Transition Brockville

Newsletter 102, 20 April 2015

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Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever

The Independent / Steve Connor / 23 March 2015
The Gulf Stream that helps to keep Britain from freezing over in winter is slowing down faster now than at any time in the past millennium according to a study suggesting that major changes are taking place to the ocean currents of the North Atlantic. Scientists believe that the huge volumes of freshwater flowing into the North Atlantic from the rapidly melting ice cap of Greenland have slowed down the ocean "engine" that drives the Gulf Stream from the Caribbean towards north-west Europe, bringing heat equivalent to the output of a million power stations ...

TB/BPL PRESENTATIONS

Investing in local renewable energy

As college and university students around the world pressure their institutions to divest from fossil fuels, many of us are wondering how we can actively support alternative energy through our own investments.

Electricity production systems are changing around the world and community ownership is playing a significant role in this evolution. Germany, for example, has over 800 renewable energy co-ops. Scores of co-operatives are now operating across N. America as well.

Exploring this movement and its local context, David Hahn, President of Wintergreen Renewable Energy Co-operative of Frontenac County will be giving our next presentation. Hahn will explain how Wintergreen was formed and its collaboration with SolarShare Co-op, which offers Solar Bonds as investments to its members.

Hahn has been using renewable energy himself for over 40 years. He built his own highly insulated passive solar home for his family in the 1980s. He now owns a 10KW solar photovoltaic grid tied system under the microFit program. Hahn has also been a sustainability advocate in municipal government during his time spent on the councils of Bedford and South Frontenac.

All are welcome to attend, and to learn more about the social, environmental and economic benefits of community participation in regional renewable energy. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

WHEN: Sunday, April 26, 2:00 pm
WHERE: Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street, Brockville

Later Presentations

May 24: Kurt Liebe, Ferme MiKu Valley Farm: Permaculture
June 28: Matt Brearley, GM: Two Rivers Food Hub
July 25 (Saturday): TBA
August 22 (Saturday): TBA

Also: Brockville Fire Chief Chris Dwyre has advised us that his department will be holding a public information session on Emergency Planning around the time of Emergency Preparedness Week, May 4 - 10. As well as standard household preparedness measures, we expect to learn about community-level response to the increasing risks of spills of diluted bitumen into our watersheds from breached pipelines and rail accidents as well as the movement of hazardous materials through the Seaway.

Please let us know what you'd like to hear about, or to hear more about, through this online form.

TRANSITION BROCKVILLE

Action Item indicators

We continue the use of Action Item indicators in this issue of our newsletter. A click on the indicator will load a web page where you can take some action pertaining to that specific news item.

SC meetings open to all

The Transition Brockville Steering Committee meets at 7:00 pm on the second Monday of the month at Bud's on the Bay, 17 Broad Street. Our SC meetings are open. If you'd like to participate in some broad-ranging discussions on resilience and sustainability, please consider attending. The next SC meeting will be on May 11, 2015.

Community outreach

Members of our Steering Committee are available to speak to groups throughout the community, whether it be a lunch-and-learn at your place of business, a presentation to your board of directors or group members, or an informal neighbourhood discussion. Contact us at transitionbrockville@gmail.com.


REGIONAL

Proposed cycling network for Brockville: Information Sessions

Brockville Cycling Advisory Committee (BCAC)
The BCAC is developing a proposed cycling network for the city of Brockville. Design goals include good integration with other transportation modes, cost effectiveness, practicality, and ease of use for all levels of riders. You are invited to come see the proposed plan before it goes to Council. Visit us at any of the following Information Sessions. Your input will make a stronger plan...

Brockville trail system gets $35,000 boost

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 24 March 2015
Shell Canada on Tuesday handed a $35,000 cheque to the volunteer committee working to expand and upgrade the Brock Trail, a chunk of funding that should make it possible to reopen the stretch of the trail running across the Wayfare property. "We're really excited that it's going to get don...

Smiths Falls wins Walk Friendly Community designation

Green Communities Canada / 30 March 2015
Canada Walks, a division of Green Communities Canada, has recognized three more communities for putting their best foot forward in 2015. The City of Kitchener was awarded a Silver WALK Friendly Communities designation, the Town of Smiths Falls received Bronze, and the Town of Saugeen Shores receive hon...

Register for Nature Camp this summer

FAB This Month / March 2015
There is still room in this summer's Frontenac Arch Biosphere Nature Camp at Landon Bay! Do you have kids (or grandkids!) between 6 and 11 years old? Sign them up for some outdoor summer fun at Nature Camp. The camp runs weekly sessions (Monday to Friday) starting June 29th and ending August 21st. The cost is $130 ...

Two Rivers Food Hub bringing local farmers, grocers together

Inside Ottawa Valley / Jennifer Westendorp / 20 March 2015
Finding locally produced food can be a challenge, so can finding a market for it. Local farmers, grocers and restaurant owners alike may not be faced with such challenges in the near future. The Two Rivers Food Hub, based in Smiths Falls, is working towards creating a symbiotic rel...

Transition Cornwall+ building better future, council told

Cornwall Standard-Freeholder / Lois Ann Baker / 23 March 2015
Looking for continued support from the city, Transition Cornwall+ addressed city council on Monday night. John Towndrow provided council with an update on activities the organization completed over the past year. Transition Cornwall+ is part of an international movement working ...

ONTARIO

Ontario plans cap-and-trade on greenhouse gas emissions

Globe and Mail / Adrian Morrow, Jane Taber, Sean Silcoff / 02 April 2015
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is preparing to bring in a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions, an ambitious move that could amount to the nation's single largest salvo in the battle against global warming. The new system would be linked with Quebec and Ca...

Cap and trade: What Ontario's shift on emissions will mean

Globe and Mail / Adrian Morrow / 13 April 2015
On Monday, Premier Kathleen Wynne formally announced what The Globe revealed two weeks ago: that Ontario will launch a cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions. The plan is to link Ontario's system to those already in place in Quebec and California, creating a carbon market of 61 million peopl...

Business leaders support a price on carbon

Corporate Knights / Press Release / 01 April 2015
Over twenty business leaders from a diverse range of sectors today offered their support for the Wynne Government's plan to put a price on carbon. In a letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, the CEOs noted "climate change poses one of the greatest global challenges and threatens to roll bac...

Achieving our climate goals while lowering our energy bills

Ontario Clean Air Alliance Research / 26 March 2015
The Government of Ontario is planning to implement a system of carbon pricing to help it achieve its greenhouse gas emission (GHG) emission reduction goals. While there is widespread public support for actions to reduce GHG emissions, there is also concern that these actions could raise our ...

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) informed us that it is developing a new funding program that will improve and consolidate the Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP) with the Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund (AREF), the Municipal and Public Sector Energy Partnerships Program (MPSEPP), and Aboriginal T...

Letter to Premiers Couillard and Wynne

Ontario Clean Air Alliance / 09 April 2015
Please click here to send a letter to Premiers Wynne and Couillard asking them to sign a long-term electricity cooperation agreement to save both provinces $14 billion while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A 14 billion win-win deal: Working together to create a green electricity future in Eastern ...

Ontario investing $25 million in cycling infrastructure

Ministry of Transportation / Media Release / 01 April 2015
As part of Ontario's 20-year #CycleON strategy, the province is moving forward with a $25-million investment over three years to create a more cycling-friendly future for the province. This includes $15 million for cycling routes that provide key connections and linkages on provincial...

Housing co-op joins forces with community carshare co-op

On Co-op / Newsletter / 23 March 2015
Frank McLoughlin Co-operative Homes in Brampton ON recently joined the Community CarShare Co-op. Introduced by the Peel-Halton Co-operative Housing Federation, a car (or several) will be parked on site for members to use and share as required. It is a wonderful initiative with many great benefits for memb...

CANADA

Canada's Map to Sustainability 41.1

Alternatives Journal / March 2015
Canada is on the cusp of embracing and implementing sustainability, and this issue is our map to getting there. In the most important issue that A\J has published in our 44-year history, we team up with leading Canadian scholars to chart our country's path toward a sustainable future. This special issue of ...

Who's responsible for climate policy in Canada?

Globe and Mail / Shawn McCarthy / 23 March 2015
As Canada gears up for the UN climate summit in December, federal and provincial governments are laying out their agendas. Meanwhile, neither the provinces nor Ottawa are on track to meet their own targets.

Ignored by government, academics offer own climate policy

Science / Lesley Evans Ogden / 18 March 2015
Under the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada has become a tough and frustrating political environment for researchers trying to advance evidence-based policies to reduce emissions. The country has withdrawn from international climate pacts, muzzled government climate res...

Price on carbon key to Canada tackling global warming

The Guardian / Dana Nuccitelli / 15 April 2015
65 researchers from provinces across Canada have published a report, Acting on Climate Change, that details how the country can successfully decarbonize its electric grid to slow global warming. The team unanimously endorsed putting a price on carbon pollution as a key strategy. Without a carbon...

Shift to renewable energy within Canada's reach: academics

Globe and Mail / Ivan Semeniuk, Shawn McCarthy / 18 March 2015
Canada could shift entirely to renewable sources of electricity by 2035 and eliminate 80 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, says a group of Canadian academics that is aiming to spur government action on climate change. To get there, they recommend a national ...

What the California drought means for Canadians

Globe and Mail / Dustin Garrick / 07 April 2015
Like a financial crisis, drought is a 'systemic risk' – and we are all part of the economic and geopolitical system impacted by current shortages in California and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The consequences of the California drought do not stop with the California border or even the Western United S...

Young voters are not impressed

The Tyee / Geoff Dembicki / 06 April 2015
[Julie] Van de Valk does not fit the prevailing stereotype of Millennials: lazy, apathetic and uninformed. She's so passionate about global warming she spent a recent Saturday knocking on doors in Vancouver as part of a Storm the Riding campaign to raise awareness of climate solutions. But Van de Valk re...

Walking is the new wonder drug, we tell the Senate

Green Communities Canada / 16 March 2015
Re-engineering everyday walking into our lives should be a leading national strategy for fighting obesity and inactivity-related health problems. This message came through loud and clear from Green Communities Canada in recent testimony to the Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology....

THE BIG PICTURE

Antarctic ice shelves are melting dramatically, study finds

The Guardian / Karl Mathiesen / 26 March 2015
The ice around the edge of Antarctica is melting faster than previously thought, potentially unlocking metres of sea-level rise in the long-term, researchers have warned. A team of US scientists looked at 18 years' worth of satellite data and found the floating ice shelves that skirt the contin...

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say

The Independent / Steve Connor / 23 March 2015
The Gulf Stream that helps to keep Britain from freezing over in winter is slowing down faster now than at any time in the past millennium according to a study suggesting that major changes are taking place to the ocean currents of the North Atlantic. Scientists believe that the huge volumes of f...

A melting Arctic and weird weather: the plot thickens

The Conversation / Jennifer Francis / 18 February 2015
Everyone loves to talk about the weather, and this winter Mother Nature has served up a feast to chew on. Few parts of the US have been spared her wrath. Severe drought and abnormally warm conditions continue in the west, with the first-ever rain-free January in San Francisco; bitter cold...

U.S. flood insurance rates to increase April 1 for thousands

The Weather Channel / Sean Breslin / 31 March 2015
Flood insurance rates are set to skyrocket when a new bill goes into effect on April 1. Known as the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA), it's going to drive the prices of flood insurance plans through the roof for residents of all U.S. coastlines. How much could they ...

California forced into water rationing

Bloomberg Business / Tom Randall / 01 April 2015
California's governor has taken the unprecedented step of ordering mandatory water restrictions as the state's epic drought enters a fourth year. The restrictions are severe–a 25 percent reduction in water use and a ban on new homes unless they feature water-efficient irrigation, among other...

Carbon emissions and the problem of global growth

Resource Insights / Kurt Cobb / 29 March 2015
Even if 2014 turns out to be a year of growth without rising emissions, we shouldn't get particularly exercised. Nor should we be particularly excited if it continues for a time. This is because the only trend that will actually address climate change is a RAPID DECLINE in worldwide emissions (as [Se...

Exhausted world stuck in permanent stagnation warns IMF

The Telegraph / Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / 07 April 2015
The IMF said the world as a whole has seen a "persistent reduction" in its growth rate since the Great Recession and shows no sign of returning to normal, marking a fundamental break in historical patterns. This exposes the global economic system to a host of pathologies that may be ...

Prince Charles: Economic system has 'enormous shortcomings'

The Guardian / Press Association / 21 March 2015
Speaking at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Charles told the invited audience: "We are standing at a moment of substantial transition where we face the dual challenges of a world view and an economic system that seem to have enormous shortcomings, together with an environmental crisis – inclu...

Goldilocks is dead

Resilience / Richard Heinberg / 25 March 2015
For consumers, experience suggests the acceptable oil price zone is $40 to $60 in today's dollars: higher than that, and goods and services (particularly transportation) become more expensive than current spending patterns can handle. For producers, the acceptable zone is more like $80 to $120: low...

Cheap oil, complexity and counterintuitive conclusions

Resource Insights / Kurt Cobb / 22 March 2015
It is a staple of oil industry apologists to say that the recent swift decline in the price of oil is indicative of long-term abundance. This kind of logic is leading American car buyers to turn once again to less fuel efficient automobiles--trading efficiency for size essentially--as short-term deve...

We're treating soil like dirt. It's a fatal mistake.

The Guardian / George Monbiot / 25 March 2015
This is what topples civilisations. War and pestilence might kill large numbers of people, but in most cases the population recovers. But lose the soil and everything goes with it. Now, globalisation ensures that this disaster is reproduced everywhere. In its early stages, globalisation enhances r...

Monsanto weedkiller is 'probably carcinogenic,' WHO says

Bloomberg Business / Jack Kaskey / 20 March 2015
Monsanto Co.'s best-selling weedkiller Roundup probably causes cancer, the World Health Organization said in a report that's at odds with prior findings. Roundup is the market name for the chemical glyphosate. A report published by the WHO in the journal Lancet Oncology said Friday there is...

Now he wants churches to take moral leadership

Yes! Magazine / Tim DeChristopher / 27 March 2015
Part of the role of the church is to remind us that we are more than consumers. Like many organizations, churches can bring to life our role as citizens, community members, and family members. In addition, churches are uniquely suited to develop our identities as children of God, pieces of an int...

STUFF YOU CAN DO

How to make your own potting soil

Mother Earth News / Barbara Pleasant / December 2008/January 2009
Potting soil self-sufficiency is good for your pocketbook, your plants and the planet, and you actually gain convenience by always having potting soil ready when you need it. If you have soil and compost, you've got the basic ingredients for making your own potting soil. In pla...

Beyond compost: 5 ways to get your soil ready this spring

Yes! Magazine / Peter D'Auria, Miles Schneiderman / 13 April 2015
The key to gardening is dirt. If you can grow good dirt now, you can grow good vegetables this spring. And you don't have to run to the garden store to load up on boxes and bags of stuff to do it if you start early and think of it as a year-round project.

More mulch, less work: Ruth Stout's gardening system

Mother Earth News / Ruth Stout / February/March 2004
My no-work gardening method is simply to keep a thick mulch of any vegetable matter that rots on both my vegetable and flower garden all year round. As it decays and enriches the soil, I add more. The labor-saving part of my system is that I never plow, spade, sow a cover crop, harrow, hoe, cu...

If restaurants and your local grocery store closed tomorrow?

Huffington Post / Joseph Agoada / 14 April 2015
What can you do as a consumer? A deeper understanding of where your food comes from is a first step. By buying from local producers, you contribute to strengthen the self-reliance of your region while reducing the dependence on food imports and at the same time minimizing the carbon footprint of yo...

Invest in regular family dinners

Mother Earth News / Linda Watson / 04 February 2015
Regular family dinners can bring you hours of delight and help strengthen your family for less than the cost of going to the movies. Include grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and those friends and neighbors that just feel like family. Serve a welcoming main dish like my Beans with C...

Should climate change stop us from having babies?

VICE / Eric Holthaus / 05 March 2015
In the last few weeks alone, Boston has been buried under record amounts of snow, an endless winter hell that's been linked to warmer-than-normal water temperatures in the Gulf Stream. Meanwhile, California is shriveling up, amid predictions of imminent mega-droughts across the western US. It's hard to predic...

How idealism, expressed in concrete steps, can help

New York Times / Robert J Shiller / 27 March 2015
When the problem is an externality, it is, for the most part, futile to ask people to volunteer to fix it – by taking actions like car-pooling or riding a bike to work to cut back on emissions or, in the case of governments, by enacting laws and regulations. Yes, some individuals with a stro...

NEW IN MEDIA

Melting ice slows down ocean circulation

Living on Earth / Steve Curwood / 27 March 2015
The Atlantic Conveyor Belt is a system of ocean currents that bring warm temperatures and important nutrients to the waters off of East Coast America and Western Europe. But as global warming melts ice in Greenland, the i...

Polar ice and "a powerful lot of melting"

Progressive Radio Network / 01 April 2015
With recent reports of faster melting on Greenland and in both the Eastern and Western Antarctic, [leading climatologist and geologist Harold] Wanless tells host Dave Lindorff we are now facing a catastrophe th...

Climate: What's coming next ...

Radio EcoShock / 25 March 2015
I'm Alex Smith, with two of the world's top climate scientists talking about the severe challenges we face right now, and in the future. From the United Kingdom, we have Dr. Kevin ...

Wall Street props up artificial shale oil boom

Business News Network / 10 April 2015
The oil collapse is because of over-production of expensive tight oil and not a Saudi price war, according to Arthur Berman, Geological Consultant at Labyrinth Consulting Services. He says U.S. output isn't profitable at current prices but companies go on pumping because investors keep throwing money at ...

Richard Heinberg talks about Afterburn

resilience.org / 06 April 2015
Richard Heinberg on his new book Afterburn: Society Beyond Fossil Fuels. In the interview Richard talks about how we are living in an era that might be called "the great burning".

Modern investing with Woody Tasch

Mother Earth News / 21 November 2013
Bryan and Woody discuss the new application of an old-fashioned, rational ideal to modern investing. Woody strives to create new financial ways of supporting local agriculture by connection various categories of small food entrpreneuers with various investors. Coining the term "Earthworm Angel Investors,"...

Collision Course - Endless Growth on a Finite Planet

The Daly News / Herman Daly / 02 April 2015
Higgs documents the cogency of [The Limits to Growth (1972)] position and how the business as usual projection of the World Model has for over thirty years fit the data better than any standard economic model. She also exposes how the economists resorted to ridicule and arrogance as a substitute for re...

Disruption is around every corner by way of globally connected economies, inevitable superstorms, and technology's endless reinvention. But most of us...

Revised 'GMO Myths and Truths' report available

Mother Earth News / Robin Mather / 27 February 2015
We're glad to see that Earth Open Source has updated and revised its impressive report, GMO Myths and Truths by scientists Dr. John Fagan and Dr. Michael Antoniou, and researcher Claire Robinson. The free report was first published in 2012. The new version is "nearly three times the leng...

UPCOMING EVENTS

Earth Day 2015

WHEN: Wednesday, April 22

Earth Day's 45th anniversary could be the most exciting year in environmental history. The year in which world leaders finally pass a binding climate change treaty. The year in which citizens and organizations divest from fossil fuels and put their money into renewable energy solutions. These are tough issues but we know what's at stake is the future of our planet and the survival of life on earth. On Earth Day we need you to take a stand so that together, we can show the world a new direction. It's our turn to lead. So our world leaders can follow by example.

More info: http://www.earthday.org

Athens: Soil and Garden Preparation

Athens Garden Club
WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 9:00 am - 12 noon
WHERE: Athens District High School, Athens

Third in a series of five workshops being presented by master gardener Jeremy Dutton. Jeremy is head gardener at the successful community garden in Perth, and an experienced market gardener. He is also an excellent workshop presenter – knowledgeable, humorous and well-organized. A useful information handout package is included. The five workshops are focusing on each stage of the vegetable gardener's year and the workshop dates are spaced to fit this sequence:

January: Location Planning and Catalog Reading
March: Starting Seeds, and Early, Mid and Late Garden Plans
April: Soil and Garden Preparation
May: Growing Techniques
September: Harvesting, Preserving, and Garden Cleanup

Cost: $15 per workshop

Registration: First, contact Jean at 613-924-1944, or jbrass@ripnet.com, to reserve your spot. Then mail your payment to: Jean Brassington, Secretary, Athens Garden Club, Box 164, Athens, ON, K0E 1B0

Note: There will be NO REFUNDS after payment, but substitutions are acceptable. Simply pass your ticket/receipt to some one else who would like to attend.

Spring Field Day at Chaffey's Lock

Ontario Woodlot Association (Limestone Chapter)
WHEN: Saturday, April 25
WHERE: Queen's University Biological Station, Chaffey's Lock, ON (west of Elgin on Opinicon Road - will be signed)

The general public is invited to our Spring Field Day and Annual General Meeting. The highlight is a tour of an intensive study of the field-to-forest regeneration process.

Forty years ago, Dr. Dolf Harmsenbegan a research project studying the conversion of farm field to woodland. Using the Queen's University property at Chaffey's Lock, he has monitored test plots for four decades, comparing different methods of encouraging reforestation of old agricultural land. At 10:30, Dr. Harmsen will conduct his tour, and participants are advised to wear appropriate clothing for dense, thorny conditions! Lunch will be provided at noon, followed by the AGM. The finale will be a Q and A session with a variety of forest professionals. This gives participants the opportunity to ask about forest management, sawmilling, wildlife habitat, etc. A tour of a nearby butternut tree stand is also an option.

This event is free for OWA members; for non-members, the cost is $15 each. For non-members who bring their own lunch, the cost is $7 each. Pre-registration is required.

Contact Dave Sexsmith at owalimestone@gmail.com or by phone at 613-373-9334.

8th Annual North Grenville Sustainability Fair

Sustainable North Grenville
WHEN: Sunday, April 26, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
WHERE: North Grenville Municipal Centre, 285 County Rd 44, Kemptville

The Sustainability Fair brings together community groups, locally-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, market vendors, conservation groups and cultural organizations from North Grenville and the surrounding area all of whom are important threads in the cultural, environmental and economic fabric of a thriving community. Sustainability means combining all these strands to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the generations to come.

At this year's Sustainability Fair you can look forward to a day out for all the family. Talk with local producers, examine nature displays, enjoy a delicious lunch, find volunteer opportunities, create in the kid's area or even join a new club. Members of the Farmer's Market will be on hand with a sampling of the wares you can expect to find when the market season starts.

Electric vehicles are making a comeback this year! The future of transportation is not individually-driven fossil-fuelled cars, but more low carbon options such as EV's, electric hybrids, car sharing, mass transportation, and bikes. We are taking over one of the arena floors at the Municipal Centre with up to a dozen electric vehicles. Come and talk to their owners and find out everything you have always wanted to know about driving a car of the future!

Season Opening

Brockville Farmers Market
WHEN: Saturday, May 2, 9:00 am
WHERE: Market Street West, Brockville

Brockville Community Wide Clean-up 2015

WHEN: Saturday, May 2, 9:00 am - noon
WHERE: City-wide

Join the volunteer effort to clean-up Brockville's parks and green spaces. For several years running, neighbours, school groups, sports teams, work places, and church organizations have been volunteering a Saturday morning in April. As a community they rake Brockville's parks and green spaces into shape. On this day each year, hundreds of bags of rubbish and recyclables are removed from our parks, and small branches & leaves are tied up or bagged for composting.

Can you help the effort? Can you bring a group or team with you?

More info: http://brockvillecleanup.ca

Emergency Preparedness Week

WHEN: Sunday, May 3 - Saturday, May 9
WHERE: Canada-wide
  1. Know the risks
  2. Make a plan
  3. Get a kit
More info: http://www.GetPrepared.ca

Athens: Growing Techniques

Athens Garden Club
WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 9:00 am - 12 noon
WHERE: Athens District High School, Athens

January: Location Planning and Catalog Reading
March: Starting Seeds, and Early, Mid and Late Garden Plans
April: Soil and Garden Preparation
May: Growing Techniques
September: Harvesting, Preserving, and Garden Cleanup

Details are shown under April 25 event.

2015 Eco Fair

Merrickville Goes Green
WHEN: Saturday, May 9, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
WHERE: Merrickville Community Centre, Merrickville

We are excited the announce our 6th annual Eco Fair. Come connect, barter and celebrate community!

Local Food: Opportunities for Economic Development

C.R.A.F.T Kingston, National Farmers' Union Local 316, Sisters of Providence Seed Sanctuary, Transition Kingston
WHEN: Sunday, May 10, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Sydenham Street United Church, Kingston

Speaker is Jon Steinman, author of "Deconstructing Dinner". Admission is by donation.

Transition Brockville Steering Committee

Transition Brockville
WHEN: Monday, May 11, 7:00 pm
WHERE: 2nd Floor, Bud's on the Bay, 17 Broad Street, Brockville

Sit in on a Steering Committee meeting for in-depth discussions on many aspects of local sustainability and resilience.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives... nor the most intelligent that survives.
It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.

Charles Darwin


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