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Helping pollinators in Ottawa, one native plant at a time

CBC News / Robyn Miller / 10 August 2019

Her garden is alive with butterflies and buzzing with bees, and all Berit Erickson had to do was plant flowers native to eastern Ontario.

Now, Erickson is encouraging others to roll up their sleeves and install similar pollinator gardens in Ottawa.

“There’s really a critical need. Pollinator populations are declining and all insect populations are declining. Insects are the foundation of food webs,” she said.

Erickson has been gardening at her home in Carlingwood for 20 years, but only recently did she make the switch to cultivating native plant species.

“I realized that the plants that I used to grow, they might as well have been plastic plants because they had very little wildlife value,” she said.

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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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Backyard Food Day

Transition Cornwall+ / 04 August 2019

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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2019 EOAT Summit presentations

Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Network / 11 July 2019

It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since the 6th annual Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit which was held Long Sault on June 13th.

Thank you to everyone who attended. The room was packed with representatives from various sectors from all over Eastern Ontario (and several from outside our region). The day was packed with amazing speakers, fantastic networking, and enriching discussions and I think it’s safe to say that most of us left feeling (re)energized to tackle active transportation in our own communities.

Without further ado – we are pleased to share that we’ve posted the presentation slides for all to access as well as a slide show of pictures from the day: https://walkandrollcornwallsdg.ca/events/eoats-2019/

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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