Eat seasonal: November

It’s hard to eat in-season when all you want is a nice pineapple or some raspberries—even more so when it comes to eating locally. Here is a short list of veggies in-season this month. Why not have a look at VIU’s very own Farmers’ Market every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the … Continued

Squash the Seasonal Blues with VIU’s Farmers’ Market

By contributor Jordan Peterman Between mountains of reading, writing essays, cramming for exams, and trying to salvage something of a social life, students will often cut corners when it comes to eating right. On top of this hectic lifestyle, it can feel impossible to tackle issues like fighting climate change, supporting local agriculture, and raising … Continued

Show ‘Em Your (Free) Nuts!

By contributor Debi Brummel Thinking about making the Date Kisses recipe for the next potluck? Did you know you can get free nuts for the picking? Nanaimo’s native hazelnuts usually fall in late August and September, followed by walnuts in late September and October. This historic coal town’s founding citizens planted what they needed to … Continued

Need motivation to hit the gym or eat your greens?

VIU Campus Rec’s successful program Personal Activity Choices and Eating Sensibly (PACES) gives students an incentive to eat healthy and exercise, as well as an opportunity to win prizes. Beginning again on September 28, participants will record their physical activity minutes and fruit and vegetable intake for nine weeks, ending November 27. By recording and … Continued

Gelato: A natural indulgence

By contributor Jennifer Cox Tucked away on a rural property just off the highway in Fanny Bay, Karen Fouracre and Jaki Ayton raise a rambunctious and joyful group of Toggenburg goats. As small-scale farmers, they take pride in the fact that they know their goats by name. Best friends since high school, they have been … Continued

Annual Seedy Sunday soon in Nanaimo

The annual seed exchange event, Seedy Sunday, will provide education and activities to the public about organic seeds and sustainable communities on March 1. “People get to exchange organic seeds instead of going to the store to buy them,” coordinator Glenda Stroomer said. “The seed swap is the core event, but we also have local … Continued

Eat veggies and be merry

Sometimes you just need a reminder to eat your greens, especially when living the student life. It’s easy for junk food to slip from the occasional snack to a diet staple. My personal, latest reminder was just before the New Year, when I was invited to my first vegan potluck. When my boyfriend and I … Continued

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