If you were a Harrowsmith magazine subscriber you probably feel more than just a little upset at the knowledge that your beloved magazine will no longer be published. I can't believe how many hits this blog has had based on google searches containing the words Harrowsmith, Luc Lemay, and Malcolm Publishing. Anyway, this is supposed to be an update. From Masthead we have this news from January, 2012. Basically, if you ordered your subscription using Rogers Magazine Service you'll be sent issues of Garden Making. Garden Making is a quarterly issue and you'll have the magazine for the duration of your Harrowsmith order. Apparently that's about 2000 of you and you'll have the option of renewing your subscription at the end of the order period. As for the rest of us long standing customers who renewed directly to Harrowsmith, you and I have been screwed. There are no answers as to why the plug was pulled on Harrowsmith, just a whole lot of disgruntled subscribers. The best that I can do for myself in the future is pay attention to the publisher listing of whatever magazine I'm subscribing to and avoid Malcolm Media like the plague. As far as Garden Making magazine goes, I don't think I'll be ordering it. It's supposed to be award winning I know but it's issued quarterly and that's a long time to wait between issues. In the meantime, I have good news for you cyber junkies! You see that link on the side bar that says Use StumbleUpon, click on it after you read this and then click on Stumble. It's a way to get linked to great gardening ideas from magazines, newspapers, bloggers and whatever else you can imagine. I've been using it for a few days now and I've got these great ideas based on gardening searches. I know it's not the same as having a magazine in your hand on a cold winter's night but it's a very close substitute. Take heart my friends, I've got your back, and I'll keep you posted should anything else come up related to Harrowsmith. Right now, I have my doubts we'll hear anymore on the subject.
FYI, here's an update on what's going on with the Sponsorship Scandal. Remember, Luc Lemay is trying to avoid criminal charges for his role and I can't help but think that this is relevant. If you're not p.o.'d enough then this will get you really riled, guess what magazine received money for 2011-2012 as part of Canada Periodical Fund? Harrowsmith Country Life to the tune of $330, 130. Doesn't that just leave a sour taste in your mouth? Pass it on.