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TB on #FYI @ YourTV

YourTV / Doreen Barnes / 21 May 2020

Christine Stesky from Transition Brockville joins us on #FYI to discuss sustainable living.

Gardens sprouting up as pandemic keeps us closer to home

CBC News / Hallie Cotnam / 16 May 2020

They’re sprouting up all over Ottawa this spring: raised gardens in the backyard and converted flower beds in the front, re-tooled to grow fresh produce close to home.

Urban gardening may be the new sourdough and seeds the new toilet paper as families seek to grow fresh food in the safe confines of their own property.

Social media feeds are full of garden boxes for sale. Giant cubes of soil squat in driveways, waiting for this weekend, or perhaps warmer weather.

Interest in the Edible Ottawa Gardens Group has exploded since the arrival of COVID-19, with membership blossoming from 3,000 to 4,600 in just two months, Valerie Sharp, one of the group’s administrators. She said most of them are new to gardening, many using the opportunity to spend more quality time outside with their families.

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UCDSB: Student gardening motion denied

Recorder & Times / Sabrina Bedford / 15 May 2020

A motion encouraging students to grow their own food while learning from home was denied at the public school board this week.

Upper Canada District School Board trustee John McCrea put forward a motion at this week’s board meeting to inspire students to get outside and plant vegetable gardens, citing a variety of benefits associated with gardening.

“There is a deep and profound feeling that people get when they’re outside,” McCrea said at the meeting.

“Growing something really makes you feel better.”

The motion explained that “gardening, be it in a container on a window sill or on a hectare of good land, is therapeutic, productive, measurable and available to all students.”

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Abattoir crisis aired at Eco Farm Day

Eastern Ontario AgriNews / Tom Van Dusen / 5 March 2020

With this year’s theme “On Common Ground: Food and Farming in a Shifting Climate,” the event previously dedicated primarily to organic growing for niche farmers has widened its scope by looking at the increasing impact of climate change, the farm income crisis, and the loss of farmland. The 2020 event unrolled on Feb. 22 and 23 in Cornwall.

“When we recognize that we face common struggles, we find support and solutions in one another,” the organizing team stated, inviting participants in the 2020 conference to spend time learning from, and connecting with, each other while acting collectively to “co-create regenerative and resilient food and farming systems.”

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Health Unit and farmers’ markets are working together

LGL District Health Unit / 7 May 2020

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark [District Health Unit] strongly supports local Farmers’ Markets. They encourage people to buy healthy local food, and are a way for farmers to sell their produce. They have also been a social gathering place which supports individual and community well-being. Unfortunately at this time, with COVID-19, where social gatherings used to be a strength, they now pose a risk to both the vendors and the people who come to the market.

The provincial government has allowed Farmers’ Markets to open under the agricultural exemption to the provincial emergency directives. The provincial directive about avoiding gatherings of more than 5 people still applies.

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Transit training offers independence, confidence to young riders

The Energy Mix / 6 May 2020

Youth, schools, and communities all stand to gain from a public transit initiative in Kingston, Ontario that is empowering young riders, making (pre-COVID) field trips less costly and more climate-friendly, and encouraging life-long transit ridership.

Describing a “simple but powerful model to transform public transportation,” Green Teacher explains that the Kingston initiative hinges on “two systemic changes”: actively teaching students how to ride the bus, and, subsidizing transit to make it free for students until they graduate from high school.

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