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Helping pollinators in Ottawa, one native plant at a time

CBC News / Robyn Miller / 10 August 2019

Her garden is alive with butterflies and buzzing with bees, and all Berit Erickson had to do was plant flowers native to eastern Ontario.

Now, Erickson is encouraging others to roll up their sleeves and install similar pollinator gardens in Ottawa.

“There’s really a critical need. Pollinator populations are declining and all insect populations are declining. Insects are the foundation of food webs,” she said.

Erickson has been gardening at her home in Carlingwood for 20 years, but only recently did she make the switch to cultivating native plant species.

“I realized that the plants that I used to grow, they might as well have been plastic plants because they had very little wildlife value,” she said.

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Backyard Food Day

Transition Cornwall+ / 04 August 2019

The greens and browns of your compost

Mother Earth News / Rebecca Louie / March 2018

Compost City (Roost Books, 2015) by Rebecca Louie is a comprehensive and complete guide to creating and using your own compost in a small living space. Louie helps you find ways to work around a tiny space, a busy schedule, and hectic lifestyle to achieve your composting goals. In this excerpt, she discusses the green and browns materials that are good and bad for composting.

Get to know how different browns and greens behave in your system and curate compost ingredients to optimize moisture levels, troubleshoot problems, and af­fect the rate of decomposition.

Knowing the quirks of individual items is particularly helpful if your com­post system has limited space or is in proximity of wary or sensitive neighbors.

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The Future is Rural on Go Green Radio

Post Carbon Institute / Jason Bradford / 21 May 2019

Dr. Jason Bradford, a farmer, biologist and board president of Post Carbon Institute, released a report earlier this spring called, The Future Is Rural: Food System Adaptations to the Great Simplification. In the report Dr. Bradford acknowledges that our modern food system is entirely unsustainable. But, he then takes the argument one step further and considers key, commonly overlooked factors that would logistically prevent simply replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy in order to maintain our food system as it is today. Tune in as Jill Buck of Go Green Radio talks with Dr. Bradford about his report and an upcoming event designed to identify and discuss key leverage points where individuals and communities can most effectively shift our food system towards long-term sustainability through greater energy efficiency and localization.

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Climate-savvy alternatives to lawns

Mother Earth News / Sue Reed, Ginny Stoibolt / May 2019

Churches, schools, businesses, municipalities, states, and other larger land­owners often possess huge swaths of unneeded and unused lawn. If home­owners can make a real difference by replacing most of the lawn on their own small properties, imagine the multiplied effect if land managers changed their status quo from large lawns to something else. We’d have less pollution, fewer greenhouse gas emissions, reduced stormwater overflow, and at the same time we’d have richer habitat, more food production, and a cooler environment.

Landowners also stand to benefit from the switch. In addition to being better stewards for their land, large landholders could save money that could be spent elsewhere. Also, if the community becomes involved in the project in some way, they could generate goodwill and positive publicity, which might influence even more homeowners and other businesses to follow suit.

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Brockville’s newest community garden plan

snapd 1000 Islands / 16 October 2018

The Food Matters Coalition together with St. John Bosco Catholic School, Gemmell’s Garden Centre – Brockville, Transition Brockville, Volunteer Centre of St. Lawrence-Rideau, City of Brockville and The Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit are planning the development of a community garden in the greenspace on the west side of Dana St. just north of Laurier Blvd. intersection. This past Saturday, the groups involved had an Open House to introduce the plan to area residents. The plan is to have the garden up and going for the 2019 growing season.

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