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March 2015 ongoing - Mother Earth Month events
London Gets Local - Locavore Challenge and Eco-friendly Education
Library Plant Swaps start May 9 - here's the list!

Sat. May 16 - film - Queen of the Sun

Thurs. May 21 - Starhawk! Encouraging Action, Inspiring Hope

Fri. May 22 through Sun. May 24 - Brighid Festival
Sat. May 23 - South Branch Park First Spring Social at the Carolinian Food Forest
Sat. May 23 - March Against Monsanto and picnic
Sunday May 24 - ReCycle Trees to ReForest London
May 26 - Rise of Urban Agriculture in London - documentary showing
Sat. May 30 - Grickle Grass Festival
Mon/Tues, June 1 & 2 - Conference in Toronto - Urban Agriculture and Resilience
Sat. June 6 - Forest Convergence

Sat. June 6 - Gathering on the Green

Sat. June 6 - Work Bee at East London Commons community garden
Sat. June 13 - Historic Woodfield Street Fair
Saturday, August 8 - Mantis Arts and Eco-Festival
Sunday, August 30/15 - World Kitchen Garden Day
Sat. Sept. 19 & Sun. 20th - Active Hope - awakening the courageous heart


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Mother Earth Month

Mother Earth Month celebrates Mother Earth through April and beyond Earth Day, April 22.

Celebrations, walks, films, talks, crafts, art, and more! Watch for the "Mother Earth Month!" note with events listed below. Partners in this amazing undertaking, spearheaded by Becky Ellis of Mantis, are:
The London Public Library: http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/
Mantis: http://mantisfestival.blogspot.ca/
Sprouts - Cultivating  ECO Adventures: http://www.lcrc.on.ca or projectsupport@lcrc.on.ca
London Gets Local: https://www.facebook.com/LondonGetsLocal
Circle Women's Centre: http://www.brescia.uwo.ca/thecircle/
Wholistic Hall: https://www.facebook.com/wholisticHALL


London Gets Local - Locavore Challenge & Eco-friendly Education

Monday, April 20 through Wednesday, May 20

Locavore Challenge! In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and invest our dollars in our local economy, London Gets Local challenges you to purchase from local initiatives and consume local products only during Mother EArth Month.  Local Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 most dedicated participants!  Join London Gets Local on Facebook to participate.

Eco Friendly Education!  Follow London Gets Local on Facebook for the duration of Mother EArth Month to receive daily tips of what you can do to live a green, Eco-friendly life!


Spring Plant Swaps at the Libraries

Following is a list of the spring plant exchanges, in date order.  I've not put them in with other events because it would take 3 times the time.  Hope this works for you!

Calling all gardeners! Bring in your extra cuttings, bulbs and plants to exchange with other gardeners.  Please label plants.  Note:  Some Library Spring Plant exchange locations will have Master Gardeners on site to answer your gardening questions.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Beacock Library, 1280 Huron Street, 519-451-8140

Saturday, May 23, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Byron Library, 1295 Commissioners Road West, 519-471-4000

Saturday, May 23, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Crouch Library, 550 Hamilton Road, 519-673-0111

Saturday, May, 23, 10:00 a.m. to noon
East London Library, 2016 Dundas Street East, 519-451-7600

Saturday, May 23, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Jalna Library, 1119 Jalna Blvd., 519-685-6465

Saturday, May 23, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Stoney Creek Library, 920 Sunningdale Road East, 519-930-2065

Saturday, May 30, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Landon Public Library, 167 Wortley Road, 519-439-6240

Saturday, May 30, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Cherryhill Library, 301 Oxford Street West, 519-439-6456

Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. to 11:0 0 a.m.
Lambeth Public Library, 7112 Beattie Street, Lambeth, ph. 519-62-2951

Saturday, May 30, 10:00 a.m. to noon
Masonville Library, 30 North Centre Road,  519-660-4646

Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m
Pond Mills Library, 1166 Commissioners Road East, 519-685-1333

Saturday, May 30, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Sherwood Library, 1225 Wonderland Road North, 519-473-9965


film: Queen of the Sun - what are the bees telling us?

Saturday, May 16, 2015 .... 2:00 p.m. sharp  ... doors open 1p.m. for set up
Central Library, Stevenson and Hunt Room, 251 Dundas Street, London

Cinema Politica presents:

QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from the award-winning director of THE REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN.  Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this alarming and ultimately uplifting film weaves together a dramatic story of the heart-felt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers around the world. 
This spellbinding film explores the long-term causes that have led to one of our most urgent global food crises, illuminating the deep link between humans and bees. The story unveils 10,000 years of beekeeping, highlighting how that historic and sacred relationship has been lost.

Everyone is welcome! This is a FREE event!   (Donations are gratefully accepted.)

This event takes place on the ancestral lands of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabek, Lenape, Huron-Wendat, and Attawandaron Peoples.

Underground parking (two hours free) can be validated at the Central Library welcome desk while it is open.

FRAGRANCE FREE EVENT! Please be respectful of attendees who have serious allergies!

Organized by the Solidarity Film Coalition under the auspices of the London Chapter of the Council of Canadians.
Cosponsored by L.A.C.A.S.A., Seeds of Hope, and  Mantis Arts and Eco Festival.  Cinema Politica of London: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/london

Starhawk - Encouraging Action, Inspiring Hope

Thursday 21 May 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
The Mercato, Brescia University College, 1285 Western Road, London
Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern Goddess religion and Earth-based spirituality, and a committed global justice activist and organizer. She will talk about how we must channel our "sacred fire" - our  fierce protective anger at ecological devastation and concentration of wealth/power - into activism to face those crises.

Tickets $25.00 for Circle members, $30.00 for non-members.

This event is likely to sell out fast.  Please check the website for full details, including registration: http://brescia.uwo.ca/thecircle/events/the_sophia_series.html

Brighid Festival - Sacred Flame, Holy Well: the fire of activism and the waters of compassion

Friday, May 22 through Sunday, May 24 - three absolutely packed days!
The Mercato, Brescia University College, 1285 Western Road, London

The Circle's 8th Annual Women's Spirituality-in-Action Weekend with facilitators: Mary Condren, Starhawk, Margie Gillis, & Michelle LeBaron 

The importance of empowered women to our planet is more acute than ever before. Today we face many challenges, from climate change to social and political injustice to the concentration of wealth and power into fewer hands. For a new world to emerge, we need a set of values that will counter these issues. We need our courage and passion to be twinned with nurturing and compassion so we may engage in sustained and hope-filled action that can regenerate our wounded world.

$385.00 Circle member weekend registration
$440.00 non-member weekend registration

note: the Brighid Festival weekend does not include Starhawk's talk on Thurs. May 21 ... but tickets are available at a discount for Brighid Festival attendees.

See the Brighid Festival Full brochure for all details: http://brescia.uwo.ca/thecircle/events/brighid_festival.html 

The Circle Women's Centre for Spirituality, Activism & the Earth
Brescia University College, 1285 Western Road, London, Ontario, Canada N6G 1H2
ph. 519-432-8353, ext. 28288        www.thecircle.ca

South Branch Spring Social!  

Saturday, May 23 ... 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
at the Carolinian Food Forest in South Branch Park

This is the first annual event.  Join in for free food and some foraging tips. Take home one of 100 free fruit trees so you can augment your own food growing yard! Enjoy demonstrations, live music, and - did we mention? - good food!,

London's Carolinian Food Forest is a 1 acre experimental forest planted on public park land in London Ontario in the beautiful Thames River valley. It is the first food forest in London, and native plants have been put in ... and more will be. own food forest in the community you live in. A Mother Earth Month event. ....... http://londonfoodforest.blogspot.ca/

March Against Monsanto ... and a picnic

Saturday, May 23, 2015 ...... 12 noon sharp

from Victoria Park, Richmond & Central, London Ont.

To be followed by a Potluck picnic in the park ... which will start no later than 1:30 p.m. ... and have speakers, activities and games for all ages.

Please visit the March Agains Monsanto event page for more information or to contact the organizers:

mamlondonontario@gmail.com ............twitter - @mamlondonontario .... youtube - mam london ontario


***** This event is part of International March Against Monsanto events *****

TreeCycle at ReForest London Offices

TreeCycle at ReForest London Offices

Sunday May 24th from 1pm-3pm
944 Western Counties Rd  ... down past Parkwood Hospital, London

Do you have extra trees self-seeding into your yard but nowhere to put them? Do you shudder at the thought of throwing a beautiful sugar maple in the compost pile? Let us help you find them a home for them through our TreeCycle program!
Bring your extra trees to the ReForest London office on Sunday, May 24 and receive a charitable donation for your donation. Donated trees will then be put into other programs, such as our park naturalization program and the Green Wagon initiative.  Please note charitable receipts cannot be given for invasive species: identify some of London’s most common invasive trees here .

TreeCycle page for more details. large pots available if you require them in advance.

Documentary and Panel - The Rise of Urban Agriculture in London

Tuesday May 26th from 6:30-9:00pm
Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, 251 Dundas Street, London

A double-impact evening!

Selections from the new documentary The Rise of Urban Agriculture in London shows the knowledge and passion our eco-friendly citizens are cultivating in their back and front yards to promote agriculture, awareness, food advocacy and education in the region.

Then ... more from a really interesting panel!

Becky Ellis, coordinator, LCRC's Sprouts Children's Garden Program and Mantis Art & Eco Festival.
Skylar Franke, Food Not Lawns London communications, and involved with the TRUALO documentary.
Coun. Michael van Holst, Ward 1 London and a member of the Hamilton Road Food Coalition initiative.
Tom Schell, Director, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
Hélène St. Jacques, citizen chair of the Toronto Food Policy Council

note: You can stream the 90 minute documentary on You Tube here:


Grickle Grass Festival

Saturday, May 30 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  for family and children
Saturday, May 30 - 8:00 p.m. evening music events
London Children's Museum - Wharncliffe Road just past the bridge

Children's day activities: Celebrate the sixth annual Grickle Grass Festival with us! The Grickle Grass Festival takes over the London Children’s Museum during the day to provide children and their families with a full day’s programming focused on sustainable and healthy living, music and art. Children are taught about healthy and environmentally friendly food, where it comes from, the importance of fitness and taking care of the world around them. 

Evening entertainment includes The Elwins and Esther Grey. $25.00 ... $30.00 at the door. Licences event.

Grickle Grass Festival site: http://www.gricklegrass.ca
Growing Chefs site: http://growingchefsontario.ca/
London Children's Museum: http://www.londonchildrensmuseum.ca

Conference: ‘Exploring the Economics of Urban Agriculture and Resilience’

Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Toronto, Ontario

It will be three years since the highly successful Urban Agriculture Summit in Toronto and many new developments in the field have taken place across North America and around the world. Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will be hosting Grey to Green in Toronto – with a focus on local and regional food systems and resilience.

Some of the leading-edge issues and to be discussed include:
* Designing for food and the bottom line – how designing buildings with food production in mind can reduce costs, generate improved rents, increase property value and improve employee efficiency.
* Resilience – how do we prepare our communities for extreme weather impacts by using green infrastructure approaches and best practice. How green infrastructure can improve social cohesion and stability.
* Technical advancements in indoor food production.
* Resilience and the role of urban and peri-urban agriculture in issues of short and long term food security.
* Community/participant design – how engaging end users transforms the design process and can result in numerous project cost savings.
* Exploring the edge of technological innovation – design integration for multiple benefits – the ecology of local food production – chickens, fish, CO2, vegetables, waste heat, bees and worms.
* Rethinking parks for resilience – increasingly parks are seen as serving multiple functions in urban areas, beyond traditional recreational spaces. Parks are becoming focal points for community cohesion, managing stormwater, protecting biodiversity, tourism, generating tax revenue, food and more.
* Employment opportunities – there are a wide range of opportunities associated with generating much needed employment through green infrastructure investment and development.

Fee: Non-Profit & Charitable: $175 (Rises to $199 after March 31, 2015)
- agenda page: here 
- registration page: here  

Green Roofs for Healthy Cities: http://www.greenroofs.org

The Deep Roots of Regeneration - Forest Garden Convergence 2015

Saturday June 6, 2015, 9am – 6pm. - After 6pm – Evening Activities – Bonfire, etc.
at The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd, London, Ontario

Carolinian Canada Forest Garden Guild and The Living Centre are pleased to announce the second annual Forest Gardening Convergence. Join us for panels, discussions, and networking and new all-ages activities appropriate for  children. 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.

apple tree
Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans. Forest gardening incorporates many streams of thinking, looks for the best avenues in sustainable and regenerative practices in tending to our earth, and strives to value diversity and breed abundance.  The members of the Carolinian Canada Forest Garden Guild are people who understand the need to unify and work together to protect and celebrate

Registration – Click here to register. Registration in advance is required.
Full day registration is $85, with a special early bird price of $65 until April 20, 2015.
A special rate of $45 is available for people willing to volunteer for 3-4h during the Convergence.
Note: Please contact Jessica Roder-Robertson to volunteer.

Click here to request more information e.g. who's on the panel, about where to stay, children's activities,

Gathering on the Green

Saturday, June 6
Back on the "old Normal School grounds" ... down Wortley Road in Old South

The Old South Community Organization, with many partners, will be hosting Gathering on the Green 2015 ... music, crafts, plants, good food, community groups, and lots of fun!  A free family event, on the green that Londoners love! Watch for ReForest London's tree sale table!

Old South Community Organization: http://www.oscolondon.ca/

Community Garden ~ Work Bee

Saturday, June 6 ... 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
At the Old East Commons garden - a LIFE*SPIN project - 423 Ontario Street

The Old East Common advances the “living lab” concept designed by LIFE*SPIN to inspire a new generation of environmental stewards, by providing a dynamic, hands-on learning environment that serves as a platform for teaching about agricultural, ecological, social and other topics that are intrinsically woven into broader topics of sustainability. During March Break, 25 students gathered to plant seeds for this year’s garden. This community work bee invites anyone interested in participating in the hands-on work of preparing the garden for spring planting. Join a genial group in the urban oasis happening here. See the “Living Roof Garden Shed” and help move the seedlings into their summer beds.
Tools and Healthy snacks will be provided
Thanks for letting us  know you can come and help ... Register here

This event is part of Food Not Lawns London Canada's BEE THE CHANGE series

Historic Woodfield Street Fair

Saturday, June 13 (Rain date Sunday, June 14) 11am to 3pm

Come to the Fair! A day of historic fun for the whole family. Princess Avenue will be closed from William to Palace and pedestrian only for this event.

Our small Centre Stage will host music from classical to celtic and performances by local actors. Historic District Horse and Carriage Tours will run around the surrounding neighbourhood.

There will be Victorian Fair Games, games for children of all ages reflective of the late 1800s, historic displays, the Woodfield Cafe with costumed servers, a bookshop, and a variety of historic demonstrations. There will even be a soap box Speakers Corner hosting period rallies.

CGL webkeeper's note: Even if you don't live in Woodfield, you'll be welcome ... you'll meet some nice people at this event, and chances are they'll be gardeners!  Woodfield is one of London's Heritage districts, with many Victorian homes, lots of trees, and - most important - a community of people who love their neighbourhood and care for it by preserving its heritage and beauty, holding events, and monitoring municipal planning and development happenings


Mantis Arts and Eco-Festival

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - starting at 10:00 a.m.
Boler Mountain

Hold the date! It's gonna be great!

Mantis: https://www.facebook.com/MantisFestival

World Kitchen Garden Day - 30 August 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - always the 4th Sunday in August - local info coming nearer date!

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 

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

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