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Watch Me Grow! Dianne Dowling

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o profile the enthusiasm and skill of local producers, the Kingston District Agricultural Society is launching a new competition for this fall’s edition of the Kingston Fair. Farmers and gardeners of all ages: you are invited to enter “Watch Me Grow!” by submitting a photograph and a description of something you are proud of growing or doing on your farm or in your garden.

• Are your beans or tomatoes spectacular this year?

• Are you building a splendid herd of

cattle or a fabulous flock of chickens?

• Did you dedicate part (or all!) of your

garden to pollinator-friendly flowers? • Or did you do something else to support pollinators? • Did you invent or create a piece of equipment that makes your farming or gardening work easier? • Are you adopting practices on your farm or in your garden that lower your carbon footprint? • Are you a new (or relatively new) farmer or gardener, and you are proud of your progress? • Are you a veteran with something to share with the community about how you have managed to keep at gardening or farming?

Or did you do something else worth sharing with the community? Surprise us! Whatever makes you proud of your farming or gardening, let the community know about it. The photograph can be in black and white, or colour, but must be 4x6 in size, on photographic paper and taken by the entrant. The description needs to be between 100 to 200 words. Judges will look at factors such as creativity, technical quality, and enthusiasm in both the photograph and the writing.

Healthy Soils & Learning Opportunities Dianne Dowling

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eople are making the connection between developing healthy soils and mitigating climate change, and there are several events in this area in August where you can learn more about those connections.

Entries will be received in two categories: junior (entrants under 18 years of age); and adults (18 and over). Cash prizes of $35, $25, and $15 will be awarded in each category.

1. Thursday, August 8, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Patchwork Gardens, Battersea, Field Day on Building and Maintaining Soil Carbon -- for vegetable, livestock, and field crop farmers. Organized by the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario. For more information and to register, go to efao. ca/upcoming-events

Drop off your entry at the Fair Board office in the Memorial Centre, 303 York Street, Kingston, September 3, 4, or 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entrants are required to pay entry fees ($7 for adults, $1 for youths aged 18 and under). There is no charge for 4-H members, but you must show your 2019 membership card when you submit your entry.

2. Monday, August 12, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Central Branch of Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnson Street, Kingston -- for the general public. Organized by the Rideau 1000 Islands Master Gardeners and Regeneration Canada. For more details and to register, go to rideau1000islandsmastergardeners. com/upcoming-events

Go to kingstonfair.com/watch-me-grow for full details. To qualify, entrants must adhere to the guidelines listed on the website. Qualified entries will be displayed at the Kingston Fall Fair, September 12 to 15.

3. Tuesday, August 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Wolfe Island, Applying Regenerative Agriculture for Soil Health -- for farmers. Organized by the Rideau 1000 Islands Master Gardeners and Regeneration Canada. For more details and to register, go to www.eventbrite. com/o/regenerationcanada-24272873008 4. Wednesday, August 21, 7 p.m., at Fat Chance Farmstead, 3711 County Road 38, just north of Murvale. First meeting of

the National Farmers Union Local 316 subcommittee on climate action and soil carbon. What can we do as a community, not only on our farms, but through collective action across the region, to mitigate climate change and increase soil carbon? All are welcome. For more information, contact Tim Dowling at t.d.dowling@gmail.com

Senior’s Fitness Program Stone Mills Rec. Centre Mondays & Wednesdays 9-10 a.m. No floor or mat work. Can be performed seated or standing, with or without mobility aids! Stay active, have fun in a safe & effective program designed for the older adult. Provided by the VON and funded by the Ministry of Health and LTC. For info call 613-634-0130 ext. 3414

Friday, August 9 & Friday, August 23 at 4:30 p.m. Stone Mills Rec. Centre (Tamworth rink) FREE summer drop-ins for kids (& adults too!)

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The SCOOP • August / September 2019

Roll on over with your scooter, skateboard, in-line skates, or hoverboard and enjoy one hour on the

Scooter boards and skateboards available. Helmets are mandatory (must bring your own).

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The SCOOP // August / September 2019  

The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...

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The SCOOP is an independent community newsmagazine. Since 2005, we have been covering rural life in the Ontario area north of the 401 and so...

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