Harrowsmith1 min readDiet & Nutrition
Good To The Last Drop
Save the juice (or syrup) from canned fruit. From lychee to peaches and every fruit in between, the juice or syrup it’s canned with is tasty stuff and shouldn’t go down the drain. Here are some delicious ways to use it up. • In drinks: Add a splash
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The Jungle Farm
Harrowsmith: Tell us about your farm. What do you grow or raise? The Jungle Farm: We grow 6.5 quarters of traditional grain and have a market garden with about 20 acres of berries and 15 acres of vegetables. We grow fun stuff like strawberries, rasp
Harrowsmith2 min readAstronomy & Space Sciences
Important Astronomical Events Of 2021
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon orbits through Earth’s shadow. The penumbra phase is when Earth’s shadow progresses across the moon, and the umbra phase is when the moon is entirely within Earth’s shadow. The moon is then illuminated only by lig
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Lessons Learned on Highway 71
We all walked to school in those days. Me, my little sister and pain-in-the-butt kid brother came up Kehl Road and turned right on Highway 71 for the final half-mile to school. Quite a few kids came down Hammond Road and we seldom reached the pavemen
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Harrowsmith Radio
Since its birth, Harrowsmith has told entertaining, empowering and informative stories of Canadians living well and sustainably. Now our flagship podcast, Harrowsmith Radio, puts those powerful tales right between your ears. In each episode, host W
Harrowsmith2 min readAgriculture
King Cole Ducks Ltd.
Introducing Jackie Fisher, manager of farm excellence and one of four sisters operating King Cole Ducks Ltd.... Harrowsmith: Tell us about your farm. What do you grow or raise? King Cole Ducks Ltd.: Our family farm has grown over the past 70 years
Harrowsmith4 min readAstronomy & Space Sciences
Magnifying Your Macro-view Of The Universe
A walkabout under a clear sky gives you a macro-view of the universe. As when walking through a forest, your senses are open to everything. There may be flowers in the distance, birds in a tree, or a foraging animal across a field. Your eyes are alr
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Pulling Wrenches, Fighting a Forest Fire and Ducking a Grand-Theft Canoe Rap—All in One Day
The weather was great for the first 3 weeks that October—an extended Indian summer— and although I was busy-busy, my weekends were free. Bobby Green had a nice 1958 Meteor, but the motor was a bit lazy. It needed a valve job. Money was tight, so we d
Harrowsmith2 min readRegional & Ethnic
Get Your Ducks In A Row!
Serves 4 to 6 This recipe is easy to prepare and guaranteed to please with even crispier skin thanks to the brilliant cherry and port combo. Wow your guests with the subtle sweetness of port and the tang of dried cherries. 1 King Cole whole duck, ab
Harrowsmith1 min readCooking, Food & Wine
Regal Point Elk Farm
Harrowsmith: Tell us about your farm. What do you grow or raise? Regal Point Elk Farm: Two-hundred-acre farm, 100 elk and a 2,500-tap maple syrup operation. HS How long have you been in the industry? RP Since 2002. My retirement project. HS How m
Harrowsmith2 min readAstronomy & Space Sciences
Save the Date
On October 13, 2020, at 7:20 p.m. EDT to be exact, we will be passing one of our celestial neighbours. It will serve no purpose to say “Hi!” because sound doesn’t travel through space. And there is no one there to hear us, as far as we know, so it is
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Camp Greenhorn
In the ’60s, I was a skinny, unhappy teenage city kid who preferred spending my spare time in farm fields and woodlots. In the summer, I worked long hours at a riding stable to get free rides on their crazy rental horses. I regularly brought home man
Harrowsmith1 min readRegional & Ethnic
Is Duck A Healthy Choice?
The skinny on duck fat: Duck fat is healthier for the heart than butter or lard: 33 percent saturated fat in duck versus 62 percent in clarified butter. (Yikes!) Duck fat is also higher in cholesterol-fighting monounsaturated fats: 49 percent versus
Harrowsmith2 min readAgriculture
Cookstown Greens
Harrowsmith: Tell us about your farm. What do you grow or raise? Cookstown Greens: Cookstown Greens is a certified organic vegetable farm located in Egbert, Essa Township, which is 15 minutes south of Barrie and 15 minutes east of Alliston [Ontario]
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On The Fence
Got some land to fence for livestock? When it comes to pastures and paddocks, the quality of fencing is just as important as the quality of soil. Modern options include high-tensile woven wire and polywire (or poly tape) fences. Perhaps you’ve alread
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Why We Love PELEE ISLAND
In high school, our environmental group, STEPS (Students Taking Environmental Protection Seriously), celebrated year’s end with a coveted trip to Point Pelee National Park, Ontario. We loaded our geography teacher’s hot-red Mazda with a ridiculous am
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The Ultimate Harvest Six-pack Pint-sized Songs To Pair With Your Sundowner.
Whether you’ve spent the day splitting wood or you’re on the flip side of that and sitting beside a snap, crackle fire, here’s the ultimate harvest-time six-pack to consider. These beers are designed as rewards for mucking barns, apple picking or pic
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Andre’s Alpacas
Harrowsmith: Tell us about your farm. What do you grow or raise? Andre’s Alpacas: Our farm is located in Grey County, in the southeast corner of Hanover, Ontario. It is only 27 acres, but there is enough room for 73 alpacas to graze and also to grow
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Earth Anchors Work Great
One of the best ways to brace the end or corner of a fence is with an earth anchor. Screw the anchor into the earth and it will resist a tremendous amount of pulling force for the long haul. I use a crowbar in the eye of the earth anchor to tighten i
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Say What?
Big Day Though it sounds like an “I do” and chicken dance might be involved, a Big Day is actually a birding event where an individual or team of birders attempt to see as many birds as possible in one calendar day. A Big Year is similar in that a bi
Harrowsmith4 min readAgriculture
The Rock That Rolls With The Punches
Large-scale farming has never really worked in Newfoundland. This is the Rock—land of weathered cod fishermen, kitchen parties and hundreds of miles of cold grey Canadian Shield. The wind is harsh and the growing season is short. Newfoundland’s chief
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Durham Honey
Harrowsmith: Tell us about your farm. What do you grow or raise? Durham Honey: Durham Honey is a family-owned and -operated business based in Port Perry, Ontario, that produces premium honey products sold directly to the end consumer. In addition to
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Fencing With Plastic Posts
We’ve used plastic fence posts at our place, and I like them a lot. Even the legendary longevity of cedar won’t stop rot from attacking wooden fence posts and bringing them down quicker than you think. The problem is especially bad at ground level, w
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Introducing The Quill Pig
My first encounter with a porcupine was roadside, somewhere between Belleville and Kingston, Ontario. My best friend and I had spent a week dog-sitting two huskies in nearby Napanee and were heading to the Via Rail station to catch the train home to
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Can We Grow Rice In Canada?
Canada’s reliable staples may be potatoes and wheat flour, but a recent report on CBC showcased how rice has been making a slow and steady progress these past few years. This rise has been partially attributed to the changing cultural makeup of Canad
Harrowsmith4 min readEarth Sciences
The North Atlantic Oscillation (nao) And Covid-19
COVID-19. It has changed our world. By the time you read this, we will have likely experienced several waves of infection globally. For this particular essay, I’d like to take us back to the introduction of the virus to Europe in early winter 2020. T
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Choosing and Using an Electric Fencer
Many permanent fences are electrified, and the power behind any electric fence is different from the electricity that comes out of a wall socket or battery. Creating this unique form of power is the job of a fencer. Also called a “charger” or “energi
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Remembering The 1990 Oka Crisis
Flames of a bonfire light up the white faces in a crowd rallying in a Châteauguay, Quebec, parking lot, where an effigy of a Mohawk Warrior is burned in these nightly protests. Police clubs and tear gas are required to turn back 7,000 angry citizens.
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Contributors
JENNIFER BIRCH is a freelance writer with a penchant for such topics as lifestyle, food and sustainability. In fact, she’s a big advocate for sustainable travelling and encourages everyone to see what the world has to offer while making sure to make
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Smoked Game and Fake Caviar: The Black-Market Meat Trade
The conversation with Lieutenant Colonel Deforest is long and sprawling. It must be a slow day for illegal wildlife trafficking, or perhaps no one else had ever taken such an interest in his work. He has bright blue eyes, short bangs, and a goatee-mu
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