Preserving your tomatoes

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot

Warning: this article will make your mouth water. Every year, I tell myself to cut down on the number of tomato varieties I grow. I still ended up with 35 different varieties this fall and it was a bumper year. You may know I’m an avid seed saver, so I’ve been busy saving the seeds from multitudes of ripe tomatoes. I hate to waste the tomatoes once the seeds are removed so consequently I’ve been up to my ears in ripe tomatoes.

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One life, one tribe, one chance – Indigenous Grandmothers share their wisdom

photo and story by Kami Kanetsuka

“We, the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, represent a global alliance of prayer, education and healing for our Mother Earth, all Her inhabitants, all the children, and for the next seven generations to come. We are deeply concerned with the unprecedented destruction of our Mother Earth and the destruction of indigenous ways of life. We believe the teachings of our ancestors will light our way through an uncertain future. We look to further our vision through the realization of projects that protect our diverse cultures: lands, medicines, language and ceremonial ways of prayer and through projects that educate and nurture our children.”

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What you should know about H1N1

by Alan Cassels

This season’s flu bug known as Swine flu or H1N1, seems to have prompted a lot of people to ask me, “Should I get vaccinated or not?” I have been quite loathe to write anything on the Swine flu for the simple reason that Canada’s media is already doing a superb job of filling daily newspaper pages and the airwaves and TV channels. They’re covering every tick and wrinkle in the vaccine development plan: the world’s pandemic preparedness, timing and access to the vaccines and so on, ad nauseam. However, my publisher insisted, so let me apologize in advance for adding my two cents to the din.

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