Eco Farm Days Saturday Film and Movie

Saturday, February 24 Schnitzels European Flavours, Pitt Street 7:00  Eco Farm Day, Transition Cornwall + and All Things Food are proud to present: 5:30 Networking dinner and social, 7:00  Documentary film screening, 8:30 Discussion with special guest Aube Giroux. We know that after Eco Farm Day, you are hungry and inspired, and want to share your new ideas with other fellow farmers. You also may be looking for something a little different to do to bridge two days of intense workshop learning. For $20, you will enjoy a delicious and casual meal with farmer friends and other like-minded community members, as well as watch the newly released documentary, Modified. The documentary filmmaker, Aube Giroux, will even be in house to lead a discussion about the film and the issues of GMOs it explores. There will also be a cash bar.

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February 23, 2018 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment

When to Start Seeds Calculator

https://i2.wp.com/awaytogarden.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/ad-seedcalc500.gif?ssl=1Need help remembering when it’s safe and smart to start your first spring sowings of vegetable, flower and herb seeds indoors and out? THIS TOOL helps calculate when. Begin by entering your final spring frost date on the top right of the chart.

Eastern Ontario Hardiness Zone Map

For most of the area in and around Ottawa, the stated frost free date is between May 2 and May 31.   In recent years the frost free date has been advancing towards the first of May from the traditional May 24th date used in the past. Check to see when the last frost date is for your zone.  Presently, the last average frost date for Ottawa is May 11th.  This can vary greatly.  If you are a conservative gardener and not a gambler move this date ahead to at least May 20.

 

February 21, 2018 at 11:24 am Leave a comment

Stop the Leakage: How food-centered urban design solves economic challenges

Stop the Leakage: How food-centered urban design solves economic challengesWhat happens when you eat the wrong food over and over again? We call it “leakage.” Leakage is when capital exits the economy rather than remaining in it. Our current food system as designed (or left un-designed) is a constant source of leakage for our cities and a missed opportunity for urban planners.

What if city designs included space for urban farming to provide a percentage of the calories required by their inhabitants? What if the community saw urban farming as an opportunity for economic growth and employment? What if the local government spent the same amount of money on the education, distribution, and land leasing to create food related jobs as it did on to attracting big businesses?

Let’s consider how much money could be kept in the local economy by creating our own urban food plan, giving local farmers the opportunity to supply the food sold at local grocery stores and restaurants.

Read Stop the Leakage: How food-centered urban design solves economic challenges by Nathan Pickard at Strong Towns.

February 19, 2018 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

Family Day at the Summerstown Trails

Monday, February 19 The Friends of the Summerstown Trails will be hosting their annual Family Day activities at the Summerstown Forest on Monday, February 19, from 10am to 4pm. Come out and enjoy the trails and other outdoor fun activities. Free XC ski and snowshoe rentals for families throughout the day. Many other free activities and food offered. The trails are located on Summerstown Road, 1.6 km north of exit 804 of the 401. For more information, visit http://www.summerstowntrails.com.

February 16, 2018 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

A eureka moment for the planet: we’re finally planting trees again

Illustration by Mitch Blunt

After centuries of bad stewardship, communities are at last starting to see the benefits of forests. China plans to plant forests the size of Ireland. Latin American countries have pledged to restore 20m hectares of degraded forest and African countries more than 100m hectares. India is to plant 13m hectares, and on a single day last year 1.5 million people planted 66m trees in Madhya Pradesh alone.

This enthusiasm for a greener world, expressed in trees, is inspiring and overdue. For 200 years forested countries barely knew what to do with their trees. They were treated as expendable and a waste of space. But in a great cultural shift, they have changed from being dark and fearsome places to semi-sacred and untouchable.

And why not? In this new ecological age, we have learned that trees have far more value than providing timber: they keep soils moist, prevent floods and provide shelter, store carbon, beautify landscapes, protect water sources, increase biodiversity, improve conservation and induce human wellbeing.

Read A eureka moment for the planet: we’re finally planting trees again by John Vidal at The Guardian.

February 14, 2018 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

Ontario Investing in Energy Efficient Improvements for Social Housing

File:Ontario-wordmark.svgOntario is upgrading energy efficiency of social housing and improving living conditions for residents while fighting climate change through a new program from the Green Ontario Fund, a non-profit provincial agency funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.

Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, was joined today by Peter Milczyn, Minister of Housing and Parminder Sandhu, Green Ontario Fund board chair, to announce the launch of the GreenON Social Housing program.

Along with existing provincial programs designed for larger social housing buildings, this new program will help improve the energy efficiency of social housing apartment buildings with fewer than 100 units across the province.

Improvements will include upgrades to energy-efficient heating and cooling systems, windows, lighting and insulation. These renovations will also improve the living conditions for low-income and vulnerable tenants and the long-term sustainability of buildings.

Read the full release: Ontario Investing in Energy Efficient Improvements for Social Housing

February 12, 2018 at 11:50 am Leave a comment

The Nursing Home That’s Also a Dorm

More retirement and nursing homes are asking college students to move in, an arrangement that benefits everyone.

On his way home from class, Jurriën Mentink takes a slight detour to pick up some fresh fillets from the fishmonger. His neighbor has an affinity for fish and, since he cycles by the market anyway, it’s really no trouble.

After paying, he hops back on his bike and heads home. He’ll visit his neighbor, have dinner, maybe do some studying or kick back to watch TV. Much like any other university student.

Except home is a nursing home. And his neighbor just turned 93.

Read The Nursing Home That’s Also a Dorm by Tiffany R. Jansen at City Lab.

February 7, 2018 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

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