Speaker to introduce Brockville-based international centre
Dr. Ellie Bennett, an ecologist and teacher, will introduce the fledgling Brockville-based International Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ICSRC) at the next Transition Brockville presentation, Sunday, February 26, 2-4 p.m., at the Brockville Public Library.
Bennett, who designed the education content of the Aquatarium's exhibits and school programs, is program manager for the ICSRC, a proposed UNESCO designated facility, based in downtown Brockville, that will be integral to achieving the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program's objectives related to biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development.
A physical and virtual hub for the EuroMAB Biosphere Reserve network, the Centre will be collecting best practices for sustainable development from around the world. It will link Indigenous and traditional knowledge from rural communities with modern science, and use this knowledge and these ways of knowing to educate and inspire people to work together to build thriving rural communities.
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LGL Good Food in Schools Forum
WHERE: Gallipeau Centre, Smiths Falls, ON
Learn from others, share your progress and challenges in incorporating healthy foods and food literacy into everyday student life & curricula.
Keynote: Carely Shelck Carley is dedicated to bringing healthy wholesome and from-scratch foods to institutional settings as demonstrated in her work at St. Paul's University, the Parkdale Food Centre and her son's school where she is helping set up a garden and supporting teachers to introduce food literacy into their classrooms.
Additional speakers, workshops and panel discussions will cover topics such as: indoor and outdoor gardening, the provincial BrightBites! program, transforming cafeterias, farm-to school programs, healthy food fundraisers, and how to create school environments that foster positive body image/self-esteem, healthy eating and physical activity.
- Registration fee: $20 including lunch by Two Rivers Food Hub or $10 without lunch.
- Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/good-food-inschools-forum-by-foodcorelgl-the-table-community-food-centre-tickets-29017472040
- Join the Facebook event page for updates and to share with your networks: https://www.facebook.com/events/211324922628179/
- Contact us: SchoolFoodForum@thetablecfc.org / 613-267-6428 x 8
30th Annual Kemptville Winter Woodlot Conference
WHERE: North Grenville Municipal Complex, 285 County Rd 44, Kemptville, ON
This year's keynote speaker is Peter Kimbell, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada. Peter has been a meteorologist with Environment Canada for close to 30 years. He has experience in forecasting for marine and aviation clients, the military, and the general public. Currently Peter is on assignment as the Manager of the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre in Toronto. The title of his presentation is "Weather Patterns in Ontario: A Look Back and a Peek Ahead"
More info: http://eomf.ca
Eco Farm Day 2017
WHERE: Ramada Inn, 805 Brookdale Avenue, Cornwall, ON
This year's theme is "The 3 Rs of Organic Agriculture: Restorative, Responsible, Resilient".
Keynote Speaker: Mark Shephard, author of "Restoration Agriculture: Real World Permaculture for Farmers". Mark is founder of a global landscape restoration company (Restoration Agriculture Development), founder of a agroforestry tree nursery (Forest Agriculture Enterprises), and a farmer member with the Organic Valley Cooperative.
Other sessions include: Water management, the Farmersville Community Abattoir, women organic farmers, dealing with perennial weeds, records management, getting the most of your greenhouse, cover crop cocktails, parasite management in livestock, the Flow Hive, and much more!
More info and registration: http://cog.ca/ottawa/eco-farm-day/
Webinar: Facing Climate Change, part 2
This is the 2nd of two webinars presented by the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), Dr. Dianne Saxe, on Ontario's recent greenhouse gas progress report, Facing Climate Change. This webinar will discuss chapters 4 to 7: What Ontario is doing to reduce our emissions. It will focus on Ontario's new Climate Change Mitigation and Low Carbon Economy Act and its greenhouse gas reduction targets. The discussion will be centered around the following questions:
- Why does the ECO conclude that Ontario's cap and trade system is reasonable and well designed?
- Will the proceeds of the new system be properly used to reduce emissions?
- How good is Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan?
- How far will it take us?
- What about adaptation?
Workshop: Getting Started in Aquaculture and Aquaponics
WHERE: North Grenville Community Centre, 285 County Road 44, Kemptville, ON
Part 1: Learn about the advantages of farming aquatic species; global aquaculture output and future outlook; consumer trends in seafood consumption; aquaculture in Canada and Ontario
Part 2: Production systems; aquaponics; water supply; egg and fingerling supply; nutrition and growth; fish health management; necessary permits and licenses; nutrient management
Part 3: Fish processing methods and requirements; market factors; product forms and pricing; distribution channels to major markets; economics; model farm design and next steps
Part 4: Industry Presentations
One-day workshop will include lunch, presentations from government and industry, and all documentation. $75 plus $5.11 fee. REGISTRATION: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/getting-started-in-aquaculture-aquaponics-tickets-30530212688 For additional information, please contact: Michel Moisan, Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org - 613.679.0937, or Steve Naylor, Aquaculture and Aquaponics Specialist email@example.com - 519.826.3172
Murphys Point Provincial Park: Heritage Brought to Life
WHERE: Brockville Museum, 5 Henry Street, Brockville, ON
Guest speaker is Tobi Kiesewalter, the well-known Senior Interpreter/Naturalist at Murphys Point Provincial Park. He is an amazing and interactive storyteller that brings any topic he chooses to speak about to life and he plays music, too! From the lecturer: "Music, storytelling, public archaeology and citizen science initiatives are just some of the ways that interpreters engage the public in the natural and cultural heritage values protected at Murphys Point Provincial Park. Stories of wildlife, First Nations, settlers and miners on the southern Canadian Shield offer insights into the powerful connections between the landscape and human prosperity, as well as our role in protecting biodiversity."
This lecture is part of our 14th Annual Winter Lecture Series. Tickets are $8 per lecture or $35 for the series. Pre-registration is required.
3rd Annual Seedy Saturday
WHERE: Brockville Memorial Centre, 123 Magedoma Blvd., Brockville, ON
Seed savers and garden lovers are invited to swap and share seeds, and meet and share experiences with local gardeners. Our Seedy Saturday will also feature free planting activities for kids, as well as a seed sprouting demonstration. This year Seedy Saturday is expanding to include special guest speakers on starting your own seeds (Jeremy Dutton) and improving your soil (Dave Alguire), as well as displays by local food and garden vendors.
Everyone is welcome to attend and pick up free seeds.
If you would like to register and bring your own labeled vegetable and flower seeds to swap, or for more information about Seedy Saturday, please contact Brandy at the library, 613-342-3936 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Chris Stesky with Transition Brockville, email@example.com.
WHERE: Mallorytown Community Centre, 76 County Road 5 South, Mallorytown, ON
- Mary Ann Van Berlo - Master Gardener - Van Berlo Gardens
Planning and Growing a Shade Garden
- Emily Dowling - Roots Radical, Howe Island
Healthy Herbs: Grow, Eat, Enjoy
- Lunch (included) - catered by Junetown Women's Institute
- Cate Henderson - Seed Saver from Heirloom Seed Sanctuary and KISSI:
Grow your own seeds
- Alison Whitlock - Flower Buds Professional Gardening and member of CIB
Lets get Wild: Tips and Techniques for Establishing a Wildflower Garden
Tickets can be bought at the Township Office or Library. Or call Pat 613-342-5219 or email catherineblatch@gmaiI.com to reserve your seat by March 9.
Brockville Community-Wide Cleanup
The Brockville Community-Wide Cleanup organizing committee is comprised of volunteer community members and students. Each year, the committee coordinates with City of Brockville staff and with the financial support from environmentally conscious businesses, in an effort make our city clean.
The greatest efforts come directly from local volunteers and neighbours, who pitch-in armed with rakes and garbage bags. Each year this event draws a few hundred volunteers, removing tonnes of garbage and recyclable rubbish from our parks and green spaces.
More info: http://brockvillecleanup.ca
10th Annual NG Sustainability Fair and Market
WHERE: North Grenville Municipal Centre, 285 County Road 44, Kemptville, ON