Catherine Winter-Hébert

 

An avid permaculture gardener, locavore, and novice (but enthusiastic!) canner, Catherine Winter-Hébert joins Inhabitat after spending the last decade working as a writer and event guru for non-profit/eco organisations. She has contributed to both print and web-based media for clients across North America and Europe, and is slowly plodding her way through her first novel-writing attempt.
Born and raised in Toronto, she has given up city life and moved to the wilds of rural Quebec with her husband, where they collaborate on graphic design projects for their company, Winter-Hébert. Their new, rustic lifestyle is chronicled in her personal blog: 33 Leagues from Mount Royal, where she touches upon the ins and outs of homesteading and self sufficiency in the Great White North.
When she isn't writing or delving into artstuffs, Cate can be found reading, wrestling with various knitting projects, or tending her garden.

Catherine Winter-Hébert
6 Emergency Essentials for Surviving 72 Hours Without Power

6 Emergency Essentials for Surviving 72 Hours Without Power

  The motto "always be prepared" is a good one to keep in mind, but one might not understand the importance of that until immersed in a situation that one hasn't prepared properly

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6 Recipes for a Vegan French Canadian Thanksgiving Menu

6 Recipes for a Vegan French Canadian Thanksgiving Menu

The harvest comes in early here in Canada; a full month before our neighbors to the south, in fact! As such, our Thanksgiving feast falls on the second weekend in October, rather than mid

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Aaron Maret’s 200 sqft Pocket Shelter is an Adorable Tiny Home on Wheels

Aaron Maret’s 200 sqft Pocket Shelter is an Adorable Tiny Home on Wheels

Maret incorporated many recycled materials into his home's structure, from the enormous reclaimed windows to the salvaged redwood that was used for the decking, and repurposed pine flooring. The

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Winter is Coming: 6 Game of Thrones-Inspired Vegetarian Recipes to Brighten Cold Days

Winter is Coming: 6 Game of Thrones-Inspired Vegetarian Recipes to Brighten Cold Days

Winter is coming. No, really… it’ll be here in a couple of short months. Avid Game of Thrones fans have been inundated with the foreboding of oncoming winter, and October's arrival reminds

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This Livestream of Japan’s Brutal Taiji Cove Dolphin Slaughter Will Horrify You

This Livestream of Japan’s Brutal Taiji Cove Dolphin Slaughter Will Horrify You

The waters around Taiji Cove have been stained red since the beginning of September due to Japan's annual dolphin slaughter - and the blood continues to flow as we bear witness to a pod of 20-25

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Yesterday was Park(ing) Day 2014 – Send us Photos of Pop-Up Parks Near You!

Yesterday was Park(ing) Day 2014 – Send us Photos of Pop-Up Parks Near You!

Yesterday was Park(ing) Day, and we'd love to see your photos of the most spectacular pop-up parks near you! If you've never heard of Park(ing) Day before, it's a global event where parking

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The Best Green Designs from Designersblock at the London Design Festival

The Best Green Designs from Designersblock at the London Design Festival

Artist Laura Daza is intrigued by how color has been used throughout the ages, and has used both the rituals and techniques used in ancient times to create authentic pigments. Such knowledge is

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British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

British Columbia’s First Earthship Built with Pop Cans and Old Tires is Still Standing Strong!

In July 2009, Sandra Burkholder and her family began building an Earthship in Kamloops, BC;  a sustainable house built with used tires and pop cans. Known as the Darfield Earthship, the

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Meet 5 Common Backyard Plants with Healing Superpowers

Meet 5 Common Backyard Plants with Healing Superpowers

Although you may already be familiar with many of your neighborhood "weeds" and their myriad uses (such as using dandelion leaves in salad), it's quite possible that you pass by several other

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Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

Breathtaking Mashpi Lodge Retreat Wins the 2014 World Travel Award for Leading Green Hotel in Ecuador

The stunning Mashpi Rainforest Eco-Lodge has been honored with a 2014 World Travel Award as Ecuador's Leading Green Hotel. Located in the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, the lodge is

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Portugal’s Strange and Wonderful Boulder Homes Were Built Hundreds of Years Ago!

Portugal’s Strange and Wonderful Boulder Homes Were Built Hundreds of Years Ago!

Monsanto's architecture is utterly unique in the world, as the town rose up in, around, and beneath these rock formations rather than making any attempt to remove or alter them. They've proven

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DIY Gift Idea: Make 10 Epicurean Vegan Treats in Beautiful Recycled Glass Jars

DIY Gift Idea: Make 10 Epicurean Vegan Treats in Beautiful Recycled Glass Jars

Social events and celebrations happen year-round, and delicious food gifts are as much fun to give away as they are to make! Whenever you buy products that come in glass jars, from jams and

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Green Your Neighbourhood this Autumn with a Little Guerilla Gardening!

Green Your Neighbourhood this Autumn with a Little Guerilla Gardening!

Just because summer's winding down doesn't mean that guerilla gardening needs to slow down anytime soon! Fall is actually the ideal time to plant all kinds of flower bulbs and seed that will

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DIY: Make Your Own Tiny Terrarium Garden That’ll Stay Green All Winter Long

DIY: Make Your Own Tiny Terrarium Garden That’ll Stay Green All Winter Long

Avid gardeners and outdoor lovers tend to mope all winter long because of the lack of greenery around them, but there's an easy way to fix that! Indoor plants give any space a lively splash of

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Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is an Incredible Hot Spring Spouting from the Runoff of a Geothermal Power Plant

Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is an Incredible Hot Spring Spouting from the Runoff of a Geothermal Power Plant

The water appears blue because of the high concentrations of silica, algae, and minerals within it. Although the water itself is actually a milky white hue, the silica within it reflects

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DIY: How to Make a Bird Feeder From a Plastic Bottle!

DIY: How to Make a Bird Feeder From a Plastic Bottle!

The cooler half of the year is right around the corner (though most of us don't want to admit it!), and all over the northern hemisphere, little feathered friends will be looking for food to

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Reverse Graffiti: Street Artists Tag Images on Walls by Scrubbing Them Clean

Reverse Graffiti: Street Artists Tag Images on Walls by Scrubbing Them Clean

    Art piece by Scott Wade  The UK's Paul Curtis, better known as "Moose," is one of the technique's pioneers. Although based in London, he has traveled around the

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DIY: Make Your Own Yogurt in a Crock-Pot!

DIY: Make Your Own Yogurt in a Crock-Pot!

Image via Shutterstock  Yogurt is one of those all-around fabulous edibles that can be used a thousand different ways. It gets added to smoothies, eaten with cereal, mixed with herbs to

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PUBLIC Bikes are Stylish Rides Ideal for the Urban Cyclist

PUBLIC Bikes are Stylish Rides Ideal for the Urban Cyclist

Sturdy and stylish, yet lightweight and efficient, PUBLIC bikes are optimal for city dwellers who like to cycle around town, and for students who prefer a more eco-savvy way to travel around

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Providence’s Hummingbird Palace Will be Blooming Gorgeously for Years

Providence’s Hummingbird Palace Will be Blooming Gorgeously for Years

Blending modern sculpture with the beauty of the natural world, The Hummingbird Palace is a large outdoor installation created by Esther Solondz that will evolve and change over time. Thin

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How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree from a Seed

If you love plants but don't have much outdoor space to indulge your green thumb, you might feel a bit bummed about all the things you can't grow indoors. Fortunately, there are plenty of things

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Scientists Use Yeast to Create 100% Real Vegan Cheese

Scientists Use Yeast to Create 100% Real Vegan Cheese

Cheese is often one of the most difficult foods for a new vegan to give up, and might also be one of the culinary delights that keeps some people from pursuing a plant-based diet. There are

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Store Your Summer Harvest in a DIY Backyard Root Cellar

Store Your Summer Harvest in a DIY Backyard Root Cellar

Creating a cellar for food storage is an ideal method for many reasons: an underground chamber doesn't see much temperature fluctuation, and during the colder months the conditions within will

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How to Can Fruit and Veggie Juices to Preserve Summer’s Sweetness

How to Can Fruit and Veggie Juices to Preserve Summer’s Sweetness

It's the height of the summer harvest season here in the northern hemisphere, and the southern one will see a huge influx of berries and early spring fruits in the very near future, all of which

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Seed-Saving Part 2: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds

Seed-Saving Part 2: Storing Beans, Squash, and Other Large Seeds

With all of the pies, muffins, and preserves that are being created this season (not to mention the pumpkins that'll be carved a few months from now), there will be an extraordinary windfall of

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Seed-Saving Part 1: Harvesting and Storing Herb, Tomato, and Berry Seeds

Seed-Saving Part 1: Harvesting and Storing Herb, Tomato, and Berry Seeds

Another great aspect of harvest season is that it’s the time of year when most plants go to seed, thus ensuring a strong new crop for the following spring. Those of you with food gardens have

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DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink

DIY: How to Make Horchata–A Delicious, Refreshing Summer Drink

We're still in the height of summer here in the northern hemisphere, and to stay hydrated, we've been indulging in everything from herbed waters and iced tea to granita and sorbets, but it's

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REVIEW: Darby Smart Kits Take All the Stress Out of DIY

REVIEW: Darby Smart Kits Take All the Stress Out of DIY

If you're anything like the average Pinterest user, you've likely collected a gazillion projects that you're dying to DIY. Home decor, pillow-making, garden decorations... there are so many

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DIY Summer Craft Idea: How to Make Vintage Teacup Candles

DIY Summer Craft Idea: How to Make Vintage Teacup Candles

Image © Marcie What you’ll need: A selection of porcelain teacups Wax (we recommend soy wax because it burns without smoke, but you can also use paraffin or beeswax). This is also a

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9 Things You Can Do to Help Wild Birds This Summer

9 Things You Can Do to Help Wild Birds This Summer

Here in the northern hemisphere, we're now heading into the height of summer and chances are that most of us are spending as much time outdoors as possible. You've probably noticed a lot more

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