Woodstein Media Podcast Episode Six: It Takes a Village

Episode six features a conversation with Andrea Charest, Executive Director of It Takes a Village in Listowel, Ontario. It Takes a Village is a people-oriented, money-free, shop and social initiative offering community members support with food security, access to resources,  and assistance navigating systems such as court appointments, housing, and government support with a focus on being a welcoming and inclusive place to belong.

From seedling to sauce, the life of a Dragon’s Breath pepper plant Part 2

This is the second in a series of articles that will follow a Dragon’s Breath pepper plant from seedling to bottles of Sorry Sauce’s Award-Winning Cherrynobyl extreme hot sauce. Well, to be more precise, visits to the Garden of Apologies and the Greenhouse of Extreme Regret to view the progress of this pepper plant allow for Sorry Sauce owner, Erik Begg, to share his triumphs and challenges in crafting new and unusual hot sauces.

Is there a message in the method of the madness that is Bonez Poley?

She might seem like just another comedian who has found her way to Toronto, but as her website boasts, Bonez Poley is a multidisciplinary artist, an activist, and a seasoned adventurer who leads a colourful life.

She spoke to Woodstein Media about everything from her wild antics on and off stage fronting thrash bands to her self-deprecating humour. She offered a lot of discerning opinions in between.

University of Waterloo grads engineer Friendlier packaging ‘because the planet isn’t single-use’

Jacquie Hutchings and Kayli Dale, two chemical engineering graduates with a passion for environmental sustainability, cofounded Friendlier, a packaging company that would be friendlier to our planet “because the planet isn’t single-use.”

They met at the University of Waterloo, and became inseparable through late-night study sessions, lab experiments that went wrong, and dreaming up crazy ideas to solve problems they saw in their everyday lives.

Pleather Vegan Jerky offers authentic drool-inducing pleasure for ex-meat eaters

Somewhere in the greater Cleveland area, Melissa and Matt Trahan stumbled from punk rock to creating vegan snack treats for those who want the chewy drool-inducing flavour of jerky without the cruelty caused by the meat industry.

Pleather is vegan, non-meat, super-tuff seitan jerky, and its texture has captured the tastebuds of vegans, vegetarians and people who want to cut back on their meat consumption.

When nothing seems affordable, this $1.22 batch of bread rises to challenge the cost of living

All we seem to hear right now is that the cost of living is rising out of control. Inflation is killing us. The gas price is hitting heights we’ve never had to deal with before.

This recipe may not chop down the inflated cost of housing, but we all must eat. Here’s how we get a batch of three delicious loaves of sourdough bread at the Wood-stein.ca headquarters for about $1.22.

Multicultural Association kicks off fundraising for Ukrainian refugees at Revival House

The Multicultural Association of Perth Huron (MAPH) has kicked off their fundraising efforts to support Ukrainian refugees who will soon be arriving in Perth and Huron Counties with a dinner at Revival House in Stratford on March 10.

The war in Ukraine touched the event as the main speaker had to cancel because her mother, a Ukrainian nurse, was injured in a Russian attack on a Ukrainian hospital.