May 30, 2018

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I had an absolute blast attending a women’s night at our local Home Hardware Building Centre. The owner, Jane Van Noy, and her staff provided us with all the supplies needed to build our own wooden bench. We even got to try our hand at operating some of the power tools with the very capable and helpful, Monique Berry, overseeing that part of the process. I’m happy to report that everyone completed their project with all fingers still intact.

The majority of the ladies stained their benches, but I opted out of that particular step because I couldn’t decide how I wanted to finish mine. I am a little disappointed with myself that I didn’t get any pictures of the other’s stained benches, bu...

July 20, 2017

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Late last month at a local Lyndhurst Seeley’s Bay Chamber of Commerce meeting, I met the owners of a new business in Lyndhurst, and I knew right away that I needed to know more about their farm. Annick Rousseau and her business partner Jean-Sebastien Gagne own Berry Homestead Farm.

The farm name sounds like any other fruit farm might, however, what sparked my interest wasn’t the name or the fact that they are planting elderberries but instead the products they said they were making. They had me at “donkey milk soap.” The notion of milking donkeys was something new to me, and I instinctively wanted to learn more.

I have spent my entire life in the agricultural industry in one form or anot...

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