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Launched in April 2013, Rustik is an online magazine in Atlantic Canada and the northeastern U.S. that focuses on green, sustainable, self-sufficient living.

Rustik shares practical tools and techniques that can be implemented in both rural and urban environments, with an emphasis on growing, cooking and eating healthy, local food.

We feature inspirational stories, practical advice, and simple techniques for what some people call ‘modern homesteading’. We’ve been described as, “where tradition gets its groove back.”

Rustik speaks to its young, educated and affluent demographic with a fresh, lively and modern voice. We draw on global trends and ideas, but keep a focus on what’s happening in Atlantic Canada and the northeastern U.S., where interest in local food and small-scale farming grows every year.

We believe the good life should be accessible to everyone – whether you live in the country, the city, or somewhere in between. If you are interested in where your food comes from, or have been wondering how to become more self-sufficient and resourceful, Rustik is for you.

zahra-sethnaZahra Sethna, Co-Editor–A writer and editor with over a decade of experience, Zahra has contributed to the CBC, BBC Travel, the New York Times and East Coast Living. She gardens, cooks and writes on the south shore of Nova Scotia, when she is not working in New York.

stephen-mostad-bwStephen Mostad, Co-Editor–Stephen is an award-winning writer who has advised the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia on communication, managed public relations for a luxury goods auction company, and edited documentation for United Nations organizations. He was designated a certified sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers in December 2014.

About Alimentary Ideas

At no time in modern history has food and wine been at the confluence of so many critical social and economic issues.

Whether health, climate, politics or economy, our food and its related universe is the increasing focus of corporations, governments and communities large and small.

Understanding food traditions and history, expanding culinary tastes and acceptance, and discussing the facts, the fun and the frivolity of food with pioneering leaders and thinkers is one way to continue invigorating a growing movement towards greater personal health and sustainable local economies.

Alimentary Ideas is the only festival of its kind in Canada. It therefore serves as an important axis for food and wine enthusiasts to meet, share ideas, network and interact with each other and an enthusiastic audience.

Media coverage for Alimentary Ideas:

Food and Words Festival, by Amanda Fraser, AllNovaScotia.com, August 19, 2014
Foodies Unite, by Paula Levy, Lighthouse Publishing, September 9, 2014
Top N.L. chef part of Chester’s food festival Alimentary Ideas, by Bill Spurr, Chronicle Herald, September 9, 2014
Interview on CBC Information Morning, by Bob Murphy, September 10, 2014
Alimentary, my dear, by Melissa Buote, The Coast, September 11, 2014
Alimentary Ideas, by Jonathan Waddell, Lighthouse Publishing, September 16, 2014
Looking back on Alimentary Ideas, by Melissa Buote, The Coast, September 19, 2014

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