasis). Technology plays an important role in scientific advancement, but it is also creating a domino effect of unanticipated consequences.

Made with Love Presents Living Sky Café
In the Former Mendel Art Gallery Building in Saskatoon

by Taylor Morrison

As a family owned and operated café, we pride ourselves on using fresh and wholesome ingredients. We make everything from scratch, including our baked goods, soups, salad dressings, and even the syrups for our specialty coffees.

What Does It Mean to be a Spiritual Seeker?
by Lydia Maes

My conscious spiritual journey really began in 1989 when my sister-in-law woke me up spiritually. Ever since then, I have been on a spiritual path as a spiritual seeker and mystic. What does it mean to be a spiritual seeker? To me, it means seeking higher wisdom, the meaning of life, one’s true purpose here on Mother Earth.

by Melva Armstrong

I am looking forward to the coming months of spring and to enjoying the warmer temperatures and the joyful feeling of the sun warming my face. There is something very special about experiencing the renewal and reawakening process of Mother Earth each year. It’s a sense of uncurling from our winter cocoons and spreading our wings. A very freeing and expansive feeling that comes with invigorated energy and a desire to get things done. It’s time to clean up the yard and plant a garden and dig our hands into the earth. A time to reconnect with nature in all its beauty and to enjoy noticing the many creatures that also come out from their cocoons and begin walking the earth and climbing the trees once again. There are also the winged ones who return from the south and grace our skies with their delightful presence and sacred sounds. There is simply something magical about this time of year and I trust you will all be enjoying it to the fullest along with me.

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