About us

Morels might not be specific to Southwestern Ontario, but they epitomize the idea of locality:

  • they need specific environmental, ecological and cultural conditions to grow
  • they appear in many locations and forms
  • their locations are prized community secrets
  • people need trained knowledge — often passed from one generation to the next — to affirm their authenticity
  • nothing is tastier than the local delicacy cooked well

The idea of the morel can also exist independently of local conditions. If I say “morel” and you know what it is, a specific image will appear in your mind. Typically, we compare all morels to this imagined ideal to identify and assess their quality.

Although the specimen makes us think of the ideal, we know that the ideal could not exist if it wasn't for the specimen nurtured in a specific locale. Moreover, we can't eat the ideal image in our minds; the one that nourishes is the tangible, the local, the one spied in place and plucked for the pot that night.

To provide a way to forage for local thought; to provide readers a way to appreciate homegrown writing; to provide a setting that allows us to consider these delicacies within the context of local, national and even international events: these are the tasks that Morel, the online publication, has set for itself.

Ontario’s Southwest is on the brink of reinvention. As the renaissance unfolds, Morel will be here with credible journalism and photography to inform and guide discerning readers about community-defining issues, individuals, moments and experiences, and to provide a forum and showcase for our creative arts.

Ultimately, Morel encourages the region’s residents, thinkers, doers and visionaries to celebrate Southwestern Ontario in all of its facets.

About the Founder, Publisher and Editor

Mary Baxter is a London writer, journalist and editor who has spent the past 20 years covering many facets of Southwestern Ontario. In 2007, she, along with her colleagues Robert Irwin and Don Stoneman, won the Canadian Association of Journalists' Award for Investigative Journalism in the magazine category. In 2012, she also won the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists’ Star Prize for print journalism.

Essay Editor: Terry Burns
Fiction Editor: Paul Cavanagh
History Editor: Mike Baker
Poetry Editor: Robert Stewart

Intern: Grace Benac

Advisory Board

Mike Baker, curator, Elgin County Museum
Jim Blake, publisher, The Chatham Voice
Terry Burns, former poet laureate of Owen Sound, essayist, cultural events organizer
Paul Cavanagh, publisher of Not That London, novelist
Kate Procter, rural planner, farmer, writer
Robert Stewart, poet, writer, journalist