Local Food directory

Transition Brockville / 20 April 2020

As an active member of the Food Matters Coalition, Transition Brockville provides this new Local Food directory in support of sustainable, healthy lifestyles in our community.

The directory is weighted toward locally-owned-and-controlled operations in Brockville and surrounding areas. For those growing their own gardens, it provides links to businesses selling seeds and seedlings as well as links to numerous How-To sites.

This new directory joins our previous two: Local Clubs and Agencies and Local Businesses (UCLG).


TRANSITION BROCKVILLE

  • BDHS plant sale cancelled

    Transition Brockville will not be participating in the horticultural society plant sale this year. The sale has been cancelled due to COVID-19 regulations.

REGIONAL

  • Regions brace to fight rising floodwaters and COVID-19
    Toronto Star / Laura Osman / 28 March 2020
    The last couple of years have taken on a biblical tone in the rural Pontiac region of Quebec. The small community of about 6,000 has recovered from five natural disasters in just two years. Floods and microbursts have wiped out homes, roads and culverts. Last year's tornado was the cherry on the cake. "Our little municipality has become experts at managing crises," said Mayor Joanne Labadie. But nothing could prepare them for the possibility of fighting another flood with a global pandemic on …

ONTARIO

  • Declare community gardens essential, non-profit urges
    CBC News / 02 April 2020
    Currently, the province has lumped the gardens in with “community amenities” and ordered them closed amid the effort to slow the spread of the respiratory illness. There are approximately 100 community gardens in Ottawa, and “if we even put a very conservative estimate of 1.5 people benefiting per plot in Ottawa … that is a minimum of 7,000 people in Ottawa accessing food through these food gardens,” said Moe Garahan, executive director of Just Food. “Outdoor …

THE BIG PICTURE

  • Food security experts warn of supply shortages, higher prices
    CBC News / Kathleen Harris / 3 April 2020
    [Elaine Power, a food security expert at Queen’s University,] said various problems caused by the pandemic — border closures restricting the movement of foreign farm workers, transportation and import bottlenecks, panic hoarding at grocery stores — can all contribute “massively” to higher prices or food shortages. Even the honeybees normally imported from other countries to pollinate Canadian crops could become harder to source, she said. All of this potential for scarcity …
  • Pandemic hurts ability of nations to face natural disasters
    Globe & Mail / Nick Perry / 4 April 2020
    Every year, the world contends with devastating typhoons, wildfires, tsunamis and earthquakes. The dynamic doesn't change just because the globe also happens to be fighting a pandemic. What has changed for the worse, however, is the ability of nations to prepare for and respond to natural disasters. Not only that, but experts also fear the usual protocols for coping with the aftermath of such disasters could further spread the virus, compounding the death toll from both. [ FULL ARTICLE ]…
  • Synchronous failure and post-pandemic systems change
    Post-Carbon Institute / Asher Miller / 26 March 2020
    Nafeez and I discuss frameworks for understanding how the pandemic relates to the larger, systemic environmental, energy, economic, and political challenges we face—including Thomas Homer-Dixon’s concept of “Synchronous Failure,” Joseph Tainter’s “Collapse of Complex Societies,” C.S. Holling’s “Adaptive Life Cycle,” and Naomi Klein’s “Shock Doctrine.” But far from being an abstract, academic exploration, Nafeez and I …
  • World’s wind power capacity up by fifth after record year
    The Guardian / Jillian Ambrose / 25 March 2020
    The world's wind power capacity grew by almost a fifth in 2019 after a year of record growth for offshore windfarms and a boom in onshore projects in the US and China. The Global Wind Energy Council found that wind power capacity grew by 60.4 gigawatts, or 19%, compared with 2018, in one of the strongest years on record for the global wind power industry. The growth was powered by a record year for offshore wind, which grew by 6.1GW to make up a tenth of new windfarm installations for the first …

STUFF YOU CAN DO

  • ‘Focus on the things you can control’: coping with uncertainty
    The Guardian / Oliver Burkeman / 28 March 2020
    Many of the most fruitful techniques for coping with uncertainty involve a similar move: they are ways to refocus your attention away from your runaway fantasies. If you're confined to your home at the moment, giving yourself some structure by drawing up an approximate schedule can reconnect you to the texture of the day. ("Even if we hate our jobs, having somewhere to be at 9am is very containing, psychologically," Marchiano says.) You'll get a related "grounding" effect by returning to the …
  • Building community resilience: before, during & after COVID-19
    Transition US / Don Hall / 30 March 2020
    Due to accelerating impacts from climate change, as well as ongoing economic and political instability around the world, these crises will continue to periodically crash up against our shores, more and more frequently in coming decades, threatening to significantly erode our capacity to respond. In order to successfully counter this reality, those of us who are called to leadership will need to learn how to respond skillfully during these periodic crises and build local community resilience …
UPCOMING EVENTS

Earth Day 2020: Toward a Green and Healthy Recovery

ClimateFast
WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Online webinar

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In the 50 years since the first Earth Day in 1970, there have been some victories in the struggle to protect our planet. But today, we face a grave threat to the Earth's ecosystems from global heating, biodiversity loss, and habitat destruction.

Now, more than ever, the Earth needs us to step up and act. We need the courage to raise our voices, to heed the insights from traditional cultures and to advocate for strategies informed by science.

We must speak knowledgeably and powerfully for the policies that will provide a just recovery so that all life on this planet can flourish for generations to come. What will the next 50 years bring?

Our response to the COVID-19 emergency demonstrates that the world can effectively deal with the climate emergency! Join us for a live webcast designed to explore how we can create a Just Recovery and a healthy future for the planet. Come and be inspired to take action in a renewed climate movement! Our Keynote Speakers:

  • Dianne Saxe: Environmental lawyer, former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
  • Katharine Hayhoe: Climate scientist
  • Deborah McGregor: Indigenous Environmental Justice Project
  • Catherine Abreu: Climate Action Network

Registration: EarthDay 2020: Towards a Green and Healthy Recovery