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Edible Education series running through April

Monday, Feb. 23 - Consequences of 20 years of GMOs


Tues. Feb 24 - Scott Gillingwater, speaker at Thames Talbot Land Trust event
Friday, February 27/15 Application deadline for SPARKS grants
Saturday, Feb 28 and Sunday March 1 Permaculture: the path to regenerative design

Tuesday, March 3/15 Film premiere! Urban Agriculture in London Ontario


Friday, March 6 - Square Foot Gardening
Saturday,March 7/15 Seedy Saturday
Wed. March 11 - Webinar on accessibility and community gardens
Fri. March 13 - Class - Native Plants in your garden
March 15/15 Pollination Symposium in Guelph

Tuesdays, March 17 to May 5 or March 19 to May 7, 2015...seed to table garden course
Wed. March 18 - Play in the Dirt - how to build amazing soil
Sat. March 21 - Spring Equinox Celebration at the Living Centre
Wed. March 25 - Sowing Change - everything to know about seeds
Thurs. Mar. 26 - Class - Best Herb Garden
Fri. Mar. 27 - Class - Shade Gardens

April 18 Go Wild Grow Wild expo
Wed. April 22 - Wild Gardening
April 24 - Class - Attract Birds and Butterflies to your garden - class

Wed. April 29 - Bless the Bees

 

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Edible Education Food Lecture Series

Starting Monday January 26/15 ... series runs through April 2015

Some of the world's preeminent food policy thinkers and researchers are taking part in a new Edible Education lecture series at UC Berkeley this spring semester, and their lectures are being made available to stream online. Starting Monday January 26/15 with an introductory note from Michael Pollan, the series will be updated weekly with contributions from Marion Nestle, Eric Schlosser, and Raj Patel. You can stream those live on the day itself and participate in a Q&A on Twitter and Facebook, or you can just pick up the video on YouTube later on.

The decisions made when setting food policy, argues Pollan, have broader consequences than most of us imagine. "Eating is, among other things, an ecological act," he says, before detailing some of the more devitalizing impacts of high-volume agriculture on our environment and ecology. He also echoes the words of New York Times writer Mark Bittman, another participant in this Edible Education initiative, in asking for more political attention to be granted to the centrality of food to so many issues:

"These are all related: You can’t address climate change without fixing agriculture, you can’t fix health without improving diet, you can’t improve diet without addressing income, and so on. The production, marketing and consumption of food is key to nearly everything."

The series will run all the way through the end of April, with the final few lectures looking into ideas for a more sustainable food system that can serve the planet's population without sapping its resources as aggressively as the current one.

 

 

Consequences of 20 years of GMOs

Monday, February 23, 2015  ... 7pm – 9pm
Aeolian Hall,  795 Dundas Street East, London

Learn about the real consequences of GMOs in our food system and how Canadian organic farmers are under threat from GMOs.

To register for this free event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/consequences-of-20-years-of-gmos-speaking-series-tickets-15157054157

"The London Food Co-op is celebrating its 45th anniversary.   We lay proud claim to being Canada’s oldest, not-for profit, member-owned, natural foods co-operative."

Consequences of 20 years of GMOs  is the third in an educational speaker series on The Co-operative Movement & Our Organic Food System. The series is presented by the London Food Co-op on the sustainability of co-operative business models and the sustainability of our soil, air and water through organic agriculture.  Speakers: Taarini Chopra, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network; Ann Slater, Organic Vegetable Grower

London Food Co-op is located at 621 Princess Avenue, London. To find out more:
website: www.londonfoodcoop.org                email: londonfoodcoop@gmail.com
facebook: londonfoodcoopertive                   twitter: @ldnfoodcoop
phone: 519-679-0570

Speaker - Scott Gillingwater, species-at-risk biologist

Tuesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London

Each year, the Thames Talbot Land Trust brings Londoners a wonderful speaker and packs the Wolfe Hall at Central Library.

This year ... Scott Gillingwater is the Species at Risk Biologist for the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority where he has focused a lot of work on the Spiny Softshell turtle in the Thames River. Through his ongoing partnerships with
the Canadian Wildlife Service and Ministry of Natural Resources, he has conducted reptile and amphibian surveys and ecological studies throughout southwestern Ontario. Scott is an authority on turtles and is the ‘go to’ guy for questions on their biology, mortality, breeding, and recovery

Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and welcome.  They help with the work Thames Talbot Land Trust does in maintaining land  for more information: http://www.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca/

Thames Talbot Land Trust thanks RBC and the Central Library for assistance with this program.

The Thames Talbot Land Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of lands and waters with significant natural, recreational, scenic, historical or agricultural value.

Our name reflects the geographical context and cultural heritage of the lands along the Thames Rivers and historic Talbot Trail in Southwestern Ontario, with our area of focus including Middlesex, Elgin, Perth and Oxford Counties, and their contingent watersheds. ... Our geographic mandate includes one of the most diverse and endangered ecosystems in Canada – the Carolinian Life Zone. Extending from Grand Bend to Toronto, Canada's Carolinian EcoRegion contains our nation's largest diversity of plants and animals and 25 per cent of its human population, but less than one percent of its land area - much of which is under private ownership. TTLT aims to play a pivotal role in conserving and restoring this diverse landscape through land acquisition, conservation easements, landscape restoration and education.

Application Deadline for SPARKS grants is February 27/15

Applications for the 2015 SPARKS! Neighbourhood Matching Funds are being accepted until Friday, February 27, 2015.  This could get your group up to $5,000 to really make your project happen!

 Wonderful things happen when people, ideas and opportunities connect. In 2014, funded projects included the incredibly successful Painting Blackfriars project, the Boyle is Beautiful project, and an Evening in the Park out Westminster way. A complete list of projects funded is on the SPARKS site.

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

Funds for SPARKS! are provided through the City of London’s Neighbourhood, Children and Fire Services Division, with a total of $50,000 to allocate in 2015.

Get together with neighbours and an exciting idea. The online SPARKS information gives suggestions for planning.  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.  "How to" is explained on the SPARKS pages.  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. 

Visit www.london.ca/sparks for full details.  Visit SPARKS! on Facebook for community photos and stories

Good luck!!

Course: Permaculture - the path of regenerative design

Saturday & Sunday - Feb. 28 - March 1, 2015 - Time: 9 am - 5 pm.
The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd., London

"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.  At its simplest, permaculture is an eco-logical approach to design. It can be described as a way of thinking, making decisions and designing human habitat and culture based on observing nature. Permaculture 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."

For complete course details, including fees, and to register: The Living Centre

The Living Centre: http://www.thelivingcentre.com ............. email: info@thelivingcentre.com ... ph. 519-652-9109

 

Class - Square Food Gardening - be your own farmers' market!

Square Food Gardening - be your own farmers' market!

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at Lee Valley Tools store, 2100 Oxford Street East - NE corner at Industrial Road

Jennifer Grant will talk about gardening techniques that combine square foot, vertical and intensive methods so you can grow your own vegetables and herbs in smaller spaces for a fraction of the cost and labor. A unique and useful concept for today's gardener.

Fee: $20.00 plus HST

Lee Valley sessions tend to fill up! To purchase tickets call: (519) 659-7981
(tickets are not available online)
      48 hours notice required for cancellation refunds.

Full info about LeeValley (London, Ont.) seminars and the instructors at website: http://www.leevalley.com/en/home/seminarlist.aspx?rs=25

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Film premiere! The Rise of Urban Agriculture in London Ontario

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

at The Root Cellar Organic Cafe, 623 Dundas Street, London, Ontario

Food Not Lawns London Canada http://www.foodnotlawnslondoncanada.org/ partnered with Saby Siren Productions to produce a film about the Rise of Urban Agriculture in London. This film explores London urban farmers, what they are doing to promote urban agriculture and why it is important to them. We delve into issues of food security, ecological justice, medicinal plants and community building. Seed money for the film came from London Soup, a community micro-funder.

The premiere screening for a small audience will be at The Root Cellar on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7:30. Space is limited so please register for tickets (click here). They will potentially be screening again if there is a demand. Screening time is 1 hour and 40 minutes. Food and drink will be available for purchase from The Root Cellar.

Please let them know you are coming for an evening of fun and community at The Root Cellar!

CGL Webkeeper congratulates everyone who's been involved in the making of this film. She can hardly wait to see it!

Seedy Saturday - 7th annual!

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 10 am to 3 pm.

Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre, 656 Elizabeth St, London ON

The seventh annual Seedy Saturday is presented by London Middlesex Master Gardeners in collaboration with City of London.  Master Gardeners are a non-profit group of volunteers dedicated to educating home gardeners. $5.00 cost.

This event seeks to educate and expand community interest in growing edible gardens, beautifying with ornamentals and landscaping, ecological growing practices and protection of the environment. More and more people of all ages are interested in gardening. Our community is concerned about healthy food and a sustainable environment and are looking for tips and advice about wise growing practices as well as access to local products, interesting varieties and organically produced garden seeds. They are also recognizing that an outdoor living space can increase their enjoyment of their property.

Local nurseries, seed vendors and other garden-related businesses will be represented to provide environmentally responsible products and services. There is also a free seed exchange, so we encourage you and your members to contribute well-labelled seed packets.

Email lonmidmastergardeners@gmail.com
Phone – Brenda Scott, 519.438.0714
www.londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com

Webinar: Food Access - Community Garden Accessibility

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

ONLINE - Go directly to the registration page here.

Sustain Ontario invites you to participate in a discussion on the work being done to improve the inclusiveness and accessibility of community gardens and how community gardens can comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

Full information about the topics and presenters is available here.

community garden accessibility
Image from “Barrier Free Community Gardening in Waterloo Region”

This webinar has emerged from requests from members of Ontario Community Garden Network to learn more about AODA.

Class - Native Plants in Your Garden

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at Lee Valley Tools store, 2100 Oxford Street East - NE corner at Industrial Road

Native plants are easier to care for, easier to find, and are usually easier on the pocketbook. You will find Jennifer Grant's enthusiasm for flowers, shrubs and trees native to the Carolinean forest contagious. Topics such as propagation, ransplanting, design, sources and much more will be discussed.

Fee: $20.00

Lee Valley sessions tend to fill up! To purchase tickets call: (519) 659-7981
(tickets are not available online) 48 hours notice required for cancellation refunds.

Full info about LeeValley (London, Ont.) seminars and the instructors at website: http://www.leevalley.com/en/home/seminarlist.aspx?rs=25

 

POLLINATION SYMPOSIUM

Sunday, March 15, 2015
Guelph

details to be announced early in 2015 ... last year there was a huge line up of speakers and events

Pollination Guelph is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization. Pollination "dedicated to the conservation and development of pollinator habitat for current and future generations. We promote awareness and understanding of the role of pollinators in achieving local and global environmental sustainability goals and showcase pollinator projects that are a model for citizens and communities throughout Canada and internationally."

http://www.pollinationguelph.ca

 

From Seeds to Table - 8 week course by Middlesex London Master Gardeners

From Seeds to Table - 8 week course by Middlesex London Master Gardeners

Tuesdays, March 17 to May 5, 2015 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
or Thursdays, March 19 to May 7, 2015 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Civic Garden Complex , 625 Springbank Drive

Cost – $100 which covers the eight sessions, some basic planting supplies, and personalized coaching as needed.

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.   

Register through the Middlesex London Master Gardeners website at: www.londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com

or Print this form and Send your Cheque for $100, payable to London Middlesex Master Gardeners by MAIL to P.O.Box 42, Komoka, ON N0L 1R0.

These courses have sold out for the last few years ... register early!

Play in the Dirt: How to build amazing soil and why it matters

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 p.m.                FREE!
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London

Think dirt is dead, boring, or unimportant? Think again! This workshop will explore the complex and fascinating relationships that exist within soil. Learn practical ways to build healthy, living soil.  Practical Urban Permaculture series, Part 1. 

A London Public Libraries Program, led by Rebecca Ellis, permaculture designer, organizer of the Mantis Arts and Eco Festival. Rebecca's Earth Magic Permaculture site: http://earthmagic101.blogspot.ca/

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Emergence: Spring Equinox Celebration

Honoring the Rhythms of Nature & the Call to New Beginnings

March 21, 2015 - beginning promptly at 7:00 p.m. (so please arrive early to get settled in)
Spirit of the Earth, The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd., London, ON.

Shantree and Lorenna invite you to join them at The Living Centre to celebrate "the magical time of year where we are called to join with nature in the exuberant process of rebirth. During the dream-time and inward journeying that the winter season evokes in us, Nature shifts Her energy, shakes off her winter mantle and gets ready for the fertility of a new season. ... Through meditations and rituals, camaraderie and celebration, we take time to tune into this special energy time on Earth to feel into what each one of us is being called to now, and to give thanks to that which gives us life."  

The ceremony includes:
Creating the ritual space - Gratitude ceremony - Connecting with the Elements & Earth
Meditations of peace - connecting with the millions of other groups gathering at this time to celebrate the Equinox and Peace the 21st
Process: What have you dreamed in and what are you sowing for this season exercise – setting intention
Sharing circle
Camaraderie, desserts and time to be together

DONATION: Suggested $15 - $20

PLEASE RSVP so they can plan the space and desserts!

The Living Centre: http://www.thelivingcentre.com ............. email: info@thelivingcentre.com ... ph. 519-652-9109

 

Sowing Change: Everything you need to know about seeds

Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 p.m.                FREE!
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London

From starting to saving seeds, this workshop will teach you practical skills you can use to grow a healthy, beautiful garden. The workshop will also outline the importance of using heirloom, organic seeds and introduce participants to the seed freedom movement. Practical Urban Permaculture series, Part 2. 

A London Public Libraries program, led by Rebecca Ellis, permaculture designer, organizer of the Mantis Arts and Eco Festival. Rebecca's Earth Magic Permaculture site: http://earthmagic101.blogspot.ca/

Class - How to Have the Best Herb and Vegetable Garden Ever

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Lee Valley Tools store, 2100 Oxford Street East, London

In this session, Ron Rossini will speak on growing herbs and vegetables from seed to harvest. The discussion will include growing hints, dealing with problems and pests, and the maintenance and conditions needed to make this the best growing season ever!

Fee: $20.00 Lee Valley sessions tend to fill up! To purchase tickets call: (519) 659-7981
(tickets are not available online 48 hours notice required for cancellation refunds.

Full info about LeeValley (London, Ont.) seminars and the instructors at website: http://www.leevalley.com/en/home/seminarlist.aspx?rs=25

 

Class - Shade Gardens

Friday, March 27 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
at Lee Valley Tools store, 2100 Oxford Street East - NE corner at Industrial Road

Shade gardens need not be gloomy and devoid of all color. In this two-hour seminar, Jennifer Grant will discuss various plant materials to liven up your "cool" outdoor living space. Shade-tolerant perennials and annuals are the topic of this informative evening.

Fee: $20.00 Lee Valley sessions tend to fill up! To purchase tickets call: (519) 659-7981
(tickets are not available online 48 hours notice required for cancellation refunds.

Full info about LeeValley (London, Ont.) seminars and the instructors at website: http://www.leevalley.com/en/home/seminarlist.aspx?rs=25

Go Wild Grow Wild - exposition on outdoor Carolinian Canada

Saturday, April 18, from 10 am - 6 pm
Agriplex Arena, 845 Florence Street, Western Fair District, London

Carolinian Canada is hosting an outdoor expo to connect people to nature in Carolinian Canada. It will showcase the wonders and benefits of Canada’s ‘secret garden’ of native plants -- from gardening to wildlife; from prairies, parks and trails to eco-tourism and citizen science; from habitat-friendly products to strategies for climate change. It will celebrate simple actions that combine together to create a green future for Canada’s deep south. 

There will be exhibitors, speakers, and workshops on such things as:
Native plant gardeners. Backyard gardeners. Wildcrafters. Seed Savers.Hikers. Birders. Adventurers. Rock climbers. Gearheads. Paddleboarders. Families. Local food and wine lovers. Skiiers, Campers.

Entry fee: only $5.00!

The full schedule of events is under development, and they are accepting speaker proposals until January 30/15.  For more information: Go Wild Grow Wild

Carolinian Canada: www.carolinian.org

 

Wild Gardening: How to garden for wildlife and yourself

Wednesday, April 22  7:00 p.m.                  Hey! Earth Day!            and it's FREE!
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London

Urban gardens attract more than humans - wildlife from insects to mammals are important and frequent visitors. Find out why most wildlife are friends not foes in the garden. Learn practical ways to work with and attract wildlife to create a flourishing garden. Practical Urban Permaculture series, Part 3. 

A London Public Libraries program, led by Rebecca Ellis, permaculture designer, organizer of the Mantis Arts and Eco Festival. Rebecca's Earth Magic Permaculture site: http://earthmagic101.blogspot.ca/

Class - Attract Birds and Butterflies to Your Garden

Friday, April 24 - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at Lee Valley Tools store, 2100 Oxford Street East - NE corner at Industrial Road

Flowers aren't the only colorful attractions in your garden. Master gardener Ron Rossini will show you how to attract butterflies with native and non-invasive plants to create a sustainable garden for both your rooted and winged friends. In addition to being beautiful themselves, butterflies are also beneficial pollinators. Learn how to plan your garden to bloom for butterfly migrations in late August and early September.

Fee: $20.00 Lee Valley sessions tend to fill up! To purchase tickets call: (519) 659-7981
(tickets are not available online 48 hours notice required for cancellation refunds.

Full info about LeeValley (London, Ont.) seminars and the instructors at website: http://www.leevalley.com/en/home/seminarlist.aspx?rs=25

 

Bless the Bees: Why pollinators are suffering and what you can do about it

Wednesday, April 29    7:00 p.m.                FREE!
Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London

From Honeybees to Monarch butterflies, pollinators are in decline throughout the world. Find out what urban gardeners and eaters can do to help pollinators. We will explore pollinator-friendly plants, practices, and policies as well as learn about the growing backyard beekeeping movement. Practical Urban Permaculture series, Part 4. 

A London Public Libraries program, led by Rebecca Ellis, permaculture designer, organizer of the Mantis Arts and Eco Festival. Rebecca's Earth Magic Permaculture site: http://earthmagic101.blogspot.ca/

 

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