Workshops and presentations Sustainability Fair

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submitted by Jeff Goodman, Sustainable North Grenville.

The 12th Annual Sustainability Fair and Market will be held on Sunday, April 14, from 10 am to 3 pm at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. As before, the fair is FREE to all, and will be complemented by an electric vehicle show in the arena, with a wide range of workshops and presentations. We encourage participants to come early, because the presentations will begin right away and run back-to-back for the full event.

SNG’s very own Chris Weissflog will be presenting on “Affordable, Efficient, Zero Emission Housing”. EcoGen has designed and built solar water heating systems, combined solar thermal/heating systems, photovoltaic (PV) including grid-tied and off-grid systems, low-energy HVAC systems, and now complete Passive House level homes. His presentation will look at the kind of housing that is needed in the face of the climate crisis.

Emalie Kamrath will present on Permaculture. The mission at Little Window Farm is to work with the land to provide fresh and healthy food for our community, while nurturing and supporting the health of the broader ecology. Permaculture is used on the farm to design, to plan, and to make decisions. The term “permaculture” was defined by David Holmgren as “consciously designed landscapes and systems inspired by the patterns and relationships found in nature, that yield an abundance of food, fibre and energy for the use beyond the system itself.”

Peter Rooney asks: “Why not become a beekeeper?”. The honeybee is threatened by pests and disease, agricultural practice, and lack of suitable forage. With the help of small beekeepers, the honeybee could have a more secure future. What you need to know is the type of bee to obtain, equipment requirements, and suitable hive locations. With education in beekeeping practice, and a few hours a week, you too can have honey for your toast and tea.

Many people have heard of the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. But there are actually 5 R’s that are instrumental in living a sustainable life: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. Michelle Dunford, her husband, and their 1.5-year-old son, have been living a sustainable lifestyle for the past year. She will explain how using the 5 R’s has enabled her family to achieve a ‘zero waste’ lifestyle, how minimalism has helped them avoid unnecessary consumerism, and how adding more vegetarian options to their diet has saved them money and reduced their carbon footprint.

Local author Bill Kemp returns this year and will give a presentation titled “Living and Working off the Electrical Grid”. People often worry that doing their bit for the environment will cost money, or “not be for them”. Nothing could be farther from the truth! This talk will provide an overview of the family lifestyle and technology, and discuss how you can help save the Earth and put a little money in your pocket as well.

A schedule of the presentations will be posted on the SNG Facebook page as the event nears. Use that to plan your visit, or plan to be onsite for the duration of the event so you don’t miss anything!

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