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2015 Sustainability Fair—April 26th

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015


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COMING SOON: Spring …and the 8th Annual North Grenville Sustainability Fair!

Record-breaking cold temperatures this winter may have had you raising your hands in surrender, but it’s finally starting to feel like Spring! It’s March; the snow is melting; the longer daylight hours help to brighten your mood AND you can look forward to the first community fair of the year next month on Sunday, April 26th, “The 2015 North Grenville Sustainability Fair & Market”.

The Sustainability Fair brings together community groups, locally-owned businesses and entrepreneurs, market vendors, conservation groups and cultural organizations from North Grenville and the surrounding area all of whom are important threads in the cultural, environmental and economic fabric of a thriving community. Sustainability means combining all these strands to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the generations to come.

At this year’s Sustainability Fair you can look forward to a day out for all the family. Talk with local producers, examine nature displays, enjoy a delicious lunch, find volunteer opportunities, create in the kid’s area or even join a new club.  Members of the Farmer’s Market will be on hand with a sampling of the wares you can expect to find when the market season starts.

Electric vehicles are making a comeback this year! The future of transportation is not individually-driven fossil-fuelled cars, but more low carbon options such as E.V’s, electric hybrids, car sharing, mass transportation, and bikes. We are taking over one of the arena floors at the Municipal Centre with up to a dozen electric vehicles. Come and talk to their owners and find out everything you have always wanted to know about driving a car of the future!

Think warm thoughts and prepare to come out of hibernation! Get to know your community better at the 8th Annual N. G. Sustainability Fair  & Market on Sunday, April 26th from 10am-2pm at the North Grenville Municipal Centre, 285 County Rd 44, Kemptville. IT’S FREE!


If you are planning on attending the Fair and think that you could help out for half an hour to an hour either at the Welcome Table or on the Sustainable North Grenville Table then we would love to hear from you. We are also hoping to have a dishwashing crew this year so that Chef Bruce and other food vendors can use real plates for their delicious offerings. Students needing volunteer hours are also encouraged to contact us.

Contact Jeanne or Clare at about volunteering or if you are interested in booking a table at the Fair. We have a few free booth spaces left for non-profit community organizations or clubs who want to reach potential new members.

What: Triple Bill: Zero Carbon Home Building, Climate March – PLUS: Sustainability and the Upcoming Municipal Election

Monday, September 29th, 2014

When: Monday, Oct 6th – Doors open at 6:45pm for a 7pm start

Where: The Branch Restaurant—Kemptville. All welcome.

To bring folks up to date on what been happening this summer – and to talk about ideas for the future – our next meeting is dedicated to three topics:

1. Zero Carbon Home Building
Local family Chris and Clare Weissflog have embarked on an incredible project to build a ‘zero carbon’ home.
“Built-in features will not only zero our home’s carbon footprint; they will produce energy for transportation and assist with production and storage of food. This home will not only allow us to live carbon-free, it also increases our resilience in a time of uncertain energy costs and availability.” Come our and learn more, as Chris and Clare share an update on their project.

2. Peoples’ Climate March
Hailed as the biggest event of its kind EVER, the Peoples’ Climate March last weekend in New York City had over 400,000 people show up – including a few from North Grenville. Come and see photos and hear from participants first hand about this event and its impact.

3. Sustainability and the Upcoming Municipal Election
Got a question you’d like to ask local candidates in advance of the upcoming election? Got some ideas on how to make North Grenville more sustainable? What ARE the questions we all need to be asking? Come out and share your ideas and questions. The election is on Oct 27th – with advance online/telephone voting starting at 10am, October 20th.

This event starts at 6:45pm, is free and open to anyone who wishes to attend.

The Branch restaurant is at 15 Clothier Street East in downtown Kemptville.

Disruption movie screening – September 7th

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Join us for the free global screening of the movie this Sunday (Sept. 7) evening, 7PM.  It will be held in the Spencerville Room of the Grenville Mutual Insurance offices at 380 Colonnade Dr, Kemptville.  The movie is only 56 minutes long but covers the science, politics and available solutions defining the crisis.  If you wish, you can participate in a follow-on discussion of what we can do about Climate Change.

All welcome. Admission is FREE.

For a trailer of the movie and other movie details:

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Shop Local This Christmas at the “Give North Grenville” Silent Auction

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Date: Monday, December 10th
Time: 6:30
Location: The Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill

Sustainable North Grenville’s December event is a relaxed evening of seasonal cheer featuring our “Give North Grenville” Silent Auction  of goods and goodies from our local merchants and artisans.

Join us at The Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill on Monday, December 10th from 6.30pm onwards for a chance to socialize, but more importantly, to try to snag some locally-sourced gifts for friends and family. If luck doesn’t go your way, meet some of our generous donors in person at the event and discover where you can pick up more of their products to complete your Christmas shopping list.

We hope that this year’s “Give North Grenville” event will be just as successful as last year’s when we had over 30 items to bid on including some warm and cozy alpaca socks, delicately-scented natural soaps, a beautifully-crafted wooden cutting board and yummy Christmas treats to name but a few. The atmosphere was especially enchanting as we had to run the entire event by candlelight due to a runaway truck hitting a hydro pole on Clothier Street an hour before the auction started!  It was so much fun that we are planning to bring in the candles and lanterns again this year, but the option to have a little extra ceiling lighting as well, will mean we won’t have to try to figure out what we’re bidding on by  the light from our cell phones!

If you have an item you would like to donate for our auction table, we are looking for

…locally-madecrafts…edibles…clothing…cards…soaps …..or certificates for local services….practical, useful items., then please contact Clare Weissflog by email c2nlt2@sympatico.caor phone 613-258-5721. 

By donating an item you will be advertising your local products/services to members of our group and their friends who are interested in investing their gift-giving dollars in their own community by supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs. Business donors can also have their name and/or logo included in the promotion for the event on the Sustainable North Grenville website. Donations or promises thereof must be received before December 1st in order for us to guarantee this.

So come on out and enjoy some friendly bidding on fabulous North Grenville  goodies……and get some great ideas for spending your gift-giving dollars locally by supporting our local entrepreneurs.

Monies raised will support the 2013 Sustainability Fair on April 28th. .

Sustainable North Grenville’s events are open to everyone; they’re FREE unless otherwise indicated.   A selection of savoury nibbles will be provided by Chef Bruce and coffee, tea and sweets will be available by donation. And yes.…the bar will be open too!

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Current list of Auction Items

Jar of SNG Salsa
Lovingly made during our Preserve the Harvest event this past fall.

$40 Gift certificate to the Branch
The Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill

Birdhouse (made by Terry)
Michelle McEvoy (SNG)

Up-cycled Kool Aid Lunchbag and Tote bag
South Branch/N.G. School Eco-team

Natural grapevine wreath
Carla Eamon (SNG)

5 Christmas brooches
Clare Weissflog (SNG)

2 gift baskets gently-used items from the REAL deal store, Smiths Falls
Rideau Environmental Action League

Bottle of Wine
Blue Gypsy Wines

Book and calendar
Precious Wild Rivers – 2013 calendar of paintings (Valued at $25)
A Place to Walk, A Naturalist’s Journal of the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail (Valued at $24)

Aleta Karstad and Fred Schueler (Bishops Mills Natural History Centre)

Wooden Cutting Board
Victor Desroches (SNG)

Basket of soaps and salves
The Herb Wife

$25 gift certificate
Grahame’s Bakery

1 pair of up-cycled fleece and knit mittens

Courtyard Expressions

Skeins of Shetland wool
Forest Row Farm

Basket of Goodies
Butler’s Victorian Pantry

Toddler’s wooden toy car plus $10 gift certificate
To Be Continued

Basket of Goodies
The Crusty Baker

Artisan tin Christmas tree stars,Stack and Sort Butterfly Toy, Wooden travel Bingo (bid on separately)
Louise and Company

Gift basket of cosmetics
Body and Sole health centre

Natural Healing comprehensive A-Z reference book
Nature’s Way

$10 Gift certificate
Geronimo’s Coffeehouse

2 Tickets to the Medieval Festival in March

Produce basket including local honey
Nora and Jim de Vette


October Event – Don’t Let North Grenville Go to Waste

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Sustainable North Grenville presents:

North Grenville – “Green and Growing” – Embracing the Community Spirit

Time: 6.45 for 7pm
Date: Monday, October 15th
Location: The Branch Restaurant and Texas Grill

The NG Waste Reduction Committee will present a snapshot of current NG waste reduction activities. You will learn that in order to achieve a provincially mandated 60% diversion rate that NG as a community needs to take bolder and more decisive action towards diverting our organic waste from the garbage. Learn of NG’s unique challenges and possible courses of action to continue with the community spirit of “green and growing”. Come to listen, participate and collaborate!

Sustainable North Grenville’s events are open to everyone; they’re free unless otherwise indicated.

Coffee, tea and sweets are available by donation, plus a cash bar. We look forward to seeing you there!


The Upside of Peak Oil

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

The Upside of Peak Oil: why it isn’t all downhill from here

The branch restaurant

November 14th, 2011 — 6.45pm
Oil is a wonderful substance. Produced over a geological timeframe, it is a once-in-a-planet’s gift to the species that worked out how to extract, purify and utilize it. What it has allowed us to do is truly remarkable, both good and bad. It has transformed our social structure, our work habits, our food network: almost everything we now take for granted would have been totally alien to our forebears who celebrated Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in Kemptville in 1897.

It has been, for the western world at any rate, a rather wonderful ride, albeit with a few hiccups here and there.

Within an embarrassingly few generations, however, we have come to the point where most of the easy-to-get oil has been scooped up and used. This comes at a time when the world’s dependency on oil has never been greater.

How will our oil-dependent way of life change, should production fail to meet demand? Is there any fat that can be trimmed from our society that will allow us not only to meet this challenge, but which will actually improve the way of life for us all? Has our ability to make life easier for ourselves made us less flexible? Can we transition away from something so fundamental to our lives here in the snowy northern hemisphere?

In this talk Doug Hendry explores some of what we have achieved using the reserves of oil, and looks at whether Peak Oil is a problem or might in fact be an opportunity.

Doug is a Kemptville resident who, in real life, works all day at solving problems. He also teaches at the University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus and is the former Director of Archives for the North Grenville Historical Society as well as a member of many other community organizations and initiatives.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free presentation.
A light buffet, coffee and sweets by donation, as well as a cash bar, are available.

Blue Gold – Movie Event August 8th

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

“The world’s fresh water is disappearing. As we pollute and waste away our very limited supply, corporate giants are working to make the building block of our globe a commodity, privatizing developing countries’ fresh water. In the midst of this, military control of water is rising, setting the stage for world water wars. This international award-winning film follows various examples of people fighting back against the powers that be – from grade school protests to court cases to revolutions.

In BLUE GOLD: WORLD WATER WARS, based on the book of the same name, we follow numerous worldwide examples of people fighting for their basic right to water, from court cases to violent revolutions to U.N. conventions to revised constitutions to local protests at grade schools. As Maude Barlow proclaims, “This is our revolution, this is our war”. A line is crossed as water becomes a commodity. Will we survive?”

Sustainable North Grenville is pleased to announce that we will be screening the movie ‘BLUE GOLD: WORLD WATER WARS’  at the Branch Restaurant on Monday, August 8th.
The movie will start at 7:00PM with available light buffet, coffee and sweets by donation. A cash bar is also available. Door open at 6:45PM. $5.00 admission at the door. 


To view a trailer for the film click here:

For more information or to learn how to get involved please contact