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Sudbury’s food forests thriving

Sudbury Star / Mary Katherine Keown / 13 September 2019

Part of the food forest at Delki Dozzi. The food forest is designed to resemble a forest ecosystem and requires no watering after a couple of years. There are several kinds of flowers in the forest to attract pollinators. Mary Katherine Keown/The Sudbury Star
“I think it’s doing great,” Carrie Regenstreif, executive director of Sudbury Shared Harvest, said. “Way better than I expected – I was honestly a little skeptical. When you saw it the first year and there’s just a bunch of plants with woodchips around them, you don’t really believe it’s going to fill in like this.”

The 8,000-square-foot forest is open to the public and Regenstreif said nearly every time she visits, she sees someone harvesting.

The forest contains several types of apple, cherry and plum trees; Saskatoon berries; ever-bearing strawberries, which produce fruit until the frost hits; gooseberries; haskaps; sea buckthorn; asparagus, which will be ready in 2020; rhubarb; currants; and three varieties of raspberries, in addition to other species. Everything in the forest is drought-resistant. In fact, the food forest is designed not to require watering after the first two years.

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NFU Local 316 presentation, Kingston, August 27: Food supply

NFU Local 316 / Newsletter / 29 August 2019

In the midst of great political, economic, environmental and weather uncertainties, every community must build its self-reliance in food production. Maintaining and ensuring food supply is literally a public safety issue.

As such, the City of Kingston needs to take an active role in supporting businesses in the local food system (farmers, processors, distributors, food retailers, restaurateurs and others) through regulations, funding and public education programs. We define climate-friendly food as food produced with agro-ecological practices such as raising grass-fed/pasture-fed livestock, organic crop production, perennial crops and other measures that build soil carbon.

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Guide to urban homesteading

Mother Earth News / Rachel Kaplan / April/May 2014

If you live in a city and dream of someday being able to work the land and become a modern homesteader, consider this: There’s no need to wait — you can easily do many homesteading activities in the city. You may not have enough garden space to grow your own wheat or corn, but you can harvest an amazing amount of many crops from a collection of containers. Owning your own milk cow is likely not an option, but keeping backyard chickens certainly is. Plus, in the city, it can be much easier to build a community of like-minded neighbors who can share tools, knowledge and friendship.

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Community garden takes root

Recorder & Times / Catherine Orth / 19 August 2019

The creation of the Dana Street Community Garden was celebrated on Saturday morning.

Brockville acting mayor Leigh Bursey handed out certificates of appreciation, as those involved in the new resource in the north end of the city drew attention to their achievement. If you were like neighbour Pat Cyr, the activities in early May on the city-owned property on Dana Street caught your interest and curiosity.

“I saw that something was happening in the empty space on Dana Street. It looked like the beginnings of a community garden. I got on line and saw that that is what it was,” said Cyr.

What Cyr was to discover was that a group of interested agencies and volunteers were setting up a community garden on land donated by the city.

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Prison farms up and running again

CBC News / Amanda Pfeffer / 15 August 2019

The federal government released details Thursday about the relaunch of Canada’s prison farm program.

Cows have already returned to prisons in Joyceville and Collins Bay, Ont., which are located in and around the Kingston, Ont., area. Goats have also returned to Joycevillle, and are expected to arrive in Collins Bay in 2020.

Inmates have been involved in the work to get the farms back in order, but they have not begun actually farming.

“It’s very satisfying to see that it’s been restored,” said Dianne Dowling, a member of the national farmer’s union and a founding member of the Save our Prison Farms campaign, which fought for years to see the program restored.

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Inspiring children to appreciate real food

Mother Earth News / Rebecca Harrold / 25 January 2019

Real food has become a high priority in our lives. We want our children to understand the difference between food and food-like substances. We want them to choose real food. As a result, we’ve given much thought to integrating an appreciation for real food into our family’s culture. Below is a list of some thoughts we’ve compiled on ways to teach children about truly nourishing food. We’ve done each of these suggestions to some extent and our children are more knowledgeable about food than their peers, and even if they find a dish unappealing, are swayed to give it a try knowing that we would only serve them what is best for them. Though they still let us know they don’t like it!

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