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Ongoing: In Case You Missed it Mondays - USC-Canada news roundup
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - SEEDY SATURDAY!
Monday, March 6 - Successful vegetable gardening presentation talk sponsored by Mdsx Ldn Master Gardeners
Wednesday, March 8/17 - daytime event - EnviroCon at Western, Maude Barlow keynote speaker

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Spring Equinox Celebration at the Living Centre
Tuesday, March 21 - Seeds to Table gardening class, 8 weeks. Mdsx Ldn Master Gardeners
Thursdays, March 23 - April 7 - Budding Gardeners course for children ~ 8- 10 years.
Friday, March 24 - Conservation through Citizen Science ... a talk at Nature London presentation
Friday, March 24 - Sunday 26th: Conference: Organizing Equality
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - Pollination Guelph Symposium

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - ECO-FOLK concert ... fundraiser for Thames Talbot Land Trust
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - GO WILD GROW WILD!

Sunday, April 30 - tours, garden exhibitions and plant sale at Civic Garden greenhouses! Free admission!
Saturday, May 13 - Native Plant Sale for Thames Talbot Land Trust
Saturday, May 20 - Lambeth Horticultural Society Annual Plant Sale



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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 for this regularly.  Hey, just check USC's site. 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. 




Seedy Saturday in London Ontario

Saturday, March 4, 2017                      10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
location: Carling Heights Community Centre, 656 Elizabeth Street, London

Organized by the London and Middlesex Master Gardeners, get ready for growing! (website here)

from the website Come out to Learn and Shop at our 10th annual Seedy Saturday! This annual event offers the best value in town for Seeds, Supplies, Advice and also helps expand home gardeners’ knowledge of environmental issues and growing practices.

Doors Open to the public at 10am. Entrance fee for visitors is still only $5 and includes access to all vendors, educational displays and three great talks. Lots to see and do and advice as always is freely offered by a variety of experts. Shop for seeds, supplies and garden-related products and enjoy a day planning and dreaming of spring in your garden!

                                         updated Feb 27 2017  

Successful Vegetable Gardening

Monday, 06 Mar 2017 7:00pm-8:30pm 
London Public Library, Central branch – 251 Dundas Street

Presentation by Ron Rossini of the London Middlesex Master Gardeners. Free.  Registration not required. Part of the Gardening in the City series, organized by the Middlesex London Master Gardeners  http://londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com/

EnviroCon Western: Inspiring Change, Education and Awareness

posted on CGL Feb. 12, 2017 ... not all details about exact time on EnviroCon webpage at this time

Wednesday, March 8, 2017    hours tba
International and Graduate Affairs Building     see map, which takes a while to load

What will Canada's (and Western's) environment look like in the next 150 years?
Welcome to EnviroCon! This conference is hosted by Western's Centre for Environment and Sustainability and is organized by graduate students in the collaborative program. The colloquium is FREE to attend and participate in. This event aims to bring together the knowledge and research of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and community members involved in environment and sustainability.

Keynote Speaker, Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, The Council of Canadians
(CoC website)

Jarmo Jalava, Director of Ecosystem Recovery, Carolinian Canada Coalition (CCC website)

Alan MacEachern, Professor, Department of History, Western University

For full speaker bios click here.  EnviroCon put on by Western’s Centre for Environment and Sustainability: https://www.uwo.ca/enviro/envirocon/           Email: envirocon2017@gmail.com



Spring Equinox Celebration: the Call to New Beginnings

Tuesday, March 21, 2017                 
Please arrive at 6:45. We will begin promptly at 7pm. 
Spirit of the Earth, The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd., London, ON.
A donation of $15 - $20 supports the costs of the Centre and desserts provided

Lorenna Bousquet Kacera and Shantree Kacera invite you to join in the celebration of this magical time of year where we are called to join with nature in the exuberant process of rebirth.
The evening will include song, conversation, good food, a gratitude ceremony and and a peace meditation.
More information about the evening is here

Thank you for RSVPing to help plan this event. info@thelivingcentre  www.thelivingcentre.com or phone 519-652-9109

Seeds to Table

Tuesdays from March 21 to May 9, 2017         7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
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 – $125 which covers the eight sessions, some basic planting supplies, and personalized coaching as needed.  Early bird price of $100 if you register before March 1. 

Registration required.  Middlesex London Master Gardeners registration page: http://londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com/seeds-table-2017-8-week-course/

Budding Gardeners

6 Thursdays, March 23 – April 27        6:30-8:30 p.m.
London Civic Garden Complex, 625 Springbank Drive, just west of Wonderland

In this 6 session course, children learn about gardening and how much fun it can be to grow food they can actually EAT. Encourage that green thumb with an introductory Gardening Course for children aged 8-10 years. A hands-on experience in a greenhouse setting. $ 30.00 per child.  Registration required.  Please do so through the Middlesex London Master Gardeners website, registration page: http://londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com/budding-gardeners-gardening-course-2017/

Organizing Equality: An International Conference

Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26, 2017
Museum London, 451 Ridout Street North, London, Ontario

Organizing Equality - Scholars, organizers, artists and activists from around the globe address inequality and strategize new forms of knowing, thinking and acting together for collective justice.

Hosted by the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University, the dynamic lineup of keynote speakers includes Dr. Vandana Shiva (Navdanya), Glen Coulthard (University of British Columbia), Panagiotis Sotiris (University of the Aegean, Greece), Miriam Miranda (Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras), Kate Pickett (University of York, UK). 

Other plenary panels will include representatives from the following: Concerned Student 1950 (University of Missouri), Black Lives Matter Toronto, Rolling Jubilee and Strike Debt (US), and Precarious Labour Organizing (Canada). The conference will hold events that include dialogue sessions, workshops, photography, spoken word performance, and more.

*** The complete schedule/brochure is now available in a short version http://organizingequality.com/schedule.html or a long version http://organizingequality.com/images/SCHEDULE-organizing-equality-webres.pdf . There are fees for faculty and grad students, however, it is free and open to activists and the public!     updated this item Tues. March 7/17

for information: Joshua Lambier, coordinator  organizingequality@uwo.ca or Website:  http://organizingequality.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1819378724983708/


Conservation Through Citizen Science

Friday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.
Civic Gardens Complex, 625 Springbank Drive, just west of Wonderland, London

Nature London hosts Bike Burrell, a birding expert with the Natural Heritage Information Centre in Peterborough.  Burrel will describe how powerful the nature community can be by collecting and submitting records of rare species on eBird and other citizen science platforms

Nature London is dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  Its roots go back to 1864 when William Saunders began a natural history society devoted to the study of insects.  In 1890 his son, W.E. Saunders, organized a birding section.  Today, the interests and activities of club members encompass all aspects of natural history and conservation in London and Middlesex County.  Nature London publishes The Cardinal quarterly; over the years Nature London’s members have

Nature London:  www.naturelondon.ca     info@naturelondon.ca  ph. 519-686-0160

Pollination Guelph Symposium - Butterflies, Bees, and You ... and photos for photo contest being accepted

Saturday, March 25, 2017                   9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Guelph Curling Club, 816 Woolwich Street, Guelph

Fee:  $50.00 before March                $55.00 at the door   (includes lunch and 2 snack breaks ... always good food!)

Butterflies, Bees and You: exploring the world of pollination is a full day of learning, networking, displays, and more!  Featuring a keynote presentation by acclaimed author, Lorraine Johnson, about including native edible plants in your pollinator gardens, it is the place to be if you have any interest in pollinators or pollinator-friendly plants.  It includes a screening of the film, “A Ghost in the Making”, with discussions about bumble bee declines and what can be done to help, information about the launch of the Ontario Pollinator Health Action Plan, amongst a variety of other talks, displays, a seed swap, sale table, and more! Lunch and Breaks provided.

For information and to register: http://www.pollinationguelph.ca/pollination-symposium and check out the Pollination Guelph website for other great things done by this great group: http://www.pollinationguelph.ca

The photo contest every year is fun! Submit your pollinator-related photo by March 1/17 - details on website - and it'll go up on a display board for all to see. People vote on the ones they like best. Altho' it's always hard to choose because every photo is wonderful!!

ECO FOLK 2017 ... fundraiser for Thames Talbot Land Trust

Sunday, April 2, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas Street, London

Great line-up at this fundraiser for the Thames Talbot Land Trust!   Only $25.00!
The Marrieds                           Christine Newland
Brent Jones                             Stacey Zegers
Broomsticks & Hammers        Westminster Park
       Pete Denomme and the Cosmic Cowboys

Thames Talbot Land Trust is a Southwestern Ontario non-profit organization that works to conserve land with natural, historical, or agricultural value for the benefit of future generations - stewarding land throughout, London/Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford and Perth County’s.   website: www.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca

Tickets from the Aeolian Hall box office, or online http://www.aeolianhall.ca or call 519-672-7950

*  The Aeolian Hall hosts an amazing variety of concerts and events in one of London’s heritage buildings!  Lennie Gallant, Dala, Tafelmusik, the Writes of Spring, and Ignite London are just some things upcoming.  And there are wonderful children’s music programs run by AH too!  Check out its website!  http://www.aeolianhall.ca

Go Wild Grow Wild ... 3rd Carolinian Canada Sponsored event!

Saturday, April 8, 2017          9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Agriplex Building, Western Fair District, London, Ontario

from the website: Check out the largest gathering of region’s businesses, experts, organizations, and groups to inspire your next adventure! Go Wild Grow Wild Expo will showcase what to do, where to go, and how to protect Carolinian Canada through interactive workshops, live demonstrations, booths and so much more!!

Website: https://caroliniancanada.ca/expo                                          posted Mon. Jan. 16/17  


Greenhouse Tour & Open House of London Civic Garden Complex

Sunday, April 30, 2017           1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
London Civic Garden Complex, 625 Springbank Drive, just west of Wonderland, London

Guided tours of the City of London greenhouses. Garden Styles Around the World exhibits will include:
Native Plants from Carolinian Canada
Canada’s woodland garden from Garden Club of London
3 Sisters Garden by Skka-Nah-Doht Village and Museum
Jamaica-Tropical Plants from VanLuyk Greenhouses

Free Admission – donations appreciated.  Please note that the London Civic Greenhouses supply plants to about 20 social agencies in London so that they have gardens for all to enjoy!

The Eagle Flight Drum and Dance – Pow Wow will be featured.  Free Potted herb or tree seedlings while quantities last.  Children may pot a seedling to take home.  There will be compost and plants, and refreshments for sale. 

For more information: inquire@friendslcgc.com               www.friendslcgc.com

Native Plant Sale for Thames Talbot Land Trust

May 13, 2017 at 8am - 1pm
Covent Garden Market - Farmers Market, London, Ontario

Grab some native plants for your garden and support TTLT at the same time! 100% of proceeds go to the Thames Talbot Land Trust. These plants will make a great mothers day gift!  We will be selling a wide range of native grasses and wildflowers that will attract birds and butterflies to your garden! Plants will be available as plugs or in 4 inch pots. For more information please contact: Julia Eastabrook – julia.eastabrook@ttlt.ca  519-858-3442

Thames Talbot Land Trust is a community-based, charitable organization which works to conserve land.  TTLT’s geographic mandate is the Carolinian Zone in Southwestern Ontario, one of the most diverse and endangered ecosystems in Canada.  TTLT cares for 14 properties, some of which are closed conservation areas and some which have trails for visitors to enjoy the area.  For more information please check the website – http://www.ttlt.ca


Plant Sale – Lambeth Horticultural Society

Saturday, May 20, 2017        8:00 a.m. to Noon
Lambeth United Church parking lot, 4268 Colonel Talbot Road, London

Annuals     Perennials     Grasses     Tomatoes     Lilies            Herbs
Quality Compost & Gardening items for Sale!

Lambeth Horticultural Society:  http://www.lambethhort.com   inquire@lambethhort.com

ph. 519-857-9484
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