Since 2007, Harrowsmith’s Almanac has been famous for homegrown editorials on country living with a modern twist. Our four issues a year are delivered in Harrowsmith’s signature style, satisfying a desire for a less hectic lifestyle and celebrating Canada’s natural beauty from coast to coast.

HARROW-Our-HistoryHarrowsmith’s Almanac, Gardening Digest, Summer and Fall issues provide a winning combination of stunning photography, expert gardening tips, home improvement advice, mouth-watering recipes, travel guides and timely editorials, all with an emphasis on energy efficiency, green living and generally being more connected to this planet we all share. Our Almanac and Gardening Digest are available both digitally and in print across the country via subscription and on newsstands at major retail chains.

Harrowsmith’s dedicated and accomplished team is bound by a passion for country life born of and shaped by Canada’s small towns and rural areas. All of our issues are created with care, as a tribute to country life and the Canadian spirit itself. Whether you’re warming up in front of the fire on a snowy mid-winter’s night or planning your urban balcony garden, we’ve got you covered.


Yolanda Thornton, Publisher and CEO

Yolanda Thornton founded Moongate Inc., a custom content, branding and strategic communications company in 2009. Her experience spans over 30 years in the communications industry, and roles with national consumer lifestyle magazines and broadcast sales including 14 years as the Director of Advertising Sales and Marketing at Harrowsmith Country Life Magazine. Yolanda has a deep understanding of how organizations, business sectors and Canadians get their information, entertainment and engage socially. She’s well versed in developing traditional and online communications strategies, magazines and content to create audience engagement, community involvement and loyalty.

Jules Torti – Editor-in-Chief

Jules Torti’s resume reads more like a well-folded treasure map. She has been a canoe outtripper, outdoor educator, colouring book illustrator and freelancer. Jules has volunteered (and eaten all sorts of questionable things) in the soupy jungles of Costa Rica, Uganda and the Congo. Her work has been published in The Harrowsmith Almanac, The Vancouver Sun, The Globe & Mail, travelife, Canadian Running and Coast Mountain Culture. She actively feeds her blog, Alphabet Soup, with posts on books, birds, burgers and beer (in no particular order) across the latitudes from Zanzibar to Iceland. Closer to home, she was grandfathered into the Galt Horticultural Society, was the caretaker of a 155-year-old stone heritage cottage and has chronic fantasies about church conversions, beekeeping and owning llamas. She has been known to slam on the brakes for photo ops of saltbox houses, saddle roof barns, snowy owls and sunflower fields. As editor-in-chief of Harrowsmith she is thrilled to be able to curate, write and read about the very best things in life.

Wayne MacPhail, Digital Brand Strategist

Wayne is  a digital strategist with extensive experience in traditional, online and communication strategy development. He has assisted clients like Random House (where he helped establish digital outreach programs), the Association of Science and Technology Centers, McMaster Family Medicine,, University of Toronto, Engineering reimagine their communications strategies for an emerging media landscape and new audiences. Wayne brings three decades of rich media content creation, a background in journalism and the ability to creatively understand brand and messaging and create new platforms and opportunities for Moongate’s clients. He has taught and developed online content creation and communications for a variety of colleges and universities in Ontario.

Jacqueline Court, Digital Strategist and Writer

Jacqueline is an experienced content producer and strategist who has worked with brands such as Canadian Tourism Commission, Fairmont Hotels, Scotiabank, WINNERS, Tetley Canada and more. For the past 15 years she has worked with top agencies such as DDB Canada, FCB Canada, Bensimon Byrne and EURO RSCG. Her combined background as a strategist and writer has given her great insight into developing and executing content strategies for top brands in Canada.

Andre Bodnar, Digital Strategy

Andre is a professional communicator and digital consultant at artifakt Digital Inc. He specializes in website development and consultation, user experience, content strategy, digital strategy, business workflow, and online presence.

Meredith MacKinlay, Creative Director

Meredith has designed and consulted for some of Canada’s most recognized corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Following her tenure with top branding firms in Toronto and Vancouver, she founded Egg Design in 1998. Meredith’s collaborative approach to the creative process and reputation for refreshing solutions has earned her accolades, including several national and international awards

Bridget Wayland, Editor Emerita

Bridget became the founding editor of the Almanac on the heels of a long-term stint as senior editor at  Harrowsmith Country Life.  Her career has revolved around a dedication to country living, and her writing has spanned topics from gardening and the environment, to regional Canadian issues, to humorous personal essays. She worked as an editor for such national magazines as  Canadian Geographic  and  Canadian Wildlife  and in communications at McGill University. Bridget and her family live in a renovated century home on a few acres in rural Quebec.

Mark Cullen, Gardening Editor

With a CTV morning show segment, best-selling book, and regular national radio and newspaper spots, it is no exaggeration to say that Mark is Canada’s “Gardening Guru.” Among his extensive endeavours, Mark is horticultural consultant for Home Hardware, and founding Chair of Trees For Life, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to doubling the tree canopy in urban spaces across Canada. When he isn’t helping Canadians to become more environmentally conscious or growing healthy produce, Mark enjoys his 10-acre garden with his wife and children.

Joanna Notkin, Food Editor

Joanna is a designer at heart, and food is her passion. With an eye for detail and a love of all things seasonal and local, Joanna’s thoughtful approach to food seeks to bring together the flavours of each ingredient, while honouring the fact that we truly eat with our eyes. Joanna began as a textile designer before opening Zoe Ford Catering, and she freelances as a recipe tester, restaurant consultant and menu planner.

Madeleine Hague, National Accounts Manager

An avid lover of sports and the outdoors, Madeleine was the long-time national accounts manager for Harrowsmith Country Life. She has worked for an array of proudly Canadian publications including Canadian Living and Canadian Art Magazine. She was part of the team responsible for Canada’s first compact disc magazine insert, and her passion for music sometimes finds its way into the Almanac. She’s also the driving force behind the Almanac’s annual Small Ponds feature.

Scott Bullock, Circulation Consultant

Scott is a veteran circulation expert with experience in both Canada and the United States. He has worked on trade titles such as Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal, and has been the circulation director for Toronto Life, Fashion, and Canadian Art among others. Scott has a deep understanding of the unique pressures on publishers transitioning to online platforms, and has been instrumental in bringing all of our titles online.

Diana McLeod, Circulation Manager

Diana oversees magazine subscriptions, online sales, database management and customer service. She brings with her more than 30 years experience in direct sales and customer service, including roles as General Office Manager of Multilin Canada and Creative Marketing Consultant to C29, a division of Elizabeth Grant.

Catalina Margulis, Editor, Online Editions

An editor with 15-plus years in the publishing business, Catalina Margulis’ byline spans travel, food, decor, parenting, fashion, beauty, health and business. A former Elle Canada and Flare editor, she offers editorial consulting to her corporate clients and writes for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Parents Canada, among others. When she’s not chasing after her three young children, she can be found painting her home, taming her garden and baking muffins. She hopes to write a book about it all one day.