Sounds (and Sights) of Spring

On this week’s episode of Terra Informa, we tackle a wide variety of subjects. One of them being organic alternatives to products, both in food and in pesticides. We also have discussion on how one makes writing an art, as well as the sounds of spring as brought to you by five-year-olds. All on this week’s episode of Terra Informa!

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 A chick poses for the camera. Photo Credit - Nikki Wiart

A chick poses for the camera. Photo Credit – Nikki Wiart

Mosaic Minds

Mosaic Minds just wrapped up it’s third unconference this past weekend. They’ve hosted unconferences on community building and renewable energy in the past. This time, the sessions were surrounding a very important and popular topic – FOOD. Natalee Rawat asked co-founder of Mosaic Minds, Anna McRobbie to explain what an “unconference” means and how it is separates itself from a traditional conference and later she interviews David Laing, of the Seeds, Feeds and Needs Cooperative. David facilitated a session at Mosaic Minds. He talks about the community and his Cooperative built on organic farming.

Mosaic Minds Website
To get involved, send David Laing an email. The email address is:

Sounds of Spring

What does spring sound like? Well on a farm, there’s chirping chicks, bawling lambs, and clucking chickens. In this next segment, Terra Informa’s Nicole Wiart joined a group of 5 year olds as they toured through her Aunt and Uncle’s farm to check out all of the new and noisy baby animals.

Below are some pictures of Nikki’s adventures on the farm!

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What makes a naturalist’s books light up?

Do you ever wonder why some authors can make their words ring out and sizzle right off the page, but some can’t write a catchy sentence to save their life? Terra Informer Chris Chang-Yen Phillips has been curious for a while about the difference between two writers from the early days of the American conservation movement: Aldo Leopold and John Muir. Why is there so much poetry, so much fire in Leopold’s books? Chris was showshoeing in Kananaskis a little while ago with ecology grad students Paul Cigan  and Sonya Odsen. You can imagine his glee when he overheard them talking about just this question.

Learn more about Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac” here!  

More on John Muir 

What’s Happening in Canada in the Near – Future:

Dr Gabor Mate will be presenting Living Well in Toxic Culture at 7pm, on Thurday May 9th, in Thunder Bay, Ontario at the Victoria Inn. He will be looking at how a society dedicated to material pursuits rather than genuine human needs and spiritual values, stresses its members; undermines healthy child development; and contributes to chronic illness. Using a holistic approach he provides a perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing. Tickets are $25 at the door, or online at It is a fundraising event, and proceeds go to the Canadian Mental Health Organization.

Help make Surrey streets more vibrant by encouraging active and sustainable transportation. There is a community event in Surrey on Saturday May 11th from 1 to 3:30 pm at the Semiahmoo Library. Participants will learn about current challenges facing Surrey streets and will share their perspectives through an interactive street audit exercise. For more info email Program registration is appreciated, but drop ins are welcome.

Up North in Whitehorse from Tuesday May 7th to Tuesday May 21st, 7 to 9pm, the MItcham Community House is offering classes on Vegetable Gardening for beginners. Enjoy the benefits of home-grown food. Bring $5 to the first class to pay to the tutor for your starter kit. You can contact the organizers at

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