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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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Farmersville Community Abattoir’s future looking bleak

Eastern Ontario AgriNews / Kory Glover / 03 July 2019

Barbara Schaefer and Bernie Barber are retiring at the end of the year, leaving the Farmersville Community Abattoir without a clear future.

Acting as the chair of the Farmersville Community Abattoir’s board of directors for the past four years, Schaefer is ready to hand the reigns to someone else, only problem is, not many people are stepping up to the plate.

“Myself and Bernie Barber, who is our lead butcher, were in it for the long haul but now both of us want to retire,” she said. “Basically what that means is that somebody needs to take over what we’re doing and there is no one to take over what we’re doing.”

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Meet an organic distiller and an organic creamery owner

Transition Brockville / 17 May 2019

Transition Brockville’s Green Drinks series this month features an outing to an area craft distiller to learn how he and a neighbouring dairy farmer work cooperatively to make sustainably-produced organic spirits, cheese and yogurt.

Our second Green Drinks event takes place Sunday, May 26, 1:30 p.m., at the King’s Lock Craft Distillery, 5 Newport Drive, Johnstown, just east of Prescott, on County Road 2.

The afternoon begins with socializing and sampling of the various spirits made at the distillery. Also available will be $5 cocktails and samples of cheeses made at the Upper Canada Creamery.

Rob Heuvel, owner of the distillery, and Josh Biemond, co-owner of the farm and creamery, will give presentations about how they cooperate, with Biemond producing organic grains for the distillery and Heuvel returning spent materials to the dairy farm for producing organic milk, yogurt and cheese. Following their presentations, Heuvel will give a tour of the distillery. For more information about these two businesses, visit www.klcraftdistillery.ca and www.uppercanadacreamery.com.

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BBL Energy’s solution to plastic waste

Transition Brockville / 23 April 2019

The world has finally recognized that we have a serious problem with plastic waste. Ultimately, people will find ways to reduce or even eliminate single-use plastics, but in the meantime, what can be done with the mountains and oceans of plastic debris already accumulated?

A local company thinks it has an answer.

Transition Brockville has invited David Bohn, general manager of BBL Energy in Johnstown, to explain the company’s plans to convert waste plastic and used tires into light diesel fuel, natural gas and carbon char, at its next presentation, on Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. in the Brockville Public Library.

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Sustainable gardens to open near Elgin

Recorder & Times / Ian MacAlpine / 25 October 2018

Participants will be able to receive agricultural job training in organic farming practices, learn about local food systems, improve culinary skills with locally grown produce and attend specialized workshops in health, wellness and living sustainably, a news release said.

“It’s really a space for young people to come, for everybody to come to think about a sustainable lifestyle and addressing our local food systems.”

Partnering up for the project with No. 9: Contemporary Art and the Environment are the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre and St. Lawrence College School of Skilled Trades and Tourism.

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Small businesses can save your community

Strong Towns / Quint Studer / 31 July 2018

Over the past few decades, most communities have had their “pillars” pulled out from under them. Big institutions like banks, hospitals, and newspapers used to be locally owned. Their owners lived and worked in the same place. Their children went to the local schools. As a consequence, their leaders were deeply invested in the community and worked hard to keep it vibrant.

But over the years, large corporations have bought up many of these pillar institutions and consolidated them. It’s now common for the owners of these organizations to live elsewhere, often in bigger cities where corporate headquarters are located. Smaller communities no longer have the benefit of business leaders with a deep personal connection to the place.

This is a natural part of change. And all change brings opportunities along with losses.

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