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Almost like the blues

That Sunday at towards the end of the soccer game, I felt a light tap on my shoulder and turned to see a tall young man with soft wide set eyes. “Hello,” He extended his hand “i’m Eric.” I shook…

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Hallelujah

For the days we would be building gardens, we stayed at the Akagera Lodge, which was kind of like one of those Best Westerns that markets itself around having breakfast built inside of a zoo cage. We had to stop…

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The New Jewel of Africa

There is no other place on earth that I have experienced and witnessed such a deep level of joy than in Rwanda.  And the source of this joy seems to transcend both logic and reason. As many of us may…

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You want it darker

The next morning I awoke at five am to the sounds of my bunkmates trying to quietly dress and go outside to watch the sunrise. Our shared room had two simple bunk beds, I had the only space that was…

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Like a bird on the wire

I have encountered very few places in my life that induce the soul tingling feeling of true difference. I am fairly well travelled, and also rather introspective; I know that it’s possible to be on the other side of the…

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Abolish Poverty Step 1

I’ve been to my share of third world countries and It’s often overwhelming. Talented artisans selling their Val meets Lilan’s mom for first time. beautiful handcrafts begging you to look at their artwork. Women and young children with their hands…

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You are the village

I read this article last week about how a man in Burlington, Iowa paid overdue lunch fees for 89 children. If you think these are isolated incidents, or new, you can read about many more here, here, and here. Arguably,…

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Making Tea

I made tea the other day, and it was straight from the garden. It was good! I had always imagined that you had to dry the leaves out before you could make tea, but I was pleasantly surprised to find…

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Dave’s Pollinators

The summer is coming to an end, and so is my time at Vita. It’s been great working here, and now I’m headed back to school for my third year! This also means that The Garden Buzz series is ending.…

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Zucchini Chips

The other day, I made zucchini chips. They were wonderful, and delicious, and I’ve made them a few more times already. Zucchini chip recipes are fairly easy to find online. This is one of the one’s I used to direct…

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Doug’s Roses

For the third episode of The Garden Buzz, I went to Watford, ON to visit Doug, who grows roses in his own garden and for the community garden in town. He showed me around his garden and explained to me…

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The Funny Farm

The second video of The Garden Buzz series is out! For this episode, I went to The Funny Farm (a small farm in Petrolia, Ontario). There, Jeff and Michelle Glass showed me some weed control methods that don’t involve pulling.…

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