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Blake Hamilton, organizer of the recent Seedy Saturday event, holds up a new multilingual sign that aims to remind Brandon’s community gardeners of the limits of charity.

Seedy Saturday turns five

The fifth annual Seedy Saturday reflects growing interest in urban gardens

Brandon’s Central United Church on a Saturday morning is probably the last place you’d expect to find a bunch of seedy characters — yet, there they were. Organizer Blake Hamilton estimated that some 160 avid gardeners showed up to enjoy a free local-food breakfast, peruse the wide selection of heritage and heirloom seed varieties on

Model Fish Farm Now Operating

The first Canadian model aqua-farm demonstrating the viability of indoor fish rearing on the Prairies is now producing fish. But will it produce profits? “There’s still a lot of things to be worked out yet,” said Rudy Reimer following a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house June 27 on his Warren-area farm where visitors heard more


Pasture Pickin’ Jamboree

Music, fun and friendship brought Birtle alive over the May long weekend, as locals and visitors sat and played awhile at the fifth annual Birdtail Valley Pasture Pickin’ Jamboree. The jamboree, first held in 2006, celebrates community spirit and camaraderie, as it’s more than “jammers” that enrich the good times shared. With various organizations and

E-Mail Theft Strikes Manitoba Honey Producer

Charles Polcyn knew something was wrong when he started getting phone calls from people in different parts of the world. They were reacting to an e-mail message from him that neither he nor his family had sent. Someone had stolen Polcyn’s e-mail list and used it to send messages saying he was in trouble and

Rare Breeds Plans AGM

“We’re in the right place at the right time. There’s a growing number of people who are interested in the quality of their food.” – PAM HEATH Interest in obscure breeds of livestock, abandoned in past decades amid the push towards ever-larger farms and highly specialized production agriculture, is making a comeback. Local membership in


Cuba reported ready to authorize GM corn crop

Cuba could soon authorize the planting of 124 acres of genetically-modified corn for the first time to help reduce its dependence on costly food imports, Cuban scientists said Dec. 2. Regulators are expected to approve this initial crop of biotech corn, which would provide enough seed to expand to 14,830 acres next year, said Carlos