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How pig power helped restore a local farm

NCPR / Todd Moe / 03 April 2017

Healthy food is the mantra at Funny Duck Farm, just north of Brockville in Ontario. When Samantha Klinck and her husband, Aaron, bought their 96-acre property in 2001, it hadn’t been farmed since the 1970s. Samantha said its pastures were “almost visible” in spite of the trees, brush and rubble left behind by the previous owner.

Unable to afford expensive, heavy equipment, Samantha and Aaron relied on their foraging livestock – mostly pigs – to help clear the land. It’s a long process, but it fits their “all organic” CSA philosophy. Samantha’s sister, Jen, manages a second farm nearby. Shares include a bit of everything grown on the two farms: beef, pork, chicken, duck, lamb, eggs, honey, maple syrup, and veggies.

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Return of traditional skills is boosting Italy’s economy

The Guardian / Angela Giuffrida / 01 April 2017

Italy has one of the most sluggish economies in the European Union, with the overall unemployment rate standing at 11.7% in January, figures from Istat, the national statistics agency, showed.

But there are some signs of recovery among small artisanal businesses, with hiring among them rising 2.3% in 2016, according to data from CNA, the national confederation of artisans and small businesses.

Claudio Giovine, a chief economist at CNA, said this is partly due to the economy in general performing mildly better and firms having more flexibility with work contracts.

There has been a trend among school leavers veering towards traditional trades, but also among graduates striking out alone, he added.

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Trailblazing with an awesome, zero-waste grocery store

National Observer / Elizabeth McSheffrey / 08 March 2017

Nu Grocery hasn’t opened yet, but once Leloup finalizes lease negotiations, she expects to launch sometime this summer. She’s keeping the location a secret until then, but said the one-stop shop will sell everything in bulk from dry goods to beauty products. Customers are invited to bring their own containers, borrow them from the store using a deposit, or buy containers when they get there.

It’s still in the “implementation phase,” said Leloup, and she wasn’t immediately able to say when she expected to break even or make a profit. But already, the concept has received high praise from the Ottawa community. On Tuesday, she was awarded a Bootstrap Award for Community Impact, which celebrates entrepreneurs who are “working their tails off, self-financing and doing it the hard way.”

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Promoting our area as a reuse shopping destination

REAL Update / February 2017

An updated listing of businesses dealing in used goods and services is now available in a colour brochure format. “Treasure Hunting in Lanark Leeds and Grenville” was pulled together by Dawn Quinn, owner of Dawn’s Closet and Smiths Falls Town Counsellor. It replaces the two previous versions of “Treasure Hunting in Smiths Falls”. Our own REAL Deal store is featured in a bright yellow ad on the back cover.

The brochure lists and features 14 local reuse businesses and suggests this area as a reuse shopping destination. We also think it’s a great way to promote the reuse culture, and encourage people to consider used before buying new – clothes, books, furniture, renovation supplies and so on – as a way of reducing waste.

You can pick up a copy at any of the businesses mentioned, including the REAL Deal.

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Alternative investment options in the cleantech space

Corporate Knights / Jason Visscher / 11 January 2017

Canadians who want to invest in environmental solutions and clean technologies (cleantech) – the sector of companies that minimizes the impacts of non-renewable resource use – have several options. Some of these are available to retail investors wary of choosing individual stocks or volatile passive funds characterized by hype and cynicism.

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Uptake in cycling benefits local economies

Active Brockville / Alan Medcalf / 26 November 2016

tdl327cIt’s well established that increases in cycling modal share create a multiplier effect in population health improvements and reduced health care costs. Yet the economic effects don’t seem to be as well accepted, despite quinquennial study updates in places like Québec, published by MTQ and Vélo Québec. It’s good to see other studies from other regions add to that evidence. Here, BBC Research reports on Colorado, where cycling events and tourism add $1.6 billion annually to the state economy. That’s why Bike Friendly Business Areas and paved shoulders are so important in the larger economic picture.

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