Sandra Bartram & Cheri-Lynn McCabe

Hands Off Our Apples

Apples are, without a doubt, one of the most diversely cultivated fruits in the Northern Temperate climates. Long before modern-day humans existed, the wild apple progenitor had evolved in Central Asia, where it can be found to this day.(1) Its image is interwoven into the rich fabric of human history. Throughout the ages it has been featured in countless artistic works from paintings and sculptures to domestic needlework. The apple […]

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Vivian Kaloxilos – Social and Environmental Warrior

Written by Cheri-Lynn McCabe and Sandra Bartram. I arrived early for my interview with Vivian Kaloxilos, and as I waited at a small student-run co-op café called “The Hive” at Concordia University in Montreal, I reflected on the first time I heard her perform at the Northeastern Permaculture Convergence almost two and half years before. As I closed my eyes, I could still see her in the twilight performing her […]

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Dr. Elaine Ingham. A Student’s Perspective

By Cheri‐Lynn McCabe and Sandra Bartram Photograph courtesy of Lexicon of Sustainability (http://www.lexiconofsustainability.com) “If we as human beings are to continue to live on this planet we have to stop destroying her.” –Dr. Elaine Ingham Montreal 2015 Historically, soils have not received the respect nor the attention they deserve. Mechanical and biological processes have not been as well understood as they need to be because the green revolution has masked […]

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Tracing a Devastating Path: A Toy’s Story.

By Cheri-Lynn McCabe and Sandra Bartram The extreme air pollution in Beijing, China was among the leading environmental news stories for the week of January 20, 2015. The smog-causing small particulate matter, PM2.5, reached twenty times the allowable World Health Organization limit as reported in the online edition of the Guardian. Although the Chinese government had committed to reducing PM2.5 by 2015, the current data suggests that efforts to date […]

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Nourishment For Body and Soul: the Permaculture Convergence Experience (Canada)

by Sandra Bartram and Cheri McCabe We must be stewards, druids of the future because we can only achieve peace through food security, and we can only have food security with healthy ecosystems that exist both upon the soil and within it. At this time of year it is hard to get motivated to leave our gardens, but the intensive three-day Permaculture Convergence in Frelighsburg, Quebec, Canada did just that. […]

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