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Indoor farm start-up seals deal with Farm Boy

Fieldless Farms / Media release / 05 August 2020

Fieldless Farms, a local Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) start-up, announced today that its cut lettuce mixes have hit shelves in Farm Boy stores. This is an important step for the company, which aims to bring year-round local produce to Canadians and reduce the country’s dependency on foreign imports […]

The company’s first farm in Cornwall, Ontario—which grows leafy greens using highly controlled environments, renewable energy, and without herbicides or pesticides—reached full commissioning and CanadaGAP certification earlier this month. The Farm Boy deal comes just one year after Fieldless quietly closed a $3 million first round of funding from local investors and Farm Credit Canada (FCC).

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Lanark County moves forward with Climate Action Plan

Lanark County / Media Release / 27 July 2020

Since adopting its Climate Action Plan in January 2020, Lanark County has taken some decisive actions towards achieving goals for sustainability.

Protecting and enhancing the natural environment is a core strategy in the county’s 2005 Strategic Plan, and council established “climate and environment” as one of its top five priorities for this term.

“We need a holistic approach with a multitude of strategies in order to reach a level of sustainability in our county,” explains CAO Kurt Greaves. “Climate change and environmental degradation are defining challenges of our time.”

A work plan outline set goals for this year and includes strategies related to grant research and applications, homes, forests and farms, industry, waste diversion, transportation, municipal buildings, and public engagement. A number of actions are already underway.

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Let it bee, Augusta declares

Recorder & Times / Wayne Lowrie / 17 June 2020

Augusta Township has proclaimed itself to be a bee-friendly community by agreeing to set aside vacant township properties to be used by beekeepers.

In a report to council, planner Myron Belej said the plan would have the dual benefits of helping the struggling bee population and beekeepers as well as assisting farmers in the pollination of their crops.

“It’s a sweet deal that will create a lot of buzz,” Belej told council this week.

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Lanark County goes electric

InsideOttawaValley.com / Ashley Kulp / 10 June 2020

The county is ramping up its climate action plan and purchasing electric vehicles is part of the priorities. Through the Local Municipal Vehicle Program passed by county council May 27, it encourages the purchase of one electric or hybrid vehicle by Dec. 31, 2022 with a grant available through a federal government subsidy.

“The county will match the federal incentive on that vehicle,” noted chief administrative officer Kurt Greaves.

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Gatineau residents flocking to new hobby: backyard chickens

CBC News / Joseph Tunney / 8 June 2020

People in Gatineau, Que., are flocking to a new hobby during the current pandemic: they’re raising chickens in their backyards.

While backyard chicken coops are prohibited in Ottawa, they’re allowed even in dense urban areas across the river in Gatineau.

In fact, by June 1, the city had handed out nearly as many permits for backyard coops as it did in all of 2019.

“I think the go-to question of the year is where to find chickens,” said Vicki Black, who’s helping neighbours start their own coops in Gatineau’s Aylmer sector.

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LGSBEC launches Summer Company 2020

Hometown TV 12 / 4 June 2020

The Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre proudly launches its annual Summer Company program on June 3rd, 2020. The launch will be virtual this year and be done over Zoom. This is a particularly special year for the small business centre as it celebrates 20 years of delivering the Summer Company program. A Birthday Bash is planned for August 20, 2020.

This year 6 young entrepreneurs in Leeds Grenville will experience being their own boss this summer. The number is slightly less because of the effect of COVID-19. The entrepreneurs will use their creative genius to successfully operate their businesses this summer.

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