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SNG Sustainability Fair and Market – Presentations

Sustainable North Grenville / 29 March 2019

The 12th Annual Sustainability Fair and Market will be held on Sunday April 14 from 10am to 3pm at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. As before, the fair will be complemented by an electric vehicle show in the arena and a wide range of workshops and presentations. We encourage participants to come early because the presentations will begin right away and run back-to-back for the full event.

SNG’s very own Chris Weissflog will be presenting on “Affordable, Efficient, Zero Emission Housing”. Chris founded EcoGen Energy in 2007. EcoGen has designed and built solar water heating systems, combined solar thermal / heating systems, photovoltaic (PV) including grid-tied and off-grid systems, low-energy HVAC systems, and now complete Passive House level homes. His presentation will look at the kind of housing that is needed in the face of the climate crisis: describe what affordable, efficient, zero-emission housing is and how it is different from existing and code-level homes. He will explore what EcoGen is now building to meet that need.

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Off-grid food preservation methods

Mother Earth News / Leda Meredith / June/July 2016

Before widespread refrigeration and electricity, people developed other food-preservation methods to slow down spoilage. Adopting some of these long-established ways to preserve food and relying less on modern ones will reduce your carbon footprint; increase your self-reliance; and cost less than canning, freezing, and other grid-dependent ways to preserve food.

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Farming Off the Grid: May 2017 SWITCH presentation

SWITCH / 05 May 2017

Fat of the Land Farm is part of the movement towards conscious eating.

Since 2010 we have been raising animals on our small, grass-based farm in Moscow, Ontario. We raise the kind of food we want our family to eat, that means no GMO’s, no antibiotics, and no hormones. It also means respecting the nature of our livestock. Cattle graze fresh daily paddocks, pigs root up the earth in the forest, and chickens scratch and peck the pasture looking for a tasty bite. Its a regenerative systems approach that is rebuilding the health of our soil, us farmers, and our community.

We are proud to serve the Ottawa and Kingston areas with our farmer-direct, buying club model. Order only what you want, then meet us at the scheduled time. Avoid the confusion of the meat counter. Know exactly what you are getting and who you are getting it from. Simple.

The presentation slides from the May SWITCH Open Meeting featuring Fat of the Land Farm are now available.

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The best batteries for your off-grid battery bank

Mother Earth News / Allan Sindelar / December 2016/January 2017

Renewable energy systems should be sized so that the total amount of daily charging energy from all sources — PV, wind, hydroelectric, or generator — exceeds a home’s total average daily load. The role of the battery bank is to provide stored energy between charging periods — nothing more. When carefully planned and executed, the batteries in a home power system will run everything in your home — but “everything” will include far less than in a typical mainstream home.

Living well on a small and finite amount of electricity starts with careful adherence to three basic principles: Shift inappropriate loads to other forms of energy, reduce waste through efficiency, and use power in proportion to the amount available.

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Life Off Grid: A Film About Disconnecting

Life Off Grid is a two-year journey exploring the lives of Canadians in every province and territory who have made the choice to disconnect. Life Off Grid is a film and book about people who have chosen to build their lives around renewable energy, with beautiful, inspiring, and often challenging results.

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Mallorytown-area couple describes living off the grid

Transition Brockville / 17 April 2016

Kaldeway_sPeter and Annette Kaldeway know what it’s like to power their lives on at most five kilowatt hours a day.

For the past three years they’ve been living in an off-grid house they built on a rural property in the Mallorytown area. They use solar panels and wind power to generate their electricity; they collect rain water in cisterns, and cook and heat with a wood-burning cookstove. They have a large vegetable garden and from it put up preserves for winter consumption. They also forage the woods for some edibles.

Transition Brockville has invited them to give a talk and slide show about their sustainable, resilient lives at the next public Transition presentation on April 24 at the Brockville Public Library, on Buell Street.

Peter, a retired chemical plant operator, will describe in some detail the systems they use to generate their own electricity and provide water without using a well.

Annette will talk about the “lifestyle” of off-grid living and how they use the gifts of nature to their advantage in many ways for their everyday life. She cooks most meals in winter on the wood cookstove, which also (along with sunlight through south-facing windows) heats the house.

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The Transition Framework

Inner Transition is occasionally overlooked in favour of more immediately ‘practical’ undertakings, reinforcing an observed and acknowledged division in many Transition Initiatives between “doers” and “talkers”, but for Transition Initiatives looking to foster a kind of community resilience that is equitable, inclusive, nimble, responsive, caring, and cohesive, Inner Transition efforts are a necessary place to start.

— Anne Rucchetto, Blake Poland
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