Seed Starting: Easy Setups for Home Gardeners

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Glean creative ideas for real-world seed-starting setups, from soil blockers to mini-greenhouses, so you can grow your own vegetable seedlings at home this spring.

Read Seed Starting: Easy Setups for Home Gardeners edited by Shelley Stonebrook at Mother Earth News.

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January 22, 2018 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

Annual Winter Film Series Kicks off this Sunday

Sunday, January 21, 1:30 – 3:30 Cornwall Public Library The movie GRACIE’S BACKYARD will be shown as the first of Transition Cornwall +’s Annual Winter Film series, in partnership with the Cornwall Public Library.  Expanding on the success of previous TC+ Food Action Group film events, this four-part Winter Film Series will cover a variety of issues that branch across all four Transition Cornwall+ Action Groups. Light refreshments will be served and a lively discussion will follow the film to help answer questions and brainstorm new ideas for the various Action Groups. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome.

Gracie’s Backyard is a documentary film about the “northernmost commercial permaculture farm on the planet”. Located at 59 degrees North near Sunne, Sweden, Ridgedale Permaculture is a 10-hectare farm the integrates pastured eggs, broiler chickens, market gardens, agro-forestry systems (and more!) into a enterprise that creates livelihoods while regenerating landscapes.

January 19, 2018 at 4:42 am Leave a comment

Ontario Making it Easier to Charge Electric Vehicles

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Ontario is making it easier to use electric vehicles to get to and from work by assisting employers, commercial building owners and managers to install charging stations at their workplaces. This investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market.

The province will support employers and commercial building owners that wish to offer electric vehicle charging for their employees or tenants by helping with the cost of installing charging stations. This program supports Ontario’s ongoing work in communities across the province to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations and make it easier for people to use electric vehicles.

The Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program will provide 80 per cent of the capital costs to install level 2 chargers, up to $7,500 per charging space.

Read the full news release: Ontario Making it Easier to Charge Electric Vehicles

January 17, 2018 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

Looking for Seeds?

Looking for seeds?

Find vegetable and fruit seeds sold by Canadian seed companies.

This is a list of vegetable and fruit seeds that were sold in recent years by Canadian seed companies.

Click on a section in the list below to see the varieties available, and the companies that sold them. Visit these companies, buy their seeds, and enjoy a beautiful, diverse garden next summer:

The Canadian Seed Catalogue Index

And a searchable database of ecological vegetable and grain seed sold in Canada:

Best Seeds for Your Region

 

January 15, 2018 at 12:01 pm 1 comment

Algonquin to Adirondacks A2A Corridor for Ecological Integrity and Resilience

Wednesday, January 17, 7:00 Science and Nature on Tap, Schnitzel’s European Flavors  David Miller is the Executive Director of the Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative (A2A). A2A is a network that envisions an Algonquin to Adirondacks region that is a resilient, ecologically connected landscape that can sustain a full range of native wildlife and enhances people’s quality of life. One of their landmark projects is the establishment of the A2A trail- a pilgrimage for nature that crosses an international border to connect two iconic parks. The idea of linking Algonquin Provincial Park and Adirondack Park ecologically across the Frontenac Arch has been an ongoing plan since the early 1900’s when conservationists first envisioned a connected and sustainable series of ecosystems anchored by the two great parks. David will speak on the ongoing network of A2A and their plans to grow the Algonquin to Adirondack Corridor. For more information or to reserve a spot for this session contact:

Karen Cooper
Communications Officer
613-936-6620 ext 229

January 12, 2018 at 4:40 pm Leave a comment

Urban Forestry Toolkit

Urban forests play a vital role in helping communities adapt to and mitigate climate change, reduce air pollution, sequester carbon and save energy through natural heating and cooling. But urban forests are facing increasingly difficult growing conditions. Exotic pests, more frequent and severe storms, and the loss of soils in urban developments all contribute to stressed urban forests. In order to contribute to healthy, resilient communities, these valuable assets need to be managed proactively and supported consistently across the province.

Green Infrastructure Ontario’s urban forestry toolkit is a set of documents that support those working to improve urban forest management across the province. This toolkit builds upon our 2015 report Ontario’s Urban Forests: Call to Action and was developed with input from professionals around the province.

The first piece of the toolkit can help build the case for the value that urban forests provide as a municipal asset – with the goal of integrating urban forest management into municipal asset management plans. Read the bulletin on communicating the benefits of the urban forest in a municipal context HERE>>.

The second document in our toolkit helps urban forest managers understand how urban forest assets fit into the municipal asset management planning process. Read the urban forest asset managment primer HERE>>.

Read the full article HERE>>

January 10, 2018 at 8:28 am Leave a comment

Climate change is the story you missed in 2017. And the media is to blame

Which story did you hear more about this year – how climate change makes disasters like hurricanes worse, or how Donald Trump threw paper towels at Puerto Ricans?

If you answered the latter, you have plenty of company. Academic Jennifer Good analyzed two weeks of hurricane coverage during the height of hurricane season on eight major TV networks, and found that about 60% of the stories included the word Trump, and only about 5% mentioned climate change.

Read Climate change is the story you missed in 2017. And the media is to blame by Lisa Hymas at The Guardian.

January 8, 2018 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

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