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People Profile: Marialyn and Tom Boekbinder from El Loco Taco

    Food & Entertainment, People & Places, People Profiles    May 9, 2019

Community People Profiles on the Salt Spring Exchange feature local personalities on our island home. These profiles are short interviews that share with us a little about what each of these folks are thinking about as they go about their lives and work on Salt Spring Island. This profile features Marialyn and Tom Boekbinder from […]

Pruning, Grow Lights, #*!#*@#! Spotted Wing Drosophila and Yams

    Farm & Garden, Food & Entertainment, Health & Wellness    January 15, 2019

Well, I don’t know if there will be a winter this year or not, but other than windstorms, there hasn’t been much winter in evidence. As I started to write this, it was sunny and unusually warm outdoors and I suddenly remembered that early warm weather makes trees bloom early….I leaped up and shot out […]

First Cold Snap

    Farm & Garden, Food & Entertainment    December 3, 2018

Just a quick note that the first cold weather of the year is forecast for this week, with night time lows by Wednesday and Thursday forecast to drop well below freezing in some parts of the region. That’s the signal to finish mulching everything if you haven’t done so already. Now is the time to […]

Nights of Grief & Mystery with Spiritual Activist Stephen Jenkinson on Salt Spring

    Food & Entertainment, Health & Wellness    October 9, 2018

Stephen Jenkinson is at it again. More accurately, he’s still going at it hammer and tongs, all the while shouldering a new book and a bigger band to bring the 2018 Nights of Grief & Mystery Tour to communities throughout North America. From mid-September through November 2018, the tour will travel west across the lower […]

Gregory Hoskins and Stephen Jenkinson Craft New Genre Of Performance at ArtSpring

    Art & Design, Food & Entertainment    September 26, 2018

There are three challenges that face every musician. The first is writing new music that’s worth listening to. The second is creating a new live show that’s worth attending. Both of those have their shares of inspiration and perspiration. They both have their joys and their struggles. Both are largely in the hands of luck […]

Last sowing, confusing bugs, splitter alert

    Farm & Garden, Food & Entertainment    August 31, 2018

There is still time to sow hardy winter lettuce and arugula if you do it this week and now is also the perfect time to sow corn salad for winter salads. Pull back mulches and scatter seeds under tomatoes, squash and other plants that will be finished in October. Corn salad seeds may not germinate […]

Sowing Sprouts, Irrigation and Pest du Jour

    Farm & Garden, Food & Entertainment    May 30, 2018

Just a quick note this time, but I couldn’t let another day go by without reminding everyone that it is time to sow seeds of Brussels sprouts and any cabbage varieties that need over 120 days to mature (e.g., January King, Danish Ballhead, Red Langedijker). Getting the timing right for these crops seems to be […]

Tomatoes, Corn, Beans, Peas and Pests du Jour

    Farm & Garden, Food & Entertainment    May 1, 2018

With the warmth last week and the forecast of another sunny week, you can keep right on planting any and all cool weather crops (peas, lettuce, onions, leeks, all of the cabbage/mustard family, leafy greens, Swiss chard, carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes, etc.). It is still too cool at night in most places to rush warmth-loving […]

Wet Soil, Cool Crops and Pollinator Plantings

    Farm & Garden, Food & Entertainment    April 5, 2018

Our cold spring continues…with the soil too soggy to work in many gardens, especially after this recent heavy rain. If you squeeze a small handful of soil and it stays together in a compact clod, then it is too wet to handle; it should be moist but still easy to crumble apart after you squeeze […]

BC Rural Dividend Grant Funds Salt Spring Shared Business Services Study

    Farm & Garden, Food & Entertainment    April 3, 2018

As part of its rural development mandate, the Government of British Columbia is providing $39,136 to support community projects in the Cowichan Valley and Gulf Islands, Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan announced today. “The wide range of projects that received grants is a testament to the resourcefulness of the proponents and their commitment to diversifying […]

Hot Tickets for a Hot Show

    Food & Entertainment    February 26, 2018

Opening night for Mamma Priscilla: The Sequin is March 9th! But you have to get your tickets fast. The Sequin is the “sequel” to the 2013 production by Mamma Priscilla’s Cagey Revue, and islanders know how good it gets when the Cagey Revue comes to ArtSpring. Some people were known to see the production two […]

Love A Little Help Eating Healthy?

    Food & Entertainment    February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day marked the “soft opening” of Country Grocer’s newest addition—freshly cut fruits and vegetables in its produce section. You can attend the Grand Opening on Thursday, February 15: the cooler shelves will be fully stocked with glistening colours and tasty cuts. The cooler features halved papayas and small watermelons; fresh blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries; […]

2018 Salt Spring Film Festival: Meet Beau Dick – Maker of Monsters Filmmaker Natalie Boll

    Film Festival, Food & Entertainment, People & Places    February 13, 2018

The following article was written by Jennifer Cikaluk as part of a series of articles about filmmakers coming to the Salt Spring Film Festival on March 2-4, 2018. Filmmaker Natalie Boll will be attending the festival and leading a discussion about the film following the screening. The Filmmaker series is sponsored by: Stonehouse B&B, Harbour […]

Show Us Your Love: Valentine’s Day Photo Contest!

    Food & Entertainment, News & Events, Photos & Videos    February 7, 2018

Every season is the season for love. Let’s face it: Love is trending 365 days a year. But Valentine’s Day adds a dash of spice and invokes romance. It reminds some of us to do something different and extra special, perhaps with a bit more flair or creativity, to say, “Thank you for being so […]

Two Pairs of Tickets for Christmas with Scrooge

    Food & Entertainment    December 18, 2017

One Friday, December 15, Country Grocer gave away one pair of Christmas with Scrooge tickets to Kathy Weisner. And Country Grocer has two more pairs to give away. These are definitely the hottest, most coveted tickets on Salt Spring Island right now! And you can win a pair! All you have to do is get […]

The Hottest Tickets in Town: Christmas with Scrooge

    Food & Entertainment, News & Events    December 14, 2017

Despite the stinginess of the old miser who we know as Scrooge, a local theatrical production known as Christmas with Scrooge attracts an abundance of generosity. Newman Family Productions will be presenting Christmas with Scrooge for its 47th year since it started. This musical adaptation will be at ArtSpring from December 20th to 23rd. With […]

Chilli and Charm This Saturday

    Food & Entertainment    November 28, 2017

When you think of a holiday kickoff, do you think of a chilli cook-off? That’s how Salt Spring islanders like to do it! In the brisk air of Centennial Park on December 2, chilli fans will gather around tall heaters as the lineup winds its way toward the various chillis to sample. Mouths water as […]

TV Donated Just in Time for Grey Cup

    Food & Entertainment    November 24, 2017

Today was a great day for Tom Woods and Branch #92 of the Royal Canadian Legion. A 65” high definition 4K Smart TV, still wrapped in its box, was delivered to the Legion by Country Grocer’s Community Relations team. The TV was a donation in honour of veterans for Remembrance Day and was a way […]

Cricket Protein at Country Grocer

    Food & Entertainment    November 12, 2017

Crickets are an old type of food for a new type of world. Earth is expected to be home to over 9 billion people by 2050, and currently, the bread basket of the United States is experiencing severe water shortages. Perhaps that knowledge has helped the idea of eating insects in North America gain some […]

Eat Lunch, Do Good

    Food & Entertainment    October 27, 2017

Ganges diners have a new place to eat lunch. The Harvest Kitchen opened behind the Core Inn on McPhillips Ave earlier this month. The cute, little kitchen is the result of big effort by a number of people and organizations who have an interest in social enterprise. In the spring of this year, the idea […]

Foundation announces $100,000 grant to ‘The Root’

    Farm & Garden, Food & Entertainment    June 7, 2017

The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce a grant of $100,000 to The Root, Farmland Trust’s new local food processing, distribution and storage facility. The grant is part of a bequest left to the Foundation by May Cree Shaw and will be used to construct and equip The Root’s Shaw Family Kitchen, which […]

Live Americana Music Keeps Islanders In Tune

    Food & Entertainment, Local News    June 1, 2017

Tucked off one of Salt Spring’s rural roads is a beautiful barn in a pastoral setting where music fans can have a one-of-a-kind experience. Last summer, Pitchfork Social came into being just north of Ganges. It had formerly been Southend Grooveyard, which was, as you might have guessed, on the south end of Salt Spring […]

Protect Seedlings – Beet Leafminers

    Food & Entertainment    May 26, 2017

Coastal gardeners who did a lot of planting in the first really warm weather last weekend had a taste of what it is like to garden in the rest of Canada, where gardens are traditionally planted all at once on the May long weekend. By now, even the most delicate plants can be set outdoors—I […]

2017 Salt Spring Film Festival – Koneline: Our Land Beautiful

    Art & Design, Film Festival, Food & Entertainment    February 23, 2017

The following article was written by Connie Kuhns as part of a series of articles about filmmakers coming to the Salt Spring Film Festival on March 3-5, 2017. Filmmaker Nettie Wild will be attending the festival and leading a discussion about the film following the screening. The Filmmaker series is sponsored by Stonehouse Bed and […]

2017 Salt Spring Film Festival – Show Me What You Care About

    Art & Design, Film Festival, Food & Entertainment    February 22, 2017

The following article was written by Connie Kuhns as part of a series of articles about filmmakers coming to the Salt Spring Film Festival on March 3-5, 2017. Filmmakers Brianne Nettlefield and Naomi Mark will be attending the festival and leading a discussion about the film following the screening. The Filmmaker series is sponsored by […]

Show Us Your Love – Valentines Photo Contest

    Food & Entertainment, News & Events, Photos & Videos    January 31, 2017

Every season is the season for love. Let’s face it: Love is trending 365 days a year. But Valentine’s Day adds a dash of spice and invokes romance. It reminds some of us to do something different and extra special, perhaps with a bit more flair or creativity, to say, “Thank you for being so […]

Linda’s List: Come the thaw….

    Farm & Garden, Food & Entertainment    December 18, 2016

As this prolonged cold period is coming to an end, I thought a few notes on salvaging garden crops would be in order. In this last couple of weeks, the minimum temperatures and amount of snow cover varied quite a bit over the region so some gardens will have suffered more than others. Well-mulched root […]

Women’s Winter Eve: Festivities for the Ladies

    Food & Entertainment    November 14, 2016

When the days get shorter and darker, you begin to think of winter festivities: gatherings and celebrations, family and friends, gifts and surprises. And the kickoff to all of this festive fun is Women’s Winter Eve―a wonderful event for women to come together. On November 25th, Pharmasave hosts its 15th year of Women’s Winter Eve! […]

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    by on July 8, 2019

    I’m on the Salt Spring Gulf Island Community Radio interviewing people near and far who are making good news on the planet by helping to shift the outcome of our future. These people and companies have created solutions to local and global issues we’re facing at the moment. Sharing the good news that’s happening on […]

  • Carrot Day

    by on July 5, 2019

    It is time for my annual reminder to sow lots of carrots for winter harvests in the next week or two. For me, July 1 is always Carrot Day as well as Canada Day (US readers: think 4th of July). As long as you sow before July 10, your carrots should have time to grow […]

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    by on July 3, 2019

    Minister wants your input on future of British Columbia forests – On May 28, 2019, the provincial government announced a review of the Private Managed Forest Land Program. They have invited British Columbians to add your voice to the program review. The province is accepting public comments until July 22, 2019. Over the past few […]

  • 2019 Eco Living and Home Tour: Ideas, In...

    by on July 3, 2019

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  • BC’s Rural Islands Launch Economic Forum...

    by on June 27, 2019

    For the first time BC’s rural islands have launched an initiative to cultivate rural island economic partnerships. The Rural Islands Economic Forum (RIEF), a two day event, will bring together leaders from rural island communities to focus on advancing local and regional, sustainable, economic capacity building. The Forum gets underway on Pender Island on November 7 […]

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    by on June 24, 2019

    British Columbians are invited to share their views on how we should observe time in our province. Most areas of B.C. currently “spring forward” into Daylight Saving Time during summer months and “fall back” to Standard Time in the winter. The following choices are being considered: 1) B.C. continues the practice of changing our clocks […]

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    by on June 20, 2019

    When I first thought of transitioning my weekly Public Circle LIVE! broadcasts from Facebook to a weekly podcast, I had it in my mind to invite Raffi as a guest. We have run into each other a few times now at the Salt Spring Island Saturday Market and I appreciate his forthright political commentary on Twitter. It all […]

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    by on June 20, 2019

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    by on June 18, 2019

    The Salt Spring Island Foundation, in partnership with Salt Spring Island Community Services, is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2019 Neighbourhood Small Grants. The Neighbourhood Small Grants program offers grants of $50 to $500 to support projects that bring people together, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of community belonging and responsibility, […]

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    by on June 14, 2019

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    by on June 12, 2019

    The Salt Spring Island Foundation is pleased to announce over $148,000 in spring grants for local charities, including $30,000 targeted to youth recreation programs. The Foundation thanks the many generous donors who make these grants possible.  BC Parks/Friends of Ruckle Park Heritage To create and install six new interpretive signs for Ruckle Provincial Park to […]

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