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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.
Public input meeting on urban agriculture
Thursday, September 29, 7 p.m.
City Hall, meeting room 1, second floor.
The text below in blue italic bold was received September 21/16 from planner L. Maitland. You have an interest in urban agriculture ... for food production, for job creation, for mitigating climate change, for social and cultural benefits, for environmental health.
Please read the page his note links to, and the draft document prepared so far. Get to the Sept. 29 meeting if possible ... show your interest and concerns. If not able to get there, send an email to Maitland. (a copy to CGL would be great too!)
From Maitland, September 21,
Council recently approved the circulation of a draft Terms of Reference as the first step in developing an Urban Agriculture Strategy for the City of London. The draft Terms of Reference and report are available on the city website at http://www.london.ca/business/Planning-Development/current-topics/Pages/Urban-Ag-Strategy.aspx.
The draft Terms of Reference outline a general approach to the development of an Urban Agriculture Strategy for the City of London, but before we commit to an approach we want to ensure that we are incorporating the issues of concern for Londoners.
The City of London is hosting a meeting Thursday September 29 at 7:00 PM at City Hall (Committee Room 1 on the second floor). If you have questions regarding the meeting or require accommodations, please don’t hesitate to contact us in advance of the meeting.
This meeting is a chance to comment on the proposed process laid out in the draft Terms of Reference and indicate issues to be addressed through an Urban Agriculture Strategy.
In order to have a broad and inclusive process, we encourage you to share this invitation with those in your personal and professional networks who have an interest or passion in local food, gardening and urban agriculture in the city.
Hope to see you on the 29th.
Planner 1, Planning Services, City of London
ph. 661-2500, ext. 7360
Fall Plant Exchange - Sherwood Public Library
Saturday, October 1, 2016 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
1225 Wonderland Road North, 519-473-9965
Calling all gardeners! Bring in your extra cuttings, bulbs and plants to exchange with other gardeners. Please label plants. Note: Some locations will have Master Gardeners on site to answer your gardening questions
World Food Day Sunday October 16, 2016
The words below are from the World Food Day page of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/2016/theme/en/
Climate is Changing. Food and Agriculture must too.
One of the biggest issues related to climate change is food security. The world’s poorest - many of whom are farmers, fishers and pastoralists - are being hit hardest by higher temperatures and an increasing frequency in weather-related disasters. At the same time, the global population is growing steadily and is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. To meet such a heavy demand, agriculture and food systems will need to adapt to the adverse effects of climate change and become more resilient, productive and sustainable. This is the only way that we can ensure the wellbeing of ecosystems and rural populations and reduce emissions.
Growing food in a sustainable way means adopting practices that produce more with less in the same area of land and use natural resources wisely. It also means reducing food losses before the final product or retail stage through a number of initiatives including better harvesting, storage, packing, transport, infrastructure, market mechanisms, as well as institutional and legal frameworks.
This is why our global message for World Food Day 2016 is “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.”
It resonates with the crucial time in which the day will be observed, just before the next UN Climate Change Conference, COP 22, from 7-18 November 2016 in Marrakech, Morocco.
FAO is calling on countries to address food and agriculture in their climate action plans and invest more in rural development.
By strengthening the resilience of smallholder farmers, we can guarantee food security for the planet’s increasingly hungry global population also reduce emissions.
Rain Gardens – talk at meeting of London Fanshawe Horticultural Society
Thursday, October 20, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Siloam United Church, 1240 Fanshawe Park Road East
Lorraine Mennan from Pathways to Perennials will discuss Rain Gardens, a wonderful way to reduce the amount of storm water runoff into London's sewers and water your gardens, and perhaps reduce or eliminate basement flooding.
London Fanshawe Horticultural Society membership: $15.00 a year
RecoveryPark: Repurposing Detroit Neighbourhoods
Friday, November 18, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
121 Studios, 211 King Street (at Clarence), London ... at the unLondon location
Bonus! Even before Saturday’s Urban Agriculture conference ... Gary Wozniak, director of The Recovery Park project in Detroit will be speaking about the organization, particularly the RecoveryPark Farms, a business which grows specialty foods within the city to sell to some of Detroit’s best restaurants. Along the way it fulfils the Recovery Park mission.
The Recovery Park development strategy is to leverage Detroit’s “underutilized assets:a large available workforce, abundant open space, access to fresh water, extensive infrastructure and a wide array of manufacturing and technology companies. ... creating job opportunities for Detroit’s residents and in helping returning citizens and challenged workers return to the work force.”
Recovery Park: www.recoverypark.org ........ Recovery Park Farms: http://www.recoveryparkfarms.com/
Enabling Exploration, Creativity, and Excellence In Art+Make+Tech
UnLondon supports and enables excellence, edification and the flowering of innovation in the art-make-tech, startup and entrepreneurial communities in Southwestern Ontario and beyond, through facilities, education, and advocacy. (unLondon - 211 King St., is housed in the building where Novack's used to be)
Urban Agriculture: London's Food Future
Saturday, November 19 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There's an urban agriculture conference in the works with speakers and participant input. This is a free event! Details are now posted on the Library website right here! You may register for the sessions now (this CGL note posted Aug. 31/16)
There will be 6 sessions, including: Urban Agriculture Policy for Municipalities with Lauren Baker, Toronto Food Policy Council and Ellen Lakusiak of London's about-to-be food policy council; Food Security through Urban Agriculture with Angela Elzinga Cheng of FoodShare Toronto and Becky Ellis of EarthMagic Permaculture.
Organizing of this event is a partnership of the Advisory Committee on Environment and the Agriculture Advisory Committee (two of the City's volunteer committees) and the London Public Library.
Permaculture Design Presentations at The Living Centre
Saturday November 26, 2016 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd., London
The Living Centre invites you to learn, and to celebrate with the Centre’s newly certified Permaculture Design students. From the Living Centre’s email:
Each Permaculture Design team will present a project based on what they have learned over the past year.
The three design projects include:
1)To Establish and create an off-the-grid educational eco-centre, homestead design with a edible forest garden for self-sufficiency surrounding a tranquil pond.
2)To Regenerate and transform an old farm house with alternative energy for an natural health clinic and residency with an edible snack trail using permaculture principles and practices.
3) To Design and landscape an open field into an ecological forest garden nursery, which includes geodesic dome, greenhouses and propagation facilities, an off-the grid shoppe and a permaculture business plan.
The projects will include: natural building ideas, water catchment and sustainable resource use, forest garden landscape design, energy and economic systems of the future, and social Permaculture. The ecological designs are to educate, demonstrate and inspire us in in the 'how tos' of creating a regenerative future.
This is a Free Event! However, we do ask that you RSVP so that we can prepare the space accordingly, thanks! A Special Presentation will also be offered by Lorenna & Shantree Kacera to launch the afternoon. Tea and desserts will be served.
The Living Centre: http://www.thelivingcentre.com