Greenzine Summer 2014

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Peterborough & the Kawarthas Community

Building Our Local Green Economy


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FROM THE EDITOR There is Hope. Our culture is changing slowly but surely. Margaret Slavin expands this theme in her article titled, 'How Close Are We To The Tipping Point?' A reality check however leads to understanding that despite our many collective efforts, carbon emissions in Peterborough are likely as high as ever, we aren't doing much of anything to curb the chronic and structural unemployment in the City and County and our marginalization of the poor continues unabated. We seemingly have much more money to build new roads to bring visitors to our town than we have to look after our own citizens...all of them. My lecture is simple... we are, as a community building towards greater resilience and more sustainable life styles, only as good as our weakest link. We welcome you to read the very special article on Two Tier Peterborough by a very special person, Carol Winter. Write us and tell us what you think about poverty in our community. Local Food, that is the switch to local food from all of the imported stuff that consumes 95% of our food dollars today, offers our community the No. 1 economic development and job creating opportunity over the next ten years. You can read about how big that opportunity is in economic terms in the 25% Shift Local Food Peterborough Summary article herein. It might make you gasp to realize how many jobs we have shipped out of our community, all because we chose not to bother to feed ourselves. Or you could say because we know the cost of everything but the value of nothing or on and on ..however, what we need is many more people understanding what happens to our jobs if we don't support locally owned businesses and our local farmers. So here we are with our Summer Greenzine Edition themed around local food and culture trying to include us all ..actually in celebration. The Purple Onion Festival is our showcase festival of the year and is themed as a celebration of local food and culture while making use of our very own local currency, the Kawartha Loon, all to keep much more of our money in our community to help build local businesses and farming enterprises that create the jobs. The centerfold of this edition features the Purple Onion Festival Sunday, September 21st, at Millennium Park from 11:00 am. to 4:00 pm. Discover the taste of purple! Come to the Purple Onion Festival. Fred Irwin Many of the writers and organizations featured in this magazine work quietly behind the scenes, as volunteers, using their energy, time and talents to foster a better world for all of us. With your input we can help the Greenzine to represent our community's transition to an economically resilient, happy and healthy one. Please write to us at and share your views and ideas. Buy Local.... Go Green

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ESSENTIAL READING Enough is Enough Building A Sustainable Economy In A World Of Finite Resources By Rob Dietz & Dan O'Neill “The social and environmental challenges of our times call for a new economic blueprint. The business-as -usual approach of chasing perpetual growth is failing. It is not sustainable on a finite planet, and it is damaging the natural systems upon which the economy depends. It is also not solving the problems of unemployment, poverty, and inequality. Nor is it improving the well-being of those who already have enough material wealth. To address these issues,we need a new economic structure designed for stability instead of growth.”

The Soil Will Save Us How Scientists, Farmers, And Foodies Are Healing The Soil To Save The Planet By Kristin Ohlson “Thousands of years of poor farming, ranching, and land practices-especially modern industrial agriculture- have led to the loss of 80 billion tons of carbon from the worlds soils. The carbon is now floating in the atmosphere, and even if we stopped using fossil fuels today, it would continue warming the planet. Kristin Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for “our great green hope”-the ancient partnership between plants and soil microorganisms that created our planet and could put the carbon back in the ground” PAGE 4

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Local Food Identified As The No 1 Economic Development Opportunity In Peterborough Over The Next Ten Years. Excerpts from The Executive Summary of the 25% Shift Local Food Peterborough Part 1 Report Global food prices are tracking with the global price of oil because of transportation costs and high oil base inputs in industrial food production. The global decline of conventional oil production is the major cause of rising oil prices. As global conventional oil supplies continue to decline, the pressure to supply more and more unconventional oil from deep sea, shale (tight oil) and tar sands sources, with much higher direct and environmental costs, guarantees rising prices of all oil, both conventional and non-conventional over the next 10 years. Rising oil prices have a severe and negative impact on global economic growth which then can cause recession or depression, driving demand and oil prices down again in a cyclical fashion. Oil prices peaked at $147 US a barrel just ahead of the global economic collapse leading to the Great Recession of 2008/2009. As stated by Jeremy Rifkin, author of the Third Industrial Revolution, “all other prices went through the roof because everything is made out of or moved by fossil fuels: pesticides, fertilizers, construction materials, pharmaceutical products, transport, heat and light.” Considering that up to 95% of food consumed in the greater Peterborough area is imported, it seems prudent to project a doubling of the price of a barrel of oil in inflated dollars within the ten-year time frame of the 25% Shift, and to calculate at least a doubling of prices for our globally sourced food. This report provides three on-going checks of food prices covering global, provincial and local price trends. Global prices are tracked utilizing the World Monthly Food Price Index provided by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the Provincial Price Trend utilizes CPI data, and the local basket of food items is being tracked by the 25% Shift Local Food Peterborough Working Group. The projected total Food Market Sector in the City and County of Peterborough (for both home and restaurant consumption) increases from its base of $428 million in 2013, based on currently available data, to approximately $988 million in 2024. Implementing a 25% shift to local food over the 10year time frame to 2024 would value the local annual food market sector at approximately $296 million in 2024 in the City and County of Peterborough while also providing benefits to jobs and livelihoods producing and economic impact at between $403 million and $488 million by 2024. Needless to say, the required investment capital of both public and private funding as well as local financial infrastructure to support local farmers and the building of local trading in food will cost millions in line with the opportunity of an annual economic impact from $403 to $488 millions. The 25% shift in local food likely offers the greatest job creation and emissions reduction opportunity that exists over the next 10 years for the City and County of Peterborough.

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The 25% Shift Local Food Peterborough is a Transition Town Peterborough Working Group. Part 1: Economic Impact Principal Researcher: Kasia Janik Principal Writers: Kasia Janik and Fred Irwin Contributing Partners: Farms at Work, Kawartha Choice, Resilient Peterborough Council, Transition Cavan Monaghan, Peterborough Social Planning Council, Kawartha Loon Exchange, the Trent Centre for Community Based Education and Transition Town Peterborough.

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2013 was a busy year for Andrew and Julie of Circle Organic Community Farm. From preparing the soil in their fields for future production to growing 6 acres of delicious organic vegetables to building up the infrastructure of their farm, they spent the year putting down their roots in the community. The most obvious change since they moved to their Millbrook location has been the construction of the farm's infrastructure. Working with the Endeavour Centre, a sustainable and natural building organisation located in Peterborough, they have constructed innovative structures using sustainable materials. The largest and most exciting project has been the food storage and processing building. This space was designed by the Endeavour Centre to incorporate a communal meeting place and farm office as well as an area with potential to become a future farm store. The food storage area has helped keep their root vegetables fresh for the Peterborough Farmers' Market until they sold out in late February. With this as the first season it has been used, they are confident increasing food production knowing they can store their harvest safely. Another major new addition has been the greenhouse, which is ready and functional as of this spring, and has already had many veggies enjoy its warmth and shelter. This large space provides the opportunity to start seedlings early and begin their

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growing seasons a little earlier. The greenhouse will make the perfect home for heat loving crops like sweet peppers and juicy melons over the hot summer months. It also enables the production of winter greens, something to look forward to in the future at the market. On top of all this Circle Organic has been growing as a business with the support of the community. They believe in sustaining healthy communities by developing small farming operations to larger, sustainable levels to provide healthy organic food at a community level. With this philosophy they are growing into their operation and working to help provide the Peterborough area with the fresh organic produce we crave. They are back at the Peterborough Farmers' Market this year, and are preparing to expand their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program to 100 members. In the future they plan to grow into a four season CSA program, offering vegetables to members year round. All of this growth is the result of five years of hard work in the Peterborough community, and wouldn't be possible without the much appreciated mentorship they have received from community members. They are excited by the prospect of learning and growing together with our community and building a sustainable future here in Peterborough County. Mandy Rice


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How Close are We to the Tipping Point? How close are we to the tipping point? I mean the good tipping point—the one where suddenly creating a resilient community becomes a received truth—everybody 'gets' it. Remember smoky restaurants? Remember laughing at a snide joke about the “little woman”? Remember bringing home groceries in plastic bags? We just won't DO that anymore. Most of the time that tipping point feels far away. I see people idling their cars, garbage littering the countryside and city streets,

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climate change deniers being given column space in the Examiner, and I feel my own frustration at not being able, so far, to move away from the use of fossil fuels. But here is the challenge: what positive things do you see around you that never would have been thought of a few years ago? Dandelions! A profusion of wildflowers along roadways and in other public spaces, no longer sprayed with herbicides. By the Bushel! Five years ago, there was no food co-op in this city—now more than a hundred members support local farmers and benefit from fresh veggies. Food security in general is the most exciting area that has come into being in the past few years: Farms at Work, Nourish Peterborough, the Community Food Network, the downtown Wednesday market, the Food Not Bombs renegade Monday night feasts, the Food Basket Program, and the burgeoning network of community gardens, which began with 2 and are now at 32. There didn't use to be a Seedy Sunday! There was no Gleaning Program! There was not always a Sustainable Peterborough Plan, either, but there is now, with Champions (Transition Town is a Champion), and their website lists over 300 new accomplishments from this past year. For the whole list go to --the list runs all the way from retrofitting lightbulbs at Trent to, get this, the Elmhirst Resort controls mosquitoes not with those coils that give off nerve gas, but with birds—they build houses close in for Purple Martins. Five years ago Transition Town Peterborough was just starting on its own journey to help build a more resilient community. On April 13, 2009, the Peterborough City Council recognized us as the first Transition Town in Canada. Did you know that there are now 88 transition town initiatives in Canada, and it got its start here in Peterborough?! One year ago there was no local currency (there had been a limited trial run at the preceding Purple Onion Festival). On September 3, 2013, the Kawartha Loon went live, and today many of us carry KLs in our wallets to support our local economy. There are already more than 100 vendors in the Kawartha Loon Exchange and we need 400 for a critical mass. We're going in the right direction and more of us are trying very hard to live local! Other straws in the Transition wind: For 25 years (!!) members of the Independent Power Producers of Ontario fought with Ontario Hydro to accept power from other producers. Now Ontario has the best feed-in tariff laws in the world. Thirty years ago one of my kids was arrested protesting against the building of the nuclear power plant at Darlington. On May 14 this year the Supreme Court of Canada overturned approvals for building new reactors at Darlington! Yes! Look around you. Is our culture morphing faster than we think? Margaret Slavin Dyment Margaret is the organizer of Transition Town Meet-Ups on the 4th Thursday of each month,5 to 7pm. Five years ago Transition Town was not on her radar.




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PROSPERITY IS MORE THAN WEALTH: THE MUNICIPAL ROLE Prosperity, understood as endless growth and consumption, no longer works for the common good: resources are depleting; the natural world is despoiled; poverty increases. Our current monetary system is polarizing the rich from the rest. There are households who are casualties of the creation of more debt than there is money to pay it. Senior governments pull back from supporting quality of life (e.g. housing, health and social supports) in favour of debt reduction and becoming an energy exporter. They download to municipalities who, fortunately, are the level of government that is most responsive and accessible to citizens. What is the municipal government role in the



changing economic landscape? Can we realistically expect to continue to grow the local economy and maintain the level of prosperity (affluence) we now enjoy? How does a City or County continue to get needed senior government assistance while at the same time uncovering, sharing and coordinating local resources in people, processes and policies for a resilient economy for all citizens? Peterborough is rich in people's skills, civic services, co-operation, social infrastructures, neighbourhoods and ideas, as well as in her natural wealth of soils and water. A fundamental shift in thinking is needed. It can begin with reconsidering the meaning of prosperity: redefining it from accumulating wealth to sharing wealth. This means thinking more in terms of providing for our essential needs (water, food, energy, public services) from our own abundant capacity. It means creating a complementary local economy that is in our hands and not so much at the mercy of global forces. The rethinking of prosperity also involves each person knowing that their own success depends on

the success of their neighbours. Prosperity is more than wealth. A prosperous community is one that is socially and economically resilient in times of economic disruption, climate change and energy crises. Municipalities are uniquely placed to support local prosperity via the smaller scale initiatives in policies and practices that make a big difference to neighbourhoods, local business, local land use, and social services. How? By using the municipal ability to cultivate social/neighbourhood relationships, promote local business and trade, and convene conversations on new thinking about prosperity and economic localization. A municipality can open up public space to talk about a prosperity based on the wellbeing of our natural environment and our capacity to share and use local resources in new ways within local control (economic localization measures.) Our readers will no doubt have even more suggestions. Cheryl Lyon

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Healthwashing: Don't be Fooled! “HEALTH-WASHING”, analogous to “money-laundering”, is a term used to describe the activities of companies which position themselves as leaders in the crusade towards good health while engaging in contradictory practices. Consumers are most certainly changing the world for the better. There is an increased demand for more “natural” products. However, “natural” or “green” are difficult words to define. They are powerful and yet vague. It is within this grey area that companies take advantage of consumers. Here are a few examples of health-washing that you should be aware of (and no longer fooled by): 1. “Natural” is an unregulated term, which means a company can put it on their product label if they believe it to be true. A safer term to look for on your food is “organic” because this is a regulated term. Canadian regulations state that: ·Only products with organic content that is greater than or equal to 95% may be labelled as organic or bear the organic logo on the front of the packaging and must be certified. ·Multi-ingredient products with 70-95% organic content may have the declaration: "contains x% organic ingredients". These products may not use the organic logo and/or the claim “organic". These products must be certified. · Multi-ingredient products with less than 70% organic content may only claim “contain organic compounds” in the product's ingredient list. These products may not use the organic logo. To be certified as organic the Canadian government has set out these standards: · Organic crop and animal production must aim to increase the quality and durability of the environment. · Animals must be treated humanely. · Plants, animals and feed must be free of genetic modification. · Synthetic pesticides cannot be used. · Fertilizer must be organic plant or animal based. · No synthetic growth hormones are used. · Antibiotics are not used unless required for the animal's health, and then its milk/meat cannot be used for 30 days after the last treatment.

2. Omega-3 fortified eggs are all the rage lately. Egg farmers realized “omega-3” is a buzz word that attracts people to purchase certain products. The truth is, all eggs contain omega-3. There are 3 types of omega-3: · EPA and DHA (linked to reduced cardiovascular disease, improved hair/skin/nail health, improved brain health, and reduced inflammation) as well as ALA. Fortified eggs come from hens fed ALA fortified food. ALA is the least beneficial omega-3. For it to have health benefits, it must be converted to EPA/DHA, which the body does at a very low rate. Unless otherwise stated, omega-3 fortified eggs are conventionally raised and are not free-range, pasture raised, antibiotic free, or hormone free. Conventionally raised hens were significantly lower in vitamin A, vitamin E and omega-3 (even the fortified eggs) than pasture raised hens. So if you want to obtain your omega-3s from eggs, pasture-raised eggs will have more omega-3 than omega-3 fortified eggs, along with a whole host of other nutrients! 3. “Health Check” should not determine whether or not you purchase food. Companies pay the Heart and Stroke Foundation to put this label on their product. For example this label is placed on some brands of margarine. Margarine is high in omega-6 which have been linked to pathogenesis of many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and inflammatory diseases (everything the Heart and Stroke Foundation is against). Think of everything you purchase from the grocery store like a vote. You are voting for which merchandise should be stocked in that store. The more votes that are placed for certain quality of products, the more demand there is, the more likely those products will be stocked in that store. Do not be fooled by attempts at health-washing. The best way to avoid health-washing is to speak directly to the chef, farmer, or butcher about where they source their food, cattle, or seeds. DR Brenda Tapp Peterborough Centre of Naturopathic Medicine

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Local Currencies: Catalysts for Sustainable Regional Economies E. F. Schumacher argued in Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered that the most rational way to produce is "from local resources, for local needs." Jane Jacobs, a foremost scholar on regional economies, saw a healthy region as one continually creating "import-replacing" industries. Such an economy is possible only when control of its resources and finances lies within the region itself. At present, land ownership, natural resources, industry and the determination of conditions for receiving credit are centralized at the national level supported by the banking system, one of the most centralized institutions of our economy and a major obstacles to strengthening regional economies and communities. Centralized banking is a recent development. Borrowing, lending and money-printing started small- scale, local and decentralized in towns and rural communities to eventually form today's banking systems which needed large institutions and wealthy investors who could assemble huge, unprecedented sums of money. These banks in world money centers, with large industrial customers, could pay higher interest to depositors than the smaller banks, who began sending their deposits to the large cities – OK until the first time a national bank closed and carried off the savings of a small town or refused a local farmer a loan. Lost rural capital began to be replaced with tax money. Housing affordability also suffered as investors put money in land as a "hedge against inflation," driving land and housing prices up, contributing to unaffordability and taking home ownership out of reach for many. Loss of diversity via centralization and catering to the demands of endless growth jeopardize the entire banking system. What is called for are: 1. Economic institutions responsive to local and regional needs and conditions; institutions that would decentralize control of land, natural resources, industry [energy], and financing to serve the people living in an area in an equitable way. 2. An infrastructure that encourages local production for local needs. Community land trusts, worker-owned and worker-managed businesses, non-profit local banks, and regional [local] currencies. This is the first part of a shortened version of a longer article by Robert Swann and Susan Witt, Centre for New Economics cal-currencies-catalysts-sustainable-regional-economies) Second installment of this essay will be on local currency in the Fall GREENZINE.


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Shining Waters Eco -Village How would you like to live in an inclusive, intergenerational neighbourhood that values sustainable living? An intentional community which fosters ecological and personal health? One that respects and celebrates the natural environment we live in? Which encourages local food production, and is a healthy space for kids to grow up in? There is a group in Peterborough which is in the early stages of developing such a community. It is called the Shining Waters EcoVillage, and the group has been meeting for the last couple of years. An enthusiastic bunch of individuals came together to thrash out a vision of what such a village could look like here in Peterborough. We are not choosing to opt out of society; instead we are trying to create a new model of living in society – a neighbourhood where we really take the time to connect with one another, grow much of our own food and share with others, enjoy lots of green space, and make the maximum use of renewable energies.

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Parkhill on Hunter: Casual Fine Dining in the Heart of Peterborough My first question to Emma Cox, the incredibly friendly and approachable owner, of Park Hill on Hunter was the most obvious one, what's behind the name and what's the history of this place. I was informed that The Parkhill used to be a restaurant on, you guessed it, Parkhill Road. In 1999, the former owner bought a new location on Hunter Street, hence, The Parkhill on Hunter name. Emma first came to the restaurant as a university student, where she worked as a caterer over 12 years ago. Just over three years ago, she purchased the restaurant and has since been putting her own touch into the place. This predominantly consists of trying to make it a little more relaxed and comfortable. Things like taking the wine glasses off the table and encouraging everybody that they can come in at any time, noting it doesn't have to be a special occasion. She has also been circulating local art on a consistent basis and has added a patio. Overall, just trying to make it a more casual atmosphere. It's clear how much the community means to Emma. As she put it, “A lot of people don't realize how involved we are with the local community and local food. A lot of the farmers from the Farmers' Market come directly to our back door and sell to us. Every single element of the menu is local and in some way from the community.” Expanding on why it means so much, Emma said, “It's give and take, you give back to them and they give back to you and it just goes full circle. When people come out for dinner, it's nice for them to know that they are supporting their community and getting local foods they would buy for themselves at the Farmers' Market.” This relates to why she appreciates the Kawartha Loon so much. She has lived in places where the downtown was a ghost town. In Peterborough, she is surrounded by strong people and she lives and breathes the downtown. Everything, such as the arts, music and restaurants, revolves around each other. The Kawartha Loon links all of this together. “Somebody spends the Kawartha Loon here, I'm going to turn around and purchase something local with it, at the Farmers' Market for instance. It's a circle, and it can only keep going and getting bigger if we keep moving with it. It started two years ago and now people can buy a car with Kawartha Loons. It's incredible, it truly shows the power of what a community can do.” The Parkhill on Hunter has typically been classed as fine dining, but in Emma's words, it should be considered casual fine dining. There is no dress code, it's definitely an amazing place for special occasions, but it's so much more than just that. Classically rooted in French and Mediterranean, they embrace really old styles in a modern way. There's a pastry chef who makes all pastries fresh, with local ingredients, every day. They do catering, dinners for two, anniversaries, dinners in your own house - they even do cooking classes. Parkhill on Hunter is uniquely focused on making your experience as enjoyable as it can possibly be, not to mention, making this community as great as it can possibly be. Timothy Smye

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A switch to Local Food is, without doubt, the number one economic development opportunity for our community over the next 10 years. The Kawartha Loon local currency as the official currency of the festival provides the catalyst to realize the economic multiplier effect by keeping the currency circulating here in our community. Kawartha Loons, at a discount of 10% to the Canadian Dollar, are available now at the Peterborough Community Credit Union (PCCU) on Brock St. in downtown Peterborough and will be sold by the PCCU on site at the festival. The discount immediately increases your buying power by 10%.

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Everyone is Welcome! Discover the taste of purple ... a family day of celebration of our bounty of local food and culture. Dress as you wish or in purple with your purple jacket, your purple I Love Local Food Peterborough T Shirt, your purple Climate Change Rally head band. Most of all come for the celebration and stay for the education, new relationships and the food ..... admission is free. Cheryl Ellis was last year's winner of the best costume award.

What's it all About? It is about building community ..a more resilient and sustainable one that is able to support its local farmers and locally owned businesses by building relationships with them, by making connections and by living more locally. Such changing lifestyles ultimately result in more local jobs and a lower carbon footprint for the entire community.

The I love Local Food Peterborough Host Tent with 10 local caterers selling tasty samples of your favorite dishes surrounded by local farmers selling the best of their harvest, all in Kawartha Loons of course, is indeed the heart and soul of the festival. The I Love Local F o o d Peterborough Host tent is hosted by local Chef Guenther Schubert. The caterers include Park Hill on Hunter, Black Honey, The Holiday Inn, Old Bridge Inn, RARE, Peterborough Golf & Country Club, Elmhirst's Resort and Schubert's Fine Foods. Bring your shopping bag to buy from your local farmers in Kawartha Loons. Local personality and Transition Town Chairman Michael Bell is the days Master of ceremonies and will introduce the local musical talent performing on the Sun Stage.

Climate Change Rally It is happening again this year! Sponsored and organized by For Our Grandchildren, the Climate Change Rally will be held front and centre at the Sun Stage from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Come out and shout-out for action on Climate Change. Wear your head band and all things purple! Enjoy the Rally show. Make a statement. Take Action. Help build Peterborough as a leading community in the fight for greater community resilience and a future of well-being with a much lower carbon footprint.


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Taste Of Purple

Painted Rain Barrel Contest

Imagine Camp Kawartha's Cool Kids for a Cool Planet, Ridpath Elementary School's Green Thumbs for Social Justice and Nibige Miigiim from Curve Lake First Nations Elementary School all entering

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their special works of Art in the Painted Rain Barrel Contest to be showcased at this year's Purple Onion Festival! It is exciting! There will be 25 teams competing in three categories. We’re looking forward to a wide range of artistic expression. It is educational, engaging our youth in the connection between our precious water, our local food, and Climate Change. School teachers are saying that the contest provides an excellent focus for a teaching unit on ecology, especially climate change. It is fun, and everyone gets to vote for the People’s Choice Awards at the festival. Bring your entire family, cast your vote, join the fun, and talk to the teams that gave it their heart and soul. Guy Hanchet, representing POF sponsor For Our Grand Children, will announce the winners at the end of the Climate Change Rally at 2:30 pm. The recycled rain barrels and paint kits were provided by Transition Town Peterborough and assembled locally by Taylors Recycled Plastic Products. The teams retain their painted rain barrels after the contest to make use of them as they see fit. As of this writing 22 teams have entered the contest. These include: Armour Heights School, Campbellford District High School, Chemong Public School, Curve Lake First Nations School, Highland Heights Public School, Holy Cross Secondary School, Kawartha World Issues Centre, Lakefield College School, Lakefield District Secondary School, Lakefield District Intermediate School, Youth Unlimited, New Canadian Centre, North Hope Central Public School, Ridpath Junior Public School, Roger Neilsen Public School, Seeds of Change, Sustainable Trent and Westmount Public School.

Millennium Park for the Purple Onion Festival to include a Wellness Village. The focus is balanced well-being through holistic wellness services supported by local nutritional food. The listing of the Members of The Kawartha Loon Exchange (KLE) in this magazine shows 25 Nutrition & Wellness businesses accepting the Kawartha Loon at par. Up to 10 of the holistic wellness practitioners, members of the KLE, will be a part of the Wellness Village at this year's POF. You are invited for tea at the Herbal Tea House in the Wellness Village.

Transition Skills Forum The Transition Skills Forum is in its sixth year of continuous operation...again sponsored in 2014 by Sustainable Trent, the Trent University Student organization focused on sustainability. Four workshops are planned for the Purple Onion Festival including Permaculture with Trent Rhode, Seed Saving with Jill Bishop, Sustainable Farming with Andrew Flaman, and Community Resilience with Cheryl Lyon.

Purple Onion Festival, Millennium Park, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 11:00 am. - 4:00 pm. Millennium Park The Purple Onion Festival is an all volunteer initiative of Transition Town Peterborough sponsored by the City of Peterborough, DBIA, Peterborough Community Credit Union, Peterborough Kawartha Rotary, Rocky Ridge Drinking Water, Taylors Recycled Plastic Products, The WIRE, Community Greenzine, For Our Grandchildren, Kawartha Loon Exchange and Magic 96.7

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The Benefits of Economic Localization The Third Way Forward for Economic Development “The potential benefits of localizing economies are not restricted to biophysical consequences such as reducing transports,energy use,carbon emissions and waste, or enhancing biodiversity through more complex patterns of land use, but would include reducing federal expenses, eg for transport infrastructure, environmental protection, health services, and social security, ie precisely the kinds of public expenditures that are already proving a heavy burden for many welfare states. Over the long term,such localization would reduce marginalization and vulnerability to various kinds of crisis. enhancing cooperation, diversity, and general resilience at the local level.” Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses by Alf Hornborg AVAILABLE AT JOANNE’S PLACE, GREEN STREET & THE EARTH FOOD STORE


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Elmhirst's Resort: Local Food at it's Best



Upon being hired at Elmhirst's it was asked how far away I lived. I figured this was because they anticipated calling me upon the event of an absent employee, but no! It was simply part of their “Local First” philosophy, which includes staff, product, and supplier. Seeing as I lived 8 minutes away, I was a good candidate. This philosophy even extended to currency, being members of the Kawartha Loon Exchange. I didn't really notice anything too different from other resorts except for the over-the-top gardens of perennials, lush shrubs, and colourful annuals. Then I spotted the garden with healthy rows of veggies and herbs ready for the picking. Strolling down the path to the Cottages, one will see barrel planters filled with edibles such as swiss chard and the cottages themselves are graced with local plants and herbs. As for the vegetable garden, I was amazed to see Steve Elmhirst hauling in brussels sprouts, kale, and herbs well into November. Much from the summer harvest was also preserved for use in the winter. Mostly heirloom varietals are chosen for produce, and many seeds are saved, stored, and germinated in the greenhouse by long-time gardener Bob Phillips. They use lakewater irrigation, seaweed fertilizer, manure, and much to my satisfaction, all the veggie scraps from the restaurant including coffee grounds are turned into wonderful humus to be turned back into the process. Only later did I realize that Peterborough's own Red Fife Wheat is grown for use in the bakeshop. It must be mentioned as well that they produce honey from anti-biotic free bees and maple syrup from a well sustained sugar bush. As far as livestock, 'Elmhirst's Own' brand of Black Angus beef, as well as turkeys, Pekin ducks, hen's eggs, and pigs are raised on site. Some of these can be seen on the seasonal menus of the Hearthside Dining Room and the Wild Blue Yonder lounge, at the bountiful Sunday Brunch and featured at many special occasions. The Elmhirst's have been working this land since 1903 and it has always been associated with Sustainability before the concept had even been coined. Chef Jeremy Pammett and Steve Elmhirst are endlessly working in the kitchen conjuring up new dishes and leading edge culinary feats with locally produced and foraged food. This is a long time tradition. Since the days when wild rice was plentiful, Grandma MaryBelle's Wild Rice Pudding, has been the signature of local cuisine at Elmhirst's and according to Pastry Chef Bruce…it will always be on the menu. Now you can sample some of their fare at The Purple Onion Festival as they will be on the list of caterers. Please visit their website to see all this and more. They are located in Keene right on the North Shore of beautiful Rice Lake at 1045 Settler's Line. Visit their barn and walk their grounds on your next day off. You will never look at a resort the same way again.

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Two-Tier Peterborough The growing gap in income between people of enormous affluence and people on the brink of destitution is economically and morally destructive. Our less affluent neighbours suffer every day from a twotier system as they access the essentials of life. In Peterborough many struggle to survive and are never sure they will have enough money to last to month end. Economic insecurity affects every aspect of their lives. Many try unsuccessfully to find work but the few jobs available belong to the lower tier of employment. Such jobs usually pay minimal wage and offer no benefits. One serious bout of illness can leave a family bankrupt and in danger of homelessness. A surprising number of people using shelters once had prosperous jobs in business, the trades or in trucking. Once their licenses expire and they lose their equipment and possessions, it is very difficult to make a comeback. Adequate housing is another essential, but finding it has become difficult. Housing designated "affordable" often is far beyond the means of people whose only income is from OW (Ontario Works), ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) or a minimum wage job. Many end up in deplorable rooming houses where their sleep is broken by the noisy comings and goings of people involved in the drug trade. Recently a mother spoke sadly of her reluctance to let her children play outdoors because of concerns that they might witness drug deals or be injured by discarded needles. Locally the most extreme form of poverty afflicts the homeless who survive on a pitiful street allowance. Sadly many of these people have mental disabilities and are vulnerable to exploitation. They need secure supportive housing but instead are locked out in the street. Those who attempt to camp out often have their tents demolished and their few possessions confiscated. Last year thankfully the City did reinstate some funding for a "Warming Room"which provided shelter from the brutal winter weather. Education used to be a way to escape this diminished level of existence. Today, with university fees around $10,000 a year and no guarantee of post-graduate employment, most parents with limited income can't encourage their children to have college aspirations. Students who do go on to higher education often struggle for years with a brutal burden of debt. At school, children from low-income families see their wealthier classmates enjoying treats, toys, trendy clothing, trips and outings. Parents with limited income deal with the heart-ache of having to deny all this to their children. Hunger is an even more cruel affliction. Food banks help but most of the food they provide is high in starch and preservatives. Fresh produce is a rare treat. Faced with hungry children, many parents resort to cheaper foods containing sugars and unhealthy fats that can contribute to childhood obesity. major holidays free meals are now provided at local churches but sadly there are no buses on those days so many needy people dine alone on kraft dinner in their cramped dismal rooms. In the l950's Peterborough's YM and YWCA were located in the downtown core and offered a wide range of programs (including swimming) which were accessible and affordable for families with limited income. Today the YMCA and Wellness Centre fitness programs are located in the hinterlands. Most families need bus passes to access them, and while passes are subsidized, when you add in the fares for the children you are taking a big chunk out of the family food budget. Buy Local.... Go Green

The growing two-tier system in health care affects all of us, but hits low-income people hardest. When the Ontario Government announced plans to "take hospital services into the community where they would be more accessible," it failed to mentioned clinics established would be fee-for-service and therefore beyond the means of most low-income patients. Chiropractic services are no longer covered by OHIP, and physio services recently were moved out of PRHC. A first appointment can now cost $100 and each subsequent visit $80. (These treatments are vital for children with sports injuries, stroke victims and anyone needing rehab to recover full range of motion). Measurements for cataract surgery, surgery for glaucoma and other elective procedures now have two levels of quality--the economy freebie option and the more precise and accurate alternative for which you pay a premium. There are long waiting lists for subsidized home care. Hospital patients are being sent home shockingly early following surgery or serious illness even if they live alone and can't afford private home care. A very articulate man once described the poverty experience as "living in a pit with no hope of escape". In our materialistic me-first society this is probably an accurate image. I admire that Transition Town volunteers work to create a space of hope: to protect the environment, promote local spending, and prepare us to live healthy productive lives in a world of depleted resources. The local currency, the Kawartha Loon, offers a ten percent discount at many local businesses who support the vision of increased security in essentials such as food and housing and wellness. People with limited income have a lot to teach us about survival skills, "making do" with less, lowering expectations, and learning to identify and appreciate our most valuable gifts and relationships which have little to do with the price of gold or the Dow Jones average. By working together with Transition Town and people with lived experience we can build toward a future of diminished affluence but improved health, a purer environment and an enriched culture, social fabric and standard of living. We may all need to make do with less (not necessarily a bad thing) but there will no longer be huge disparities in wealth and power. Carol Winter PAGE 21


Plants aren't takers from the soil! “Weirdly we've all been schooled in the notion that plants are takers, removing nutrients from the soil and leaving it poorer. But when plants are allowed to work with their partners in the soil, they're givers. They feed carbon exudates to the community of bacteria and fungi to keep them thrumming with life and pulling mineral nutrients from the bedrock as well as from particles of sand, silt, and clay because they know--if that word can be applied to organisms without brains--that they will profit from the gift. When the predator soil organisms eat the bacteria and fungi, all those nutrients are released near the plant. There's always enough, unless humans or some other force messes up the system.” The Soil Will Save Us by Kristin Ohlson

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Things have been incredibly busy around the Peterborough Community Garden Network. We have helped 7 new community gardens sprout up on sites across the County & City. There have also been 3 gardens expansions. With this growth in local community gardens, we have created close to 75 new plots for individuals, families and organizations to grow their own food this season! This season, the PCGN is concentrating, along with helping people get growing, on two important elements of creating sustainable gardens: water & seeds. Through a generous contribution of the Kamerin Fund, a fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, we have been able to support the development of sustainable water systems in community gardens. One example of this work is at the Stewart St. Community Garden. With support from the Kamerin Fund, the PCGN purchased a large water tank, and the Garden group built a relationship with the local Peterborough Fire Services, and arranged to have the water tank filled when needed. It is a truly wonderful example of collaboration and community building. We are looking to connect with gardeners who possess seed saving skills and knowledge, and with gardeners interested in learning these skills. One particularly exciting project sprouting is the Grain Seed Growing project at Robinson Place Community Garden. Raised beds will be planted with 7 types of heirloom grains that will be grown for seed. Growing these grains will help keep weeds down, feed the soil for future seasons, provide a site for seed saving education and ideally provide a large amount of seed for our emerging Community Seed Library project. Funds to support these projects have been generously provided by the Bauta Seed Security Initiative. The PCGN will be hosting an Edible Gardens Tour in August. We would like to showcase local community gardens, as well as garden of all shapes & sizes growing food throughout the region. Do you have a front yard garden, balcony, fire escape garden, or boulevard garden you would like to have showcased? Or know of a neighbor who does? We would love to have your garden involved! If you are interested in learning more about or taking part in any of these projects, in getting involved in a local community garden or starting one of your own, please contact us! Jill Bishop 705.745.3238 x204 Photo Credit Charlotte Clements


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Heart and Soul Feeds Seeds of Change Transition Town Peterborough exists as part of a community ecosystem of many inter-active life forms and processes. Currently Transition Town has three fundamental branches that are active in the community: ·Economic localization driven by the local currency, the Kawartha Loon ·The Transition Skills Forum for reskilling development in resilience, ·Heart and Soul. Heart and Soul addresses the question - who are we as individuals in this shifting matrix and how can we navigate creatively and responsibly? Unprecedented and multi-faceted crises which our species is facing involve the environment, our energy sources and the economy. It is going to take increased coordination amongst like-minded organizations and individuals to address these problems. In its alliance with Seeds of Change, a venture organized by George Street United Church to serve the current needs of the neighbourhood, the Heart and Soul component of Transition Town will be engaged in programming which includes practices that can help us as individuals in community to achieve and sustain sacred balance. The direction is through the arts - using a creative process called ART WORKS! In the first two collaborative workshops, participants explored the theme - art as a way of mindfulness and a practice of direct perception. The next two sessions will be with Carlotta James on Chinese Calligraphy, with an expansion and further articulation of the theme in an intercultural context – check out Part 2 on June 17, 2-4 pm, George Street United. Subsequent sessions include felt-making with Chris Ferguson June 24, 2-4 and book-making with Karen Boyles in July, date to be announced. All supplies are provided. Suggested donation is $10 or pay what you can. Access to information on

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programming is through Seeds of Change Peterborough, KWIC calendar and through the Transition Town Peterborough website or contact the coordinator, Jo Hayward-Haines, 705-292-9695. Confronted by the present and continuing storms of climate change, economic contraction and fossil fuel energy depletion, some people are grieving. We need personal skills to sustain inner resilience, and interpersonal skills to build resilient communities. In Peterborough, we are at a stage where much good work on this front has been done by many organizations and individuals. But much more needs to be done, and so it's time to pool our resources, our knowledge, our ideas, our skills with interactive coalitions such as this one. Please jump on board! Addressing these concerns together can be fun, engaging and can produce wonderfully positive results! Jo Hayward-Haines

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MILLBROOK Millbrook Events Car Show Saturday, July 5 Ladies' Night Thursday, Aug. 7 Zucchini Festival Sunday, Sept. 7 Culture Days Sept. 26-28 Scarecrow Festival Saturday, Oct. 18 Remembrance Day Tuesday, Nov. 11 Christmas in the Village December 4-7 PAGE 24

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Peterborough is Trail Blazing Again!

“Our Chamber has a solid track record of supporting all businesses, and if the creation of the Holistic Group makes us even more welcoming, then we're all over it.” Stuart Harrison, President and CEO, Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce The Transition Town movement is a worldwide phenomenon, and Peterborough was the very first Transition Town in Canada. Now Peterborough is trail blazing again. The local holistic community and the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce are joining together to create the Holistic Group of the Chamber of Commerce. The eyes of Canada are on us now as Peterborough becomes one of the first Canadian cities to actively encourage the integration of holistic professionals into the established business community. Holistic Practitioners typically go through careful, professional training. They are also members of the professional organization governing their modality. The gaps in their training are in business development and marketing. This challenge is amplified by the fact that the general public is unfamiliar with the services and benefits they offer. If someone advertises a new hair salon or book keeping business, everyone knows what that is; but when someone advertises reflexology or Touch for Health, the general public tends to draw a blank. This new association of the Holistic Group within the long-established Peterborough Chamber will help to remedy those challenges. The Holistic Group will host networking sessions where Holistic Practitioners can meet people in similar disciplines to their own and discuss projects and challenges they have in common. In addition, participation in regular Chamber events will provide networking opportunities with the wider community. This will be an excellent opportunity for Holistic Practitioners to build familiarity, trust, and clientele. And of course the regular events and workshops that the Chamber offers can support the business development of every Holistic Group member. Janet and Marianne are envisioning Peterborough becoming known as “Sedona North”. We have the natural beauty, the holistic resources, ample B&B's and fine restaurants. Hey, maybe in the future, in addition to local arts and garden tour days, we'll be seeing a holistic tour, encouraging local people and summer visitors to discover valuable holistic experiences with accomplished Peterborough area professionals.

Chamber President, Stuart Harrison also shared that “the Chamber is very excited about the new Holistic Group. Using our vision statement as a guide “Channeling the Collective Strength of the Business Community”, the creation of the Holistic Group is meant to engage the many holistic practitioners in the area in a way that will help them grow their business, further develop their business skills, and help them build relationships and a reputation in the business community.” In late May, about forty people attended the first meeting of the Holistic Group. The next open meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 26th, 7:00-9:00 p.m., and all Holistic Professionals are invited to come out. By Linda S. Clark, from an interview with Janet Hogeboom and Marianne Beacon




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