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Volunteer with ReForest London

August 16 - Global Swarm Against Monsanto
August 23 Solar oven demonstration and workshop on how to build
August 24 - Kitchen Garden Day
August 26 Presentation about Pollinator Sanctuary at Planning and Environment committee
August 27 Medicinal Plants in Your Backyard
August 28 Food Not Lawns August meeting
Sept 6 - Fall Plant Exchange at Beacock Library
Sept 11 - No-Till Gardening: create healthy, living soil
Sept 16 - Plants and Climate Change
Sept 20 - Fall Plant Exchanges at Masonville & Westmount Libraries
Sept 20 - 28 Organic Week

Sept. 22 - next AWEsome London pitch night
Sept 27 - Fall Plant exchanges at Byron, Landon and Sherwood Libraries
Oct 4 Celebration event of St. Francis
October 11, 2014 Day of the Girl
October 23 - Growing Cities - documentary


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Volunteer with ReForest London

Through the summer, ReForest London volunteers go out to sites where trees have been planted and make sure they are adequately watered, not damaged, and that some weeding is done.

If you would like to help with this important care program with ReForest London, please check their website at http://reforestlondon.ca/



Global Swarm Against Monsanto

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - cyclists start at 1:30 p.m., marchers 2:00 p.m. - see below
in Victoria Park and proceed to London City Hall

The text following is copied from the March Against Monsanto Facebook page

Come join the local London swarm in support of our neighbours to the south for National Honey Bee Day & Bee Against Monsanto! Please Wear Black & Yellow!

Between 1-1:30pm: Join fellow cyclists at Queens Park, next to the Western Farmers' & Artisans' Market on Dundas Street in The Old East Village, as we swarm down Queen Street to Wellington, and up to Victoria Park where we will hive with our bike-free bees!

Non-Cycling Swarm Join in!
Between 2-2:30pm: Join us at The Gates of Victoria Park (Richmond & Central). We will form our last swarm and make our way to the Steps of City Hall where we will sadly meet our fates(die-in) like so many pollinators this year. Speakers will be present to talk on "poison plants" & "Pollinator Sanctuary London".

Hope to see you there! Bee the Change!

*This is a family-friendly event, costuming is highly suggested. This is a global event.*

check the Facebook page for this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1530040110549609/?ref=22

Herb Walk - Localizing Our Medicine Cabinet

Thursday, August 21, 7:00 p.m.
The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd., London

Wild plants and herbs that occur naturally in the wild, and are abundant in this native region of Carolinian Canada. Containing up to 100 times more health enhancing elements than cultivated plants due to environmental differences in soil, air, water, weather and other required elements for cultivation, wild plants are considered by herbal practitioners to be the best healing remedy for aging illness, ulcers, allergies, body character change, nervousness, stress, and constipation. This plant walk emphasizes understanding the energetic and medicinal actions of plants through taste and smell, as well as through traditional, nutritional and practical application. Visit the medicine wheel herb garden ~ on our 50 acre sanctuary which has over 1,000 species of plants.

Fee of $25.00. Full details and to register:  http://www.thelivingcentre.com/cms/events/herb-walks
Phone: 519-652-0230 or 519-652-9109

The Living Centre is a 50 acre eco-spiritual, educational sanctuary.  It is a beautiful space, run by knowledgeable people, Shantree and Lorenna.  There are many, varied courses throughout all seasons of the year.  It is both a CSA - Community Supported Agriculture - operation, and a Community Supported Education centre.

Solar Oven Demonstration and Workshop

Saturday, August 23rd at 1:20pm,
Beth Emmanuel Church, 430 Grey Street

London Liberty Gardens has a solar oven already built and will be presenting it to the community with a cooking demonstration with goods from the Artisan Bakery. 

Then watch a second oven be constructed from scratch by our expert builder Per Tomlisen using recycled materials, with tips on how to build your own. 

Building a solar oven is an excellent investment against future energy bills, and a positive step toward a more sustainable lifestyle and a less polluted environment.

This event is "pay-what-you-can" admission as a donation to the London Liberty Gardens project fund.


Kitchen Garden Day

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Celebrate your own kitchen garden, good food and the wonderful variety of home/human scale produced food. Get together with your friends and neighbours - cook! eat! enjoy!

Initiated in 2004 by Kitchen Gardeners International - in a cheeky response to corporate "Snack Food Month"! - the aims of Kitchen Garden Day are:

And if you are planning an event like an open house, Community Gardens London will be happy to list your event! Just email: communitygardenslondon@execulink.com

Kitchen Gardeners International (http://kgi.org/world-kitchen-garden-day)

Pollinator Sanctuary Presentation

August 26th, 4:00pm - more exact time to be posted probably on Friday August 22
London City Hall on Dufferin near Wellington

The Advisory Committee for the Environment, (ACE), along with Pollinator Sanctuary London, (PSL), will be presenting a proposal to the Planning and Environment Committee, at City Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 26th. The P&E meeting starts at 4pm, and the exact time on the agenda will be posted when the agenda comes out.

Our group is asking the City to become involved in planning to make London a pollinator sanctuary. We feel that pollinators may stand a better chance to thrive in urban environments due to the diversity of flowering trees and varieties of flora which can be found in our gardens, parks and along river banks and open uncut spaces. Urban pollinators are exposed to the pesticides which are used liberally in rural ares.

Please come out to support this initiative. If you wish to dress in black and yellow, that may be helpful and fun! Thanks, Margo https://www.facebook.com/events/284766221715928/

note: If you would like to be sent a copy of the proposal, please email communitygardenslondon@execulink.com

Medicinal Plants in Your Backyard Workshop

Wednesday, August 27th from 7:00pm-8:30pm
EVAC - East Village Arts Collective - located at 757 Dundas St

Come and learn about medicinal plants, locating and planting them in your own backyard, with instructor Rob McQueen.

"Let food be thy medicine" (Thanks Hippocrates)

Gift economy: Pay what you can, no one turned away.

Food Not Lawns August Meeting

Thursday, August 28th, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
EVAC - East Village Arts Collective - located at 757 Dundas Street

Our monthly meetings are planning sessions where we discuss upcoming projects, current issues, finances, admin, communications, and follow-up from past or ongoing projects. This is something to attend if you are interested in getting involved with Food Not Lawns on an organizational planning level.

We are all volunteers, and people contribute as much or as little as is comfortable for them. Anyone who shares our vision and values is welcome to attend and contribute!

Please refrain from using or wearing scented products, including essential oils, to respect attendees with chemical sensitivities.
Food Not Lawns London Canada blog/site or facebook page

Fall Plant Exchange at Beacock Library

Saturday, September 6, 2014                          2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Beacock Library, 1280 Huron St., London

Calling all gardeners! Bring in your extra seeds, bulbs, plants and cuttings to exchange with other gardeners. Master Gardeners may be on site to answer your gardening questions. Please label plants.  For information call Beacock Library, 519-1451-8140.

No-Till Gardening: create healthy, living soil

Thursday, September 11, 2014        7:00pm-9:00pm 
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London - 1st floor Stevenson & Hunt A

Thinking of creating a new garden bed next Spring? Learn how to create a sheet-mulched garden bed this Fall that will build healthy soil full of life and free of weeds in time for Spring planting. Learn about the importance of building rich, living soil and the connections between healthy soil, healthy people, and a healthy environment


Plants and Climate Change

Tuesday, September 16, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London

Ralph Grahame will present a program on how the changing climate has affected and continues to affect Earth's animals and plants. He will discuss termperature and Carbon dioxide records as outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, as well as the main contributors to Earth's climate change. Emphasis will be on what the Earth's plant communities tell us in respect to their chemistry and how it has evolved and accommodated to the changing climate of the earth.


Fall Plant Exchange at Masonville Library and Westmount Library

Saturday, September 20, 2014                         

Masonville Library, 30 North Centre Road - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - ph. 519-660-4646

Westmount Library, 3200 Wonderland Rd. South - 9:00 a.m. to noon - ph. 519-473-4708

Calling all gardeners! Bring in your extra seeds, bulbs, plants and cuttings to exchange with other gardeners. Master Gardeners may be on site to answer your gardening questions. Please label plants. 

Organic Week - September 20 -28, 2014

To find out more about Organic Week, get some ideas for celebration, and to list your event, ... check out the Organic Week website: http://organicweek.ca/about/ and you can email for more info too: info@organicweek.ca

Canada’s National Organic Week is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. Hundreds of individual events showcase the benefits of organic agriculture and its positive impact on the environment. Organic represents a vibrant alternative food system and an alternative option for clothing, personal care and cleaning products.

Last year, events included anything from pickling workshops to recipes contests, farm tours, or organic food and drink tastings in retail locations across the country. If you want to get involved in organic week this year check out the Organic Week events section of the website or plan an event in your community.

To get involved in Organic Week search the Canadian Organic Growers events page (http://www.organicweek.ca ) for some ideas and inspiration.  Plan an event in your community. Looking for event ideas? Keep scrolling for some inspiration.

Let Canadian Organic Growers know about the event you've planned (http://organicweek.ca/contact/)   They'll list it on their website - helping with publicity and celebrating your efforts.

CGL thanks the Canadian Organic Growers for letting us know about this Canada-wide celebration of the best way to farm and eat!

AWESOME London - $1000 to turn your dream project into reality

Next pitch night - Monday, September 22      (deadline for ideas is September 18)

Forwarding the idea of AWESOME in the Universe, one idea at a time!

If you have an awesome idea, you just might be awarded $1000 to make it happen. Londoners who know London ideas are awesome have pooled funds to award $1000 every two months to allow someone to bring to reality her or his awesome idea. The application form is online through the website: http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/london-ontario and don't be shy about standing up to present ... the audience is always friendly.

A documentary about the busking scene in London?  Mark Wilkie-Facchin's awesome idea - the most recent win - can be read here

London art available through a mobile vending machine?  AWESOME.  Check out the LFPress coverage here

AWESOME ideas aren't just in London, either ... check out the AWESOME Foundation: http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en

Fall Plant Exchange at Byron, Landon and Sherwood Libraries

Saturday, September 27, 2014                 

Byron Library, 1295 Commissioners Road, London - 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. - 519-471-4000

Landon Library, 167 Wortley Road, - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - phone 519-439-6240

Sherwood Library, 1225 Wonderland Rd. North - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - phone 519-473-9965

Calling all gardeners! Bring in your extra seeds, bulbs, plants and cuttings to exchange with other gardeners. Master Gardeners may be on site to answer your gardening questions. Please label plants. 

Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi

October 4, 2014 - a Saturday this year

St. Francis is remembered for his generosity to the poor, and his love of animals and nature. He founded the Roman Catholic order of Franciscans. On his feast day, some churches welcome their parishioners with animals for a blessing of animals ... of all kinds. Watch for a celebration this year, 2014. There's going to be a Bee Fest!

Day of the Girl

11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. For its second observance, this year’s Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”. http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/

For more information on UNICEF’s initiatives and activities for the Day please visit: http://www.unicef.org/gender/gender_66021.html

For more information on UN Women’s initiatives and activities for the Day please visit:

Growing Cities - a documentary

Thursday, October 23, 2014         6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Central Library, 1st floor Stevenson & Hunt rooms, 251 Dundas Street, London

An inspirational documentary by two visionaries who show new ways of growing food in the city, creating healthy, sustainable future and vibrant communities. Director Dan Susman takes a look at the role of urban farming and its ways of empowering.

For more information and a trailer, check the website of Growing Cities: http://www.growingcitiesmovie.com/


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