-28- flora & farmer photo essay

For last semester’s photojournalism class, I was tasked to complete a photo essay on an event or someone in my community. There were a few ideas floating around in my mind but eventually, I decided to do my essay on Kim Bialkoski. Thankfully she entertained this project and was very accommodating throughout the process.

Kim and I initially met at a Satanic Rights show in 2016, and what stuck with me was her positive attitude, friendliness, and passion for DIY. I found it incredibly cool that she operates her own food preservation company, flora & farmer, and I’ve had the utmost respect for her hard work and dedication to her business and her customers.

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Kimberly Bialkoski, owner and operator of flora & farmer, sits in her living room and browses for apron pattern inspiration online. She intends to make more aprons for when she moves to a bigger kitchen.
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An eclectic collection of colourful earrings hangs from a jewelry frame that Kim made using an old picture frame and some mesh.
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Kim puts pieces of bread out to sample with her spreads and talks to customers about her products at the 4th annual Love Local MB event that took place Saturday, March 18 at Canad Inns Polo Park.
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A sign displays the prices for flora & farmer pickles and spreads at Love Local MB alongside some jars.
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A collection of neatly arranged spreads sits on Kim’s table at Love Local MB.
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Kim’s Food Handler Certificate hangs from the wall of her kitchen in The Occidental Hotel on Main Street.
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Bright spices for the next batch of Indian curried summer squash heat up in a large pan on the stove in Kim’s kitchen.
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In the middle of production, Kim gets a call back from a man looking to rent out kitchen space in his bakery that will be opening up on Portage Avenue in the summer.
Glass jars sit in a bleach bath before going into the oven to be heat dried.
Glass jars bath in a water and bleach mixture before going into the oven to be heat dried.
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Ginger, garlic, dried peppers, spices, and cilantro sit on the counter, ready to be put into the jars.
One dried pepper goes inside each jar.
Kim places a single dried pepper into each jar.
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With the help of a funnel, Kim pours freshly made brine into each of the jars filled with summer squash, onion, red peppers, and spices.
The jars of Indian curried summer squash are full and ready to be sealed.
The jars of Indian curried summer squash are full and ready to be sealed.
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Kim snaps a photo of me to share on her flora & farmer Instagram account.

Check out flora & farmer online: http://floraandfarmer.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/flora_and_farmer/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/floraandfarmer/?fref=ts

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-23- Infecter

This past Friday,  Cory Thomas of Ninjacat Productions hosted a benefit show for Manitoba Metalfest at The Park Theatre. It featured five local bands, and included the debut of his newest thrash metal band INFECTER. Members include Veronica Sears (vocals), David Jones (guitar), Lee Shodine (guitar & backup vocals), Jennifer Norris Wuckert (bass & backup vocals), and Thomas (drums).

Here’s a video and some photos from their set!

 

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Jennifer Norris Wuckert
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Veronica Sears
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Lee Shodine
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Cory Thomas
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David Jones

INFECTER is playing their next show at The Windsor Hotel on March 19 for Zombie Assault’s CD release.

In addition, the 13th edition of Manitoba Metalfest is being held on April 15 and April 16 at The Park Theatre.

-21- Festival du Voyageur

Every February, Winnipeg celebrates French-Canadian culture for 10 days in the heart of St. Boniface at Festival du Voyageur. This tradition started in 1970 and has been going strong ever since. Inside of Fort Gibraltar, voyageurs demonstrate and explain how those in the early 19th century cooked, made canoe paddles and snowshoes, tanned leather, traded fur, decorated their clothes, and kept warm during the winter months.

Fort Gibraltar was originally built in 1809 by the North West Company voyageurs, but was captured seven years later by the Hudson’s Bay Company and destroyed. A year later, the British authorities gave NWC permission to rebuild. The fort was destroyed by the Red River flood in 1852, but was rebuilt in 1978 by the Festival du Voyageur.

Here’s a look at the voyageur lifestyle inside of Fort Gibraltar.

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Warmly dressed people explore Fort Gibraltar on a cold winter day. Feb. 20, 2016/ALANNA YUEN
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Chantelle Gauthier, Eric Limpalaer, and Laurie MacDonell warm up by the fire and wait for their next meal to finish cooking. Feb. 20, 2016/ALANNA YUEN
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James Young cuts potatoes for a chickpea curry dish he promised to make for the vegetarian voyageurs. Feb. 20, 2016/ALANNA YUEN
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Jean-Marc Lafond serves bread and a hearty pork and vegetable stew made on the dutch oven to Arielle Morier-Roy and Debbie Young. Feb. 20, 2016/ALANNA YUEN
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Mark Blieske demonstrates how voyageurs carved canoe paddles. Feb. 20, 2016/ALANNA YUEN
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Nathan Beal uses a coping saw to carefully cut a hole into a silver brooch. Feb.20, 2016/ALANNA YUEN
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Handcrafted brooches lay on a red sash. The Luckenbooth heart-shaped brooch was a very common Scottish brooch which symbolized love. Feb. 20, 2016/ALANNA YUEN