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Join the Fenelon Falls Climate Strike

Submitted by Abigail Jardine

Our planet is changing, so why aren’t we?

For many years scientists have expressed their concern about global warming. Environmental non-profits such a WWF, Greenpeace, and Sierra Club advised citizens to take shorter showers, bike instead of drive, turn off lights, and turn off the tap when brushing your teeth in order to combat climate change. As much as those easy tasks are great they are simply not enough.

We must reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by the middle of this century to have a reasonable chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C. This means we are not doing enough at the moment to keep emissions down.

We - the children and youths of today - have realized that our future depends on it. We are the last generation that can make a change before it is too late, before we can not reverse the damage we have done. Tomorrow, on September 27th 2019, we the children will march to show our town, our city, our government that we are not asking for change - we are demanding it.

Our village can be a part of a big change. We as a community can reduce our plastic, eat more plant-based foods, buy local goods, use more renewable energy, carpool, elect politicians that create change, and so much more!

Young people do not want to return home to Fenelon Falls one day with our future kids and tell they can not swim in the lake because it is too polluted. We do not want to tell them how there used to be many trees, fish, birds, and blue sky, and at night you would see the most beautiful stars and not cast smog. Change is upon us and let’s start by letting everyone know. Let’s march hand in hand for a better future.

Join the Climate Strike in Fenelon Falls on Friday, September 27th at 11:00 am. Meet at the marquee sign on Oak Street, and feel free to bring signs encouraging action for this peaceful protest.

Fresh Ingredients for Fenelon Food Bank - The History and Accomplishments of Fenelon's Victory Garden

Submitted by Alex Tan

After last years successful harvest consisting of hundreds of pounds of fresh produce donated to the Salvation Army’s food bank the Fenelon Falls Horticulture Society are gearing up for round two. The Victory Garden is located at 50 Oak Street in Fenelon Falls, right on the north side of the historic Maryboro Lodge - Fenelon Museum. The garden consists of ten elevated planters that grow a plethora of herbs, fruits and vegetables. From butternut squash to dill, the garden grows over 20 edible species of plant. 

Below is the Victory Garden at the beginning of summer followed by a picture just a month later. 

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As I talked to the organizers and community leaders working on this amazing project I learned a little bit about the history of Victory Gardens and how that vision has been scoped to tackle modern issues. 

First a bit of context. The term victory garden was first used to describe the mobilization of Canadians as they used rooftop gardens, planter boxes and a converted flower gardens to grow food to feed the brave Canadians and their allies fighting in WWI. It was seen as a leisurely way to be patriotic on the home front. This grassroots movement supplied food for the war effort while boosting moral across the country. This practice continued through the Great Depression and found a resurgence in WWII.

The spirit of victory gardens pushed everyday Canadians to turn their rooftops, vacant lots and balconies into a force for positive change. Today, Fenelon’s Victory Garden is taking on another war. The fight against hunger is being attacked head on as members of the Horticulture Society harvest pounds of fresh produce for the food bank. The Salvation Army receives 3 to 4 kgs of food each week and that number grows every week. If you wish to get involved with this amazing project, you can visit the Fenelon Falls Horticulture Society on Facebook or visit their website backyardbuzz.ca

The food bank would also like to thank the many individuals, other community gardens and local businesses that are so generous in donating fresh produce.

Rosedale's Pollinator Garden a Big Success

Submitted by Barb Young

In 2015 a group of volunteers in Rosedale undertook a project to re-establish the once well-used parkette by the Trent Severn Bridge. With the assistance of the Coboconk Norland and Area Chamber of Commerce and Kawartha Conservation, grants were obtained and a wonderful parkette established.

The parkette includes a large pollinator garden which we have been watching over the years to see if they "work." Last year at least one Monarch Butterfly and Caterpillar were spotted. However, this year things are greatly improved. On June 24 at least 8 Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars were spotted on the milkweed plants in the garden (and that was just by walking around the periphery on the pathway). I'm sure there were plenty more inside. It seemed like almost every other milk weed had at least one caterpillar and some had two. Some were quite large and some not much more than an inch.

Our conclusion is that these garden really do work and everyone should have one! We can't wait to see the next stage in their transformation.

Pollinator Pathway Garden Tour

The Kawartha Lakes Pollinator Action Committee invites you to learn more about pollinator gardens by taking their Pollinator Pathway Garden Tour on June 22, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, as part of Bee City’s Pollinator Week celebrations.

What is a pollinator garden? How can you help support our declining native bees and other beneficial insects? On this self-guided tour you can visit up to 12 private gardens and 7 public spaces. Big and small, old and new, in towns and around the countryside.

Discover the nature in someone else's backyard. Meet your neighbours. Find out where to buy native plants. Discover new corners of our fair "City". "Bee" inspired to register your own garden on the Kawartha Lakes Pollinator Pathway.

Save the date. Choose where you would like to go and how much time you would like to spend. Contact us at beecitykawartha@gmail.com to find how to obtain your Garden Tour Map when they are ready. When the tour passports and maps are ready, they will be available at Municipal Service Centers. Choose where you would like to go and how much time you would like to spend on your own self-guided Pollinator Pathway Garden Tour!

Turtle Walk 2019

2019 is the year of the Tartan Turtle!

The Fenelon Falls Turtle Walk is happening on June 15th this year. The Turtle Walk is a family friendly event that coincides with the Strawberry Moon, which is the most active time for turtle nesting, and when many turtles are near roads.

Turtle Walks are held to raise awareness and help protect the turtles as much as possible. The fundraiser also supports the Turtle Guardians T5 Campaign, which strives to protect Turtles using Teaching, Tracking, Tunnels, and Trauma Care in cooperation with the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre in Peterborough.

Bring the kids to this easy 2 km walk to see live turtles and to enjoy face painting, and crafts. Prizes are available for the best costumes, turtle awareness signs, and for answering skill-testing questions during the walk.

Check out www.turtlewalk.ca and www.turtleguardians.com to learn more, or donate through a local fundraising campaign here: bit.ly/2HvVfLw

See you at the locks at 10:00 am on June 15th for the Turtle Walk!

Earth Day

In recognition of this year’s Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd, take a moment to ask yourself: how can I live a greener lifestyle or be more eco-friendly?

Being mindful of your environmental impact is easy, and good for the community as well as the planet! Doing your part is as easy as making some of these habits: put litter in the right receptacle, bring your reusable bags to the grocery store, avoid single-use plastic, eat more plants, shop local, walk or ride instead of drive, and reduce waste by bringing your own travel mug and reusable water bottle when you’re out and about.

On social media, the hashtag #trashtag is trending for posts sharing pictures of outdoor spaces before and after someone has cleaned it up and made it free of litter and garbage. Are there any areas in our community that could use the #trashtag treatment?

Take a before picture, clean the space up, take an after picture, and post it to social media. It’s that simple! Use the hashtags #trashtag and #funinfenelon in order to earn 3 entries in this month’s contest and to be shared on our social media channels. The prize this month is $50 - help the environment and you could win.

This Earth Day, let’s all commit to keeping Fenelon beautiful, and after this month keep the public cleanup trend alive: bring a bag of litter cleaned up from a public space in town to Julia at the Country Cupboard in exchange for a free frozen yogurt!

Green Scene — Healthy Tips for GREAT Lunches

Green Scene

Written by Zoë and Edie McIntosh

Sick of making lunches yet?

This week we are going to give you some healthy tips for GREAT lunches! Hopefully you have your stainless steel or at least reusable containers (not plastic baggies or plastic wrap) and stainless steel water bottles.

Here are some of our favourite lunch foods:

  • Chopped up veggies and dip or hummus for protein

  • Salad - but don’t put the dressing on at home because the salad gets soggy! Yuck! Some of our favourite salads include green salad, kale salad, chickpea salad, caesar salad, bean salad, potato salad, pasta salad…..so many yummy salads!

  • Leftovers are another favourite - whatever your family loves to eat just make extra so that they can have it again for lunch (homemade pizza, rice, pasta, meat (roast, steak, chicken etc…) made into sandwiches the next day (tempeh or tofu for our vegetarian and vegan friends)

  • Cheese and crackers - a classic, add some cut apple slices too!

  • Nachos and salsa or hummus and pretzels

Be sure to also eat at least one serving of fruit each day - we like it when the fruit is chopped up with a drop of lemon to keep it from going brown before we get to it and sent with a fork from home - but NO plastic forks please!

We have also decided to just drink water for lunches to cut out the juice box and straw, which cuts down on litter in lunches.

Bookmark some recipes for homemade, healthy granola bars, cookies, and muffins - we try to do some baking on the weekends to make lunches easier.

Another tip is to make a dinner plan for the weeknights so that you have all your ingredients and can plan to use healthy dinner leftovers for lunches!

Thanks, we hope this makes packing lunches easier!

Zoë and Edie

Back to School - Green Ideas

Green Scene with Zoë and Edie

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Many families are getting ready to go back to school this week, and so we thought that it is a good time for everyone to do some thinking about back to school habits.

Clothes:

Have a clothing swap with your friends, that way everyone gets a new outfit without buying anything new!

If you do decide to buy your clothes new, look into the company that sells the clothes that you are buying - you might be surprised by what you discover (and NOT in a good way!)

Buy local or Canadian-made goods, stocked by your local shops here in town, or check out the Salvation Army for second-hand name-brand clothes.

Ask yourself: do I really need new clothes?

Backpacks and Supplies:

Only get a new backpack if your old one is wrecked, you truly do NOT need a new one each year. Same goes for your lunch pail!

You KNOW the teachers are all getting organized and that every class has pencils, markers, and pencil crayons, so you really do not need anything like that to be ready for back to school.

New pencil case? Nope don’t need that either!

If you MUST buy something for start up, buy your class paper straws to help get rid of plastic straws!

Lunches:

This is one place we can ALL do better and it is not that hard!

A stainless steel (or at least reusable plastic) water bottle is the perfect place to start! This is where we can make a big difference refusing single use plastics.

Stainless steel containers are the BEST, but we know they are expensive so in order to not use any plastic baggies and plastic wrap please go for the reusable plastic containers for lunches unless you can afford the stainless steel

Kids, you can PAY ATTENTION when you are being reminded about the recycling and composting rules at your school so that YOU can do a good job! Join your school Environmental Club (WHAT?! There isn’t one?? START one at your school)! No composting program? Bring your compostables home. No recycling? No way, that's just not true.

In the next issue of Green Scene we will be giving some healthy lunch ideas for anyone packing a lunch! 

Zoë and Edie McIntosh

Green Scene — Get Outside, Get Involved

Written by Zoë and Edie McIntosh

This week we want to provide you with some options to get outside, get involved, and maybe learn a little more about nature... here are some awesome options right near us!

The Maryboro Lodge - The Fenelon Museum

There is free yoga in the park on Mondays at 9:00 am, knitting on the veranda on Tuesdays at 9:30 am, on Wednesdays at 11:00 am there are outdoor sketching classes and the Afternoon Tea from 1:30 until 4:00 pm (the Afternoon Tea is the only thing that is not free, only $5.00 for tea and 2 scones), Thursdays at 10:00 am is Outdoor Activities, and on Saturday there is the Settler’s School in the one-room schoolhouse beginning at noon. You can also help harvest the Community Garden and learn more about gardening on Mondays at 10:00 am. The garden is a great and relaxing place to spend time outside!

For more information go to www.maryboro.ca

Gaaming Nature Centre

Located just outside of Bobcaygeon is another amazing option so close to home! "Gaaming" is Ojibwa meaning “at the shore.” At this center, there are hiking trails, bird watching, wetlands conservation projects, a Native species nursery, and a discovery shack to explore and discover nature. There are also summer day camps for kids and new this year is a Forest School opening in September. So COOL!

For more information go to www.gamiing.org

Ken Reid Park / Kawartha Conservation Area

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Ken Reid park is between Fenelon Falls and Lindsay. On this area of 272 acres of land, there are maintained trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. There is bird watching and even a floating boardwalk winding through the provincially significant MacLaren Creek Wetland. There are picnic shelters, a playground structure, and an off-leash dog park. Kawartha Conservation also runs environmental programs for all grade levels for schools. There is a Parent and Tot Exploring Nature Program on Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 am on August 16, 23 and 30th. For kids aged four and up there are day camps, too!

For more information go to www.kawarthaconservation.com

There are lots of ways to be active and get outside! Let’s not forget the amazing rail trail. Our family walks, runs, and bikes to town on the trail all the time! There are lots of ways to get involved and be part of our outdoor and environmentally active community. Some volunteer options include: the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society who plant and maintain many of the beautiful gardens around town including the community garden at the museum, and the Garnet Graham Park “goose poo crew” also needs help to keep the beach open to enjoy the water. Contact brianandgay@hotmail.com if you have a few hours to spare once a week to help keep our beach clean.

It takes all of us to make Fenelon great! Let’s all get outside, learn something every day and volunteer our time to make a difference!

Zoë and Edie

Bee Cities and Bee Schools

Written by Zoë and Edie McIntosh

Welcome back to the Green Scene! In this issue we are going to discuss pollinators and what our community is already doing to support them. Did you know that the City of Kawartha Lakes is a Bee City? Our school, Langton P.S. became a Bee School this year through the hard work of our Green Team. You might be wondering what it means to be a Bee City or Bee School.

Bee City Canada’s mission is to “inspire cities, towns, First Nations, schools, businesses and other organizations to take action to protect pollinators.” The City of Kawartha Lakes Bee City team is working on an exciting project that is aiming to turn part of the landfill in Fenelon Falls that is not being used any more into a pollinator habitat. Isn’t that amazing?! 

At Langton P.S. we built 6 raised bed gardens, one is a pollinator garden. We also made and then threw seed balls with native plants into the field beside our school. We have also made insect hotels to help our pollinators.
 
At the Maryboro Museum in Fenelon Falls the Horticultural Society has created a butterfly garden, as well as vegetable gardens. The food from the gardens is donated to the local food bank.

Whether you are a homeowner, a businesses owner, or a community group you can do your part to protect pollinators. At our house we have made a butterfly/pollinator garden where we planted flowers that are native to this area. Remember that you don't need lots of land, all you need is a pot and some seeds! Most importantly, PLEASE do not use pesticides ever! Without pollinators we will not have any food….which is pretty important, don’t you think?

If you want more information about becoming an official Bee supporter, you can go to www.beecitycanada.org to find out more! You can also read about all the cities, schools and businesses and what they are doing including City of Kawartha Lakes and Langton P.S.

Thanks for reading!

Zoe and Edie