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These member organizations are working toward Food Security in the City of London

Fruit and Nut Tree Care Workshop

OIN US TO LEARN HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEW OR EXISTING FRUIT AND NUT TREES. YOU WILL LEARN BASIC PRUNING AND PEST CONTROL AS WELL AS HOW TO BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM OF YOUR TREE TO HELP PREVENT DISEASE AND PEST ISSUES.

This workshop is being offered by ReForest London, through generous funding from the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the City of London’s TreeMegrant. The workshop will be conducted by Jessica Robertson, of Wild Craft Permaculture. Taking place at the Wood St. Park Food Forest, a citizen-led initiative to bring more edible fruit and nut trees to the local community.

Maximum participants is 35. If you can’t make the event, please let us know so that we can open the workshop up to other participants.

Address: 46 Wood St. (Path in between 44 and 48 Wood St). Parking on Wood St.

At this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Prune a fruit or nut tree
  • Detect issues with your tree
  • Intro to grafting
  • Tree maintenance tips

Reasons to plant and care for edible trees:

  • Grow your own food
  • Create pollinator-friendly spaces
  • Enjoy gorgeous blossoms in the spring
  • Small tree that can fit in almost any yard

What to bring to the workshop:

  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Wear weather appropriate clothing
  • Pruners if you have them

Collaborative Composting Initiative: Forks to Farm Project

In August of 2015, the London Environmental Network (LEN) brought together representatives from the City of London, Environment, Fleet & Solid Waste, non-profit environmental groups, environmentally focused businesses and concerned citizens to dialogue about the opportunities for collaborative composting projects. The result are three collaborative composting projects. In this month’s LEN community newsletter, we feature the Forks to Farm Project.

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The purpose of the Fork to Farm Pilot Project is to demonstrate that organic waste recovery is achievable and practical for restaurants. The project will demonstrate the process and produce data to support this assertion. Organics from restaurants involve everything from used oil in grease traps to any form of food product.

The project will engage 5-15 restaurants in London. There will be no cost to the participants during the pilot phase. The City of London will pick up organic waste, from bins provided to the restaurants by Wild Craft Permaculture, and deliver it to a recycling facility.

Participating facility StormFisher is a locally owned and operates a 2.85 MW biogas facility in London that converts up to 100,000 tons of organic waste each year into electricity and organic-based fertilizer.  Biogas power generation systems produce electricity from organic’s methane content while also recapturing and returning valuable nutrients as an organic fertilizer. The fertilizer is used by local farmers and the electricity is fed into the grid and sold to the Ontario Government.

Three project team members are community volunteers contributing their time and expertise to the planning, launch, facilitating and evaluation of the project. We look forward to updates on the project again in the fall when it wraps up in October.

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A special thank you goes out to Brandon Moffatt from StormFisher for showing us around, allowing us to photograph the project, and loaning us beautiful, over-sized work boots to walk around in!

Written By: Lee Jones
Photography By (except for aerial photograph): Katie Michiels

Collaborative Composting Initiative: Hamilton Road Community

The London Environmental Network (LEN) has undertaken a collaborative composting initiative to engage organizations from all sectors in a community collaboration process.

LEN has received funding through the Sustainability Network’s Opportunities Track Program to lead the Composting Collaborative Project. As a result of a cross-sectoral planning process, three projects are now underway in London.

  • Residential (Individual) Composting – Thames Regional Ecological Association (TREA)
  • Community Composting – Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre (Hamilton Road Food Prosperity Initiative)
  • Institutional, Commercial & Industrial (IC&I) Composting – Collection of community non-profit and environmentally conscious businesses (who we will give more detail about in a future issue)

Today, we are pleased to share a preliminary report on the Hamilton Road Food Prosperity Initiative!

It’s hard to ignore the many benefits that stem from a community that composts regularly. It’s an important way to give back to our environment through such natural ways as the reduction of landfill waste, the creation of new, nutrient rich soil and aggregates, improvement in the overall air quality, and so on. This year, we have aimed to highlight collaborative composting initiatives happening right here in London starting with the Hamilton Road community.

The Hamilton Road community began their initiative in hopes to promote composting in the Dillabough community garden plot with the help of the London Community Resource Centre, Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre, Try Recycling, and compost experts from the community. The composter will be maintained by the youth participating in the Summer Splash program. Following the end of this program, these young participants will continue to promote the composting method within the Hamilton Road community; looking to turn this seasonal initiative into a long-term sustainable goal. The overall aim of this initiative is to promote and grow the awareness of composting and its ongoing benefits for the community’s neighbourhood and environment. With an aim to reach members in the local area, community gardeners and other who are simple interested in gaining more education on compost practices, the Hamilton Road initiative is finding ways to please everyone.

At this stage in the initiative, the composter has been built at the Dillabough community garden plot. This plot will soon be host to “Compost Talks” that will look to engage and involve youth from the community, Dillabough gardeners, and other Hamilton Road community members.

Here at LEN, we look forward to keeping you updated on the wonderful stories to come from this collaborative composting initiative at the Hamilton Road community.

A very special thank you goes out to Bethany at Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre for showing LEN around Dillabough garden plot.

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Written & Photography By: Katie Michiels
Marketing and Communications, London Environmental Network

 

Post-Carbon London

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Post-Carbon London’s mission is to assist London and area with understanding and acting on issues surrounding peak oil and global warming through relocalization.

Organizational Objectives

In supporting our mission we maintain the following core values:

  • Supporting relocalization through reduced consumption and increased local production.
  • Supporting municipal, regional, community-based and cooperative responses to the crisis
  • Focusing on how global energy and global warming issues relate to London and the surrounding area
  • Recommending and facilitating legislative, regulatory and policy changes at all levels of government that help to address the crisis
  • Rejecting large-scale centralized energy solutions, such as coal and nuclear expansion
  • Supporting global carbon-reduction and climate-change mitigation strategies
  • Supporting peaceful, non-discriminatory, non-violent responses to the crisis
  • Supporting justice and respect for human rights, locally and internationally, in all responses to the crisis.

Typical Engagement Opportunities

  • Engagement with monthly Post-Carbon London discussion group. This group meets bi-monthly on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
  • Research
  • Represent Post-Carbon London at events

Volunteer Coordinator

Shane ONeill

(519) 435-1527


Contact Us

Post-Carbon London
534 Princess Ave.
London, ON N6B 2B8

postcarbonlondon.ca
Post-Carbon London Meetups

EnviroWestern

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EnviroWestern is a student-run group that provides both action and advocacy for environmental issues important to students at Western. The group also provides numerous opportunities for students to get involved. EnviroWestern has many new and exciting initiatives that the Western community can take advantage of each year.


Volunteer Coordinator

Katherine Chien

(519) 702-2528


Contact Us

EnviroWestern
University Students’ Council
340 UCC Building
University of Western Ontario
London, ON N6A 3K7

(519) 702-2528
westernusc.ca/envirowestern

Hamilton Road Food Prosperity Initiative

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The Hamilton Road Food Prosperity Initiative, operated through the Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre, works to develop local strategies to increase food quality and abundance in the Hamilton Road area.

Organizational Objectives

The Hamilton Road Food Prosperity Initiative will improve local food systems through the creation of Neighbourhood Food Coalition meetings, Food Families projects, and a Neighbourhood Food Hub.

  • The Neighbourhood Food Coalition involves a diverse group of stakeholders working collaboratively with the neighbourhood to share knowledge, information, and resources
  • Food Families is a cluster of differing food programs and activities that enhance food security of the families living in this neighbourhood
  • The Food Hub is a physical place in the neighbourhood that will offer a centralized access point to a wide range of food related programs, services, and resources available to community members

Volunteer Coordinator

Stanislav Rajic

Tel: (226) 926-1222


Contact Us

Hamilton Road Food Prosperity Initiative
c/o Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre
550 Hamilton Road
London, ON  N5Z 1S4

(226) 926-1222
HRFPI Website

London District Renewable Energy Co-operative Inc.

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London District Renewable Energy Co-operative Inc. (LDREC) provides Londoners with the opportunity to support the local community, to steward a more environmentally sustainable planet and through the purchase of preferred dividend shares, to be able to acquire a dividend-paying long term investment.

Organizational Objectives

London District Renewable Energy Co-operative Inc. (LDREC) is an Ontario renewable energy co-operative with share capital pooled from London area residents. It was incorporated in 2012. LDREC works to do the following:

  • Provide a vehicle for identification of local investment opportunities for Londoners
  • Intend to invest in local projects, and any returned dividends will go to local members
  • The development and maintenance of the projects will create local employment
  • Procurement of 20 year Feed In Tariff contracts provide stable long term revenue.

Volunteer Coordinator

Gary Zavitz

(519) 666-0890


Contact Us

London District Renewable Energy Co-operative Inc.
192 Dundas Street, 2nd Floor
London, ON  N6A 1G7

(519) 266‐6964
ldrec.ca

Council of Canadians London Chapter

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The Council of Canadians fights for economic and social justice. Decades of market-based, corporate-friendly policies have stripped working people of their rights, undermined universal social security, and placed the demands of big business over the rights of people. We promote fair trade over free trade, just and sustainable jobs, public health care and water, energy and food security, and alternatives to corporate power, here in Canada and around the world.

Organizational Objectives

Our goal is to expand our membership to work on more Social Justice issues.


Volunteer Coordinator

Robert Cory

(519) 601-2053


Contact Us

Council of Canadians London Chapter
389 Dundas St.
London, ON  N6B3l5


londoncouncilofcanadians.ca
(519) 601-2053

Thames Region Ecological Association

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To increase the level of awareness of, and participation in sustainable efforts happening today in Thames Region.

Organizational Objectives

Thames Region Ecological Association (TREA) designs ecologically-responsible programs and events which encourage awareness of environmental issues and citizen participation that contributes to the overall heath and connection of our shared community.


Typical Volunteer Opportunities

  • Outreach
  • Education
  • Bike festival volunteers
  • Greening initiatives & events

Volunteer Coordinator

Diane Szoller
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Contact Us

Thames Region Ecological Association
1017 Western Road
London, ON  N6G 1G5

trea.ca

Community Gardens London

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Community Gardens London advocates for, educates about, and celebrates community gardening and urban agriculture.

Organizational Objectives

  1. Advocate for, educate about, and celebrate community gardening and urban agriculture
  2. Answer questions about urban agriculture and community gardening; if need be, by referring those who inquire to persons, organizations, text material, or websites.
  3. Comment on local topics pertinent to community gardening and urban agriculture

Volunteer Coordinator

Robyn Harvey

Tel: (519) 439-7789


Contact Us

Community Gardens London

66 Palmer Street, London, N6H 1P7
communitygardenslondon.ca