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GREENZINE Building Our Local Living Economy

Local Food & Culture Purple Onion Festival Information Inside

The Community Magazine of Transition Town Peterborough

167 BROCK ST. PETERBOROUGH 705-748-4481


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The Vulnerable Journey from Farm to Fork When I told my friend Myra that the focus of this Greenzine was Food, she quipped “Are you for it or against it?” I said I hadn't made up my mind. My answer, of course, was absurd: I can't take a side about food, just as I can't be for or against water or air. Yet food can be contentious. We know this from dinner table fights over broccoli or the freight carried by the single word “nutritious.” But all of these issues fall within the wider compass of the vulnerability of our food supply to climate change. Climate change's severe weather (droughts, floods) can disrupt the long global supply lines that bring us everything from tuna to tangerines. Just-in-time delivery leaves our favourite grocery store with an average of only 3 days of shelf supply. Large-scale local monocropping of staples like grains (sold to international buyers) creates a vulnerability to pests and diseases that crop diversificaiton would lessen. Security of our food supply is about lessening these vulnerabilities. No, we can't secure 100% of our food locally. Buying local is a start. Transition Town's Local Food Month each September highlights the consumer side of that effort. The Sustainable Peterborough Plan takes on the municipal government side, suggesting minimum local requirements in municipal food services contracts, as well as tapping into funding to assist a municipality to support the local food industry by increasing the local food it serves in municipal child-care centres, long-term care homes, hospitals, schools and other facilities. Food security as an adaptation to climate change needs to be part of local government co-ordinated planning and policy-making across every department, not just public health and social services but also urban design (Official Plans and Zoning,) housing, cultural services, water, energy supply, and especially economic development. Local food supply security is a huge economic opportunity. Transition Town's own research shows that if we began now to shift from current 5% to 30% of local food production and consumption, “in 10 years..…Peterborough will be a greater supplier of local food and all the benefits associated with the new food system such as stable jobs and healthier people.” Financial support for food security could also come from within our own communities' abundance by the use of social investment bonds, and especially by use of the local currency (the Kawartha Loon) to keep local wealth in the community (not flowing out to nonresident corporations and shareholders) and to foster a trading network among local businesses. In this Greenzine, we highlight TTP's annual Purple Onion Festival's sixth year of celebrating local food and culture as a positive experience of the deep connections among climate change, the economy and the food system. Our food theme writers give voice to many perspectives on food – the voice of the farmer, the intimate connection between rural and urban, food as communitybuilder in First Nations through food sovereignty, and the land itself. They make us aware of the long, complex food supply system that begins in nature's weather and soil, farmers' passion for growing things, and extends through storage, delivery, processing, packaging, marketing, distribution, regulation, retailing, to arrive as the steak on my fork or the apple in my child's lunch. Greenzine Editorial Collective Transition Town Peterborough is a volunteer organization. Its members work largely behind the scenes to support the emergence of a sustainable future. The Greenzine helps chart our community’s transition to an economically resilient, happy, and healthy place for us all to live. TTP welcomes your thoughts. Participate! Share your ideas with us.



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Transition Town Peterborough Inc. Business Manager Fred Irwin Art Direction/Production KnowAbout Peterborough Editorial Collective Pegi Eyers, Cheryl Lyon, Pat Remy This Issue’s Contributors Andrew Bodin, Pegi Eyers, Fred Irwin, Philip Kienholz, Pat Learmonth, Cheryl Lyon, Anisah Madden, Sherry Patterson, Dave Sumner, Brenda Tapp

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The Land, the Farmer, the Community: In It Together by Sherry Patterson It's May 1st as I write. The thrill and excitement for the upcoming season and the pangs of being overwhelmed are neck and neck. It's always like this in the spring, when everything needs to happen all at once! But as I head into season 17, I know it will all work out just fine. What we do is very important for the land, all creatures, ourselves and the community. It all goes together - none can exist in good health without the others. We tread lightly and work hard to produce the most life-giving food we can for our Community Supported Agriculture business (CSA) and the Peterborough market. We are strongly dedicated to diversification, and never ever use chemicals. I think of it as “hand-made” food, as we do very little mechanical work in the gardens. Being part of the incredible journey from seed to seedling, to harvesting the finished product, to sharing it with the local community, is an honour! Direct contact with the people who eat and enjoy the food we grow propels us forward. Immediate feedback from customers is a huge pat on the back that we never tire of. We in turn have the opportunity to educate the consumer on the “ups and downs” of the growing season. Many conversations happen at the market and the CSA drop offs, about what is actually happening in the garden each week. This is a crucial aspect of people re-connecting with local food, and putting the face back on the farmer.

Sherry Patterson owns and operates Chick-a-biddy Acres since 2000. You can find Chick-a-biddy at the Saturday Farmers' Market in Peterborough and/or join the CSA for delivery Thursdays in East City.

We help to grow new farmers as well, to broaden and continue the growth of good, local, small-scale agriculture. Each year we take in 3 interns to live and work with us on the farm from May till November. This incredibly immersive 6 months is a learning experience on what it takes to manage a small farm. It's a great exchange of labour for education, and a life-altering experience for those interested in pursuing this field. The struggles and demands of farming definitely require one to be obstinate. There are days when it can get you down, but you can never walk away. On those days you just have to dig in your heels a little harder! The satisfaction and immediate sense of accomplishment that fill most other days keep you right on growing! Here's a quote that I think sums it up perfectly, from a great book called Farms of Tomorrow by Trauger M. Groh and Steven McFadden: "…the primary need is not for the farm to be supported by the community but for the community to support itself through farming. This is an essential of existence, not a matter of convenience. We have no choice about whether to farm or not, as we have a choice about whether to produce TV sets or not. So we have to either farm or to support farmers, every one of us, at any cost. We cannot give it up because it is inconvenient or unprofitable." PAGE 4


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Re-igniting the Sacred Power of Creation By Pegi Eyers The recent conference at Trent University Shatitsirótha/Boodiwewin – Reigniting the Sacred Power of Creation, hosted by Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences (IESS,) was the result of Professor Dan Longboat's wonderful vision. Elders, activists, indigenous knowledge (IK) holders, community peoples, hands-on practitioners, cultural creatives and scholars materialized the most successful conference possible. From the first keynote by Vandana Shiva to the love-filled closing ceremony, high on the list were issues of reconnecting to place, local plants and regional foodsheds, seeing the land through a sacred lens, human-scaled agriculture, seed sovereignty, environmental stewardship, and keeping up the fight against zombie capitalism and lifeforce-killing giants like Monsanto. The world-renowned Vandana Shiva offered wisdom on the protection of diversity and the integrity of living resources – especially native seed – and the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. Of her many powerful messages “we the people need to make change” stands out, as essential to our transition will be making the choices that flourish all life, and align our agriculture with natural law. Dan Longboat spoke of “doing the Creator's work” as a fulfillment of prophecy by engaging with the natural world, enhancing our local biodiversity, and with gratitude, respect and the principles of reconciliation, caring for the Earth and each other. From plant ecologist Robin Wall Kimmerer, we learned that the living world is a place of everyday miracles, that food and medicine plants are our relatives in loving reciprocity. Hawaiian speaker Manulani Meyer shared her indigenous knowledge of “The Honorable Harvest:” never take the first one ask permission, listen for the answer take only what you need use everything you take minimize harm be grateful share what is taken Other presenters touched on the traditional knowledge of the Rotinonhson:ni corn-growing system; the practices of IK and permaculture as mutually reinforcing; the medicines of the four directions; the privilege to protect heritage seeds; and the power of Mi’kmaq Two-Eyed Seeing for creating solutions to honor the Earth and all our relations. With a powerful blend of spiritual truths, inspiration for the future and “speaking truth to power” I can’t imagine a more important and enjoyable conference. Pegi Eyers presented her new book, Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community, at this conference. It is available from Stone Circle Press. LIVING LOCALLY



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Mapping Peterborough County Agricultural Soils by Bryan Weir and Pat Learmonth The soils of Peterborough County will be the first mapped in the first phase of a joint federal-provincial project using new, up-to-date technologies. This good news could lead to more protection of valuable farmland in the County. The mapping tool is the Canada Land Inventory (CLI.) It classifies soil on its suitability for crop farming in Classes 1 through 7. Class 1 soils are the most suitable for crops, having characteristics that make them easy to work, including possessin a good balance of sand, clay, silt and organic matter. Peterborough County has a range of all the soil classes. The best soils for crops are generally in the southern parts of the County, and the less farmable soils are generally in the north. Beef and dairy farming have been carried on for 200 years in many areas of the County where the soils are not ideal for crops, but are suitable for pasture and hay. Peterborough's community of pasture-based farms make a significant contribution to the economy. Soil classification is increasingly used to determine whether farmland should be protected for farming, and to what degree. Prime Agricultural land receives the highest level of protection, and originally included Classes 1 through 4. In the 1990's, the provincial government changed Prime Agricultural land to include only lands with

a soil classification of 1, 2 or 3, with an area suitable for farming. In Peterborough County, this meant a very substantial decrease in Prime lands and created a situation where scattered rural residential development impacted local agriculturally-productive land. While more recent policy changes have somewhat relaxed this firm distinction, concerns remain about the impact of soil classification on farmland protection in the County. The GPA Agricultural Advisory Committee recognized this in July 2015, when it passed a motion to recommend: 1. That the County of Peterborough urge the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) to undertake a Soils Classification Update for the County, and, 2. That land of suitable area and capability for farming be protected for agricultural use as part of the upcoming County Official Plan update. The Committee saw inconsistencies in soil classifications between Peterborough County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. Further, recent “green energy” projects highlight the importance of soil classification, as they can be developed only on soils in lower classifications. The County's GIS and Planning staff will be working with OMFRA staff as the project unfolds, and the Agricultural Advisory Committee waits the outcome with anticipation, as it will inform the upcoming review of the County Official Plan.

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Bryan Weir is the Director of County Planning, and Pat Learmonth is the Chair of the Agricultural Advisory Committee.

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BEES, BUGS AND FOOD: Neonicotinoids in the Environment By Diane and Ken Abraham Neonicotinoids (“neonics”) are a class of insecticides developed in the 1980s and '90s to control certain agricultural pests, especially sucking insects and rootfeeding grubs. Neonics work by overstimulating nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the nervous system, causing paralysis and death. Neonics, registered for use in Canada and more than 120 other countries, treat a long list of crops including apples, grapes, berries, peaches, melons, broccoli, bell peppers, cauliflower, tomatoes, zucchini, leafy greens, cereal grains. A 2015 Public Health Ontario case study states that neonics are used on “up to 100% of the corn and 50% of the soybean seed planted in Canada.” Neonics are mainly used as seed and soil treatments, but can also be directly applied to plant foliage and added to irrigation water. Neonics break down slowly. When exposed to sunlight, the half-life of a neonicotinoid ranges from about 28 to 34 days. Degradation in soil takes much longer (3.5 to 19 years). As a result, neonics accumulate in soils, soil waters, ground and surface waters, and in the tissues of untreated plants through the uptake of contaminated water. Concentrations in soils, waterways, field margin plants and flowers can be as high as levels required to control pest insects, thereby posing a serious threat to non-target, beneficial insect species like bees and other pollinators. Roots of plants take up neonics into their tissues. So washing the surface of fruits and vegetables does not eliminate the residue. Health Canada considers the toxicity of neonicotinoids in humans to be quite low. Studies with imidacloprid [the active ingredient in neonics], show that it cannot pass the blood-brain barrier in mammals, effectively blocking its primary mode of action. However, a metabolic product of imidacloprid can get into the brain. Laboratory tests show it to be toxic to mice. Neonics do not accumulate in the body. Testing has shown that imidacloprid is absorbed and then excreted within 48 hours. Bees and other pollinator insects are at greatest risk. They take in neonics by eating treated seed or contaminated water, skin contact with dust from treated seed, or inhalation of spray drift. Airborne dust from neonicotinoidtreated seeds has been implicated as the major cause of high bee death rates. Indirect exposure can occur through LIVING LOCALLY

contact with residues in pollen and consumption of contaminated prey. Neonics are many orders of magnitude more toxic to bees than conventional pesticides. Sub-lethal doses can impair pollinator's ability to forage, and to learn and remember navigation routes to and from food sources. Concentrations well below those associated with mortality also exert sub-lethal effects on vertebrate wildlife. Neonics cause genetic and cellular damage, reduced growth and reproduction, impaired immune and growth function, which results from reduced food availability caused by neonicotinoid-related mortality of prey species. Measures to reduce the release of dust from treated corn and soybean seeds during planting were imposed in Canada in 2014. In 2016, Health Canada published a preliminary pollinator assessment for imidacloprid and continues to gather and assess new information and determine the need for additional measures to protection pollinators. Health Canada in November 2014, reported that “no human health concerns have been identified with the use of neonicotinoids to date.” However, researchers are calling for epidemiological studies to assess human health effects and establish safe intake levels. Ken Abraham is a Wildlife Research Scientist. Diane Abraham is a biologist and science editor. They live in Peterborough. [Editor's note: Since this article was submitted, a lot has been happening on the neonic scene. There is much controversy, reminiscent of the debate about tobacco. A reputable Japanese researcher has observed tremors, headaches, heart palpitations, muscle pains, and short term memory loss in persons who drank 500 ml per day of green tea from a crop treated with neonics. She is concerned about neonics' effects on children, whose growing neurological system is especially vulnerable.] (Photos were downloaded from the Creative Commons website. They are licensed for any use, even commercial, with proper attribution including the name of photographer, date the photo was taken and a link to the relevant license. The photo of aphids on a sunflower was taken on July 11, 2011 by Roy Ellis. The photo of bees on a canola plant was taken on April 22, 2007 by Claus Rebler. The license for both photos can be found here: PAGE 7



Lessons from the Anishnaabe

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by Cheryl Lyon What do First Nations' traditions teach us about food? What is the land on which we farm and live telling us in this transition time? These were two questions I asked Dorothy Taylor of Curve Lake (or Oshkigmong “the place where I belong.”) Dorothy began by noting how central food is to ceremony, powwows and social visiting in her culture. Where food comes from is becoming important to indigenous communities too. This is why Elders are saying “get back to the land.” Simply starting a vegetable garden is one way to do that. Food is so much more than “just opening up our wallet,” said Dorothy. In her culture, if a family or neighbour can't grow food or get on the land, then sharing becomes vital. Sharing is especially exemplified in the “Giveaway” (or miinidiwag) – the custom of giving away what one has to those who We are in a do not have. Dorothy herself “familial relationship” has a disability that prevents her actively gardening so with the land young people often come to her door with moose, fish or so we must respect it. black rice, and she gives something in return. And in Climate changes every instance, gratitude is expressed to Creator for are the land what is received and for the land and creatures who offer speaking to us. themselves and their gifts for our life. Dorothy is known for illustrating her teachings with stories. (See the sidebar.) The land has a voice because it is alive and has spirit, said Dorothy. We are in “familial relationship” with the land so we must respect it. “Climate changes are the land speaking to us.” When food is controlled and processed by global corporations, it diminishes our gratitude and takes away the spirit of the food. Interestingly, Dorothy noted that the Ojibwe history does not talk about starvation or famine – not until the advent of reserves. (Her father called reserves “crumbs” in their language.) Settlers tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to make the hunting and fishing Ojibwe into farmers. When starvation struck the early Irish settlers in Peterborough area, they came to the local First Nation for help. Dorothy ended the interview on a note of hope for our collective future. The Indigenous Spiritual leaders, especially among the Hopi people, speak about this prophecy: the children born in this age will be the generation to bring balance to the world.

(Nanabozhoo or Nanabush is the Ojibwe trickster figure and culture hero, half human, half spirit.)

A very long time ago, the Creator made life easy for the people. Plenty of game, good weather and maple trees filled with thick sweet syrup. Just break off a twig and collect the drops. One day, Nanabozhoo went walking around to see how his Anishinaabe friends were doing. He went to a village, but found no one. So he looked for the people. They were not fishing, nor working in the fields, nor gathering berries. Finally, he found them among the maple trees near the village. They were just lying on their backs, letting maple syrup drip into their open mouths! "This will NOT do!" Nanabozhoo said. "My people will be fat and lazy if they keep on living this way." So Nanabozhoo went to the river with a big birch bark basket and brought back buckets of water. He went to the top of the maple trees and poured water in, so that it thinned out the syrup. Now, the maple syrup no longer dripped out thick but thin and watery and just barely sweet. From then on, the people had to gather many buckets of sap in their baskets, and cut wood for fires to heat stones to drop into the baskets and boil water with the heated stones for a long time to make even a little syrup. “Now my people will appreciate this maple syrup the Creator made for them. Not only that, this sap will drip from the trees only at a certain time of the year. Then it will not keep people from hunting, fishing and gathering and hoeing in the fields.” And that is how it is to this day.

Dorothy Taylor is a founding member of the Sacred Water Circle. She is a recognized traditional teacher and lives in Curve Lake with her husband of 20 years and two teenage boys. PAGE 8


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Walking the Line:

A Sense of Place by Andrew Bodin The Canadian Pacific Railway comes in from the southwest through farmland and crosses Airport Road, passing a wetland before plunging between trees. Birds chirp from branches, and pussy willows, cattails, and grasses line the tracks. Telegraph lines follow the route, many of the poles leaning and providing trellises for climbing plants. It's easy to forget that you've technically just entered Peterborough. Shrubs and grasses eventually replace trees on the southeast side. The tracks pass under Sir Sandford Fleming Drive and through a wetland before entering a forest containing birch and mullein. A siding comes in from the south and connects to the main line at Harper Road. On the other side, the tracks are accompanied by Harper Creek, which eventually intersects Byersville Creek. One hopes the beauty and tranquility of the tiny waterfall and rapids here is not overlooked by workers in the adjacent parking lot. The tracks pass the overgrown remains of a siding and a sign that reads “Peterborough” before crossing The Parkway and entering a forest and a wetland. Birdsong becomes hard to hear over the sound of vehicles, at times vanishing completely past Lansdowne Street. Now the strips of green to the sides are narrower, but they never vanish completely, and where trees are present so too are squirrels and birds. Milkweed appears at High Street and at Monaghan Road, supporting the monarch butterfly population. Past Monaghan, the tracks briefly accompany the overgrown remains of a passing siding. Past Chamberlain Street and Park Street, a siding heads north to General Electric. Past Rink Street, another siding heads south and splits into two. Once this split into three lines, two of which extended beyond the city limits. The tracks cross Townsend Street, Aylmer Street and Jackson Creek before reaching the former station on George Street. Past George, a siding leads north alongside Millennium Park to Quaker Oats, while the main line crosses the Otonabee River.

Railways do more than bring noise and delays; tracks running through Peterborough are accompanied by habitat for birds, squirrels, butterflies, and wildflowers, habitat that would otherwise have been cut down, paved over or built upon. Even in the face of human technology, life finds a way. Andrew Bodin has lived in Peterborough County for nearly all of his life, the majority of that time in Peterborough itself. He can be contacted at


It's quieter on the eastern side of the river. The tracks pass between thickly-vegetated slopes and under the wooden Edgewater Boulevard bridge, cars driving on it sounding completely different than they do on paved bridges. The tracks cross Maria Street and Mark Street, then enter a small forest. After crossing Rogers Street, Armour Road, the swing bridge over the Trent Canal, Ashburnham Drive and North Meade Creek, milkweed appears again. A forest is to the north, while open land and a subdivision are to the south. A passing siding with a derail at the western end accompanies the main line for a stretch, across from a bent, enigmatic sign reading “Botulf.” Finally, the tracks cross Television Road and leave Peterborough through wetland and forest. LIVING LOCALLY

Transition Town Peterborough's Founders were honoured at the Annual General Meeting in April with a unique plaque of TTP's logo made by KLE Member Taylor's Recycled Plastics L – R: Joan Michaels, Fred Irwin, Trent Rhode.



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Food Inequality “The injustice of systemic economic inequality is illustrated when the average pay for the ...CEOs of the 15 leading banks increased by 10% in 2013 yet the number of meals given to people in food poverty increased by 54% [worldwide].” (New Economy Foundations, Addressing economic inequality at root, 2014.)

Municipal Role in Climate Change “Municipalities are trustees of the environment...local governments, being the closest to the people, should be empowered to exceed, not lower, national norms.” Supreme Court of Canada

'The future is not built with master plans. It is built when people come together, look at what they have, and begin to create.” - Bob Stilger


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Localized Criminality! By Cheryl Lyon


The 4th Line Theatre is probably the most “localized” theatre arts group in the country: local actors, local set materials, local topics, local setting, local founder... the dream of any Transition Town that takes culture seriously as one of life’s essentials.

Between August 2 and 27, make a getaway to The Bad Luck Bank Robbers. Playwright Alex Poch-Golden and Director Kim Blackwell promise a gold mine of local history and loot bag of laughs about a 1961 bank robbery in the town of Havelock that became the national news of the day. The huge amount of cash taken made it Canada’s largest heist for a long time. 4th Line is also a local business that contributes to the area economy. (Sometimes we forget this about theatre.) For 25 years now, (congratulations!) it has employed local actors, directors, writers, musicians, costumer makers and crew. They have contributed greatly to shaping our “sense of place” by telling us our own stories. Area volunteers have also been invaluable in making 4th Line a success, receiving, in return, invaluable acting and production experience. 4th Line extends its audience experience throughout the year with play readings, workshops, Community Reminiscence storytelling sessions and other special events. Check the website at In all these ways, 4th Line Theatre is knitting us into community. In this, 4th Line and Transition Town’s values are in sync. A community that knows and shares its stories, that sees itself reflected back to itself – its light and its dark sides – is a community that is stronger and more resilient PAGE 14


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Educational fun for the entire family ! Local Food Climate Change Electric Transportation




Enjoy these Venues! The Taste of the Kawarthas Craft Beer Garden Local Farmers on Green Commons Sun Stage Entertainment Wellness Village Electric City EV Meet Dance for the Climate And our new Kids Corner including The Art of the Leaf Eat Local Challenge Wall Climate Change For Kids Purple Onion Mascot and Captain Climate Change

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CELEBRATING LOCAL LIVING Join us for the 6th Annual

Sunday September 25th 11 am to 4 pm

Local Food. Climate Change. Electric Transportation

Celebrate with us! Come with friends and family. Dress in Purple or not. Meet your local farmers and the Purple Onion Mascot too ! Take a selfie on the Purple Onion Bench. Kids and adults alike are invited to write their Eat Local Challenge Action on the Wall. Join us for the Dance for the Climate..sample the delicious local food served by local chefs under the Taste of The Kawarthas Tent. And did we say enjoy the all day entertainment from local artists and jazz bands; and buy locally grown food from local farmers. And, sit in a brand new electric car or hybrid. Or hop on a E bike to get a feel for where our personal and public transportation vehicles are heading. Oh yes you can buy some art from local artists and if you dance for the climate with us you might just meet Captain Climate Change. So come on out and enjoy living locally!

Local Farmers on the Green Commons: Millennium Park green commons offers a pleasant environment for you to meet local farmers many of them providing the food prepared by local chefs in the Food Tent. Come and mingle and take home some of the great variety of fresh veggies. You can buy a I love Local Food Peterborough shopping bag for your veggies to support the festival and spread the word for a shift to local food.


Millennium Park Peterborough,On The Taste of the Kawarthas: September is Local Food Month in Peterborough City and County. The Taste of the Kawarthas Food Tent features ten of the Kawartha's finest chefs serving samples of their delicious,nutritious,locally grown food sourced from local farmers It's a demonstration of the transition to greater food security by sourcing more of our food locally while building the local economy and in the end creating many more sustainable jobs. The Taste of the Kawartha s Venue is Sponsored by the Peterborough Community Savings also serving as the official banking agent for the Kawartha Loon Local Currency.

Craft Beer Garden: New this year is the Craft Beer Garden extension of the Taste of the Kawarthas food tent sponsored and served by the Canoe and Paddle Lakefield. Your choice of three local delicious craft brews designed to compliment the great local food served by our area chefs. All sold in Kawartha Loons.

Electric City EV Meet: The Electric City EV Meet returns in 2016 with Peterborough Mitsubishi as the event sponsor featuring it's award winning all electric car, the i-MiEV. Drive it and you will love it! This year we will be joined by new electric cars and E Bikes from Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai and Green Street E Bikes. You can also display your electric car or bike of any brand at the Meet. Many surprises are in store for you with a welcome to electric car and bike clubs throughout Southern Ontario. Our aim is to demonstrate the importance and need to begin a more dramatic leap away from fossil fuels for both private and public transportation. Why not lead the way in the Electric City! LIVING LOCALLY

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IN PETERBOROUGH Sun Stage Entertainment: Michael Bell returns as our Festival MC on the Sun Stage. Enjoy the entertainment of a jazz band and other local artists and mingle with farmers and enjoy the aroma and Taste of the Kawarthas on the green commons.

Dance for the Climate: Come and enjoy the Dance for the Climate out front at the Water St. entry to Millennium Park. Live bands will play, allowing time to learn songs and dance moves. It is more fun for the entire family. Need we say wear purple and purchase and wear your head band for one Kawartha Loon There will be inspirational speakers to lead us. So come along kids, bring your parents and grandparents and put on your dancing shoes and have some fun. The Dance for the Climate event is organized in partnership with For Our Grandchildren.

Wellness Village: Wellness practitioners and specialty products return this year in the Wellness Village. Focusing on your personal resilience is the ďŹ rst step towards building community resilience.

Art of the Leaf: This is a new venue this year to appeal to those who love local art connected to our land. The art work all by 30 local artists on various leaf shapes is for purchase and all day display for everyone to enjoy.

Kawartha Loon Local Currency: The Kawartha Loon is the exclusive currency of the festival. All vendors at the festival are members of the Kawartha Loon Exchange accepting the Kawartha Loon at par to the Canadian dollar. Peterborough Community Savings ( PCS) is the banking agent for the Kawartha Loon and a Sponsor of the Festival. PCS sells Kawartha Loons at its downtown Brock St. location at a discount of 10% to the Canadian dollar and will be selling KL's at the festival again this year. 6thAnnual Purple Onion Festival. Millennium Park Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 11 am to 4 pm Millennium Park Downtown Peterborough Hosted by Transition Town Peterborough Purple Onion Festival Organizing Committee Facebook and Twitter

Eat Local Challenge Wall: We did say that September is Local Food Month. The Eat Local Challenge is part of Local Food Month Children and adults alike are welcome to post their Local Food Actions on line at and come to the Purple Onion Festival and post on the Eat Local Challenge Wall ..take a selďŹ e in front of the wall on the Purple Onion Bench. Post your action in support of local food ..take the Eat Local Challenge support Local Food and the Farmers and folks who grow it! And, pick up your copy of the 2016 Local Food Guide at the Wall.




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Electrifying our Transportation Future By Dave Sumner Have you changed your driving habits over the last decade? Are you planning your trips for maximum utility? Are you taking public transportation? Planning vacations closer to home? Successful at encouraging the kids to walk to school? Car Pooling? If you are like me, I suspect that the answer is “No.” Our cars are just too darned convenient. Our habits are far too ingrained. Oh, yes. I know that younger adults are not buying cars like we did. Was it an environmental decision or the cost? The excuses are melting. The transportation sector accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than iron, steel, cement and chemical industries combined. The Province is implementing its climate change strategy, demonstrating its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in ontario by encouraging a shift to low- and zero-emission vehicles. Helping ontarians shift to low- or zero-emission vehicles is vital to achieving ontario's greenhouse gas reduction target of 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050. Moving to more sustainable transportation is critical for reducing our carbon footprint. Ontario is taking action to help people make the switch by making Electric Vehicles

(EVs) more affordable, building a network of public fastcharging stations and increasing awareness of the benefits of Evs. It seems only natural that we would do our part here in the Electric City. So we invite everyone to the 2nd annual Electric City EV Meet, September 25 in Millennium Park as part of the sixth Annual Purple Onion Festival. Sponsored by Peterborough Mitsubishi, the Meet includes Electric Vehicle displays and demos from Mitsubishi, Green Street E Bikes, Hyundai, Toyota, Nissan and others. If you already own an EV, come show it off at the Electric City EV Meet. It's a Show and Meet! Dave Sumner is a TTP volunteer who supports all our other volunteers!

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The Art of the Leaf Peterborough's visual arts community presents “The Art of the Leaf!” – a special event at TTP's Purple Onion Festival, Sunday September 25 from 11 to 4 at Millennium Park. Join us for a wild and wacky celebration of the natural world on unique leaf-shaped panels. View and purchase work by local artists and artisans, and add a one-of-a-kind creation to your art collection or décor! Each gorgeous leaf is suggested retail $50 – Kawartha Loons accepted! Our special guest from the deepest forests of our region “The Green Man” will be hosting an activity for kids and tweens. Help us build “The World Tree” with mixedmedia leaves from far and wide! Participate in the magic and mystery of the natural world and learn about the mystique of “The Green Man.” Join us at the Purple Onion Festival in “The Art of the Leaf” tent, for this sensational exhibition and art-making experience. , for this sensational exhibition and art-making experience.

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Global Warming Is Shifting the Way Earth Wobbles On Its Polar Axis Melting ice sheets - especially in Greenland - are changing the distribution of weight on Earth. And that has caused both the North Pole and the wobble, which is called polar motion, to change course, according to a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances. While scientists say the shift is harmless, it is meaningful. Jonathan Overpeck, professor of geosciences at the University of Arizona who wasn't part of the study, said "this highlights how real and profoundly large an impact humans are having on the planet.” Since 2003, Greenland has lost on average more than 600 trillion pounds of ice a year and that affects the way the Earth wobbles in a manner similar to a figure skater lifting one leg while spinning, said NASA scientist Eirk Ivins, the study's coauthor. Retrieved from May 15, 2016


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Talking Resilience

“People prefer to believe the same things, as opposed to working towards the same set of outcomes. Some of the folks working with farmers on climate issues and the way that agriculture contributes to greenhouse gas emissions,…don’t really spend a lot of time trying to convince farmers about whether or not climate change is happening and whether or not it’s generated by human activity. They help the farmers understand how growing food in ways that produce less greenhouse gas emissions also preserves the quality of their soil and makes their farms more profitable over time. It’s really a behavior change that’s rooted in the sense of a shared purpose or destination. The challenge is how to make resilience real. … In the climate action plan, we’re not just talking about sea level rise. We’re talking about the intersection of the food system, energy, water, waste, land use, .... How do these systems impact each other?… The place to start is with land. Then where you go after land is to energy, because, again, not a huge original insight here, but the way we use energy, the way we generate energy, is the primary driver of much of the harm that we are all experiencing and generating…. excerpt from: Talking Resilience with Taj James: There Is No Other Worthwhile Endeavor, Post Carbon Institute Newsletter online,, March 11, 2016




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“Conditions of Possibility”

The Body as Entry Point by Anisah Madden How might we create conditions of possibility for the emergence of the new within ourselves, and without ourselves in our relationships, communities and the world? Transitioners know that changing old ways of thinking, speaking, and acting is as much about inner work as it is about outer projects and practices. (I speak from personal experience!) I'd like to offer another entry-point: bringing attention to the body, the physical senses and the ways in which we engage with the world. Why? Renowned sociologist and philosopher, Pierre Bordieu, discusses the notion of habitus, a system of dispositions or lasting structures of perception, thought and action which crystallize in the body through repetition, and show up in practical and often pre-reflexive ways. Bordieu's concept of doxa adds another element. It refers to learned, unconscious beliefs and values, often unquestioned as self- evident truths. Together habitus and

doxa generate the ideologies and practices of social life, and manifest themselves as a field, or setting, for people and their social positions. Habitus, doxa, and field reinforce one another. If this is true, inner and outer change are reflections of one another; an intervention in one shifts the others. Here, I invite us to consider habitus as the condition of possibility for change. So, back to the body. The body is an entry point for change. Augusto Boal, in Games for Actors and Non-Actors, p. 124, says “the body is

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the fundamental source of all pleasures and all pains, of all knowledge and all research, of everything!” We ingest nature (food, drink, oxygen) for physical nourishment and pleasure, using our senses of taste and smell and the process of breathing. We experience nature through those same senses. We receive that which is not us, and incorporate it into our selves and so create new forms in the material world. So everything we receive from nature becomes part of and changes us. I invite us to engage our bodies through all our senses at this time of new life bursting forth all around us, to recreate ourselves and our relationships anew. Anisah Madden is a third year International Development Studies student at Trent University, a food systems researcher and activist, and a yoga and herbal medicine practitioner. She welcomes your comments and reflections.








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The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity's Hidden Treasure, Sakyong Mipham, Harmony Books, 2013 Book Review by Philip Kienholz That humanity as a whole is basically good, that every human being is fundamentally good, that the universe is good, and that by acquiring confidence in this pervading goodness one develops a way for skillful action in the world - this is a brief synopsis of the Shambhala Principle. The Shambhala Principle of being awake in the world is found in Tibetan spirituality as well as western philosophical traditions. The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity's Hidden Treasure is both a rich and easy read, with moving stories of the author and his father, the renowned Buddhist meditation master Chögyam Trungpa. Sakyong demonstrates the principle as neither naïve nor simplistic, and shows many further developments and implications. In regard to climate change, part of the problem is that effective responses need to be widely applied. Although symbolic and affirming, individual efforts alone are not effective. Morality then, to be applicable, must shift from weighing the results of our actions to considering how one wants to live, and to what kind of a person one wants to be. The Shambhala Principle also speaks to the larger issue implied by the nature of climate change. As climate disruption moves from resolvable problem to unavoidable predicament, we begin to sense that evolving an awakened society is needed to create the coordinated collective efforts that could make a difference. The author's first name, Sakyong, literally means “earth protector” and this honorific title is evoked throughout the book, as with this passage: “When we feel inadequate, we consume the world around us rapaciously. In this vein, when my father was asked how we can help the environment, he would say the same thing, 'We have to cheer ourselves up.' This is the grassroots Shambhala approach to ecology - human beings cheering up, not by continuing to expend, but by connecting with their own dignity.” What can we do about climate change? No one has a certain answer. It is appropriate to consider internal and external measures that show positive ways forward. And instead of seeing ourselves and our human species as fundamentally flawed or inherently separate, or that other people are enemies on the path to global wars over “resources,” The Shambhala Principle: Discovering Humanity's Hidden Treasure gives us a profound push toward realizing the awakened nature of the world. PAGE 28


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Herbal First Aid Kit for Summer Bumps and Bruises by Dr Brenda Tapp, ND What happens when you're out hiking or camping this summer and forget your first aid kit at home? You use plants of course! Nature provides us with everything needed to treat those scrapes, bumps and bruises this summer. Let's go on a little herb walk together. We know this plant all too well, growing in sidewalk cracks or along driveways. Say hello to Plantain, not the plant related to bananas. This weed, as we usually call it, can be used to stop stings, stop itching, heal wounds, and relieve pain. Take the leaves, crush them with your teeth to form a paste. You can also pound the leaves between two stones or roll them in your fingers for the same effect. Apply directly to the cut, mosquito bite, or bee sting. Yarrow can be used to stopping bleeding. Crush the little white flowers or leaves into a powder or paste and apply on a cut. This plant is found growing wild in open fields and forests. You can identify it by it groupings of little white flowers and leaves that look like a cross between pine needles and juniper leaves. Be careful not to confuse yarrow with Poison Hemlock! The stem of this poisonous plant is purple or has purple dots. Yarrow can also be confused with Queen Anne's Lace (aka wild carrot). Wild carrot has a large umbrella of white lacy flowers and stems with tiny hairs.

Comfrey is identified by its pretty purple hanging flowers that are tubular in shape. Crush the leaves of this plant between your fingers or two rocks. Do not use your teeth as comfrey contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which are toxic to the liver when ingested over a long period of time. Don't worry, it is safe to use topically! Apply the paste liberally to bruises or muscle sprains. Lastly, add Tea Tree Oil to your kit. This essential oil is a fantastic disinfectant and works great for poison ivy too! Apply the cream or oil topically, as needed. Wash the wounds when a clean source of water is available and apply a fresh coating of herb or cream.

These herbs can also be bought as pre-made creams, salves, or dried herbs. Create your own herbal first aid kit by putting them together in a little toolbox with some bandaids and gauze. Disclaimer: All material provided in this article is provided for informational or educational purposes only, and is not intended as a substitute for the advice of you health care provider.

Dr. Brenda Tapp ND is Clinic Director of the Peterborough Centre of Naturopathic Medicine

Calendula is very popular for use on wounds, but did you know that the common name for Calendula is Marigold! Many people grow this plan in their gardens because of the bright, beautiful colours. This herb can be used to help reduce inflammation, soothe burns, and speed healing of wounds. Roll a few flower petals between your fingers, or use two rocks to create a pulp. Apply the pulp to the wound or burn.



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Operating Collective Board of Directors: Chair Michael Bell; Secretary Cheryl Lyon; Treasurer Fred Irwin; Members: Chris Bocking, Angella Windrem, Trent Rhode, Doug Wilson, Cheryl; Ellis. Kawartha Loon Exchange Board of Governors: Chair Fred Irwin; Secretary Guy Hanchet; Michael Bell, Heather Ray, Brooke Taylor, David Green, Derry O'Byrne. Community Greenzine: Publisher: Transition Town Peterborough Production: Knowabout Peterborough Business Manager: Fred Irwin Editorial Collective: Pegi Eyers, Cheryl Lyon, Patricia Remy Transition Skills Forum: Directors: Ashley Bonner, Dave Sumner Registrar: Joanne Sumner Purple Onion Festival Organizing Committee: Co-Chairs: Fred Irwin & Michael Bell; Secretary/Operations Manager: Danielle Britton; Taste of the Kawarthas: Chef Guenther Schubert; Local Artist Display: Guy Hanchet; Volunteer Support: Dave Sumner; POF Mascot: Robert Hood. Vendor Registrar: Fred Irwin; Caterer Registrar: Guenther Schubert Dandelion Day Organizing Committee: Craig Niziolek, Event Manager; Susan King, Operations Manager; Fred Irwin, Treasurer; Janet Hogeboom, Practitioner Registrar and Chamber of Commerce Representative; Andrea Connell, Vendor Registrar; Dave Sumner, Volunteer Support Lead; Cheryl Ellis, Mascot Costume; Caitlynn Wiles, Social Media; Rachel Pott, Seeds of Change; 25% Shift Local Food Peterborough Part 2 Jobs Committee: Chair Dawn Berry Merriam; Secretary: Kay Ma, Fred Irwin, Pat Learmonth, David Crowley, Karen Jopling, Joelle Favreau Local Food Month Steering Committee: Eat Local Challenge Graffiti Wall: Local Food Month Group Co Chairs Fred Irwin and Pat Learmonth; Guenther Schubert; Lisa Dixon, Shelley Phillpot, Dan Legault, David Sumner. . Monthly Meet Ups: Margaret Slavin

VOLUNTEERS: Show up. Bring Your Heart “He has a right to criticize who has a heart to help.” Abraham Lincoln. In our community, the movement for participation and consultation about important things is taking off. It has arisen out of dissatisfaction with simply criticizing, saying “no.” Small groups speak out with new ideas. People gather. They raise their hand to do things. They are volunteers. The worldwide Transition Town Movement began that way. You live in a successful Transition Town, the oldest in Canada. Have you got the “heart to help?” Transition Town Peterborough has a position for you, to learn, to lead, to grow, to share your skills. You are thinking; why not move toward action? TTP will give you orientation and training. Here's an example of what you can do: TTP's recent Dandelion volunteers began planning early in the year, with an Event Manager & Secretary who kept us all on task and on schedule. The Operations Manager was the lead player on the day of the event. If you have high energy, like keeping balls in the air, solving the little snags that happen in any planned, complex affair – you could be an Ops Manager! Like precision and floor layout? You can be Dandelion Day's Vendor Registrar! Or if you're a numbers person, the Board needs a Treasurer. Skilled with publicity and contacting regular “transitioners” with monthly news? We have a challenge for you! At last September's Purple Onion festival, I counted ten people setting up, taking down tents, getting the site orderly, enjoying the team work, making new friends. That could be you, for a day. Give me a call. Dave Sumner, Volunteer Support 905-515-3179 bodgerdave.sumner@

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COME OUT TO THE MONTHLY TTP MEET UP! Everyone welcome. Find out what “transition” is all about. Meet new folk. Good conversation on hot topics. 4th Thursday of every month (except July & August) 5 – 7 pm at The Crazy Piano (in Galaxy cinema corner) Use Kawartha Loons there. Support local business! PAGE 30



SPEND YOUR LOONS AT THE FOLLOWING BUSINESSES Food: Beavermeadow Farm By the Bushel Chasing the Cheese * Chef Marshall Chick-a biddy Acres Circle Organic Community Farm Community Butcher Shop Cross Wind Farm Dan Ledandan Foods Earthworks Eco Gardening Empire Cheese Direct Sales Entomo Farms Epicure: Ind.Consultant T Scott Gary Beamish Wildcrafting and Guided Fishing Green Side Up Farm Herbivore Hills Hunky Dory Smoked Fish Indian River Gardens/Eco- Tek Kawartha Kettle Corn Living Landscapes Ecological Designs. Lunar Rhythm Gardens OtonaBee Apiary Pastry Peddler Puddleduck Farm Purity Hemp Products RJ Fresh Produce Stickling's Farmers' Mkt Tracker's Drift Farm Twin Pine Farm Well Grounded Garden Woolerdale Farm Wyl-Win Farm

Restaurants/Caterers: Black Honey By the Bridge Curry Village Dolce Vita Dreams of Beans Cafe EC Catering Elmhirst's Resort Restaurant Island Cream La Hacienda

Marks Finer Diner Peterborough Eats Reggie's Hot Grill Sapphire Room Schubert's Fine Foods Silver Bean Cafe Stuff Cafe Lakefield The Pizza Factory The Red Garnet The Spill Viamede Resort

Nutrition & Wellness: Adaptive Health Care Solutions Alex Jones Meditation Angel Hands Art & Soul Therapy Atlas Moves Watching Barefoot Acupuncture Bissonnette & Marrott Black Rock Acupuncture & Holistic Medicine Circle Kung Fu & Tai Chi * Dr Doug's Maximized Living & Chiropractic Centre Discover Trager Ecomum Elderberry Herbals Emotion Code Energy Works free to be Greg Ross Massage Practitioner Hawaiian Healing Touch Heal Your Life Heart Felt Hermione Rivision Coaching Holos Wellness Solutions Hook Up Muay Thai Boxing Horse Discovery Humanna Gold Humming Bird Wellness Integrated Energy Therapies Kawartha Natural Health Clinic Metamorphosis Neurotherapy New Leaf Mentoring Nest by Heather Jane Peterborough Acupuncture

Peterborough Centre of Naturopathic Medicine Perfect Qi Healing Arts Peterborough Living Yoga Peterborough Spiritual Centre Pure Joy Herbal Creations P VN Self Compassion Coaching Spilchen Wellness Therapies Sweet Flowering Yoga &Wellness Sweet Song The Bright Path of Ishayas Therapeutic Touch Works Theta Healing Canada 360 Wellness Clinic Vicki Reeve Emotion Code Practitioner Youngevity Distributor Zeal Wellness

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Non Profit Organizations: Camp Kawartha COIN Endeavour Centre Tool Library Fleming College Sustainable Agriculture Program For Our Grandchildren George Street United Church Kawartha Safe Technologies OPIRG Our Space Peterborough Spiritualist Centre Seeds of Change Transition Skills Forum Transition Town Peterborough Transition Wellness Institute

Professional Services: Cambium Environmental ** DFC Consulting Corp. ** Scholars Education Centre

Marketing Network: Community Greenzine Dandelion Day Festival Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Kawartha Loon Exchange Local Living Marketplaces Purple Onion Festival The Millbrook Times* The Wire *Silver 50% in KL's ** Cap

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