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Jan 22, 2019

Some of you listening may not be that familiar with Harrowsmith. While this is a podcast, Harrowsmith began as a groundbreaking Canadian magazine. It came to life on the kitchen table of James Lawrence in Camden East, Ontario in 1976. Back then it didn’t seem likely that his vision of a national magazine on the virtues of getting back to the land would last. 

But before long Harrowsmith took off, quickly attracting legions of fans. Tapping into an urban desire to move to the country, the magazine also appealed to dyed-in-the wool ruralites. What Canada got was its magazine to promote green living and a country lifestyle. It also got the venerable Harrowsmith Almanac.

Over its 46-year history the Harrowsmith name became synonymous with Canadians living sustainably.

In this podcast we proudly continue the spirit of James Lawrence’s vision of sharing useful information for country dwellers and anyone seeking to tread a little more lightly upon the earth.

In this episode of Harrowsmith Radio we go just about as far east in Canada as you can get: Bonavista, Newfoundland. There we’ll meet Peter Burt who, along with his partner Robin Crane, launched the Newfoundland Salt Company almost exactly a year ago. Peter, a former St. John’s chef now makes his salt from the pristine waters that flow between Bonavista and Trinity Bays.

Next, we’ll meet a true Canadian hometown winter hero, Michael Buma. Why a hero? Buma built ice rinks in the freezing cold and then wrote about it, and hockey. 

So, here we go, ice and salt, that’s a pretty good Canadian winter start for a podcast, don’t you think?

Want more Harrowsmith? No problem. Visit our website. And, you can read stories about Peter and Michael in the Winter issue of Harrowsmith Magazine. It's on selected newsstands across Canada or you can order subscriptions online at


By the way, the music in the podcast? It's by good ol' Canadian singer, composer and friend of the 'cast,  David Archibald. You can find more of his music at his website,