Okay, we will play a short word association game. I say one word and you say the first word that comes to your mind… Clear your mind of all other thoughts… Ready? 1…2…3…Hops!
Did you say beer? Bitter? Hipsters? How about asparagus? How about herbal anti-anxiety medicine? As it turns out there are many little known facts about this biney (not viney) perennial crop.
Mostly everybody in BC’s North knows Rachelle, either from her music, from her environmental activism, or both. They’re so intertwined it’s impossible to pick them apart. Her songs are about the places and people that she loves - Francois Lake, the Skeena watershed, her kids, her mother. And her music is a tool in the activism that she uses to fiercely protect those places and people.
Some evenings we sit outside and play the echo game. The official rules of the echo game state that the echo game must begin with “Helloooooo”, then proceed on to various claps, fart noises, bird calls, and other sounds in the echo artists’ repertoire. (These days our repertoire includes “Hoooooootenanny”.)
The first annual Hazelton Hops Hootenanny takes place at the Bulkley Canyon Ranch on September 16 and 17. During the days we’re hosting seminars on sustainable living, permaculture, and D-I-Y, and giving tours of our 50-acre off-grid farm and hop-growing operation.
Kiev came to us as “Kevin” and had more hair than Cousin It from the Adams Family (look it up). After his haircut, we hardly recognized him and decided he needed a new name. His wool is amazingly soft and as a camelid, fits nicely into our existing animal mix of llamas and sheep.
When we moved here in October 2010, our off-grid house had been empty for about six months and the kitchen was badly in need of a clean up. Given how quickly we took possession of our new home, we asked the realtor if he could arrange to hire some local housecleaners to speed up our moving in process.