Everything’s gone green: organic waste facility enjoys sweet smell of success

Everything’s gone green: organic waste facility enjoys sweet smell of success

By Angela Hawn
Waste not, want not. If Astoria Organic Matters Canada were looking for a slogan, this one would fit nicely. Just ask Al Hamilton what his company does and you’ll find his answer rings with similar simplicity. “We’re basically a compost manufacturing facility,” explains the 52-year-old with obvious enthusiasm for his subject. “We take in all kinds of organic waste and raw materials with no additives, blend them and make compost out of it.”

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Gateway to adventure: the magnificent York River continues to inspire

Gateway to adventure: the magnificent York River continues to inspire

Story and photos by Sarah Vance
The York River is a watershed that begins at Baptiste and extends through Bancroft, along New Carlow, into the Ottawa River and eventually to the Atlantic Ocean. For the cultures who share the shoreline, the river puts food on the table. Morels and fiddleheads are harvested in the Spring; cranberries and wild rice harvested in the Summer; and beavers trapped in the Fall. 

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Low budget beauties: the many highs of upcycling

Low budget beauties: the many highs of upcycling

by Shelley Wildgen
There are countless upcycling sources that will give you the ideas and the methods to put it all together and the end result is equally noble. You will have created something that isn’t exactly what it was but still has purpose. Sort of like an ‘alternative fact’, except that it’s real and better for the environment.

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