Films for Thought at Meaford Hall

New and special to Meaford is the beginning of a yearly film series entitled Films for Thought, presented by Transition Meaford.

In the spirit of community collaboration; Meaford Hall, The Meaford Independent, Evolve Toy Store and Transition Meaford connected to move this idea to the big screen.

Six consecutive Sunday afternoons starting May 20th, Films for Thought will offer movie goers a chance to further develop a critical perspective on global events and ones’ role in nurturing their local community.

Details of the Sunday afternoon Films for Thought series will be re releasing in Meaford Hall’s spring publication (released May 11th).

Tickets are purchased through the Meaford Hall box office: Adult $7.00, Student $2.

  • Sunday, May 20th: Economics of Happiness
  • Sunday, May 27th: The Power of Community (Cuba)
  • Sunday, June 3rd: Urban Roots (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Sunday, June 10th: Dirt: The Movie (Earth)
  • Sunday, June 17th: End of Suburbia (North America)
  • Sunday, June 24th: Escape from Suburbia (North America)

E-mail the Films for Thought poster to your friends!

Minutes of Transition Meaford meetings

Currently most minutes are in .doc format. Please click to download.






Seeds and plants sharing

The Spring Equinox is right around the corner and it is time to get our seeds and seedlings ready. E-mail me your lists of what you need and what you willing to share/exchange.

If there is enough interest we can meet and do the exchange either next Wednesday meeting or another date that is more convenient.

Plans for Meaford’s community garden at Georgian Bay Secondary School are underway

As we move into the second year of this project we feel lucky that the ECO class (Environment, Community and Outdoors) have again, welcomed the community into their ‘backyard’.

Golden Town Outreach Food Bank and Transition Meaford, partners in this venture are looking forward to an early planting in the shared veggie patch.

The garden is the classroom to Mark Grahlman, soil expert and local organic farmer. Huddling with students over a patch of soil is second nature to Mark. Again this year, he will volunteer practical advice and guidance.

In keeping with the guiding principles of the ECO class the  goal is to reduce the carbon footprint and nurture the soil’s microbial community.

Since gas roto-tillers increase our carbon footprint and create tsunami-like devastation to the microbial community living in the soil; the roto-tiller is out and digging forks are in.

At different layers in the soil you find different microorganisms. The digging forks will be used to manually aerate the soil and cause minimal disturbance to the layers; a gentle soil lifting without turning. This organic farming practice is essential for enhancing long term soil health and productivity.

“We’re thrilled with this year’s plan for individual plots. The willingness of students to help with some of the more demanding aeration of the soil is heart-warming. We appreciate the need to strengthen our connections with theECO class.” commented Mary Bryant, the local food bank representative.

There are a limited number of individual plots available to people who see value in joining this leading edge approach to organic gardening.

In keeping with the generosity of the high school, the only cost to a ‘citizen gardener” is sweat equity and a willingness to share some of their produce with the food bank.

Once again, the local food bank will be the beneficiary of the produce grown by the ECO class.

Youth are leading the way with their earth-friendly and community-minded plans for the 2012 shared garden.

Definitions of success have evolved beyond the harvest!

Interested in being a citizen gardener?  Call Lindy 538-0167 or Mary 538-2558

Green Drinks on 3rd Thursdays at The Fisherman’s Wharf, Meaford

Hello Everyone;

There has been some interest in reviving the Green Drinks get-togethers.

Given the re-opening of The Fisherman’s Wharf in Meaford, we now have a place to gather that is more in keeping with Green Drinks traditions. So…

Green Drinks
3rd Thursday of every month
7:00 pm
The Fisherman’s Wharf
12 Bayfield St. (corner of Trowbridge and Bayfield, on right, approaching the harbour)
In the bar – turn left after you enter

Hope to see you there!

For those of you new to the Green Drinks concept, here is the web site:

What does community resilience mean?

Resilience is the ability of a system or community to withstand impacts from outside. An indicator is a way of measuring that.

Conventionally, the principal way of measuring a reducing carbon footprint is CO2 emissions. However, we firmly believe that cutting carbon while failing to build resilience is an insufficient response when you’re trying to address both peak oil and climate change.

So how might you be able to tell that the resilience of the settlement in question is increasing?

Resilience indicators might look at the following:

  • percentage of food grown locally
  • amount of local currency in circulation as a percentage of total money in circulation
  • number of businesses locally owned
  • average commuting distances for workers in the town
  • average commuting distance for people living in the town but working outside it
  • percentage of energy produced locally
  • quantity of renewable building materials
  • proportion of essential goods being manufactured within the community within a given distance
  • proportion of compostable “waste” that is actually composted

While some indicators will be universal, many will be place-specific and will emerge from the energy descent plan process.

What is the suggested process for co-creating a resilient and healthy community?

What is the suggested process for co-creating a resilient and healthy community as per the official Transition Town Primer?

Overview of Suggested Process: The community self-organizes to respond in three phases.

Phase I: A small initiating group (Transition Meaford) starts a program of awareness raising and hooking up with existing groups. They articulate the rationale for adopting/adapting a transition approach and show the creative responses that the community might embark upon.

Phase II: As the group becomes larger, it self-organizes in groups in all the key areas such as food, transport, energy, housing, education, textiles etc, and creates practical projects in response to that big question (such as community supported agriculture, car clubs, local currencies, neighbourhood carbon reduction clubs, urban orchards, reskilling classes).

Phase III: Begin to look at Energy Descent planning and the need to rebuild the local economic fabric by starting up local energy companies, social enterprises, and complementary currency systems. There are a number of initiatives in this phase.

What is a Transition Town?

The following information is taken directly from the Transition Town Primer [PDF].

”In response to the twin pressures of Peak Oil and Climate Change, some pioneering communities in the UK, Ireland and beyond are taking an integrated and inclusive approach to reduce their carbon footprint and increase their ability to withstand the fundamental shift that will accompany Peak Oil.

The two toughest challenges facing humankind at the start of this 21st century are Climate Change and Peak Oil. The former is well documented and very visible in the media. Peak Oil, however, remains under the radar for most people. Yet Peak Oil, heralding the era of ever-declining fossil fuel availability, may well challenge the economic and social stability that is essential if we are to mitigate the threats posed by Climate Change. Furthermore, these relocalisation efforts are designed to result in a life that is more fulfilling, more socially connected and more equitable.

But along with community-based transition, each individual needs to evolve away from addiction to oil and a whole raft of ecologically devastating practices, away from the complex web that locks them into the endless growth paradigm.

This will be easier for some than others, but we all have to do it.

And each of us needs to travel closer to a heartfelt understanding that if we want to stay living on Earth, we’ll have to weave ourselves back into the fabric of the planet, and comprehend that the “humans are separate from the earth” duality underpinning our industrialized societies is false, misleading and a one-way ticket to a hell on earth far hotter than we can handle.


The Transition Model is a loose set of real world principles and practices that have been built up over time through experimentation and observation of communities as they drive forward to build local resilience and reduce carbon emissions.

There’s more detail on each of these points elsewhere in the Primer, but for the moment, it might help to have the various elements outlined here.


Underpinning the Transition Model is a recognition of the following:

  • Climate Change and Peak Oil require urgent action
  • life with less energy is inevitable and it is better to plan for it than be taken by surprise
  • industrial society has lost the resilience to be able to cope with energy shocks
  • we have to act together and we have to act now
  • regarding the world economy and the consumptive patterns within it, as long as the laws of physics apply, infinite growth within a finite system (such as planet earth) simply isn’t possible.
  • we demonstrated phenomenal levels of ingenuity and intelligence as we raced up the energy curve over the last 150 years, and there’s no reason why we can’t use those qualities, and more, as we negotiate our way down from the peak of the energy mountain
  • if we plan and act early enough, and use our creativity and cooperation to unleash the genius within our local communities, then we can build a future that could be far more fulfilling and enriching, more connected and more gentle on the earth than the lifestyles we have today. “