Category Archives: Farming

Looking at what the world eats using world maps

I had hoped to share maps exploring fun topics related to what people eat around the world, but that was tougher than I had expected. It turns out there’s not much serious research around important questions like favourite desserts around … Continue reading

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What the Bushmen of the Kalahari can teach us

Who would have thought that the longest “serving” hunter-gatherers on our planet, the San people of southern Africa, more commonly referred to as Bushmen, would have some important reminders for the rest of us. But a Christmas book I just … Continue reading

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Lessons learned from watching our bird families

We have been blessed the past few summers. Bird parents of nearly every persuasion have selected our backyard for their nurseries and our feeders as their restaurant of choice. The result has been a “bird’s eye” view of bird parenting … Continue reading

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Lessons learned from farming in winter: snow fences work, eventually

After a pleasantly mild fall and then a lovely warm week on a beach over Christmas, reality has set in.  There is no longer any doubt about what season this is; the instant piles of snow and very cold temps and wind (-20C/-4F) … Continue reading

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How do we know what we’re eating?

I do understand that we are better off being able to buy food that comes from farther away than 100 miles.  A 100-mile diet in my neck of the woods could get pretty monotonous in the winter, depending on how … Continue reading

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The fable of the porcupine and the cows

Communication is important; nobody disputes that.  Miscommunication can be as a result of differences in use of language, imprecise use of language, contextual or cultural misunderstandings, interpretation based on false information, hearing impairments, or simply not listening.  Interpretation based on … Continue reading

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Rats and Alberta: a haiku

Be warned: the subject of this post is not suitable for all audiences.  I don’t know about you, but I have an instinctive aversion to rats.  Not the cute little white rats you find in labs and pet stores, but … Continue reading

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