Tuesday, March 13, 2012

a few local events

Howdy folks!

For our readers that are in the North Bay & Sudbury areas, these events might be of interest to you.

Tonight there will be a free workshop on front yard design, hosted by the North Bay Heritage Gardeners. It is from 7pm to 8pm, at Discovery North Bay Museum {100 Ferguson Street}.

Some of the topics to be discussed are:

  • Historical and cultural influences of landscape design
  • Creating a site inventory
  • Factors that influence which plant and building materials to use
  • Determining the goal(s) you wish to accomplish (do you want to add more privacy?)
  • Design elements and principles

A Master Gardener will be on hand to answer any gardening or plant related questions that you may have.

All of our education nights are free but donations are always welcome. Participants may also wish to participate in the twoonie raffle in support of Heritage Gardeners.

You find out more at the Heritage Gardeners' website.


Tomorrow Greening Nipissing will be hosting a Green Screening featuring The Garden and a short film about Sudbury's Junction Creek renewal strategies. The event will be held at North Bay's Public Library {271 Worthington Street East} from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

You can find out more about the Junction Creek Stewardship Council at their website.

And about The Garden:

The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community.

But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.

The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers:

Why was the land sold to a wealthy developer for millions less than fair-market value? Why was the transaction done in a closed-door session of the LA City Council? Why has it never been made public?

And the powers-that-be have the same response: “The garden is wonderful, but there is nothing more we can do.”

If everyone told you nothing more could be done, would you give up?

Blurb from the film's website. You can also see a trailer there.


On Saturday March 31st FarmON, The National Farmers Union Ontario North Local 333 & Eat Local Sudbury are hosting a Regional Meeting for New Farmers. It is an all day event being held at Tom Davies Square {200 Brady Street} in Sudbury.

The event costs $25.00 and is aimed at farmers who have been practicing agriculture for 10 years or less, as well as prospective farmers.

A bit more about the event:

The meeting will feature a full-day workshop on Direct Marketing by Ann Slater - an experienced organic farmer, Provincial Coordinator of the National Farmers' Union Ontario Branch and member of the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario.

There will be networking opportunities with other new farmers throughout the day (including over a lunch featuring locally-grown foods), and we will be presenting plans for an upcoming project to support new farmers in Northern Ontario.

The meeting will adjourn for a dinner break (dinner not included in registration fee) and plans will be made for a group dinner at a downtown restaurant for those who would like to participate.

After dinner they will be having a film screening of To Make a Farm:

To Make a Farm explores the lives of five young people who have decided to become small-scale farmers. They face daily challenges and set-backs, but their work and optimism inspires hope for the future. An intimate and practical exploration of farming and local food.
Here is a trailer:

You can see more trailers and find out more about the film at the To Make a Farm website and you can find out more about the Regional Meeting for New Farmers here.


On Tuesday April 3rd to Wednesday April 4th the Lake Nipissing Summit will be taking place. It will be held at Nipissing University in the New Surtees Gymnasium. Space is limited to 200 participants, so early registration is encouraged.

Here is an outline of the agenda:

Day 1: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

9:00 - 9:15


9:15 - 9:55

Plenary session with leaders

9:55 - 10:35

The History of Lake Nipissing
Speaker: Richard Rowe, Fri Ecological Services

10:35 - 10:45

AM Break

10:45 - 11:25

Climate Change
Speaker: Bharat Pokharel, Ph.D

11:45 - 12:05

Water Quality Blue/Green Algae
Speaker: Andrew Patterson

12:05 - 1:15

Lunch Break (lunch not provided)

1:15 - 2:35

Speaker: Doug Reynolds

Economic Development
Speaker: Neil Fox

2:35 - 2:50

PM Break

2:50 - 3:50

The Management of Lake Nipissing: Anglers Perspective
Presentation by the Ministry of Natural Resources

The Management of Lake Nipissing: First Nations Perspective
Presentation by Nipissing First Nations

3:50 - 4:00


Day 2: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

9:00 - 9:15

Opening and Recapturing from Day 1

9:15 - 10:30

Speakers covering topics such as Aboriginal Treaty Rights, Ecosystem changes, Operating a Fish Camp, Water Level Management and Stewardship of Lake Nipissing.

10:30 - 10:45

AM Break

10:45 - 12:00

World Café

12:00 - 1:15

Lunch Break (lunch not provided)

1:15 - 3:00

What we heard: Pulling out themes and issues from the World Café

3:00 - 3:30

Closing remarks from the Leaders

You can find out more at the Lake Nipissing Summit website.


On Saturday April 28th the 15th annual Powassan Maple Syrup Festival will be happening. The festival features demonstrations on how to cook with maple syrup Nancy Guppy of Chapman's Landing Cooking Studio{be sure to check out her wonderful blog!}, music, horse-drawn wagon rides, Scottish heavy games, and various food and craft vendors.

You can find out more information at the Powassan Maple Syrup Festival website.




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