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

PERC AGM – May 12th

PERC AGM HAS MOVED TO A VIRTUAL PLATFORM. RSVP TO INFO@PERC.CA FOR DETAILS All members of the PERC community are invited to join the Board of Directors on Tuesday, May 12th, 2020, for our Annual General Meeting (AGM). If you’ve never attended one before, this is where we welcome in new Board members, say thank you and fare well to outgoing board members, and review … Continue reading PERC AGM – May 12th

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

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

Councillors Feed the Hungry: Feb 13, 2018

“Councillors Feed the Hungry” In Support of The Ottawa Mission – Tuesday, February 13th, 2018 On Tuesday, February 13th Ottawa City Councillors will come together to participate in the eighth annual “Councillors Feed the Hungry” event at The Ottawa Mission. Organized by Keith Egli, Councillor for Ward 9 Knoxdale-Merivale, “Councillors Feed the Hungry” will include the presentation of a cheque on behalf of Ottawa City … Continue reading Councillors Feed the Hungry: Feb 13, 2018

February 9, 2018: This Week In….

Celebrating Sustainability Sustainable Eastern Ontario announced and awarded its first ever Sustainability Star Awards at their last networking session. The awards are designed to recognize members of the Eastern Ontario ENGO network who have contributed greatly to local sustainability. Special consideration is given to organizations that accomplish more than their small size would suggest, show leadership, and excel at collaboration. The recipients for the 2017 … Continue reading February 9, 2018: This Week In….

Good Food Challenge @ Carleton University

Inspired by and developed with the Real Food Challenge in the United States, the ultimate goal of the Good Food Challenge is for the president of a university to sign the Good Food Campus Commitment. By signing the commitment, campuses commit to ensuring that, by 2025, at least 20% of their campus food will meet the standards established by the Good Food Calculator. To encourage university … Continue reading Good Food Challenge @ Carleton University