Archive for June, 2012

Tender is the heart

June 19, 2012

Tender is the Heart

by Janet Nicol

The ancient Greeks—and then the Romans—cultivated this strange-looking thistle, origins unknown, after somehow discovering an edible heart buried beneath layers of prickly leaves. They considered this delicacy to be an aphrodisiac, and an element of romance persists these many centuries later.

So begins an article in this summer’s issue of Edible Vancouver on everything you will want to know about artichokes. I interview the Ploughs, a deligent farming couple who own Glen Valley Farms. They harvest luscious artichokes, with the help of their grown children, in August through to November, and share their crop at various farmer’s markets in Vancouver.

Full story at

Edible Vancouver, Summer 2012

The Voice of Maisie Hurley

June 1, 2012


Maisie Hurley (1887-1964) was one of BC’s most well-known native activists in the 1940s through to the 1960s. Strong-willed and complicated, she left her mark on the province’s history.

I profile this unconventional woman who had stories to tell and battles to win, in the summer 2012 issue of BC History journal (45.2).

-Janet Nicol

The Voice of Maisie Hurley” has been awarded the Anne and Philip Yandle Best Article Award for 2013. Many thanks to the British Colombia Historical Federation for this honor.