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No matter the direction you look out here, you’ll find acres and acres of trees. Most are Poplar, followed by Pine in population density, and then Alder and Willow. Peppered in those forests are tamarack, spruce, oak, hazelnut, birch and maple. We were able to tap a few maples and birch this season and though...
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On March 3rd and 4th, 18 cheese-loving DIYers gathered at Cityfolk Farm to learn about Natural Cheesemaking with David Asher. What a wonderful group of participants! There was such enthusiasm – reverence, even – around food and self-sufficiency. David’s teaching was stellar – he not only focused on the very practical steps of natural cheesemaking...
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For pete’s sake, it’s about time we had a film club at the fest! So, we’ve teamed up with the Organic Food Council of Manitoba to create a special event for attendees after the fest. Join OFCM and filmmaker Thayer MacInnis for a screening & panel discussion of the newly released For Our Peat’s Sake.   FOR OUR PEAT’S SAKE...
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There’s a new club in town… Festival ticket holders can sign up and head to the town diner to chat with local farmers and fest teachers about a couple of current issues in urban and rural ag, over breakfast and a cup of joe before the fest. If you’re looking to dig a bit deeper...
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  When we found out that Bernardin’s Brand Manager and Executive Chef was digging the DIY Homesteader Festival – enough to get Beranardin on board to sponsor, we were thrilled! What homesteader doesn’t swoon over canning jars? Jars for actual canning projects – yes. Jars for fermentation – uh huh. And oh my word, jars for...
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When we dreamt up this event, it was a couple of us washing dishes and chatting about how to bring people together, provide an atmosphere for inspiration and change, and what our own dream festival would look like. It was about sharing skills that are at risk of being lost to future generations. It was...
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One thing that seems utterly amazing in a day and age when almost everyone seems to be on prescription medication, is that there are many medicines that grow right outside our door. And so many more we can grow ourselves as well. That’s why we were thrilled when David Neufeld of Room to Grow offered...
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Oat farmer Amy Nikkel co-hosted the home grain milling workshop where 2015 Festival attendees explored the how, when, why, what and where of home grain milling. Did you know some grains cannot be milled? What about sprouted grain?  In Amy and Pat’s session you will learn about the grains that can be milled, the type...
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