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Making Black History in Caledon

Mar 24, 2020 | Liz Beatty | Heritage

A new museum exhibit called Our Voices, Our Journeys celebrates local black history through the personal stories of a Caledon congregation’s pioneering contributions to Headwaters.

Where the Moose and the Elk Used to Roam

Mar 24, 2020 | Don Scallen | Environment

Wildlife populations in Dufferin and Caledon have come and gone over the past few centuries, most dramatically since European settlement. Some species have vanished from the landscape. Others have arrived. Now things are changing again.

Telling Tales Out Loud

Mar 24, 2020 | Anthony Jenkins | Arts

Audiobooks and podcasts have produced a resurgence in oral storytelling, but for the Dufferin Circle of Storytellers the ancient art never went away.

My Foray Into Foraging

Mar 24, 2020 | Ruth Ann Pearce | Food

How I learned to find and cook spring’s local bounty.

5-Minute Insights: Tav Schembri

5-Minute Insights: Tav Schembri

Mar 26, 2020 | In The Hills Studio | Sponsored Content

Top Caledon real estate agent Tav Schembri shares what he’s learned in 7 years in the business.

Snooping On Wildlife

Mar 24, 2020 | Anthony Jenkins | Environment

Trail (or game) cameras are rugged, motion-activated devices about a quarter the size of a loaf 
of bread and meant for extended, remote use outdoors.

Pandemic Journals

Introducing Pandemic Journals

May 20, 2020 | Tralee Pearce | Pandemic Journals

How we’re coping with unprecedented times here in Headwaters.

Accidental Gardeners

Mar 24, 2020 | Barbara Moses | Leisure

With trial, error, dumb luck – and joy – two neophytes transformed four acres of bramble and meadow into a painterly Hockley garden.

Jonathan McCausland in the grow area of Mansfield’s Big Thunder Farms with a brassica blend microgreens crop. Photo by Joseph McCausland.

Microgreens Go Macro

Mar 24, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Farming

How local growers are tapping a surging demand for the tiny, tasty stems that pack a nutritional punch.

In Every Issue

Field Notes for Spring 2020

Mar 24, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Field Notes

What to see, hike, write this spring.

The Learning Journey

Mar 24, 2020 | Bethany Lee | Headwaters Nest

As I watch Adrian’s pencil continue across the page, I’m thinking about the messiness of learning in this period of his life.

The entrance to the Shortills’ cozy new home on a chilly winter night. The house was built by Orangeville’s Dalerose Homes. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Letters – Our Readers Write: Spring 2020

Mar 24, 2020 | Our Readers | Letters, Our Readers Write

Letters published in the Spring 2020 edition of In The Hills magazine.

Puzzles

A Puzzling Conclusion: Spring 2020

Mar 24, 2020 | Ken Weber | Puzzles

Overheard at Glen Eagle, deadlock at the Alton Fair Board and more squares than you think.

Our Stories, Ourselves

Mar 24, 2020 | Signe Ball | Editor’s Desk

At In The Hills our job is to tell the stories of our community.

A Halfway Henhouse

Mar 24, 2020 | Dan Needles | Fence Posts

Chicken police from the provincial marketing board patrol the neighbourhood in big black Escalades.

Activist Brenda Dolling has always been a woman ahead of her time.

Brenda Dolling

Mar 24, 2020 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Originally an elementary school teacher, Brenda encouraged her students to think critically about issues, including politics.

The New Normal: Pill Dispensers and Replacement Parts

Mar 24, 2020 | Gail Grant | Over the Next Hill

Somehow I thought growing old would take longer.

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Getting into Grade 9

Mar 24, 2020 | Ken Weber | Historic Hills

For 75 years Ontario students had to pass demanding provincial exams to get into high school. Preparation was rigorous and it was widely believed rural teachers weren’t up to the job.

Agata Wisniewski

Mar 24, 2020 | In The Hills | Artist in Residence

Agata replicates a flower’s delicate petals and crinkly layers, imbuing each image with what she calls “illumination from within.”

Local Buys: Spring 2020

Mar 24, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Made in the Hills

What we’re shopping for this spring in Headwaters.

Food + Drink Spring 2020

Mar 24, 2020 | Janice Quirt | Food + Drink

Spring’s seductions: Sweet treats, bounteous brunches, and Easter feasts.

Spring Gardening Inspiration

The bold colours of poppies, irises and daylilies frame the farmhouse in June. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

A Purposeful Garden

Tralee Pearce | Leisure

Misha Dubbeld’s gracious Mono garden is a testament to 20 years of love and labour. With all that she’s learned, her latest project is conceived on a grand scale.

Liz and George Knowles have lived and gardened in Mono since 1976. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

A Botany of Desire

Tralee Pearce | Leisure

Gardener Liz Knowles’ passion for rare yet rugged alpine flora has transformed her Mono gardens into more than an aesthetic triumph. They’re an aide memoire of her life and travels 40 years on.

An array of ‘Café au Lait’ dahlias. In summer, Amanda covers their buds with organza gift bags to ward off earwigs. Photo Courtesy Broadside Flowers.

The Green Thumb: Broadside Flowers

Tralee Pearce | Farming

Terra Cotta landscape gardener Amanda White’s own garden is brimming with foxgloves and dahlias.

An autumn market bouquet includes zinnias, coneflowers, Queen Anne’s Lace, dusty miller and a pink sunflower, along with other delights. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

Life at a Flower Farm

Tralee Pearce | Farming

Meet the women behind the blooms at Petals Flower Co., Purple Hill Lavender Farm, Stonewell Farm, Broadside Flowers and Caledon Hills Peony Farm.

Lee Anne Downey sits at her kitchen counter with the lavender oil she pressed last summer at Stonewell Farm. She is developing ideas for a small-batch line of lavender products to debut this year. Photo by Rosemary Hasner / Black Dog Creative Arts.

The Doer: Stonewell Farm

Tralee Pearce | Farming

At Lee Anne Downey’s new lavender farm in Erin, small-batch products and intimate retreats are in the works.

A charming bouquet showcases several luscious peony varieties. Photo by Tessa Angus.

The Peony Pro: Caledon Hills Peony Farm

Tralee Pearce | Farming

Looking for a rare peony variety? Diana Hillman’s got you covered with rootstock from North America and the Netherlands.

Get Outside

Eastern cottontail rabbit.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbits

Notes from the Wild

Cottontails conceal themselves in dense thickets of shrubs and brambles.

Male and female rose-breasted grosbeak. Photo by Fiona Reid.

Spring Songbirds

Notes from the Wild

May and June herald the arrival of a trio of supremely beautiful tropical migrants: indigo buntings, Baltimore orioles and rose-breasted grosbeaks.

Piebald spotted salamander 2010. Photo by Charlotte Cox.

The Return of the Salamanders

Notes from the Wild

This year I managed to take video of the underwater breeding of spotted salamanders.