Tree Planting events for May 29 2016

Seedy Sunday at The Barn Coop (thebarncoop.ca, see attached).
thebarncooptrees* Seeds/seedlings vendors
* BBQ
* Tree/Garden Planting
* Live music
Time: 11am-3pm @ 121 Old Hw 26, Meaford, N4L 1W7

 

The tree planting at the St Vincent Centre for Organic Farming.
Time: May 29th from 3-6pm. Contact Jaden Calvert at jaden@alumni.uoguelph.ca or 519-538-0628.

 

RE-Use ECO Fair Wishlist for 2016

RE-Use ECO Fair Wishlist for 2016!

Tree Planting April 2016

Transition Meaford is participating in Tree Planting and garbage collecting events in Meaford this April. Done twice a year tree planting is called Hometown Eco-Bomb.

If you are interested please signup to Transition Meaford mailing list (on the right) to get updates on the time, date, and location. Right now we are looking for:

  • Volunteers to come plant trees and socialize.

For a local business it’s a great way to get exposure. You can donate a seedling or come plant with us. Email tearslake@gmail.com or call Leo 519-270-0916.
So far we are supported by:
Transition Meaford team,
Meaford Municipality,
Leonid Belov from Website Under Control,
Mark Grahlman from Sunrise Organics,
Ivan Chan from Even in Season.
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RE-Use & ECO-Fair April 23rd Earth Day

Morning Everyone,

The Earth Week RE-Use & ECO-Fair is drawing closer. It is Saturday, April 23rd from 9 am – 3:00 pm at the MSV Community Centre.

We hope that you’ll consider investing some of your time to help out at this community happening.

Successful events live & die to the degree that they are embraced by people in our community.

We hope that you feel that this event is on the right track; working towards a zero-waste, sharing culture.

The volunteers from last year’s weighing team have offered again this year to quantify the volume of goods donated.

There are many other tasks that require volunteers, i.e. greeters at the door, kitchen help, attending to safety issues, moving donated items to the designated area, runners between the kitchen & serving area, relieving staff at the coffee table, sorting of goods, clean-up at the end, and sharing information about the nature of the event.
Your time is a gift that is always valued. We hope you’ll consider joining the team for all or part of the day.

Be well,
Lindy Iversen
Volunteer with Earth Week
519-538-0167

Earth Day Brochure 2016
RE-Use Fair Wishlist Form 2016
Vendor Application Form – 2016

RE-Use ECO Fair Wishlist for 2015

Once again the Municipality of Meaford, in conjunction with a group of volunteers will be hosting various events around the Municipality during Earth Week (April 18-24, 2015)!

See the Poster and the Wishlist for the RE-Use ECO Fair:
RE-Use, ECO Fair Poster [PDF]
Wishlist 2015 alphabetical [PDF]

Transition Meaford location change

The location of the monthly Transition Meaford meeting has been moved from EcoInhabit to the Anglican Christ Church at 34 Boucher Street, Meaford. The time 7:00 pm is still the same and the date, always the second Wednesday of the month is still the same.

Celebrate the Spring Equinox at Meaford’s barn

(Meaford Express)
Come celebrate the Spring Equinox on Saturday March 21 and become a Co-Operative member to health, a co-creator of Meaford’s newest destination spot.

Enjoy a Saturday Music Night in The Barn, with the Rhythmic Vibrations of The Et Rhino band: Jay Stiles, Kyle Haight and Jayden Grahlman, while making change happen.

Spend an evening tasting Wild Food sampling, organic foods from the Market, a cash bar, live music and more, all while learning more about foods as medicine.

Be a part of this vision, with the mission: “To supply a clean and secure food source, education and wellness to our community.”

Help The Barn Co-Operative Network realize its vision in the co-operative spirit of creating together because: “we are stronger together.”

Proceeds will help transition the Market into The Barn Co-operative Network: a health hub of organic foods, workshops, yoga, education, café, gallery, gardens and more. The Barn will become a destination go to place for Meaford’s cultural mapping.

All inside an ecologically rebuilt historical barn, making organic foods more affordable for all.

Tickets are just $40 per person. There are many ways to support and get involved to make this vision a reality. More information online at: www.themarketmeaford.com. For tickets call: 519-538-1522 or visit The Barn at 121 Old Hwy. 26.

The NEW Barn ECO-Co-op is having an RRSP investment drive!

It’s the first eco co-op of its kind in Ontario! We need you to make it happen! Join us and use your Self Directed RRSPs to invest locally in our community!

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Earth Week in Meaford 2015! – A Call for Volunteers

Good morning,
Once again the Municipality of Meaford, in conjunction with a group of volunteers will be hosting various events around the Municipality during Earth Week (April 18-24, 2015)!

This year the week kicks off with the RE-Use Fair on Saturday April 18th from 9am to 1pm. Also added this year to the RE-Use Fair is an ECO Fair where local non-profit groups with an interest in a healthy environment as well as Eco-friendly vendors can display and sell their goods!

If you know of anyone or any group that may be interested in either entering a Wishlist for the RE-Use Fair, or exhibiting as a vendor at the ECO-Fair, please forward them the brochure as well as my contact information! (The deadline for wishlists is March 20th, and for ECO-Fair vendors is April 4th) Applications for both the RE-Use and ECO Fairs can be found on the Municipal Website (www.meaford.ca) under Special Events, then scroll down to Earth Week!

I’ve attached a copy of the the brochure for you which outlines all of the events that are happening!
Earth Week Brochure_2015_pg1 [PDF]
Earth Week Brochure_2015_pg2 [PDF]

As well, in order for this event to be the great success that it was last year, we are calling out to all who would be able to volunteer a few hours of their time to help during the day of the RE-Use fair. Volunteers are required for various tasks such as greeting people as they arrive, to helping to sell baked goods, to sorting and packaging items that arrive to be re-purposed!

If you are able to volunteer a few hours on Saturday April 18th, please contact: Lindy Iversen (lindy2004@sympatico.ca), Jane Elzby (rjelzy@gmail.com) or me (jlush@bell.net)

Please feel free to forward this information along to your contacts as well.

Thank you so much for your time!

Looking forward to a great event again this year!

Sincere Regards,
Jenean Lush
MACA President
Earth Week Organizing Committee

Community, Small Scale & Urban Agriculture

As part of the update to the Municipality’s Official Plan, new policies were included to support local residents in efforts towards food sovereignty and the creation of a local food economy. In 2014 the Zoning By-law was updated to implement these policy directions, creating new permissions for Community & Urban Agricultural Uses such as Community Gardens, Urban and Rural Backyard Poultry, Hobby Beekeeping as well as the keeping of Accessory Livestock on Rural Residential lots.

By-law 077-2014 Community and Urban Agriculture By-law (78.93 kB) was passed by Council along-side the Zoning By-law Update to regulate the keeping of Backyard Poultry and the creation of Community Gardens. These two uses are broadly permitted but are subject to registration/permits before you begin. Continue reading

Meaford Plastic Film Recycling Project

Dear Film Stars,

We apologize for the lengthy delay in updating all of you in the plastic recycling group, however we were waiting until we knew in what direction the Municipality was going to proceed. The pilot project, while over, was definitely a success.

The present waste collection and disposal contract with Miller will end June 30 2015. Negotiations for the new contract will begin early in 2015. Meaford is interested in exploring the possibility of including curbside pick-up of plastic wrap. This is not ground-breaking thought, as this is already being done by other municipalities. It is ultimately where we should be heading, to significantly recycle plastic wrap within our local environment. There will probably be some costs associated with this initiative, but some revenue potential for Miller. The net cost to Meaford will be crucial in determining how this plays out. If this becomes a political decision, we have had the potential advantage of having three current councillors being a part of the pilot project.

In the meantime, the Municipality has decided to continue with the operation of the transfer station on Miller St. Their initial plan is to offer this location as the plastic wrap drop site for residents who wish to recycle plastic in the Municipality. They would advertise to encourage residents to do so and would possibly continue to use Switch Energy as the recycling contractor. This could be considered the middle phase towards the ultimate goal of curbside plastic wrap pick-up.

We will be in touch with you in the next month or so to inform you as to the final decisions made in this regard. Out of habit and commitment, It seems most of you have continued to collect your plastic wrap past the end of the pilot project and we would encourage you to continue to do so.

Your participation in our pilot project has been key in demonstrating the possibilities to our community, and we sincerely thank you for your effort and faith in this initiative.

Regards,

Steve Griffiths
Lindy Iversen
Thomas Dean