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Ongoing: In Case You Missed it Mondays - USC-Canada news roundup
SPARKS! grants are back ... apply by February 28 2017

Saturday, February 4, 2017 - Visioning event to develop urban agriculture strategy
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 - Do Birds Have Posh or Cockney Accents? A Nature London presentation.
Saturday, Feb. 11 - Carolinian Zone Ecology - learn about native plants and be a neighbourhood leader
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 - Find a Little Love for Wetlands. A Nature London presentation.
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 - Magical Meadowlily: a four-season oasis. A Nature London presentation.
Monday, February 28 - Heritage, Heirloom and GMO seed. talk sponsored by Mdsx Ldn Master Gardeners
Saturday, March 4, 2017 - SEEDY SATURDAY!
Monday, March 6 - Successful vegetable gardening presentation talk sponsored by Mdsx Ldn Master Gardeners
Wednesday, March 8/17 - daytime event - EnviroCon at Western, Maude Barlow keynote speaker

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Spring Equinox Celebration at the Living Centre
Tuesday, March 21 - Seeds to Table gardening class, 8 weeks. Mdsx Ldn Master Gardeners
Thursdays, March 23 - April 7 - Budding Gardeners course for children ~ 8- 10 years.
Friday, March 24 - Sunday 26th: Conference: Organizing Equality
Saturday, March 25, 2017 - Pollination Guelph Symposium
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - GO WILD GROW WILD!



 


 

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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 for this regularly.  Hey, just check USC's site. 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. 

 

 

 

SPARKS! grants are back! Application deadline is Feb. 28/17

Sparks! Neighbourhood Matching Fund is all about increasing the quality of life for residents across London. This fund is specifically designed to support residents groups of all shapes and sizes to implement ideas to make their neighbourhoods stronger.” 

What does your neighbourhood or community group need to get done? Develop your idea, write it up and fill out the SPARKS! application. You could get up to $5,000.00.

The online application process is pretty clear, including how to do a budget.  Also, if your group is not a “group” according to the application definition, you are allowed to partner with a group in your neighbourhood to apply.

Don’t hesitate to come up with a project and apply.  From comments CGL webkeeper has heard (and the comments heard may or may not be accurate) there aren’t nearly as many project applications as there should/could be.  It’s not like there are ten applications for every grant; the numbers are much lower.

An important thing about the Sparks! grants is that there is dollar value given to volunteers' work.  So, if your group has no money and can figure out the volunteer hours that can be given to the project, that is your group’s contribution ... and that means you can apply for the City’s real money.

Applications are due February 28th 2017.

Don’t hesitate to connect with a real person to get your questions answered.  The NeighbourGood and Sparks! programs are supposed to be there for you and your community.  For further information and to apply, click here

To see a list of Sparks! funded projects from previous years click here.”

 

 

Collaborative Visioning for Urban Agriculture in London

Saturday, February 4, 2017   10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (lunch break scheduled but lunch not provided)
location: Goodwill Industries, 255 Horton St at Wellington

In late December, CGL received an email from the City of London planning department saying that its staff had been “very inspired by the energy around urban agriculture in London and are very excited to get you more involved in the development of the Urban Agriculture Strategy” for London.  They invite you to a collaborative visioning event at which participants will:

Articulate and establish a vision for Urban Agriculture

Build on the inventory of initiatives, land and space started at the London’s Food Future conference Nov 19/16.

Prioritize areas of action for urban agriculture

Determine the criteria for pilot projects

This event is a follow up to the Urban Agriculture Strategy Terms of Reference developed by the planning department and passed by London City Council in September 2016. Consultants from Evergreen (out of Toronto) will facilitate the urban agriculture strategy process (announced at the London's Food Future event, November 19 /16 ... see notes in CGL News)

Register for this event through Eventbright: here will help with planning, but is not essential. https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/evergreen-and-the-city-of-london-12666561584?s=73105716 The City planning department contact person for urban agriculture is Leif Maitland, Planner, ph. 519-661-2500, ext. 7360 or email lmaitlan@london.ca

posted January 1/17 updated Jan 19/17

Do birds have posh or cockney accents?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017                                7:00 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

It’s already a challenge to learn the calls of different bird species. We would have to have bionic ears to pick up on bird dialects. Research led by Dr. Beth MacDougall-Shackleton, a biology prof at Western University, has found that there are indeed geographic variations in birdsong. She will explore why this happens and will describe the importance of birdsong in mate selection.

NATURE IN THE CITY 2017 is a six part series - Tuesday evenings from January 17 to February 21, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. -  co-sponsored by Nature London and the London Public Library.. 
The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  London Public Library serves London in so many ways! ... information in many formats, reading, music and dvds, programs for all ages, workshops, partnerships with community groups, concerts, ...

The Carolinian Life Zone Ecology: Getting in the Zone

Saturday, February, 11, 2017              10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Central Library, Stevenson Hunt room, 251 Dundas Street, London

Learn About Carolinian Life Zone Ecology to help native species thrive!  Become A BackYard Leader

Join in on a wonderful ecological garden educational and training event. Designed to draw interest in the recently launched program, "In the Zone," (www.inthezonegardens.ca), we will inform and train Backyard Leaders - experienced gardeners who will help guide and assist others in their neighbourhoods / communities to join In the Zone by planting a few or many native species. For more info, contact stewardship@caroliniancanada.com

Hosted by Carolinian Canada and London Master Gardeners.  Lunch not included.

Register Online

Carolinian Canada Coalition brings together diverse groups and individuals to advance a collaborative conservation strategy for healthy ecosystems and thriving communities in the Carolinian Life Zone. Stretching from Toronto to Windsor, Canada’s Deep South is among North America’s most vibrant and fragile ecoregions.

Carolinian Canada website: http://www.caroliniancanada.ca  email:  info@carolinian.org

Can we, should we find a little love for wetlands?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017             7:00 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by learning about marshes, bogs, and swamps. Bad jokes about swampland for sale have given wetlands a bad rep, but wetlands support distinctive ecosystems that enhance environmental diversity and resilience.  Chris Smart, a hydrologist with Western University’s Geography department, will share his knowledge of the wetlands in and around London and describe how best to manage these valuable habitats.

NATURE IN THE CITY 2017 is a six part series - Tuesday evenings from January 17 to February 21, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. -  co-sponsored by Nature London and the London Public Library
The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  London Public Library serves London in so many ways! ... information in many formats, reading, music and dvds, programs for all ages, workshops, partnerships with community groups, concerts, ...

Magical Meadowlily: A four-season oasis

Tuesday, February 21, 2017             7:00 p.m.
Central Library’s Wolf Performance Hall at 251 Dundas St.

Meadowlily Woods Environmentally Significant Area is tucked in along the south branch of the Thames River in southeast London. The ESA includes city-owned land as well as property owned by the Thames Talbot Land Trust. Through every season this area reveals special birds and wildlife and diverse flora. London naturalist Dave Wake will describe the history and highlights of this magical place

NATURE IN THE CITY 2017 is a six part series - Tuesday evenings from January 17 to February 21, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. -  co-sponsored by Nature London and the London Public Library.
The mission of Nature in the City is to contribute to the preservation and enjoyment of nature.  London Public Library serves London in so many ways! ... information in many formats, reading, music and dvds, programs for all ages, workshops, partnerships with community groups, concerts, ...

What's the Fuss? Heritage, GMO and Heirloom

Tuesday, February 28, 2016              7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
London Public Library, Central branch – 251 Dundas Street

from the poster: "Dr. Amy Turnbull What's the Fuss? Heritage, GMO and Heirloom - Dr. Amy Turnbull has had a lifelong passion for plants and science. Her goal is to ignite your interest in science and increase your understanding of the terms Heirloom, Hybrid and GMO." Free.  Registration not required.  Part of the Gardening in the City series, organized by the Middlesex London Master Gardeners  http://londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com/

webkeeper's note: Dr. Turnbull made a similar-title presentation at 2016 Seedy Saturday and would not speak about GMOs and the far reaching topics they connect to.

Seedy Saturday in London Ontario

Save the date!  Full details yet to come

Saturday, March 4, 2017                      doors open 10:00 a.m. (end time not listed)
location: not listed

Organized by the London and Middlesex Master Gardeners, get ready for growing! (website here)

from the website Come out to Learn and Shop at our 10th annual Seedy Saturday! This annual event offers the best value in town for Seeds, Supplies, Advice and also helps expand home gardeners’ knowledge of environmental issues and growing practices.

Doors Open to the public at 10am. Entrance fee for visitors is still only $5 and includes access to all vendors, educational displays and three great talks. Lots to see and do and advice as always is freely offered by a variety of experts. Shop for seeds, supplies and garden-related products and enjoy a day planning and dreaming of spring in your garden!

                                         posted Mon. Jan. 16/17  

Successful Vegetable Gardening

Monday, 06 Mar 2017 7:00pm-8:30pm 
London Public Library, Central branch – 251 Dundas Street

Presentation by Ron Rossini of the London Middlesex Master Gardeners. Free.  Registration not required. Part of the Gardening in the City series, organized by the Middlesex London Master Gardeners  http://londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com/

EnviroCon Western: Inspiring Change, Education and Awareness

posted on CGL Feb. 12, 2017 ... not all details about exact time on EnviroCon webpage at this time

Wednesday, March 8, 2017    hours tba
International and Graduate Affairs Building     see map, which takes a while to load

What will Canada's (and Western's) environment look like in the next 150 years?
Welcome to EnviroCon! This conference is hosted by Western's Centre for Environment and Sustainability and is organized by graduate students in the collaborative program. The colloquium is FREE to attend and participate in. This event aims to bring together the knowledge and research of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and community members involved in environment and sustainability.
 

Speakers
Keynote Speaker, Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, The Council of Canadians
(CoC website)

Jarmo Jalava, Director of Ecosystem Recovery, Carolinian Canada Coalition (CCC website)

Alan MacEachern, Professor, Department of History, Western University

For full speaker bios click here.  EnviroCon put on by Western’s Centre for Environment and Sustainability: https://www.uwo.ca/enviro/envirocon/           Email: envirocon2017@gmail.com

 

 

Spring Equinox Celebration: the Call to New Beginnings

Tuesday, March 21, 2017                 
Please arrive at 6:45. We will begin promptly at 7pm. 
Spirit of the Earth, The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd., London, ON.
A donation of $15 - $20 supports the costs of the Centre and desserts provided

Lorenna Bousquet Kacera and Shantree Kacera invite you to join in the celebration of this magical time of year where we are called to join with nature in the exuberant process of rebirth.
  
The evening will include song, conversation, good food, a gratitude ceremony and and a peace meditation.
More information about the evening is here
.

Thank you for RSVPing to help plan this event. info@thelivingcentre  www.thelivingcentre.com or phone 519-652-9109

Seeds to Table

Tuesdays from March 21 to May 9, 2017         7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Civic Garden Complex, 625 Springbank Drive

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. Cost – $125 which covers the eight sessions, some basic planting supplies, and personalized coaching as needed.  Early bird price of $100 if you register before March 1. 

Registration required.  Middlesex London Master Gardeners registration page: http://londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com/seeds-table-2017-8-week-course/

Budding Gardeners

6 Thursdays, March 23 – April 27        6:30-8:30 p.m.
London Civic Garden Complex, 625 Springbank Drive, just west of Wonderland

In this 6 session course, children learn about gardening and how much fun it can be to grow food they can actually EAT. Encourage that green thumb with an introductory Gardening Course for children aged 8-10 years. A hands-on experience in a greenhouse setting. $ 30.00 per child.  Registration required.  Please do so through the Middlesex London Master Gardeners website, registration page: http://londonmiddlesexmastergardeners.com/budding-gardeners-gardening-course-2017/

Organizing Equality: An International Conference

Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26, 2017
Museum London, 451 Ridout Street North, London, Ontario

Organizing Equality - Scholars, organizers, artists and activists from around the globe address inequality and strategize new forms of knowing, thinking and acting together for collective justice.

Hosted by the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University, the dynamic lineup of keynote speakers includes Dr. Vandana Shiva (Navdanya), Glen Coulthard (University of British Columbia), Panagiotis Sotiris (University of the Aegean, Greece), Miriam Miranda (Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras), Kate Pickett (University of York, UK). 

Other plenary panels will include representatives from the following: Concerned Student 1950 (University of Missouri), Black Lives Matter Toronto, Rolling Jubilee and Strike Debt (US), and Precarious Labour Organizing (Canada). The conference will hold events that include dialogue sessions, workshops, photography, spoken word performance, and more.

The complete schedule/brochure and registration information will be available soon. There are fees for faculty and grad students, however, it is free and open to activists and the public!            (posted on CGL Mon. Feb. 20/17)

for information: Joshua Lambier, coordinator  organizingequality@uwo.ca or Website:  http://organizingequality.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1819378724983708/

 

Pollination Guelph Symposium - Butterflies, Bees, and You ... and photos for photo contest being accepted

Saturday, March 25, 2017                   9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Guelph Curling Club, 816 Woolwich Street, Guelph

Fee:  $50.00 before March                $55.00 at the door   (includes lunch and 2 snack breaks ... always good food!)

Butterflies, Bees and You: exploring the world of pollination is a full day of learning, networking, displays, and more!  Featuring a keynote presentation by acclaimed author, Lorraine Johnson, about including native edible plants in your pollinator gardens, it is the place to be if you have any interest in pollinators or pollinator-friendly plants.  It includes a screening of the film, “A Ghost in the Making”, with discussions about bumble bee declines and what can be done to help, information about the launch of the Ontario Pollinator Health Action Plan, amongst a variety of other talks, displays, a seed swap, sale table, and more! Lunch and Breaks provided.

For information and to register: http://www.pollinationguelph.ca/pollination-symposium and check out the Pollination Guelph website for other great things done by this great group: http://www.pollinationguelph.ca

The photo contest every year is fun! Submit your pollinator-related photo by March 1/17 - details on website - and it'll go up on a display board for all to see. People vote on the ones they like best. Altho' it's always hard to choose because every photo is wonderful!!

Go Wild Grow Wild ... 3rd Carolinian Canada Sponsored event!

Saturday, April 8, 2017          9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Agriplex Building, Western Fair District, London, Ontario

from the website: Check out the largest gathering of region’s businesses, experts, organizations, and groups to inspire your next adventure! Go Wild Grow Wild Expo will showcase what to do, where to go, and how to protect Carolinian Canada through interactive workshops, live demonstrations, booths and so much more!!

Website: https://caroliniancanada.ca/expo                                          posted Mon. Jan. 16/17  

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