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Raising Amadeus

Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – One of the most difficult things about being Amadeus’ surrogate mother is discerning which of his troubles are actually problems and which are just the problem of Amadeus: the goat who was never supposed to be here at all. The next step – figuring out how I can help him – […]

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: Solstice on the Farm

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: Solstice on the Farm

By Terri Smith – June has always been my favourite month. When you’re a rural kid in elementary school, June is the best month of the year. Not only is it now light enough to play outside after school, it is no longer dark when it’s time to get up in the morning. In June, […]

Farm & Garden | The Back to Eden Garden Method

Farm & Garden | The Back to Eden Garden Method

By Kim Judd – No weeding, no watering, no pests, no till, no dig. No way! It’s all about ground cover and building healthy soil. Skeptical? Well, no doubt. But ask yourself this: is my soil truly alive? How can healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables grow to their ultimate potential otherwise? What are some […]

FARM & GARDEN | Confessions of a Farmer: Fighting despair with hope and potatoes

FARM & GARDEN | Confessions of a Farmer: Fighting despair with hope and potatoes

By Terri Smith – I try not to despair for the world. I had almost entirely recovered from the previous case of despair that led me to become a farmer. And yet, here I am all over again, back at the edge, crying in frustrated anger as I wonder what is to become of our […]

FARM & GARDEN | Farming and the Femme

FARM & GARDEN | Farming and the Femme

By Molly Payne – Women across North America are getting their hands dirty in the unpredictable and often unprofitable industry of sustainable agriculture. What is driving these shifts, and what does it mean for the future of organic farming? Six years ago, I would have never guessed I would find myself falling in love with […]

FARM & GARDEN | Free Drip and Micro-Irrigation Workshop with Highlands Irrigation and the Conservation Society

FARM & GARDEN | Free Drip and Micro-Irrigation Workshop with Highlands Irrigation and the Conservation Society

The summer of 2016 is an especially important year for summer water conservation, as we recover from low precipitation levels in the fall, winter, and spring. Outdoor water use can increase up to 50 per cent in the summer months, so the Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society, in partnership with Highlands Irrigation, wants to encourage the Cariboo […]

FARM & GARDEN | Williams Lake Garden Club is Sowing Seeds

FARM & GARDEN | Williams Lake Garden Club is Sowing Seeds

  The Williams Lake Garden Club is sowing seeds for a new season. The first meeting of the year was held at on Thursday, March 3. The club got off to a great start, with over 40 people purchasing annual memberships. The purpose of the Williams Lake Garden Club is to promote, encourage, and support […]

FARM & GARDEN | Talking Seeds

FARM & GARDEN | Talking Seeds

  By Terri Smith – It’s that time of year again. What time of year is that? I’m glad you asked, because it never feels believable when it arrives, but it is time to order seeds! As I write this I look out my window at the snow-covered trees and the foot or more of […]

FARM & GARDEN | Confessions of a Farmer: Resolve to Keep Doing What Feels Good

FARM & GARDEN | Confessions of a Farmer: Resolve to Keep Doing What Feels Good

By Terri Smith – January is the time of New Year’s resolutions. These often take the form of some sort of decision to eat better, exercise more, and generally get in better shape. The resolve usually begins to waver around the end of February or March and by April most people try to forget they […]

FARM & GARDEN | Extending Local Food Production: Possibilities in a milder Cariboo climate

FARM & GARDEN | Extending Local Food Production: Possibilities in a milder Cariboo climate

By Brianna van de Wijngaard — Food Action Coordinator Williams Lake Food Policy Council   This article is largely a how-to on extending your gardening season. Unfortunately, it’s coming out a wee bit late for 2015, but hopefully you still have a number of crops in the ground or raised garden bed that can be […]

RECIPES | Zucchini Recipes from Road’s End Farm

RECIPES | Zucchini Recipes from Road’s End Farm

  Zucchini Crust Pizza Ingredients 3 cups shredded zucchini (or pattypan) 3 eggs, beaten 1/3 cup flour ½ tsp salt 2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated ½ cup onion, chopped ½ cup green pepper, julienned 1 tsp dried oregano ½ tsp dried basil 3 Tbsp grated parmesan Method In a bowl, combine zucchini and egg. Add […]

FARM & GARDEN | RAISING AMADEUS

FARM & GARDEN | RAISING AMADEUS

  By Terri Smith — Every time I go to market at least five people ask, “Where’s Amadeus?” It makes me laugh. This silly little goat has no idea what an icon he’s become. He loves his public appearances because he gets lots of petting and even more sunflower seeds. He also really does enjoy […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | The seed catalogue quandary

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | The seed catalogue quandary

By Terri Smith — January 2009 was my first January back in Williams Lake and I was so excited and eager to be a farmer. I had behind me a whole five months experience living in a camper van on various farms around the province, as well as the time that went into the 1/3 […]

FARM & GARDEN | Successful Seed Starting Tips for the 2015 Growing Season

FARM & GARDEN | Successful Seed Starting Tips for the 2015 Growing Season

  By Brianna van de Wijngaard —   It’s always fun to start thinking about gardening this time of year: our energy returns as we think of new beginnings and yet another season of growth. By the time March rolls around, it will be time to start thinking about planting. And that isn’t too far […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | “Rippy” the Redneck Hippy

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | “Rippy” the Redneck Hippy

  By Terri Smith — It’s not easy coming up with public confessions on a regular basis. I usually sit in front of my laptop until the screen turns black trying to think of just what I’m willing to share. Today is no exception. I always try to think of things that maybe you yourself […]

FARM & GARDEN | Dark Days and Cold Nights: Prepping for garden hibernation

FARM & GARDEN | Dark Days and Cold Nights: Prepping for garden hibernation

By Brianna van de Wijngaard — As winter approaches, it is a good idea to prepare your garden for the harsh weather ahead, to ensure it is healthy and vigorous in the early spring. Low temperatures are hard on sensitive soil organisms, and adding certain nutrients, amendments, and protection now can give those populations the […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | The Reluctant Riser

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | The Reluctant Riser

By Terri Smith — Today we are enjoying yet another beautiful, sunny, September day. I was worried for awhile that the weather was going to skip September altogether and move right on into October. It’s nice to see the sun again, but I’ve got to admit, I’m not sad to be entering fall. It’s a […]

FARM & GARDEN | World Animal Day: Loving our furred and feathered friends

FARM & GARDEN | World Animal Day: Loving our furred and feathered friends

By Beatrix Linde — World Animal Day was on October 4 and countries all over the world held events to honour, remember, and pay tribute to animals. World Animal Day came into existence at a convention of ecologists in Florence, Italy in 1931. The idea was a way of highlighting the plight of endangered species. […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | The Story of Baby Goat

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | The Story of Baby Goat

By Terri Smith — It would seem that readers miss Amadeus. I know, I know: I have said goodbye to that article half a dozen times and then started it up again, but what can I say about popular demand? Starting next issue, I will be submitting a short Amadeus article for each edition as […]

FARM & GARDEN | Horsefly’s StoneRich Farm

FARM & GARDEN | Horsefly’s StoneRich Farm

By Paul Hearsey and Sandy McNie — We have been organic gardeners for many years with as much self-sufficiency as possible as our goal. Our five-acre farm on the coast had large vegetable gardens and fruit orchards. Cash crops of berries and tree fruits provided much of the income we needed to make a go […]

FARM & GARDEN | CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | At Road’s End: Farming by Numbers

FARM & GARDEN | CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | At Road’s End: Farming by Numbers

By Terri Smith — As spring starts to feel like it actually is just around the corner, I realize that I know a lot more now than I did at the end of last season; and thank goodness for that since the following is an only somewhat embellished account of where I was at in […]

FARM & GARDEN | Getting Garden Ready for the 2014 Season

FARM & GARDEN | Getting Garden Ready for the 2014 Season

Image source: www.soilsensor.com   By Brianna van de Wijngaard — It’s amazing how close spring can feel once the holidays are done and gone. There is a period of relief once the garden is put to bed in the fall, then relaxation as there seems no end in sight to the winter months. Then January […]