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ongoing: In Case You Missed it Mondays - USC-Canada news roundup

NOW to Feb. 12, 2016 - Applications accepted for SPARKS! community grants

Tues Feb 2, 2016 - Get Starry-eyed on a Winter's Night


Tues Feb 9, 2016 - The Slandered Serpent
Sat. Feb. 13 - Snapshots in Time ... London's 4th annual heritage fair
Tues Feb 16, 2016 - Warbler Woods ... more than just warblers


Wed. Feb. 17 - Ecological Seed Production Intensive
Sat. Feb. 20 & Sun. Feb. 21, 2016 - Permaculture Foundation weekend workshop

Mon. Feb. 22, 2016 - Gardening Under a Black Walnut

Thur. Feb. 25 - Weeds, fostering a new relationship
Thur. Feb. 25, 2016 - Food in 2050 ... feeding 9 billion
Sun. Feb. 28 - Plant Guild Design

Mon. Feb. 29 - Best Vegetable & Herb Garden Ever

Mon. March 7, 2016 - Edible Landscaping
Thur. March 10 - lecture - build your own hugelkultur


Tuesdays March 22 - May 10 or Thursdays March 24 - May 14 ... Seeds to Table, 8 week gardening course


Sat. April 2, 2016 - Go Wild Grow Wild ... outdoor expo
Sat. April 2, 2016 - Pollination Guelph day long symposium
Wed. April 20, 2016 - Urban Forest Gardening

Wed. May 4, 2016 - Backyard Beekeeping
Wed. May 11, 2016 - Gardening for a Cooler Planet

June 1-4 - Addressing Climate Change through Green Infrastructure

 

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In Case You Missed It Mondays

Each week, USC-Canada posts In Case You Missed It Mondays, news from many sources and aspects of agriculture and food production. 

Check this out regularly.  There's so much, and so much positive ... meaning so many people and communities doing something positive and productive, thoughtful, activist ...

Start with USC-Canada's website, then drop down Resources to come to News.

We're keeping this on top of events and news because ICYMI Monday is always new news and events. 

SPARKS! Community funding opportunities!

        posted Mon. Nov. 30 2015

Applications being accepted until February 12, 2016 ... so you've got planning time!

The City of London’s SPARKS! Neighbourhood Matching Fund is a community grant that provides funding to improve and enhance neighbourhoods and supports neighbourhood-driven projects aligned with London's Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy

Your group could get up to $5,000 to make your project happen! 

 When people and ideas connect with opportunity, great things happen!  In 2015, a food forest was planted in Wood Street Park, the Glen Cairn area started a "Little Libraries" project, the Forest Edge community had a Family Movie Night series, and 8 other projects were funded. 

Up to $50,000 is set aside in the City budget for SPARKS! programs, administered through Neighbourhood, Children and Fire Services.

Get together with neighbours and an exciting idea. The online SPARKS information gives suggestions for planning, and the kinds of parameters that make your application great.  If your group is not a registered charity or other "official" group, find such a group in your community to affiliate with and you may apply for the grant.  A really important aspect of these grants is that you need not have any actual money on hand to apply; volunteer hours are assigned a per hour figure that goes towards your group's contribution to the grant. 

Full guidelines and the application, as well as a list of previous funded projects, is on the SPARKS! webpage here

Call 519-661-5336 or email neighbourhoods@london.ca if you have questions. There's even a Facebook page! 

Good luck!!

 


Get  starry-eyed on a winter’s night

Tuesday, February 2, 2016                           7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Central Library, Wolf Performance Hall.  251 Dundas Street, London.

Gaze upward on a clear night and you will likely be looking into a street lamp.  Beyond that glare, however, is a treasure trove of stars, planets, galaxies and nebulae.  Ryan Fraser, astrophotographer and member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada discusses the wonders of the heavens, light pollution, and how we can save our view of the night sky for the next generation.

Part 4 of the Nature in the City series, a free six-art series of illustrated talks about nature in and around the city of London, Ontario.  Co-sponsored by Nature London (http://www.naturelondon.com) and the London Public Library (http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca)

The goal of the Nature in the City series is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  Let’s do this together by sharing information and stimulating an interest in the natural world around us.

Free! Plus up to two hours free validated parking at Citi Plaza during Library hours. Families(with children 10 and up) are welcome!

The Slandered Serpent

Tuesday, February 9, 2016                           7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Central Library, Wolf Performance Hall.  251 Dundas Street, London.

There are countless scary snake myths, both ancient and modern.  But, instead of being maligned and feared, our snakes should be protected and celebrated.  Scott Gillingwater of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority presents the life stories of local species of this fascinating group of reptiles.

Part 5 of the Nature in the City series, a free six-art series of illustrated talks about nature in and around the city of London, Ontario.  Co-sponsored by Nature London (http://www.naturelondon.com) and the London Public Library (http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca)

The goal of the Nature in the City series is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  Let’s do this together by sharing information and stimulating an interest in the natural world around us.

Free! Plus up to two hours free validated parking at Citi Plaza during Library hours. Families(with children 10 and up) are welcome!

SNAPSHOTS IN TIME: London's 4th Annual Heritage Fair

Saturday, February 13, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Central Library - Hudson's Bay Passage - 251 Dundas Street, London

Over 20 exhibitors, including the Hidden History of Hamilton Road, London Room, Old East Village Community Association, Fugitive Slave Chapel Preservation Project , 427 (London) Wing and The Spirit of Flight Aviation Museum

For complete information check out the London Heritage Council site: here   PRINTABLE PROGRAM: Download here

11:00am–12:30pm  - a lively look at the Forest City's development  - with a different speaker every 7 minutes!

1:30pm - 3:00pm  - HISTORY IN FOCUS: WESTERN ARCHIVES' HUGE PHOTO COLLECTIONS

HANDS-ON LEARNING activities throughout the day for children and adults
10:00am–10:45am The
Royal Canadian Regiment Museum (RCR) 
11:15am–12:00pm Museum of Ontario Archaeology- how do they know what they know?
12:30pm–1:15pm Fugitive Slave Chapel Restoration Project - learn spirituals by singing!
1:45pm–2:30pm Secrets of Radar Museum - veterans scrapbooks newly released give reality and insight

This event is sponsored by the London Heritage Council and our own London Public Library

Warbler Woods: Much more than warblers

Tuesday, February 16, 2016                         7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Central Library, Wolf Performance Hall.  251 Dundas Street, London.

Scale the hills of Warbler Woods Environmentally Significant Area without even sweating.  This area’s special features have been enjoyed by Londoners for more than a century.  Nature London’s Winifred Wake leads us on a virtual hike, shedding light on the flora and fauna that keep those warblers company.

Part 6 of the Nature in the City series, a free six-art series of illustrated talks about nature in and around the city of London, Ontario.  Co-sponsored by Nature London (http://www.naturelondon.com) and the London Public Library (http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca)

The goal of the Nature in the City series is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  Let’s do this together by sharing information and stimulating an interest in the natural world around us.

Free! Plus up to two hours free validated parking at Citi Plaza during Library hours. Families(with children 10 and up) are welcome!

Ecological Seed Production Intensive

 

Wednesday February  17, 2016       9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
location: 664 Dundas Street, which is London Clay Arts Centre!
Cost: $40.00 members of EFAO     non-members $60.00

Learn from Bob Wildfong, Executive Director, Seeds of Diversity Canada, at this daylong intensive on ecological seed production. Bob will provide a detailed overview of the fundamentals of seed production, as well as more advanced topics on seed production such as crop spacing and planting times, managing isolation distances, rogueing and selection strategies, harvesting and cleaning seed, and maintaining good seed quality for all market garden vegetable crops. This is an essential workshop for all farmers and seed growers seeking to understand how to grow high quality ecological seed for their market gardens. This workshop is organized by Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, in partnership with The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security.

There are two "pay-what-you-can" places, contact admin@efao.ca for more information. Register: http://www.efao.ca

Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario:  http://www.efao.ca
Seeds of Diversity Canada:  http://www.seeds.ca        
The Bauta Family Seed Initiative of Canadian Seed Security:  http://www.seedsecurity.ca/en/about-us

The London Clay Arts Centre is an undertaking of the London Potters Guild, which restored a London, Ontario heritage building and uses the beautiful space to hold events, teach courses, and rent workshop space to its members ... right in the heart of London's Old East Village. Check out the website or facebook page.

Permaculture Foundations - a weekend workshop at The Living Centre

Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21 - 9:30 - 5:00 p.m.
The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Road, London
One Day workshop - $150.00 plus tax
Two Day Workshop - $250.00 plus tax

The workshop will cover such topics as:
• Permaculture Ethics & Design Principles
• Concepts and Methods in Sustainable Design
• Pattern Understanding
• Designing for Organic Food Production  
• Creating A Food Forest
• Ecologically-Friendly Property Design 
• The Synergy of Inner & Outer Permaculture

From the course description: "Permaculture is a complete design system, based on principles of ecology and sustainability that can be used to create resilient, economically stable, and productive landscapes, home and communities."  An "eco-logical" approach to design ... it is "has a set of ethics and design principles which can be applied to all areas of our lives, including gardens, energy systems, business, economy and social structures." 

To register, check Living Centre website here for full details and registration: here.

For information about all programs: info@thelivingcentre  www.thelivingcentre.com .... 519-652-9109

Facilitators:  Shantree Kacera, D.N., Ph.D. and Lorenna Kacera, founders and directors of The Living Centre and Living Arts Institute (est. 1983).
note: coming up is an ADVANCED TRAINING: Four Season Permaculture Design Course

Gardening Under a Black Walnut Tree

Monday, February 22, 2016          7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street

Yes it can be done! Master Gardener, Rhonda Persichilli, will present and answer questions.

This free program is part of the Gardening in the City series organized by London Middlesex Master Gardeners

Weeds: Fostering a New Relationship - lecture

Thursday February 25, 2016 ......... 7:00pm - 8:00pm $20.-
Western Fair Farmers and Artisans Market .........Cost: $20.00

The language we use around ‘weeds’ is pejorative and negative. When we start to see them as opportunistic species that are filling empty niches in the ecosystem our relationship with them changes. Most weeds are highly nutritious and medicinal. Join us to see them in a more holistic light and learn which ones you can start harvesting from the open spaces around you. Recipes included.
Topics include: Language, Role of opportunistic species, Top weeds to start using.

Presented by Jessica Robertson of Wildcraft Permaculture and hosted by The Harvest Pantry, registration is through Harvest Pantry at their location at Western Fair Farmers' & Artisans Market. Payment may be made by credit card or cash. Full payment must be made at the time of registration. Please see the cancellation policy.
Registration In Person: Saturdays 8am to 3pm at The Harvest Pantry, second floor, Western Fair Farmers' & Artisans Market in London, ON

Registration By Phone: 519.701.8163 or use The Harvest Pantry Contact Form; leaving your first and last name, phone number and the name of the workshop you would like to register for. You will be called backto process your payment and confirm your enrollment

 

Food in 2050: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion ... talk by Evan Fraser

Thursday, February 25, 2016           7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London

With speaker Evan Fraser. Creating food systems capable of feeding 9 billion people while dealing with climate change is one of the 21st centurys biggest challenges. To feed the future we must both produce the right kinds of food, and innovate. This talk explores the factors driving changes and trends in our food systems. Evan Fraser is a Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security, University of Guelph, studies food, food systems, and food security. He is the author of 70 papers, two non-fiction books, and a graphic novel (Food Crisis) about food and food security. He is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.

This program is prepared by our London Public Library in co-operation with the Rotman Institute for Philosophy, http://www.rotman.uwo.ca/ ... with more program details and Evan Fraser's biography at http://www.rotman.uwo.ca/events-2/evan-fraser-food-in-2050/

Posted Friday, Dec. 18/15

 

Guild Design ... half day course

Sunday February 28, 2016 .......9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Western Fair Farmers and Artisans Market ..............Cost: $45.00
This half-day workshop will introduce the guild concept employed in permaculture. In this context, a guild is a group of plant species that support each other - or a central element - in order to have a healthier, more resilient and self-regulating system. You will be exposed to the different types of guilds and the ways in which species interact within them. You will learn about plants recommended for small urban spaces and then design a guild for a central tree with your new knowledge. Topics include: Types of guilds, Interactions between species, Plants for small spaces

Presented by Jessica Robertson of Wildcraft Permaculture and hosted by The Harvest Pantry, registration is through Harvest Pantry at their location at Western Fair Farmers' & Artisans Market. Payment may be made by credit card or cash. Full payment must be made at the time of registration. Please see the cancellation policy.
Registration In Person: Saturdays 8am to 3pm at The Harvest Pantry, second floor, Western Fair Farmers' & Artisans Market in London, ON
Registration By Phone: 519.701.8163 or use The Harvest Pantry Contact Form; leaving your first and last name, phone number and the name of the workshop you would like to register for. You will be called backto process your payment and confirm your enrollment.

Best Vegetable and Herb Garden Ever

Monday, February 29, 2016          7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street

Master Gardener, Ron Rossini, will present and answer questions.
This free program is part of the Gardening in the City series organized by London Middlesex Master Gardeners

Edible Landscaping

Monday, March 7, 2016  7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Central Library, Stevenson Hunt Room, 251 Dundas Street

Master Gardener, Curtis Peterson, will present and answer questions.
This free program is part of the Gardening in the City series organized by London Middlesex Master Gardeners

Building your own Hugelkultur - evening lecture

Thursday March 10, 2016 ........... 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Western Fair Farmers and Artisans Market ......... Cost: $20.00

A hugelkultur is a German term for planting on a mound of wood. Learn how hugelkulturs can provide multiple yields for your garden and reduce the amount of care and resources you need to dedicate to it. We will discuss design practicalities, wood sources, and planting.  Topics include:  how it works, sourcing wood, size and shape, and planting.

Presented by Jessica Robertson of Wildcraft Permaculture and hosted by The Harvest Pantry, registration is through Harvest Pantry at their location at Western Fair Farmers' & Artisans Market. Payment may be made by credit card or cash. Full payment must be made at the time of registration. Please see the cancellation policy.
Registration In Person: Saturdays 8am to 3pm at The Harvest Pantry, second floor, Western Fair Farmers' & Artisans Market in London, ON

Registration By Phone: 519.701.8163 or use The Harvest Pantry Contact Form; leaving your first and last name, phone number and the name of the workshop you would like to register for. You will be called backto process your payment and confirm your enrollment

 

Seeds to Table - 8 week course with London Master Gardeners

Two 8-week sessions:
Tuesday evenings March 22 to May 10, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday evenings, March 24 to May 12, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

All sessions held at the London Civic Garden Complex, 625 Springbank Drive

8 weeks of classroom instruction and hands-on workshops covering everything from soil preparation and seed selection to planting, maintaining, harvesting and preserving. Focus is on gardens you can EAT as well as colourful and helpful companion flowers.

Cost – EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION $100    AFTER MARCH 2ND $125
Cost covers the eight sessions, some basic planting supplies, and personalized coaching as needed. The course has been popular in other years; early registration is suggested. Registration: here

If you want to know where your food comes from and how it’s being treated, one great solution is to grow it yourself! The purpose of each plant is to procreate and many do that via seeds. Learn about the gardener’s part is in helping veggies and fruit attract the necessary pollinators and achieve their best growing potential. The focus of this 8 week course is on edible plants and their beneficial companions. Options are explored for all sizes of gardens including small urban plots, patios and balconies.

London Middlesex Master Gardeners:  http://www.londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com

note from CGL webkeeper: This course is not necessarily an organic gardening course.

Go Wild Grow Wild ... outdoor expo

Saturday, April 2, 2016   10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Agriplex, Western Fair District, London, Ont.

Adventurers, Gardeners, Nature Lovers, Families ... welcome to the 2nd annual Go Wild Grow Wild  "Get out and enjoy it!" expo. 

Carolinian Canada again takes the lead to bring together many organizations and businesses which want you to get outside to grow something, hike, paddleboard or climb, and just enjoy the natural world.

for more information: http://www.GoWildGrowWild.ca

Since its beginning in 1984, Carolinian Canada has brought together people and groups who care for the health and continuance of the unique Carolinian ecoregion we live in.  Lots of projects, workshops, energy, and love!!  http://caroliniancanada.ca/about

Pollination Guelph Symposium

Saturday, April 2, 2016 ... more details coming!!

Pollination Guelph site: http://www.pollinationguelph.ca/

CGL webkeeper's note: Last year's event was informative and a great networking event for people involved in pollinator protection, native plant gardening, eco-region health. Topics and displays had something for home gardeners, big picture thinkers, and first-lookers-into the topics. Being with others who share concerns is a huge boost to the spirit!

Urban Forest Gardening - Permaculture City talks series

Wednesday, April 20, 2016           7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London

Urban Forest Gardening can transform backyards and communities into edible forests full of abundance and diversity. Find out about projects and initiatives in the city of London and beyond. Learn how to create an edible forest in your backyard and neighbourhood.

No registration required. First in a series prepared by the London Public Library. note: presenter(s) will be added at a later date

Posted Friday, Dec. 18/15

Backyard Beekeeping - Permaculture City talks series

Wednesday, May 4, 2016               7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London

Backyard beekeeping is a growing movement across North America. Find out how to take care of urban bees - both domesticated and wild. Learn simple ways to make your backyard into an urban oasis for bees and other pollinators.

No registration required. Second in a series prepared by the London Public Library. Presenter(s) will be added as available.

Posted Friday, Dec. 18/15

Gardening for a Cooler Planet - Urban Permaculture Talk Series

Wednesday, May 11, 2016             7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street          no registration req'd

Climate change is having a huge impact on human life globally. Find out how gardening and farming based on ecological principles is crucial in mitigating the effects of climate change and can even help to cool the planet. A special focus will be on projects that create and promote climate and social justice

Third in the series prepared by the London Public Library. Presenter(s) will be added when info available.

Posted Friday, Dec. 18/15

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Addressing Climate Change with Green Infrastructure

http://greytogreenconference.org/ for more information

Wednesday, June 1 through Saturday, June 4, 2016
Department of Architectural Science - Ryerson University
325 Church Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

What is Green Infrastructure?
The Grey to Green Conference on June 1st to 4th is about furthering our understanding of the important contribution of the Green Infrastructure Sector to contributing practical solutions that reduce climate change related costs and enhance our overall prosperity. Green infrastructure is comprised of living technologies such as urban forests, bioswales, engineered wetlands, green roofs and walls, which contribute both to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The Green Infrastructure Sector is diverse and broad, comprised of many small to medium sized firms, as well as public sector institutions:

Rates vary for "early bird" registration, members of sponsoring organizations, and being a student. Check the registration page to find out what's what ... really, with maximum rate being about $350.00, it's not bad at all ... http://greytogreenconference.org/index.php/registration

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