Community Gardens: An Essential Service

This post is based on a letter created by Just Food Farms to be shared with members of provincial parliament, advocating that community food gardens be removed from the list of non-essential services that must remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here. Having the ability to safely grown local food is critical for food security in this time, especially for vulnerable families.  The … Continue reading Community Gardens: An Essential Service

City of Ottawa Official Plan

This article is taken from the Spring 2020 edition of the PEN Insider, and was written by Paul Johanis from the Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital. Read the whole PEN and Insider here. The City of Ottawa is currently reviewing its Official Plan. Under the Planning Act, every city in Ontario must have an Official Plan which conforms to the requirements of the Provincial Policy … Continue reading City of Ottawa Official Plan

Solar-Powered Water Technology Supporting South Sudanese Farmers on the Frontlines of Climate Change

written by Katie Fettes photo Credit: Jean Luc Habimana, 2019 Africa is the continent most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, despite accounting for only 2-3 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Up to 70 percent of the continent’s population depends on agriculture, with 95 percent of this production relying on rainfall. Increased water scarcity due to irregular rainfall patterns is bringing droughts … Continue reading Solar-Powered Water Technology Supporting South Sudanese Farmers on the Frontlines of Climate Change

Bioenergy: An International View on An Alternative to Fossil Fuel

PERC intern Johanna was inspired to write this article while visiting the island of Guadaloupe in the French Carribean, and witnessing all of it’s sustainable energy infrastructure. In 1983, Hubert was sixteen years old and was pulled out of school to work full time on his family’s sugar cane plantation. Every morning he would wake up at 4 am along with his brothers and dad, … Continue reading Bioenergy: An International View on An Alternative to Fossil Fuel

Regenerative Agriculture at Walker Farms

by Johanna Mercedes Van Schie-Copol Photos were taken by Ellie from Walker Farms Prime agricultural Land, the essence of what attracted masses to today’s urban centers in the first place, is now lost to urban development, aggregate extraction, transportation corridors, and recreational land uses by thousands of acres each year within Ontario. This further translates to biodiversity loss, degraded soils, and dysfunctional ecosystems. Environmental sustainability … Continue reading Regenerative Agriculture at Walker Farms

SIX LOCAL FARMS PARTNER TO CREATE LOCAL FOOD COLLECTIVE

This post is from Aliments Farmhouse Food, who are all set to deliver their first offering, the Harvest Box, next month! This fall, six small ecological farms from the Ottawa-Gatineau region have partnered on a new initiative to connect urban eaters with more local food. The collective, named Aliments Farmhouse Food, includes Beetbox Farm, Bluegrass Farm, Grazing Days, Juniper Farm, Milkhouse Farm & Dairy, and … Continue reading SIX LOCAL FARMS PARTNER TO CREATE LOCAL FOOD COLLECTIVE

New Report: Strategy to Reduce Food Waste Globally

Food waste is something of a hot-button topic lately, and rightly so. According to the Ontario Waste Management Association, about $12 billion dollars of food per year is wasted in Ontario. A commonly seen figure is that about a third of food produced ends up being wasted – a shockingly high amount when you think about all the energy and resources that go into growing … Continue reading New Report: Strategy to Reduce Food Waste Globally

Organic Craft Brewing: The Right Thing, For the Right Reasons

By Steve Beauchesne, CEO and co-founder, Beau’s Brewing Co. This piece was composed for the PEN on the request of  a community partner, TJ Turenne, Deputy Director at Maison Tucker House. It was intended to go in the Winter 2019 Edition of the PEN, but was cut due to space constraints. We decided to make sustainability a core value at Beau’s from the get-go. Our … Continue reading Organic Craft Brewing: The Right Thing, For the Right Reasons

Planting Trees, Restoring Waterfronts

This is a guest post from the Muskrat Watershed Council. Text by Meagan Rae. Photos courtesy of Muskrat Watershed Council. With the coming of 2019, the Muskrat Watershed Council (MWC) (Profiled in the Winter 2018 edition of the PEN!)is looking back and reflecting on last year’s projects – including the Natural Edge Project. In Spring 2018, Watersheds Canada partnered with the MWC and Algonquin College’s … Continue reading Planting Trees, Restoring Waterfronts

Recommendations for Budget 2019 from GBC

Last week the Green Budget Coalition (GBC), which includes groups such as Sierra Club Canada Foundation, David Suzuki Foundation, CPAWS, Pembina Institute and WWF Canada, released it’s recommendations for the Canadian 2019 Federal Budget. GBC has been active since 1999 and releases recommendations based on rigorous analysis by experts from a number of groups for the federal budget every year. Their ideas are are inter-related and … Continue reading Recommendations for Budget 2019 from GBC