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Gatineau residents flocking to new hobby: backyard chickens

CBC News / Joseph Tunney / 8 June 2020

People in Gatineau, Que., are flocking to a new hobby during the current pandemic: they’re raising chickens in their backyards.

While backyard chicken coops are prohibited in Ottawa, they’re allowed even in dense urban areas across the river in Gatineau.

In fact, by June 1, the city had handed out nearly as many permits for backyard coops as it did in all of 2019.

“I think the go-to question of the year is where to find chickens,” said Vicki Black, who’s helping neighbours start their own coops in Gatineau’s Aylmer sector.

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Home canning cardinal rules for first-time food preservers

Mother Earth News / Mary Moss-Sprague / 9 April 2020

Our lives may have been turned topsy-turvy with the global health pandemic, but the can-do spirit of many people is very much alive and well. Many are turning to nature both for comfort and sustenance. That’s a very good thing, especially when it comes to growing and preserving our own food.

As a trained and certified Master Food Preserver, one of my main concerns about food preservation is that of food safety. It doesn’t do any good to go through the process of canning or otherwise preserving foods if it is done incorrectly and unsafely. If you’re an old hand at canning, you know how important it is to adhere to processing procedures and times, good for you! If, however, you’re new to this time-honored skill, keep in mind that established recipes and procedures exist for a reason.

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Gardening guru explains how to regrow veggies from scraps

CBC News / Madeleine Cummings / 26 April 2020

Q: What are the easiest vegetables to regrow?

A: Green onions are pretty easy to regrow. You can also do bulb onions, of course, but there’s lettuce, like romaine lettuce, beets, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, and even to a certain extent, cabbage. I think we kind of forget that when we buy many of these plants in the grocery store, they’re still alive. They’re not dead! They’ve been harvested from a field or from maybe a greenhouse and, given the right conditions, they can start to grow again.

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50 simple ways to make your life greener

The Guardian / various / 29 February 2020

Expert tips on how to be kinder to the planet – from cooking and cleaning to fashion and finance

  • Clean up your kitchen
  • All green on the home front
  • Let the garden grow
  • Reboot your wardrobe
  • Learn to mend
  • Give the bathroom a makeover
  • Save to save the planet

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Don’t buy new, fix the old: The repair business is booming

CBC News / Dianne Buckner / 03 March 2020

The Repair Café holds monthly gatherings, where not only small appliances and other household goods get fixed, but also clothing that needs patches or mending.

When the Repair Café started seven years ago in Canada, there was only one chapter, in Calgary. Now Cheng says there are 47 similar Café organizations in cities across the country providing the same type of services — free. More are coming; Cheng says she’s been getting calls from community groups who want help to set up their own, local repair group.

The cost of replacement has always been a motivation to have things repaired, but nowadays Cheng says climate and waste concerns are driving a surge in interest, particularly with young people.

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Starting your own canning club

Mother Earth News / Sarah Marshall / September 2018

The first week of the month used to feel weighted by bills, worries about everyday tasks, and to-do lists — leaving few thoughts about the future and more regrets about paying for the past. For the last few years, however, the first Wednesday of every month has instead brought anticipation and excitement. Our organizer Brooke Weeber (also this book’s illustrator) couldn’t have imagined the feelings her canning club would inspire when she reached out to a small group of friends to see if we wanted to meet up and exchange canned goods. Over time, the Portland Preservation Society has grown into much more than the canned food exchange she initiated — it is a reminder for all of us to spread creativity, joy, and delicious food.

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