Kitikaanikamik, “Where People Come To Grow”

Kitikaanikamik is an Ojibway word that means “the place where things grow”. The Local Foods Initiative (RLLFI)  in the northern Ontario town that I live in has applied to the Aviva Community Fund for “seed” money  to get our solar greenhouse/community gardening project up and running. RLLFI has already acquired the funds to buy a passive solar greenhouse which can operate in all but the coldest few months of winter. To make the project, called Kitikaanikamik, “Where People Come To Grow”  a reality, we will also need to purchase soil, build a shelter and compost area, and ensure a power and water supply.  To help make this project a reality, you can support us by voting for it on the Aviva website – click here (you have to register with your email address, but once you’ve done that you can vote for us once a day).  Your support is much appreciated!

If you aren’t yet convinced this is a good project to support, check out this video, then go and vote!

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It’s Meatless Monday, so if you need inspiration for a meal without animal protein, go to the MeatlessMonday.com

*Thanks, Tanna, for passing on the great graphic at the top!*

David Wins Against Pesticide Goliath

Fellow climate hawk Lori from over at Adventures In Climate Change recently shared how wonderful this new documentary, A Chemical Reaction, is.  At the risk of raising the ire of Francis, our anti-documentary curmudgeon, I’m posting this link to the trailer and hope to get my hands on the full length documentary soon. It tells the story of one of the most powerful and effective community initiatives in North America, right here in the Canadian town of Hudson Quebec.

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More links:

Safelawns.org

Hudson, Quebec Pesticide By-Law