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Indoor farm start-up seals deal with Farm Boy

Fieldless Farms / Media release / 05 August 2020

Fieldless Farms, a local Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) start-up, announced today that its cut lettuce mixes have hit shelves in Farm Boy stores. This is an important step for the company, which aims to bring year-round local produce to Canadians and reduce the country’s dependency on foreign imports […]

The company’s first farm in Cornwall, Ontario—which grows leafy greens using highly controlled environments, renewable energy, and without herbicides or pesticides—reached full commissioning and CanadaGAP certification earlier this month. The Farm Boy deal comes just one year after Fieldless quietly closed a $3 million first round of funding from local investors and Farm Credit Canada (FCC).

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Task force urges $50B for ‘bold’, resilient recovery

The Energy Mix / 23 July 2020

An independent task force of Canadian finance and policy experts is calling on the federal government to invest C$50 billion over the next five years in five “bold moves for a resilient recovery”, with a $27-billion building energy retrofit program leading a list of 22 specific policy measures.

A resilient recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic “means getting Canadians back to work at the same time as supporting the jobs, infrastructure, and growth that will keep Canada competitive in the clean economy of the 21st century,” the Task Force for a Resilient Recovery states in its preliminary report released Wednesday. It calls for five years of investments and policy measures “that go beyond short-term stimulus to put our economy on a low-carbon, climate-resilient, sustainable, and competitive pathway.”

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LGSBEC launches Summer Company 2020

Hometown TV 12 / 4 June 2020

The Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre proudly launches its annual Summer Company program on June 3rd, 2020. The launch will be virtual this year and be done over Zoom. This is a particularly special year for the small business centre as it celebrates 20 years of delivering the Summer Company program. A Birthday Bash is planned for August 20, 2020.

This year 6 young entrepreneurs in Leeds Grenville will experience being their own boss this summer. The number is slightly less because of the effect of COVID-19. The entrepreneurs will use their creative genius to successfully operate their businesses this summer.

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Seed sellers see business bloom as pandemic pushes demand

CBC News / Christine Maki / 20 April 2020

After three decades producing organic vegetable and flower seeds, [Greta] Kryger was hoping to retire after this year. But instead of winding things down, she’s dealing with three to four times the usual demand, all thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I could close today and have enough for my whole year of living,” she said. “People say they’re scared they won’t have enough food. And because they’re home now they have nothing else to do. It’s an activity to do together with the kids.”

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Sustainable Shift: Ignite Printing

Transition Brockville / 20 January 2020

Owners Tim and Jennifer Winter started their printing business in 2015 from their home, then moved to Perth Street, and a year and a half ago moved to the Towne Centre Plaza on Ormond Street, in the former UPS store. They asked that anything not taken by the former occupant be left so they could re-use as much as possible.

They kept the UPS countertops. Tim, “a huge recycler,” according to Jenn, used wood from UPS shelving to build a large work table, and repaired a paper folder. To furnish the office (desks, cabinets, chairs) they went to Habitat for Humanity and other used furnishing places, and found sources of used office supplies.

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Welcome to “Sustainable Shift”

Transition Brockville / 20 January 2020

As we begin our new decade in 2020, Transition Brockville will be highlighting local and area businesses that make a serious effort to be environmentally responsible and work toward sustainability. As we learn of these businesses, we will interview them and, in our monthly Sustainable Shift series, we’ll give our readers a brief look at the ways they are trying to be sustainable.

At a more formal level, businesses in Leeds-Grenville are now included in Sustainable Kingston’s sustainably.eco program which connects people who care to businesses that are making a measurable difference in sustainability. Through its website, people can use their purchasing power to support organizations that care.

Businesses that are committed to measurable sustainability can apply to join the program by emailing admin@sustainably.eco with their information. Sustainably.eco will take it from there.

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The Transition Framework

Resilience is the ability of a system or community to withstand impacts from outside. An indicator is a good way of measuring that. Conventionally, the principal way of measuring a reducing carbon footprint is CO2 emissions. However, we firmly believe that cutting carbon while failing to build resilience is an insufficient response when you’re trying to address multiple shocks such as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis together.

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