Communal Beat


Villains In The Root Cellar

The history of agriculture has its deepest roots in roots. You could say the very first agricultural tool was a digging stick used to unearth roots.  This later evolved into the hoe and plough. Root vegetables have been part of our diet throughout human history.  If early humans were anything they were hungry. Getting to […]

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Denman Island's Readers and Writers Festival

The Magic of Denman’s Literary Festival

The Magic of Denman’s Literary Festival By Stewart Goodings I’ve been attending Denman Island’s Readers and Writers Festival for several years, and I’d like to share some of the reasons it is a “must-attend” event not only in my calendar but also in the agendas of many Comox Valley residents. First of all, it attracts […]

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Can’t make it to the Saturday Farmers’ Market?

Local food you love is coming downtown to you for Third Thursdays, this summer. The Comox Valley Farmers’ Market is partnering with the Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association (DCBIA) and the Elevate the Arts Festival to bring fabulous Farmers’ Market vendors together with Elevate vendors. Come on out to Farmers, Food & Art – Every […]

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Avenue Café

  You can’t miss the buzz in the valley! Lately, lots of local food and beverage businesses are starting up or changing hands. Gregor and Michelle Mowatt, the new owners of the well loved Avenue Bistro, are excited to be a part of the movement: all are contributing to our local community and collaborating with […]

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Continuity, Collaboration, Community and Celebration – Beaufort Winery

A Visit with Mark Timmermans of Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery Last year, there was a ton of speculation and curiosity following the sale of Beaufort Vineyard and Estate Winery to James and Suzy Amis Cameron. Mark Timmermans, recently moved to the valley with his wife Freya and their 3 children to take on the […]

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Hedgerows and Fairy Tales by Barbara Odegard

Hedgerows and Fairy Tales

Hedgerows and Fairy Tales By: Barbara Odegard As humans transitioned from primordial forest life to one of agriculture and edge-biotrope developed dividing the two. This evolved into the hedgerow. Hedgerows marked boundaries to declare ownership and kept livestock in and out of fields. These natural hedges acquired a practical purpose with a multitude of uses. […]

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Mango Salsa by Chris Graham

Mango Salsa Recipe

Hi, Chris here; the “Tamale Guy” from the Comox Valley Farmer’s Market. Some of you may remember heaping this mango salsa onto your tamale. Well, here’s the recipe! Enjoy! Mango Salsa Ingredients: 4 Ripe Mangos (Ataulfo is best) Small Red Onion Juice of One Lime Sprig of Mint Seedless Grapes (Red looks better) Salt Hot […]

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