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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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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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Former Homestead flagship to set sail as Greenside Organics

Eastern Ontario AgriNews / Tom Van Dusen / 31 July 2019

The sidelined Berwick organic feed mill is expected to be up and running under new ownership by September.

Former flagship of the collapsed Homestead Organics operation, the mill will also have a new name: Greenside Organics. The name change isn’t a slight on Homestead, said buyer Peter Jegachandran; legal issues require new company identification.

While Jegachandran has limited agricultural experience, he does own cropland which he leases to conventional farmers. A businessman involved in software development and commercial storage, he sees tremendous future potential in the organics sector and in the Berwick facility.

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What we can do now

Toronto Star / Megan Ogilvie / 12 July 2019

It’s clear that Canada, like the rest of the world, is facing a climate crisis.

From melting permafrost in the north, to ninja rain storms in our cities, to the shifting shores on our coasts, we’ve seen the evidence: climate change is real.

We have the facts. So, what comes next?

With no single checklist to follow, no series of straightforward steps to take that will make it all go away, it’s hard to know what to do.

But there are some strategies that will help safeguard our homes, our communities and our country. People are working on them every day.

We hope this handbook will help you find your own path forward.

In it, you will meet people and community groups working to combat climate change — and finding comfort and purpose in their efforts.

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New food truck shines a light on local, sustainable products

Eastern Ontario AgriNews / Kalynn Sawyer Helmer / 04 July 2019

This is just the beginning for Currier and his sous chef Tyler Jones, a new adventure that will help shine a light on the positives of the local agricultural community. “You have to make compromises as a business but we’re trying to do the best we can with what we have. I think this is a good step. I think educating people through food, through product, through any venue is a very important thing especially in the daily living,” he said. “The fact that I can bring my favourite things in life, like gardening, foraging and cooking, together in one stop is great. We need two things in life, water and food to sustain life and I think people should celebrate them a little more.”

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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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