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Seedy Saturday a growing concern

Recorder & Times / Nick Gardiner / 10 March 2020

Organizers hope for great things to grow from Seedy Saturday’s free exchange of seeds and gardening tips at the Brockville Memorial Centre.

Plant seeds and gardening advice went hand-in-hand at the annual event and the growth of youth engagement was an encouraging sign for organizers with the Brockville Public Library and Transition Brockville.

“It’s great to see how many young people are here,” said library chief executive officer Emily Farrell, who exchanged seeds with people of all ages nurturing their green thumbs as sure signs of spring – a warm sun and bright skies – ruled the day.

Farrell said she is encouraged by a continuing community interest in all elements of gardening from composting to harvesting and how it bodes for a better future.

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NFU report: Climate crisis is a threat, but also an opportunity

Eastern Ontario AgriNews / 09 January 2020

A new report from National Farmers Union argues that a climate-friendly food system can be designed to increase farm income.

The NFU report, Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis: A Transformative Strategy for Canadian Farmers and Food Systems, examines in depth the impacts of climate change on agriculture in Canada, as well as the opportunities that agriculture provides to become part of the solution.

The group says the report presents a balanced analysis that considers both the impacts of the climate crisis on agriculture and the realities of the vulnerable financial situation of farm families.

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Climate change to push food prices higher

CTV News / Aleksandra Sagan / 04 December 2019

The average Canadian family will pay up to an extra $487 on feeding themselves next year, according to an annual food price report that highlights climate change as a major culprit for rising food prices, especially in the produce department.

Unexpected snowstorms, droughts and other weather events have impacted crops and food prices in the past, said Simon Somogyi, lead researcher from the University of Guelph.

But for 2020, he and others behind the report highlight climate change as the cause.

“We’re deliberately pointing out that, you know: climate change is causing the droughts, is causing the bad snowstorms that’s impacting prices,” he said.

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NFU announces new Executive Director, Mara Shaw

NFU Local 316 / Newsletter / 14 November 2019

The NFU is pleased to announce that Mara Shaw will be taking on the role of Executive Director starting January 6, 2020.

Mara Shaw is a fierce advocate for food and farming. She grew up outside of St. Louis, Missouri with every issue of Foxfire and Mother Earth News informing her parents’ use of their land. She attended the University of Illinois in Chemistry with a specialization in Environmental Engineering, then the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in Environmental Engineering Science for a Master’s degree. She worked as an environmental consultant addressing historical hazardous waste on US military bases off the coast of California, then continued consulting in Princeton, NJ before she jumped ship to the local Watershed Association.

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House of Lazarus in Mountain seeks satellite storefront

Kemptville Advance / 12 November 2019

House of Lazarus (HOL) is looking for a partner with retail space to help the mission expand its reach.

Currently, HOL’s main headquarters — including its food bank, two stores and warehouse — is situated in Mountain, at the very top west portion of North Dundas, right next door to North Grenville. Food bank clients, thrift store shoppers and donors come from far and wide, making HOL a household name throughout a good portion of eastern Ontario. The mission is funded primarily through revenue from store sales, with donations and grants helping to fill in the gaps.

“If you have store front space sitting idle and you’re interested in partnering with us, we can pay a reasonable rent or provide a charitable tax receipt in lieu of rent,” HOL executive director Cathy Ashby said.

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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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