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🔍Read Full ArticleRenovate, Innovate: A Crash Course on Surviving Renovations

Renovate, Innovate: A Crash Course on Surviving Renovations

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Oct 03, 2016

One of my formative memories is driving down the Oregon coast with my dad. I was the proud new possessor of a learner driver’s licence and the feeling of cruising along the winding coastal roads, warm wind buffeting us through the open windows, a gas-station-purchased Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cassette blasting out of the crappy stereo, was blissful.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Path of the Herbalist

The Path of the Herbalist

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Aug 01, 2016

Imagine dried herbs, ground-up roots and powdered barks carefully labelled and arranged in neat wooden boxes, dried berries wrapped in a deer skin pouch or willow bark being boiled in a cast iron pot over an open campfire.

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🔍Read Full ArticleAre We Losing Our Aspens?

Are We Losing Our Aspens?

👤Paul Glover 🕔Aug 01, 2016

It’s a beautiful day in May 2012 and the air is filled with millions of tiny, fluttering moths.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGrowing the Northern Tomato

Growing the Northern Tomato

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔May 31, 2016

If a northern gardener is going to be caught bragging, chances are good that it will be about their tomatoes.

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🔍Read Full ArticlePeaveys, Pickaxes & other Perfect-for-the-Job Implements: Nostalgia for heritage gardening equipment

Peaveys, Pickaxes & other Perfect-for-the-Job Implements: Nostalgia for heritage gardening equipment

👤Norma Kerby 🕔May 31, 2016

With amazing vigour, the rootstock for my Montmorency pie cherry sent suckers across the yard into the garden.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe asparagus exSPEARiment: Once established, this tender perennial is a welcome addition

The asparagus exSPEARiment: Once established, this tender perennial is a welcome addition

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Mar 30, 2016

I cuss, you cuss, we all cuss for asparagus!

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🔍Read Full ArticleSunny Slopes and Garden Growth:  Approaching your crops from a new angle

Sunny Slopes and Garden Growth:  Approaching your crops from a new angle

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Mar 30, 2016

On a moderate, southwest-facing slope near Terrace, the remnants of a 100-year-old orchard grow as ragged witness to the agricultural era in the lower Skeena Valley.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Dirt on Composting Outhouses

The Dirt on Composting Outhouses

👤Christoph Dietzfelbinger 🕔Mar 30, 2016

Every rural dwelling should have an outhouse.

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🔍Read Full ArticleWinter Cities: Designing communities for whatever way the wind blows

Winter Cities: Designing communities for whatever way the wind blows

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Nov 24, 2015

Whoever built my former house did not know or understand the direction of the prevailing wind or how drifts are formed.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe straw playhouse:  Winter habitat for busy children

The straw playhouse:  Winter habitat for busy children

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Oct 09, 2015

“So what did your children do when it was minus forty?”

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🔍Read Full ArticleStoring Fresh: How to keep tasty fruits and veggies for winter

Storing Fresh: How to keep tasty fruits and veggies for winter

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Oct 09, 2015

In February, the spaghetti squash in my coldroom was still as crisp as the previous autumn. Even the five large zucchinis had not moulded or withered.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSmokin’ Good Fish:  Many ways to smoke a salmon

Smokin’ Good Fish:  Many ways to smoke a salmon

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Jul 31, 2015

A slight breeze rustles the aspen leaves, and on it drifts the distinct scent of a northern summer. It could be a campfire or a Bar-B-Q, but when the days are long and when the salmon are running, the smell of smoke carries with it the flavour of curing fish and the promise of good eating throughout the winter.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGrand Entrances:  Northerners and the long drive home

Grand Entrances:  Northerners and the long drive home

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Jul 31, 2015

“Map says it’s public right-of-way.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleBackyard Bears

Backyard Bears

👤Jane Stevenson 🕔Jul 31, 2015

Our home, just outside of Telkwa, is nestled on the edge of 40 acres of rolling wilderness next to a provincial park. I see the first bears of the spring just as the aspens are leafing out.

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🔍Read Full ArticleUp to Code:  Could new regulations lead to building revolution?

Up to Code:  Could new regulations lead to building revolution?

👤Dan Mesec 🕔Jun 01, 2015

As I walk through the entrance to Vicki and Ken Alton’s new home it’s hard to tell it apart from any other.

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🔍Read Full ArticlePistol butts and drunken trees:  What plants can tell you about your land

Pistol butts and drunken trees:  What plants can tell you about your land

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Jun 01, 2015

A piece of property is like a good novel: full of opportunities and mysteries about its past.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMedicinal flower power:  More than just a pretty face

Medicinal flower power:  More than just a pretty face

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Jun 01, 2015

Flowers are widely viewed as something decorative to put in the front yard or to help improve pollination for squash by attracting bees.

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Measure Twice: Silent but deadly: new building code requirements aim to lower radon exposure

👤Terry Fulljames 🕔Jun 01, 2015

Radon gas is the vehicle that allows radioactivity to enter your home.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCold Frames and Hotbeds—Stretching the northern growing season

Cold Frames and Hotbeds—Stretching the northern growing season

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Mar 27, 2015

When frost-free days are counted like gold in a treasury, gardeners search for ways to get the greens a little sooner. Cold frames, hotbeds, row covers and cloches help bridge the almost season and give the anxious green thumb something to do—other than obsessively check the overnight temperatures.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDirt Secrets— Understanding northern soils is key to good gardening

Dirt Secrets— Understanding northern soils is key to good gardening

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Mar 27, 2015

“Most of the old timers certainly knew where to put their farms for the best soils.”

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Measure Twice—Hitting the Deck: Get your Favourite Summertime Hangout Ship-Shape

👤Terry Fulljames 🕔Mar 27, 2015

Ahhh… the pleasures of a deck: warm sun, family gatherings, barbeques and the personal satisfaction of constructing one yourself.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCohousing Communities  A green alternative to the northern housing crunch

Cohousing Communities A green alternative to the northern housing crunch

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Nov 26, 2014

“We want to create a village, rather than just more housing.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleWinterizing northern gardens:  Pull ’em out, turn ’em over, tuck ’em in.

Winterizing northern gardens:  Pull ’em out, turn ’em over, tuck ’em in.

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Oct 09, 2014

“Farmer’s Almanac says it’s going to be a cold winter.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleCrop studies:  Learning more about the food we grow

Crop studies:  Learning more about the food we grow

👤Alicia Bridges 🕔Aug 04, 2014

In the 1940s and ’50s, federally funded experimental farms in Smithers and Prince George were part of a network across Canada established to trial new crops and develop the nation’s agricultural prowess.

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🔍Read Full ArticleRainbow Carrots:  New farmers bring promise to north coast agriculture

Rainbow Carrots:  New farmers bring promise to north coast agriculture

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Aug 04, 2014

“So how did you become so enthusiastic about being a farmer?” I ask Anita Hein, owner of Anita Farm in Jackpine Flats outside Terrace.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBug Bonanza: Is climate change impacting northern spiders and insects?

Bug Bonanza: Is climate change impacting northern spiders and insects?

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Aug 04, 2014

A slight movement on my sleeve catches my attention: A spider—the size of a nickel. Yeow!

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🔍Read Full ArticleDandelions:  An underrated northern delicacy

Dandelions:  An underrated northern delicacy

👤Michele Genest 🕔May 30, 2014

The dandelion is a plant that gives and gives...

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🔍Read Full ArticleSuper Spuds:  Heritage potatoes return to the North

Super Spuds:  Heritage potatoes return to the North

👤Norma Kerby 🕔May 30, 2014

No one was eating the mashed potatoes.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSeed-saving——a heritage tradition for the future

Seed-saving——a heritage tradition for the future

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Oct 02, 2013

Before ordering seeds from a catalogue was common, seed-saving from the backyard and trading with neighbours was a tradition that generations of gardeners followed to keep harvests plentiful.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMean Manure & Killer Compost: Grazon after-effects in the Bulkley Valley

Mean Manure & Killer Compost: Grazon after-effects in the Bulkley Valley

👤Paul Glover 🕔Aug 01, 2013

Cheryl and Les Harmati had been successfully gardening on their property outside Smithers for 25 years. But last year something strange was happening: plants in the garden and greenhouse were curling and wilting.

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🔍Read Full ArticleNative pollinators:  The key to garden abundance

Native pollinators:  The key to garden abundance

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Aug 01, 2013

Scream! Swoon! Swat! Squish! It’s the recognizable four-step “get that bee out of my hair” jive.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDeer! Oh Dear!  Gardening among large herbivores

Deer! Oh Dear!  Gardening among large herbivores

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔May 31, 2013

They strike at dawn. Silently, with razor-sharp teeth, they leave a path of total devastation behind them.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe House that Rick Built: back to the land along the Stikine

The House that Rick Built: back to the land along the Stikine

👤Norma Kerby 🕔May 31, 2013

After spending the winter of 1972 in a tipi north of Terrace, Rick and Barb McCutcheon were looking for somewhere to set up a permanent homestead.

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🔍Read Full ArticleShelving Sunshine:  the art of food dehydration

Shelving Sunshine:  the art of food dehydration

👤Norma Kerby 🕔May 31, 2013

“What are you going to do with all those apples?”

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Northern Garden Gamble:  know when to hold ‘em, know when to sow ‘em

The Northern Garden Gamble:  know when to hold ‘em, know when to sow ‘em

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Mar 29, 2013

When the robins are back and the pussy-willows are in their prime, northern gardeners emerge from hibernation and start pacing around the piles of snow and sodden earth, trying their best to be patient until spring really arrives so the planting can begin.

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🔍Read Full ArticlePurges and Pies: the strange story of northern rhubarb

Purges and Pies: the strange story of northern rhubarb

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Mar 28, 2013

How rhubarb came to northern BC.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSauna: A primer for the uninitiated

Sauna: A primer for the uninitiated

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Dec 01, 2012

A hot sauna is the perfect place to recover from a hard day of physical labour, a stressful day at work, or to relax with friends and enjoy good conversation. Northerners crave heat during the long, cold winter, and having a sauna is an inexpensive alternative to hopping on a plane to a tropical isle.

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🔍Read Full ArticleLong journey to a small space: Reflections on building a very tiny house

Long journey to a small space: Reflections on building a very tiny house

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Oct 01, 2012

Finding the right housing situation to meet lifestyle choices, family needs and financial goals is a challenge that most people have struggled with at some point in their lives.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSurprise Home-birth: Baby Carter arrives in a hurry

Surprise Home-birth: Baby Carter arrives in a hurry

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Aug 01, 2012

Amanda Lewis never intended to have a homebirth.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBreaking Ground: Getting down and dirty with the Groundbreakers Collective

Breaking Ground: Getting down and dirty with the Groundbreakers Collective

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Aug 01, 2012

Organic farmer Joe Hug stands in the dirt on his small farm just a few kilometres out of Smithers.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBackyard Chickens: Community Coop-keeping coming into its own?

Backyard Chickens: Community Coop-keeping coming into its own?

👤Frances Riley 🕔Aug 01, 2012

For some, it’s a stride forward on the road to food security and sustainability. For others, it’s a step away from civilized, modern societies.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGrowing Community in Front-Yard Gardens

Growing Community in Front-Yard Gardens

👤Curt Gesch 🕔Apr 01, 2012

One of the best things Barak Obama ever did was turn over some of the White House lawn to plant some spuds.

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