Eight years into our do-it-yourself adventures in maple syrup, things are getting serious.
Honey bees need our help, and Newfoundland is one of the last places on Earth where they can still be raised organically.
The recent provincial budget reaches deep into the pockets of every citizen of our province. One way to combat ‘the age of austerity’ is to take steps towards self-sufficiency, just like our grandparents did when times were tough.
When cops come for your backyard chickens, it’s time to rise up and speak out about the importance of sustainable, respectful food-producing practices.
We spent a year going without the dishwasher, microwave, electric heating, and laundry machines to find out what our power consumption habits were costing us. Now we’d never go back to using them.
Self-sufficiency can seem daunting at first. Here are some tips on foraging, community gardening and guerilla gardening to get you started on the path to food security for you and your family.
Are you caught up in the rat race? The principles of homestead economics might just be your way out.
Fall is a forager’s delight, with apples ripe for the picking throughout the province — scattered near trails, alongside rivers, in schoolyards and parking lots. You can stockpile them, but then what?
‘Eat local’ has become a bit of a buzzword over the past few years here in Newfoundland, yet we still import over 90 per cent of our fresh fruit and vegetables. Here’s why local food is so important.
Living with bats was not something I ever expected in life, but after finding a colony in my cabin attic and learning about them, I quickly became a convert. Now, I eagerly watch each night as our own little anti-insect armada takes flight over the yard.
Lovage, sometimes known as sea parsley, is so obscure nowadays that it can’t be bought at your typical grocery store — but it once enjoyed wide popularity. Let’s discover some of the wonderful things our ancestors, from Nan all the way back to the Caesars of Ancient Rome, have done with this versatile and delicious herb.
There’s a little known secret about expensive gourmet mushrooms like shiitake, blue oyster, white oyster, lion’s mane and others — they grow on sawdust! With a little simple know-how you can grow these delicious mushrooms right in your own home.
How a 2,000-year-old recipe for fish sauce can turn your capelin haul into something exquisite.
Roasting your own coffee is both easy and fun to do. Your coffee will be just the way you like it, every time, and you can enjoy it at a fraction of the cost of firing up your Keurig or visiting your local coffee shop
Salt making has a long history, both globally and locally, and has, at times, been worth more than gold. Yet, today, we import a majority of our salt into the province. For those seeking a greater sense of self-sufficiency, making your own salt is as easy as evaporating a bucket of sea water.
Maple syrup — the first harvest of Spring. With a few simple tools and a little bit of know-how, you too can enjoy the nectar of the gods, straight from your own backyard.