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Ongoing: In Case You Missed it Mondays - USC-Canada news roundup
Looking ahead: Library Plant Exchanges coming up in May &June

Thursday, April 14 - Sustainable Agriculture in the Great Lakes Basin


Thur. April 14 - TREA annual general meeting

Wed. April 20, 2016 - Gardening for a Cooler Planet

Fri. April 22 - 10 minute cleanup ... and on the Saturday April 23 - London Clean and Green


Fri. April 22 - Documentary: Hands on Women - Climate Change
Tues. April 26 - London Environmental Network annual meeting - Peter Fragiskatos speaker
Sat. April 30 & Sun. May 1 Permaculture Foundations Weekend
Wed. May 4, noon - 1pm Webinar on Carbon Farming
Thur. May 5 - A Food Policy Council for London?
June 1-4 - Addressing Climate Change through Green Infrastructure
Sat. June 4 & Sun. 5th - 3rd annual Forest Garden Convergence

Thur. June 9 - Which Composting style works for you?

Sat. August 13 - Mantis Arts and Eco Festival - the 4th annual!

 

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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. 

 

Spring Plant Exchanges at London Libraries

Calling all gardeners!  Bring in your extra cuttings, bulbs and plants to exchange with other gardeners.  Please label plants.   A volunteer with Master Gardeners may be on hand to answer questions; check ahead with your library to confirm.  

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Beacock Library               - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
1280 Huron Street, 451-8140

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Crouch Library - 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
550 Hamilton Road, 673-0111
Stoney Creek Library10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
920 Sunningdale Rd. E., ph. 519-930-2065
Westmount Library - 10:00 a.m. to noon  -  outdoors
3200 Wonderland Rd. South, 473-4708

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Jalna Library: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
1119 Jalna Blvd, ph. 519-685-6465

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Byron Library     - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. -  auditorium
1295 Commissioners Road West, 471-4000
Cherryhill Library - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
301 Oxford Street West, 439-6456
East London Library 10:00 a.m. to 12:00noon
2016 Dundas St. E., ph. 519-451-7600
Landon Library  - 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. -  -  outdoors
167 Wortley Road, 439-6240
Sherwood Library  - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
#32-1225 Wonderland Rd. N, Sherwood Forest Mall, 519-473-9965

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Masonville Library - 10:00 a.m. to noon 
30 North Centre Road, 660-4646
Westmount Library - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3200 Wonderland Road S.,m 519-473-4708

 

 

Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the Great Lakes Basin

Three terrific events in one day at Western University!  Thursday, April 14

To initiate the Western commitment to work with stakeholders to understand and address the challenges and opportunities facing our agriculture and food systems, Western has invited industry, government, and NGO representatives to campus to discuss sustainable agriculture.

2:30 - 4:00 p.m   Community networking, displays and posters showcasing sustainable food initiatives at Western and in London, including relevant research at Western.
location: Physics and Astronomy Building, in the Atrium

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.   Symposium with keynote speaker, Wayne Roberts, food policy expert and former head of the Toronto Food Policy Council.  Followed by a Question & Answer session with Roberts and other panelists.
location: Talbot College, Davenport Theatre. 
                                                                 
6:00 p.m.   Screening of the Canadian documentary Just Eat it: a food waste movie ... For more information about the film: http://www.foodwastemovie.com/
location: Talbot College, Davenport Theatre

All are welcome, free to attend. For information contact Dr. Irena Creed icreed@uwo.ca

Registration for Wayne Roberts and panel is much appreciated, but not essential:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/keynote-talk-by-dr-wayne-roberts-tickets-22895052719?aff=eac2

 

TREA annual general meeting

Thursday, April 14, 2016       7:00 p.m.
Grosvenor Lodge, 1017 Western Road London

Thames Region Ecological Association invites you to its annual general meeting.  Join the Board to celebrate success of last year and unveil new plans for the coming year.

TREA Members are encouraged to attend as this meeting will present proposed changes to current projects that Members will be asked to vote on.  Everyone welcome to attend!

TREA website: http://www.trea.ca

Gardening for a Cooler Planet - Urban Permaculture Talk Series

Wednesday, April 20, 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. Presenter: Becky Ellis, permaculture educator and community organizer.

Third in the series prepared by the London Public Library.

 

London 20 Minute Clean-up and London Clean and Green

Friday, April 22 - Earth Day - for the 20-minute makeover
Saturday, April 23, 2016 - for London Clean and Green

20-minute makeover ... the official time to get out and clean up for 20 minutes, is 2:00 p.m. Friday 20th ... but any time is fine for just going out and picking up some trash or sweeping, or whatever you see that needs doin'!

London Clean & Green. Grab a bag & some gloves, maybe a rake or a picker-upper, and get out in your neighbourhood to pick-up litter and clean your City. Let out your pride & enthusiasm in your community.

London Clean and Green is not just a City of London undertaking.  Partners include you and your group, company, school and neighbourhood teams all 'round the city, and Rona and Home Depot. (Clean & Green earns those high school community involvement hours for students).

You can even get garbage bags and disposable gloves for the helpers picking up litter, from City Hall (300 Dufferin Avenue, 8th floor) in advance - about the week before Saturday April 23rd   

For information about London Clean and Green, and a map of locations already getting organized ... https://londoncleangreen.ca/    Erin Helm, City staff person, can also answer questions on this program: 519-661-2500, ext. 0053 or ehelm@london.ca ........ and, as people say, "Like" them on facebook

Documentary:    HANDS-ON, WOMEN:CLIMATE:CHANGE

Friday, April 22              7pm - 9pm
Brescia University College, Merici Lounge, 1285 Western Road, London

Cinema Politica London partners with The Circle Women's Collective (thecircle.ca) at Brescia University College to show an EARTH DAY screening of the climate change documentary HANDS-ON, WOMEN:CLIMATE:CHANGEhttp://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/london/hands-women-climate-change

HANDS ON profiles five women from four continents tackling climate change through policy, protest, education and innovation. The film powerfully demonstrates how women are transferring knowledge and local networks into hands-on strategies.

There will be an audience Q&A session post-screening with Canadian filmmaker LIZ MILLER, with some highlights of her soon-to-be-launced film, THE SHORELINE.

Keep an eye on the Cinema Politica London webpage for more details about all our upcoming screenings at www.cinemapolitica.org/london

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Permaculture Foundations weekend

Saturday & Sunday - April 30 & May 1, 2016    Time: 9:30 - 5:00 pm.
The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd., London, ON., Canada, N6P 1P3
Two Day Workshop - $250.00 plus tax

Includes:
14 hours of quality instruction from certified Permaculture teachers
Inspiring and Engaging Instructions, Demonstrations and Visual Presentations
A copy of Bill Mollison's "An Introduction To Permaculture" An Edited Transcript of a PDC
Organic vegetarian lunches will be served Saturday & Sunday
Course and Registration information: http://www.thelivingcentre.com/cms/trainings/permaculture-certification-courses

Note: The Living Centre offers other time formats for permaculture courses and mentorship, including a 4-season course to take you through a full year of learning and practical experience!  Check the website for such: here
http://www.thelivingcentre.com       Phone: 519-652-9109 or 519-652-0230

London Environmental Network Annual Celebration

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Labatt Brewery, 150 Simcoe Street, London (entry off a marked gate on Richmond St and thru' lot)

Come celebrate all that's taking root in the environmental non-profit sector!

Join the London Environmental Network, fellow LEN Member organizations, politicians, city staff, funders, and green businesses for an evening of networking and celebrating all that London environmental groups have accomplished in the last year. 

Special guest MP Peter Fragiskatos will be on hand to share the strategies & priorities the federal government is putting forth to address climate change - and what this means for organizations working in the environmental sector.

Kick off an exciting season ahead..and the London Environmental Network (LEN) will share what it has planned for the next 3 years!

Event Format:

5:00 - 5:30 pm      Networking
5:30 - 5:45 pm      Success Stories by LEN Member groups
5:45 - 6:00 pm      LEN's Strategic Plan 2016-2018
6:00 - 6:30 pm      Guest Speaker: Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos 
6:30 - 6:45 pm      Question & Answer period
6:45 - 7:30 pm      Networking

Refreshments will be provided.

This event is a great opportunity for them to meet others in the sector and understand how we all fit together.

London Environmental Network: http://www.londonenvironment.net/

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Food Tank Webinar: Carbon Farming with Eric Toensmeier

 May 4, 2016, 12:00pm - 1:00pm   Eastern Time
Online Webinar    
Registration is required! Please register today.

Agriculture is rightly blamed as a major culprit of our climate crisis. Join Eric Toensmeier in a Food Tank Webinar, as he discusses how Carbon Farming, a suite of agricultural practices and crops that sequester carbon in the soil and in aboveground biomass, can, and should be, a linchpin of a global climate solutions platform.

Toensmeier argues that combined with a massive reduction in fossil fuel emissions—and in concert with adaptation strategies to our changing environment— carbon farming has the potential to bring us back from the brink of disaster and return our atmosphere to the “magic number” of 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide.

Toensmeier will give a 30-minute presentation, followed by a 10 to 15 minute question-and-answer session. Register early, as space is limited.

More about the speaker:
Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of The Carbon Farming Solution, Paradise Lot, Perennial Vegetables, and the co-author of Edible Forest Gardens. Eric is an appointed lecturer at Yale University, a Senior Fellow with Project Drawdown, and an international trainer. He presents in English and Spanish throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean. Eric has studied useful perennial plants and their roles in agroforestry systems for over two decades, and cultivates about 300 species in his urban garden. His writing can be viewed online at perennialsolutions.org.

A Food Policy Council for London?

                        Posted April 25, 2016

Thursday May 5, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
Civic Gardens Complex, 625 Springbank Drive, London

The London Community Foundation, Middlesex-London Health Unit and the City of London invite you to engage in a conversation about the viability of a Food Policy Council in London and Middlesex.

webkeeper's note: A group has been meeting to investigate how a food policy council for London might happen ... for slightly over two years, with initial funding from the London Community Foundation.  From the email sent to persons who've been added to its mailing list ...

"During 2015, a Community Food Assessment recommended that Middlesex London is ready for a Food Policy Council. With your input, this community session will identify the process by which this council should be formed. We will also be sharing highlights of the Community Food Assessment."

Please RSVP by April 28 ... Register Now!   

for info: Ulyana George, London Community Foundation, 519-667-1600 x 108, info@lcf.on.ca

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

The 3rd Annual Forest Garden Convergence

Saturday & Sunday: June 4 & 5, 2016
The Living Centre, Eco-spiritual education sanctuary, 5871 Bells Road, London

Presented by the Carolinian Canada Forest Garden Guild, The Forest Garden Convergence brings people together to explore the skills, resources and results of those who are working to reform, recreate, and reimagine our food systems.  Some sessions may also focus on how we educate, how we work, and the communities we build.

Meet and connect with forest garden practitioners, permaculture teachers, designers and students from Southwestern Ontario. Buy products related to forest gardening. Learn about local food and plant medicine and the ecological biodiversity of our region.

All-ages Activities
Family programming will take place throughout the Convergence, however, at least one parent or guardian is will need to remain with their children. It is free for children under 14 to attend, though we ask that you include their names in the Order Notes section at checkout for our planning purposes.
 
Early-bird $145 to April 29   Regular price $175
One & two day registration available             Click here for complete information & to register
Work-trade positions available!

The Living Centre is an eco-spiritual education centre with a huge range of wonderful programs ... so check the website! Principals are Lorenna Bousquet Kacera and Shantree Kacera. www.thelivingcentre.com

 

Compost Workshop #2 - a TREA event

Thursday, June 9, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Grosvenor Lodge, 1017 Western Road, London

Indoor & Outdoor composting methods will be explored in this informative and introductory class. Local people who know how to compost will be on hand to explain different types of composting so you can figure out what type will work best for your household.  For a limited time, attendees will receive a kitchen catcher and bags. Reserve your spot today 

This workshop is part 2 in a series organized by Thames Region Ecological Association. Upcoming workshops will be September 8 and December 8.
TREA website:  www.trea.ca      

Mantis Arts and Eco Festival - 4th annual!

Saturday, August 13, 2016             10:00:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Boler Mountain, London, Ontario

Save the date for ... Displays, demonstrations, crafts, music, environmentally friendly everything!

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1705765089661700

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