Sustainable North Grenville would like to thank all of the businesses, organizations, volunteers, and community members who participated in North Grenville’s Sustainability Festival on April 17th 2011. Over 320 people attended the event. Each year has shown a significant increase in attendance by members of the North Grenville community and also from members of neighbouring municipalities.
Visitors were able to enjoy concession-style, local food from Kemptville’s organic restaurant the branch, purchase bread and early vegetables from the Kemptville Kinsmen’s Farmer’s Market, and talk to a variety of community organizations about their initiatives such as natural history and ecological monitoring, gardening, transportation, water conservation and well protection. Local businesses had products and information about energy alternatives and reducing energy consumption, green household cleaning, re-usable moving equipment, and decorative art made of re-used glass and organic material.
For those wanting to reduce their household waste, there were vermi-composting kits and information about waste reduction and diversion from the NG Waste Committee. Local trail organizations offered maps and a range of botanical and geographical pointers for trail walking in and around the community. The Dandelion Festival had information about its upcoming arts and culture event scheduled for May 27th – May 29th (http://www.northgrenville.on.ca/dandelion.cfm). Outside the Municipal centre, the Kemptville Youth Centre had organized an electronics drop off.
Families also had a chance to have some fun button-making, painting a mural, listening to music, and learning about the Arctic, traditional knowledge, and how local communities – whether far off or here in North Grenville – monitor their communities and take action on the effects of climate change.
Sustainable North Grenville would like to thank the sponsors of the event, Eco-Gen Energy and TD Graham & Associates. We would like to thank the Municipality of North Grenville, Community Living, North Grenville District High School, St Michael Catholic High School, R&B Heating and the NG Waste Committee for advertising the event and the EMC, the Advance, the Record News and the Community Newsletter for photographs and articles. To those who generously volunteered their time by putting up signs, helping with kid’s activities, playing music, helping to set up and take down tables, photographing the event, and welcoming visitors, a very grateful thank you, and to the vendors and organizations that attended the Festival – thank you for your community spirit and sustainable actions.
Congratulations to the 2011 “Promise the Planet” prize-winners, whose posters were on display at the fair. 1st Abigaile Gagnon (Holy Cross); 2nd Alexandra R-L (K.P.S.); 3rd Kendra Beanish (K.P.S.); 4th Natasha Gill (K.P.S.); 5th Alysha W. (K.P.S.); Honourable Mentions, Alena Abbott and Ireland (K.P.S.) and Tatiana Weissflog (Holy Cross). Many thanks to Pioneer Nursery, To be Continued and The Canadian Museum of Nature for their fantastic prize donations and to EcoGen Energy Inc. for their sponsorship of the remaining prizes. Thanks also to Geronimo and Home Hardware for their door prize donations.
Finally, many thanks to members of the North Grenville community who attended the North Grenville Sustainability Festival out of interest – we are green and growing!
The next event hosted by Sustainable North Grenville will be an Evening Exchange: Home Energy Savings – Energy Conservation, Efficiency & Renewable Energy on Monday, May 16th from 7:00-9:00 pm @ the branch (Kemptville). This is a FREE event. Please see www.sustainablenorthgrenville for more details.