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Sept and Oct - list of plant exchanges at London libraries
Sept. 1 - London community gardens program to City Council

Tues Aug 25 - 4:00 p.m. Strategic Plan for community gardens goes to Community & Protective Services committee of London City council

Sunday, August 30/15 - World Kitchen Garden Day

Sunday September 12 - Thames Community Gardens Tour
Fri. Sept 11 through Sun. 13th ... WomanEarth ... creating everyday heroes

Sat. Sept. 12 and Sun. 13 WomanEarth ... living in the heart of Gaia

Fri. Sept. 18 - Hamilton Road Food Coalition meeting

Sat. Sept. 19 & Sun. 20th - Active Hope - awakening the courageous heart
Sept. 19 - 26 - National Organic Week
Fri. Sept 25 - opening reception of Ron Benner's In Digestion art

Wed. Oct. 14 - City Symposium


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Plant Exchanges at Local London Libraries

Saturday, September 12

Crouch Library - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - outdoors
550 Hamilton Road, 673-0111

Saturday, September 19,

Masonville Library - 10:00 a.m. to noon  -  outdoors
30 North Centre Road, 660-4646
Westmount Library - 9:00 a.m. to noon  -  outdoors
3200 Wonderland Rd. South, 473-4708

Saturday, September 26

Byron Library     - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. -  auditorium
1295 Commissioners Road West, 471-4000
Cherryhill Library - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. -  Sam Katz Room
301 Oxford Street West, 439-6456
Sherwood Library  - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  -   meeting room A
#32 - 1225 Wonderland Rd. N. , Sherwood Forest Mall, 519-473-9965

Saturday, October 3

Beacock Library  - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. -  lobby
1280 Huron Street, 451-8140
Landon Library  - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. -  -  outdoors
167 Wortley Road, 439-6240

more events below in order of date happening ... I put these together to save time setting up

City Symposium

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Chaucer's Pub (Marienbad) in the Atrium, 122 Carling St., London

Join in with a self-led, peer-learning network of inquisitive minds and life-long learners. Presentation about a topic, discussion; and buy a brew and food.

You may vote for the topic that someone will present ... or add your own topic and start a campaign for others to vote for it.  (voting closes 2 weeks before event)   ... http://citysymposium.com/ideas/



London community gardens strategic plan to City Council meeting

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - Council meeting begins at 4:00 p.m. ... not sure just what time this item would be discussed, but it is on the Community and Protective Services Committee report.

see more on the News page of this website.

CPSC report on agenda for Council meeting here: http://sire.london.ca/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=982&doctype=AGENDA

Strategic Plan for London's community gardens goes to Community and Protective Services Committee Tues. Aug. 25

A proposed strategic plan for London's community gardens program will be presented to the City's Community and Protective Services Committee on August 25, 2015. Meeting begins at 4:00 p.m.

CGL webkeeper comments about it are below in this article.

CGL hopes that you will have the interest and time to look at the proposed strategic plan (http://sire.london.ca/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=971&doctype=AGENDA ) and send comments to one or all of the City councillors who are on the Community and Protective Services Committee:

Josh Morgan (ward 7), chair: joshmorgan@london.ca, cell: 226-927-0395 or 519-661-2500, ext. 4007
Bill Armstrong (ward 2): barmstro@london.ca, 661-2500, ext. 4002
Tanya Park (ward 13):  tpark@london.ca, cell 226-927-1468 or 519-661-2500, ext. 4013
Virginia Ridley (ward 10): vridley@london.ca, cell 226-927-0539 or 519-661-2500, ext. 4010
Mo Salih (ward 3): msalih@london.ca, cell 226-926-7615 or 519-661-2500, ext. 4003

It might be possible to write something that can go to the councillors and be an added paperwork at the CPSC meeting.  Committee assistant Lauren Kucera would can advise you on this. lkucera@london.ca or 519-661-2500, ext. 6479

This strategic plan is coming forward more than 4 years after a Review with 14 recommendations for the gardens was endorsed by City Council (April 4, 2011). Focus groups for the strategic plan occurred in fall 2013 through April 1/14 and a survey was done in the fall of 2013.

One cannot get directly to the strategic plan pdf ... the agenda for the Community and Protective Services Committee is here

For comparison and convenience, the draft of the strategic plan (November 2014) is here and CGL concerns about it are here

The London Community Gardens Program Review (April 2011) is here

From here - below - I claim CGL webkeeper privilege to comment on the current (proposed) strategic plan.

Community Gardens London website has nothing to do with the management of London's community gardens. The Community Gardens London name came about in 2009 when CGL webkeeper, Maureen Temme, and others spoke with senior City staff to encourage a review of London's community gardens program. The website came online Feb. 14, 2011 and its content is much farther ranging than just London's community gardens! We try to encourage, advocate for and celebrate urban agriculture and community gardening.

There is no joy in this (proposed) strategic plan. People and gardening are missing from it.  It lacks information.

The strategic plan has important goals, many of which reflect concerns brought forward in 2009 and written into the 14 recommendations of the London Community Gardens Program Review (April 4, 2011).  The strategic plan does not, however, give the support information to prove an accountable, participatory program.  The task list is not prioritized on a time line; how things will be done is not said.  How  oversight will be handled is not said.  Minor text changes from its November 2014 draft leave it overwritten with business/political speak in comparison to the Review. 

The most basic information given in the strategic plan about Lcgp raises a question.  The strategic plan mentions 14 gardens and 600 plots; 5 years ago there were 20 gardens and 600 plots.  How can the plot number be the same? 

Where is an actual plot count?  Where are numbers of programs, participants, drop-outs, late-entries to the gardens, problems and how handled?  Where is budget information, for dollar and in-kind services?  Such data should exist to justify a program and be the basis of a strategic plan.

There have been no public annual reports about Lcgp, either prior to the 2012 shift in relation between City and Co-ordinating agency or since. There have been no moves to engage neighbourhood assistance and "community stakeholders" as recommended in the LCGPR.
Poor communication was identified as a need for a LCGPR (in summer 2009) and the need for better communication was underscored in the LCGPR.

In the four years since the Review, London's community gardens program has not fostered communication between its gardeners or responsibility for garden management within gardens.  Information about the gardens has not been publicized to the public in general, or to community members with particular interest in community gardening.

There is no website or facebook page designated for communication between gardeners in London's community gardens program, with explanation that it is such and encouragement to use it.

The strategic plan was expected in March 2015, then June. It comes forward in late August when no one is around.  Why?  (the strike is not an excuse for the last delay)

Summaries of information from the strategic plan's focus groups and survey (in fall and winter 2013/14) were not sent to all gardeners or participants in these undertakings.  Notes from focus group #1 were sent out to participants at my urging by the agency hired to do the strategic plan (consultant fees are another budget item not mentioned anywhere).  Community Gardens London site posted notes from all three focus groups; I wrote them and referred to them on the CGL's email list of about 230 people.

Gardeners have not been informed that this strategic plan is coming forward next week.  Not even long-time interested persons like myself and others who participated in meetings over the years, focus groups and survey have been told this document is coming to CPSC. There's no mention of it on the City or LCRC website/facebook (as of Thursday, August 20 morning).  There's never been an email from the City (Cheryl Smith) or the LCRC giving an update about the process or the timeline.  I know this stuff because I ask, and ask again.

Again, if you have thoughts or concerns about London's community garden program, please be in touch with councillors on the CPSC or your own councillor.

World Kitchen Garden Day - 30 August 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - always the 4th Sunday in August

World Kitchen Garden Day is an annual, decentralized celebration of food produced on a human-scale. It is an opportunity for people around the world to gather in their gardens with friends, family, and members of their local community to celebrate the multiple pleasures and benefits of home-grown, hand-made foods.  http://kgi.org/world-kitchen-garden-day

How it started: Kitchen Gardens International, founded by Roger Doiron, initiated Kitchen Garden Day in 2004 as a healthy response to "Snack Food Month" organized by the International Snack Food Association each February. The thinking was that if the makers of potato chips, pretzels and fluorescent orange cheese doodles could spend 28 days and millions of dollars promoting their foods, the world's kitchen gardeners should be able to have at least a day for celebrating theirs.

To celebrate the positive role of organic kitchen gardening in society, health, and gastronomy
To raise awareness about the benefits of eating local and to encourage people to explore local food options in their areas
To build community spirit, at local and international levels, around the universal experiences of gardening, cooking, and eating

How people celebrate International Kitchen Garden Day and with whom is up to them. Some choose to do so in public ways with large gatherings of friends and neighbors, whereas others opt for a more intimate celebration with close family.  Here are a few ideas for some activities you might consider organizing depending on the level of involvement you would like to have:
- a walking tour of gardens in your area
- a kitchen garden or local agriculture potluck
- a kitchen garden taste-test -a harvest or planting party
- a benefit for a local food/gardening charity
- a kitchen garden "teach in"
- a single food theme party
- an activity at a local farm 

WomanEarth: Everyday Heroes Creating a Life-Affirming Future

Friday, September 11, Saturday 12 & Sunday 13, 2015
The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd, London ON

 A soul-centered weekend for Women who love the Earth & are fiercely passionate to:
* Cultivate joy and creativity
* Live with purpose, insight and compassion
* Grow a new story that serves the whole Earth Community
* Inspire actions that inspire justice, peace & happiness

Fee: $295 ... some partial work-trade positions available  ... 519-652-9109, info@thelivingcentre.com 

The Living Centre: http://thelivingcentre.com

Thames Community Garden Tour

Sunday, September 12 ... 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ... Thames Community Garden ... just south of Horton Street and the river, with entrance off Ridout

Food Not Lawns London Canada is pleased to promote the varied efforts and techniques gardeners use to grow food. We invite you to join members of London's community gardens, Food Not Lawns, Mantis EcoFest,  London Cycle LinkLondon Community Resource Centre. & OEV Riding Group for a few garden tours on bikes!

Sunday July 5th between 10:00am to 11:00am Carling Heights Community Gardens : Register here.

Sunday August 2nd from 10:00am to 11:00am  Blackfriars Community Gardens: Register here

Saturday September 12th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm Thames Community Garden: Register here

Meet at Lorne Ave Public School at 10:00am on Sunday July 5th and Sunday August 2nd to bike in a group. September 12th will be in partnership with Mantis EcoFest, and will be part of a larger event with multiple gardens to visit (there will be a map available closer to the date). The September 12th tour is independent, but feel free to organize your own group to go with you!

Interested in showing off your garden? Becky Ellis from Mantis EcoFest is organizing a tour date on Saturday September 12th from 1:00-4:00pm and we are looking for some front yard or backyard edible gardeners to showcase their garden. We are hoping to stay in the downtown/SOHO/OEV area to make it easier to cycle from garden to garden. Please email Becky at mantis.festival@gmail.com if you are interested


Woman Earth: Living in the Heart of Gaia

Saturday, September 12 & Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015
at The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd, London, Ontario

An Eco-Soulcentric weekend for Women who love the Earth & are fiercely passionate about
• Fostering life-enhancing cultures of peace
• Cultivating joy & creativity
• Living with purpose & compassion
• Growing a new story that serves the whole Earth Community
Protecting the Earth for present & future generations

We believe that together, we can thrive in an ever changing world.
We know that together, we can change the world.

For full details and cost: The Living Centre website: here

Hamilton Road Food Coalition meeting

Friday, September 18, noon - 2:00 p.m.
Crouch Library, 550 Hamilton Road, London

If you live in the neighbourhood and would like to find out what's been happening, and/or would like to find out how you might fit in with the work areas developing around food for families, a food hub, outreach, and advocacy, give a call to Stanislav Rajic, community development person at the Crouch Neighbourhood resource centre: hamroadcd@rogers.com

Hamilton Road in the Crouch Library area has long been a neighbourhood where people get things done, where people help each other.  The Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre (in the library) is bringing together people from the area to develop a Hamilton Road Food Security Coalition.
Neighbours and members of local organizations have been meeting to develop plans for what a community food hub could be, and could do ... and they've been connecting with area resources (more people!) to find out who can help on various projects.  People meeting with each other have been finding out their own strengths and their connections. There's a lot of passion and practicality in this group! 

Organic Week September 19-27, 2015

This year, Canadian Organic Growers and organics organizations across Canada will be celebrating Organic Week September 19-27. COG is busy with partners in the early stages of planning. Stay tuned for events and updates on retail partnerships.  Contact Canadian Organic Growers for more info and how to get involved. http://www.cog.ca

Active Hope: awakening the courageous heart

Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, 2015
at The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd, London, Ontario

Deepening global crisis surrounds us, causing many to fall prey to denial and despair. Active Hope shows us how grief, anger and fear are healthy responses to the harsh realities of our time, and when honored will free us from paralysis, empower us toward creative action.  Join us for a weekend of dialogue and experiential exercises based on the revolutionary practice of the Work that Reconnects, first developed by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy in 1978. Facilitator: Lorenna Bousquet Kacera

Space limited to the first 14 people. Please reserve your space well in advance. Your place will be reserved upon payment.   Course fee: $250.

For full information and to register, please see The Living Centre website here

National Organic Week 2015 - September 19-27

Canada’s National Organic Week is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products. Hundreds of individual events are held across Canada, showcasing the benefits of organic and its positive impact on the environment and human health. Events include contests, feast of fields, workshops, farm tours, etc. and hundreds of our retail partners will be doing in-store promotions.

London events will be posted as plans proceed.

Nationally, Canadian Organic Growers is much involved in planning.  If your organization wants to sign on as an  official Organic Week sponsor, please check out http://organicweek.ca/sponsorship-opportunities/

Art installation: In Digestion ... Where does food come from?

Opening reception Friday, Sept. 25 at 8:00 p.m.
Exhibition runs Saturday, September 12/15 through January 31/16 ...
Museum London, 421 Ridout Street, London

This fall, Museum London shows Ron Benner's monumental installation In Digestion. Benner asserts the importance of the often unacknowledged natural and cultural heritage of the Americas, with a unique photographic installation that traces the journey of two boxes of bell peppers sold at the Covent Garden Market to their points of origin in Florida and Mexico.

Museum London: http://www.museumlondon.ca


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