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Why Grow Shiitake Mushrooms?

Shiitake mushrooms are a delectable fungus native to East Asia. They’ve been cultivated for centuries – the earliest written record is from China in 1209. The first book about their cultivation came from Japan in 1796. Until 1982, the Japanese variety of shiitakes could only be farmed in traditional places using ancient methods. Farmers cut […]

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What’s a Chickadee? #EquipTheKids

The Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) is New Brunswick’s provincial bird. It’s a small songbird, with a recognizable call of “chicka-dee-dee-dee-dee-dee”, however it also produces at least thirteen other complex vocalizations. The chickadee is able to lower its body temperature during cold winter nights by as much as 10-12°C to avoid wasting valuable fat stores! Torpor of […]

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Get Gardening to Get Happy

It’s April, and little things are growing. Seeing buds on the trees and crocuses poke out of the ground inevitably gets us thinking about our summer veggie garden plans. Having a vegetable garden is a great way to grow your own local organic produce and reconnect with the land. Gardening can serve as a pleasant […]

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#EquipTheKids Campaign Launch!

The modern child spends less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, instead spending about 7.5 hours a day in front of screens – which can make them “moody, crazy, and lazy”. Programming that re-connects youth with their natural environment can have benefits that last a lifetime. Nature-based education has been shown to keep children healthier, […]

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