Do you remember back in elementary school when you were asked to write “I am” in the middle of the page and you had to write all the things that made you you around it? Daughter, brother, reader, athlete etc. If I asked you to do that today, what words would you write outside of your profession and family roles? What are your current passions? If you have difficulty answering those questions, please know that you are not alone. I often ask people to do this exercise and receive blank stares in return.

I think one of the most heartbreaking gardening experiences, for myself, is spending half the winter cultivating beautiful seedlings indoors, only to transplant them and watch them wither away. I’m always so eager to grow food, but my eagerness to start seeds indoors is usually to my disadvantage. So, here is my personal rule of thumb: direct seed everything possible! If you can, avoid starting plants indoors and having to transplant them.

At this time of year when we welcome back the light, so desperately needed after a couple of dark years, it can be helpful to find colourful and enjoyable means of reducing stress levels. As stress levels may be at an all-time high, it is fortunate for us in the Elk Valley that there is also an ever-increasing amount of art available to enjoy in the form of public art as well as small, local galleries popping up, but also in opportunities to learn about different medias and produce art. 


Fernie draws people from around the world, and fortunately for this small mountain town many fall so in love that they return with their talents and expertise and begin unique businesses, adding to the already impressive array of entrepreneurs and the offerings available here.

When it comes to drinks of all sorts, you will find a suprising number of locally crafted options while in Fernie. Make sure to check out these while here, your tastebuds will thank you.  

Breweries and Cafés

Expectant parents will benefit from improved access to comprehensive pregnancy care at the new Encompass Pregnancy Care clinic, which opened in March in Interior Health’s Urgent and Primary Care Centre in Cranbrook, located in the Baker Street Professional Centre at 1311 2nd St. 

The clinic is supported by eight Cranbrook-based maternity physicians and staffed with an experienced pregnancy care nurse. Encompass Pregnancy Care was created to be a non-judgemental, inclusive, and culturally safe space in which all patients feel heard, at-ease, and supported.   

Why hello Fernie! Aren’t you looking gorgeous? Everything is budding and ready to sprout for this year’s garden season. I am often asked to share my knowledge on growing food in the Elk Valley, so I thought I would create a crash course on cold-climate gardening. Each month I’ll be providing tips on how to improve your cold climate food production.

There are a lot of reasons for wanting to switch up all of your hygiene/beauty products for something a little bit greener, including wanting to have a little less of an environmental impact, and trying to be a bit healthier. What do body products have to do with environmentalism?

“To sit in solitude, to think in solitude with only the music of the stream and the cedar to break the flow of silence, there lies the value of wilderness.” John Muir.