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Amanda Reimer is the founder of Etsy Sellers Manitoba. She is also the owner of Silver Moose Arts a home-based business in Landmark making vintage and silver jewelry.

Online community supports Manitoba’s burgeoning maker movement

Etsy Sellers of Manitoba is an Etsy team created to support and grow the burgeoning crafter movement in the province

Pre-Christmas sales are popping up all across rural Manitoba as hundreds of creative Manitobans emerge from their kitchens and studios and basement sewing rooms with armloads of homemade art and craft. Handcrafters, artists and designers of all types of artisanal goods depend on these events for the exposure it provides and the revenues it can

The soil created by adding charcoal and kitchen waste, at left, is visually superior to the usual red African earth on the right.

Centuries-old African soil technique could combat climate change

Adding kitchen waste and charcoal to nutrient-poor rainforest soils makes them capable of supporting intensive farming

A farming technique practised for centuries in West Africa, which transforms nutrient-poor rainforest soil into fertile farmland, could combat climate change and revolutionize farming across the continent, researchers say. Adding kitchen waste and charcoal to tropical soil can turn it into fertile, black soil which traps carbon and reduces emissions of greenhouse gases into the


One of the projects selected is organic baobab tree-based products from Zimbabwe.

British charities hoping ‘Dragons’ Den’ model will tempt investors

Plan will allow the companies to access business support and 'patient capital,' says expert adviser

Businesses in developing countries could soon be headed into the “Dragons’ Den.” British charities have created a syndicate through which investors can back hand-picked businesses in developing nations using a model similar to the TV series, in which entrepreneurs pitch ideas to prospective funders. Around 70 per cent of small and medium-size businesses in developing