Eco-friendly fibre craft

In my effort to live more lightly on the Earth, I am beginning to review what kinds of fibre I use for knitting, spinning and weaving. Just as the organic certification of food has become increasingly dubious, complex issues undoubtedly … Continue reading

Food Security Depends on Local Strategy

  Foraging and slow food have become recurring themes here at Speed River Journal. Yesterday Barb Freda’s blog, Babette Feasts, hosted my guest post, Foraging Nettles: A Bitter Misadventure. It highlights some of the challenges of adapting to locally-available foods. … Continue reading

Chassagne’s Shetland Sheep Thrive Naturally

On Saturday we discovered an environmentally responsible sheep farm practically on our back doorstep. At Chassagne, the original North American flock of Shetland sheep thrives without chemical pesticides, herbicides or medicines. Our Guelph Guild of Handweavers and Spinners had arranged … Continue reading

Where Does Fairness Fit in the Universe?

Conflicting demands for fairness are popping up everywhere these days. This week the Ontario Government led by Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals mandated that students be allowed to form Gay-Straight Alliances in public and Catholic schools. While Catholic teachers supported the legislation, … Continue reading