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Fishers need dialogue, not explanations

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Scientists don’t need to do a better job of explaining themselves to fishers — they need to do a better job of listening to them.

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DIY maple syrup: building a local tradition

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Eight years into our do-it-yourself adventures in maple syrup, things are getting serious.

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Hate the budget? Time to get some chickens

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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.

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Protecting our Traditions: the case for backyard animals

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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.

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A plan for the Liberals?

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“The time is ripe for real change in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

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Food security for urban homesteaders

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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.

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The cost of living simply

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Homesteading sounds like a wonderful lifestyle, but it is also utterly unattainable for many in Newfoundland and Labrador who are working low-wage jobs and lack capital.

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The apples of my eye

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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?

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How to become self-sufficient

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Gradual steps you can follow on your way to reducing your dependency on others while developing a sustainable and healthy life.

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Why local?

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‘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.

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Blueberries: the best of nature’s candy

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Whether it be by taste, smell, touch or memory, the blueberry holds a special place in local Island cultures past and present and is at the centre of memories, stories, recipes and experiences.

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Vermicomposting: Letting worms work for you

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“All the fertile areas of this planet have at least once passed through the bodies of earthworms.” — Charles Darwin

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Popularity of local food production on the rise in NL

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From Facebook groups to farmers’ markets and community gardens to communal food-sharing programs — the writing’s in the dirt: food security is an important idea and a priority for people all over Newfoundland and Labrador.

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The Garum Experiment

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How a 2,000-year-old recipe for fish sauce can turn your capelin haul into something exquisite.

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The Dandelion: Nature’s most useful “weed”

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Dandelion is not the kind of plant that needs an introduction — it grows all around and is considered by many to be a nuisance weed. But do they really deserve the bad image we attribute to them? Let me reintroduce you to this common plant and try to change your perspective on it.

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Roasting your own coffee from green beans

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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

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3 barriers to climate action in NL

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Premier Paul Davis is in Québec City today for a climate summit that will see provincial and territorial leaders discuss plans to address the climate crisis. “It will be interesting to see where [he] directs the public’s attention, and from where he diverts it,” write two MUN researchers.

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Where the Wild things are

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Come and let me take you on a journey into nature’s grocery store. You don’t have to be in the woods to forage for artisanal produce. It’s abundant here in the city of St. John’s!

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Renewable energy, brought to you by free beer!

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A tiny Danish Island in the North Sea brewed up energy independence based on wind, solar, and biofuels — and it cost less than 1km of Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics subway to do it. Now the island’s residents earn money whenever the wind blows or the sun shines.

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How to make your own sea salt

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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.

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