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Electric Car Show returns to Kemptville for the 10th annual North Grenville Sustainability Fair

The 10th Annual North Grenville Sustainability Fair on Sunday, April 23rd  at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. It will include a return of the Electric Vehicle (EV) Show. It’s free to attend the Fair and EV Show.

Owners will be onsite in one of the rinks of the North Grenville Municipal Centre to show their cars, describe their experience of ownership, answer questions, and talk about why their transportation needs are easily met with electricity, instead of fossil fuel. Bring all of your questions! These owners have racked up a number of kilometers on their vehicles in our local climate.

The electric vehicle showcase will feature over a dozen electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids from a number of manufacturers: Chevrolet, Kia, Ford, Nissan, Smart and more are being added daily. The number of choices available to consumers is still expanding. Buyers now have access to the Chevrolet Bolt with a range of 383km and the first plug-in hybrid minivan – the Chrysler Pacifica. Kemptville also has its first Level 3 fast charge station already online at Solacity, and more fast charge stations are coming online across Ontario making range anxiety a thing of the past.

The EV Show will also feature presentations during the day where participants will explore the models presently on the market and costs of ownership. This will give an introduction to those curious about the vehicles or hoping to determine if an electric vehicle would be a good fit for their needs and lifestyle. In addition, the costs of ownership will be compared with those same costs for more conventional vehicle choices. Find out just how much money is saved when you don’t need to pay for gas, oil changes, etc.

Back by popular demand, dealership sponsors of the EV Show will bring demonstration vehicles for test drives. You can sign up onsite to take an electric vehicle for a drive! You’ll experience for yourself the quiet, powerful performance of these vehicles.

In a world where carbon emissions are top-of-mind for many of us, Ontario’s low carbon electricity generation provides a good potential reduction in transportation emissions by shifting to electric vehicles. Most owners charge during off-peak hours when electricity prices are lowest and excess electricity is available.

The event is on Sunday, April 23rd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the North Grenville Municipal Centre, 285 County Road 44, Kemptville. It’s free to attend so come out for an hour or stay for the entire show!

SNG Fair 2017—Music!

Music is always a feature of the North Grenville Sustainability Fair and this year is no different.  This year’s roster of live performers is all local acts who will be performing during the fair.  The acts range from ladies contemporary and rootsy vocal group Bella Borealis (10 am) to instrumental pianist-composer Alexis Earl (11:15 am).  After lunch, (12:30 pm) the folk-world music trio Fiddlehead Soup will perform, with singer-songwriter Bruce Enloe closing the day and starting at 2 pm.  The music can be found near the concession area in the main hall.

10 am, Bella Borealis:  A trio of Leahbeth Harding, Jeanne Lambert and Polly Beach; Bella Borealis is a small group of talented women from the Kemptville area who sing a cappella and acoustic rootsy classics and contemporary songs.  Formed in spring 2012 after a chance encounter at Kemptville’s The Branch Restaurant, the group has made a name for itself with numerous local performances.  They have also released a full length album (2015’s Sweet & Dandy) and a Christmas album (2016’s Returning).

11:15, Alexis Earl: New to the fair, Alexis is a young pianist-composer and the granddaughter of Arnold and Helen Earl (well-known Ottawa musicians), she has been playing for around 15 years, and has recently decided to take music more seriously.  Her eclectic song selections range from Beethoven to Justin Timberlake, and her original pieces are hypnotic and experimental.  In addition to the Sustainability Fair, Alexis can be heard gracing the stages of numerous open mics in the area and is currently seeking gigs in restaurants and for special events.

12:30, Fiddlehead Soup: World folk and fiddle music group Fiddlehead Soup is an energetic trio of musicians as engaging as they are talented—they start with a haunting Celtic, medieval groove based around native Scotsman Doug Hendry’s open tuned 12 string guitar and warm tenor voice, then they weave it into a gypsy tapestry with mother and daughter Glenna Hunter and Ursa Meyer’s twinned fiddles and voices.  Singing songs from the traditions of multiple countries and in multiple languages as well as their own artfully constructed material, Fiddlehead Soup does an incredible job of making the difficult look not only effortless, but fun!

2:00, Bruce Enloe: A singer –songwriter performing original songs that are equal parts folk, Americana and Beatle influenced pop, Bruce has, in recent years, been described as ‘the James Taylor of Kemptville’, but before that Bruce was born and raised in Bryan-College Station, Texas; the town where Lyle Lovett met Robert Earl King.  He has since added California, Europe and Canada to his list of both musical influences and travels.  After several years fronting the Burning Sensations, Kemptville Ontario’s largest band, he is now recording his third album and striking out on his own for a series of listening room style acoustic shows.

2017 Sustainability Fair & Market: Speaker Series

Sustainable North Grenville will again host a series of presentations and workshops at this year’s 10th Annual NG Sustainability Fair & Market on Sunday 23 April, 2017.  There will be a wide range of exciting topics for living well and sustainably.

At 10:30 AM, Peter Rooney – a local beekeeping expert – will pick up where he left off from last year’s popular presentation on backyard beekeeping.  This year he’ll look more closely into the myriad of challenges honeybees face: the decline of nectar and pollen producing plants; indiscriminate pesticide use; a changing climate; and a vampire-like mite that has caused billions of dollars in hive losses in the last two decades.  Will the honeybee survive?  You’ll learn more about these and the other challenges of caring for bees, but you’ll also hear of the joys of helping Mother Nature keep her plants flowering and prospering and how – if you get it right – you get a share of the profits for yourself.

At 11:30 AM, Dr Ellie Bennett will share with us plans to establish the International Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities in Downtown Brockville.  With administration already underway to establish the ICRSC as a not-for-profit, there are plans to raise capital so that construction can begin as early as 2018.  The Centre will be the focus of efforts from across North America and Europe to inspire creative, innovative, and effective ways for people and nature to thrive together in rural communities. It will include institutes for freshwater and for restoring wetlands, conduct sustainability training for farmers, sponsor citizen science, and promote bee boxes in backyards.  Join Dr Ellie Bennett to hear how the ICSRC will achieve the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere program’s strategic objectives for sustainable rural communities.

Join Janice Ashworth and Dick Bakker at 12:30 PM to learn about the future of community power in Ontario.  They will present concrete examples of how groups can shape the future of electricity generation highlighted with experiences from the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC).   You will learn about emerging trends and developments around community power in Ontario and beyond, and have a chance to ask questions about how you can possibly get involved as well.

At 1:30 PM, Darcy Whyte will ask you to take the challenge of powering your cell phone with clean, renewable energy.  He’ll describe his own personal journey through small, accessible solar module and battery technologies, and show you how he got to the point where he can generate enough energy to support his phone.  His presentation is fun; his delivery style is humorous, warm and friendly, and he makes the session both enjoyable and memorable.  Let Darcy show you how to power your cell phone with sunlight and become more conscious of the energy we use, where it comes from, and how it is made.

Equally exciting, but located in the north rink of the Municipal Centre at the Electric Vehicle “EVent”, Jeff Goodman will be presenting twice – morning and afternoon – about the new developments in electric vehicles.  It is such an exciting time: fully battery-operated cars are now proven to be more cost-effective than their gasoline equivalents and they have the range and a new network of rapid chargers along all of Ontario and Quebec’s major routes and urban centres.  Jeff will show you what’s new and what to look for when buying your first EV.  Find out about the virtually zero cost of maintenance, the generous rebates and the mileage costs that are 1/5th that of fossil fuels.  And don’t forget to ask him about the feeling of driving past gas stations and reflecting on how long it has been since he last visited one.  And while you are at the show, talk to all the other owners there with their cars, see the new models that dealers are bringing, and even go for a test drive to feel the excitement for yourself!

Don’t forget to check out the other great features of this amazing family-oriented event.  The main hall is full of booths representing a cross-section of our community: entrepreneurs & artisans, marketeers & natural health practitioners, not-for-profits and community groups.

There are awesome hands-on activities for your kids and talented musicians to entertain you.  This year’s roster of live performers is all local acts and will be performing during the fair.  The acts range from ladies contemporary and rootsy vocal group Bella Borealis (10 am) to instrumental pianist-composer Alexis Earl (11:15 am).  After lunch, (12:30 pm) the folk-world music trio Fiddlehead Soup will perform, with singer-songwriter Bruce Enloe closing the day and starting at 2 pm.  The music can be found near the concession area in the main hall.


The NG Sustainability Fair & EV Show are free to attend.  Don’t miss this opportunity to have fun, learn and make contacts that will connect you with your community and help you move down the road to sustainability.


The 10th Annual NG Sustainability Fair & Market

Sunday 23 April, from 10 until 3

North Grenville Municipal Centre

285 County Road 44, Kemptville

Just Eat It – A Film About Food Waste

Showing in Kemptville

Sustainable North Grenville is hosting a screening of the award-winning film Just Eat It – A Food Waste Story on Tuesday, March 21. The film will be shown at the Grenville Mutual Community Room, 380 Colonnade Dr., in Kemptville, starting at 7:00pm.

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of our food in the trash?

In this documentary, filmmakers and food lovers Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge.

After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that have been discarded. In a nation where one in ten people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling.

Featuring interviews with author, activist and TED lecturer Tristram Stuart, food waste expert Dana Gunders, and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe.

In their previous film, The Clean Bin Project, Jen and Grant attempted to produce zero waste in an exa
mination of our throw-away society. In Just Eat It, they turn their eye to food waste from farm to fridge. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

Reviews of the award-winning film include:

“Lively, funny and thought provoking.” Globe & Mail.

“Fantastic…educational, entertaining, and potentially life-changing.” The Arts Guild

Sustainable North Grenville is a group of citizens interested in helping to make North Grenville a more sustainable community. Its mission is to foster a resilient community that meets the social, cultural and economic needs of its residents now and for the future, while preserving the environment’s ability to support it.
Screening info:

When: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What Time: 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Running Time: 75 Minutes.

Location: Grenville Mutual Community Room, 380 Colonnade Dr., Kemptville

Admission: Free. This event is open to the public. Light refreshments available.

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“Give North Grenville” 2016

Shop locally for a vibrant community! 

Sustainable North Grenville invites you to join us for some seasonal cheer at our annual get-together and Give North Grenville silent auction.

The event takes place on Tuesday, 6th December from 6.30-9pm at the Maplewood Hall in Oxford Mills and features specialty items gathered from local merchants and artisans.

To be a sustainable community it is important to support your local economy by buying from local businesses and artisans. Why not commit to buying at least some of your gifts this year in the Kemptville and Merrickville area? Shopping locally supports your family and friends who rely on the jobs that local businesses provide as well as the choice and ready availability of many amenities and services which keep  our community vibrant. Use it or lose it!

Among our many offerings this year  is a beautiful Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel. Thank you to Arn and Jan Snyder of Forest Row Farm for this amazing contribution.

Thank you also to our other generous supporters so far: Love My Buns, Ahimsa Yoga, Graeme’s Bakery, Vincent Spa Garage, Business Strategies, Aubin Farm, Geronimos, Body and Sole, Downtowne Ice Cream Shoppe,  as well as hand-made items from crafty individuals. Thank you in advance to our additional contributors. Find out more by following Sustainable North Grenville on Facebook and see photos of some of the items to be auctioned. Please contact Clare Weissflog if you would like to make a donation.

This festive, lamp lit evening will also feature some uplifting tunes from Bella Borealis as well as some light refreshments, all in the beautiful heritage Maplewood Hall in the charming hamlet of Oxford Mills. Take a little time between bidding to go for a stroll around the village and take in the Christmas lights and decorations, but don’t take too long as bidding will wrap up around 8-8.30!

Get some great ideas for spending your gift-giving dollars locally, enjoy some seasonal food and entertainment and support North Grenville’s entrepreneurs at the same time. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

Come out and join us at 6.30 on Tuesday, December 6th at Maplewood Hall, Maplewood Ave., County Rd 18, Oxford Mills!

Monies raised will support the 2017 North Grenville Sustainability Fair on April 23rd.

Hydro Presentation November 14

On Monday, November 14 SNG members and local energy experts Chris Weissflog and Jeff Goodman gave a talk on understanding your Hydro bill and ways to save energy.

By popular demand, we’ve made the evening’s presentations available for download:

Household Energy Efficiency—Jeff Goodman

Understanding Your Hydro Bill—Chris Weissflog

A big thanks to Jeff and Chris, and to Grenville Mutual for their generous loan of the Community Room for this event.

Sustainable Living Seminars

Drop in to the 9th Annual North Grenville Sustainability Fair & Market to learn about local food initiatives and how to produce healthy food at home in an environmentally sustainable manner.  Local experts and community members who are leading the way will be sharing their experiences in a series of seminars that form part of Sustainable North Grenville’s 2016 Sustainability Fair & Market on Sunday, April 17th at the North Grenville Municipal Centre, between 10Am and 3PM.


Two Rivers Food Hub—10:30 

SNG has assembled an impressive line-up of speakers and interesting topics.  Bruce Enloe will kick off the event at 10:30 a.m by providing an overview of the recently launched Two Rivers Food Hub.  People can learn about the services the Hub provides to local farmers and food processors, as well as which fresh, local food products they make available for purchase.  As its General Manager, Bruce will not only tell us how far this fledgling organization has come, but also give an outline of plans for its further evolution.


Farming Without a Tractor: How Multi-Species Grazing Can Help Cultivate a Farm—11:00

At 11:00 a.m Luke Swales will lead a 50 minute session on organic farming.  Luke operates his Earth’s Harvest Farm in Oxford Mills using sustainable, rotation techniques that not only provide better natural feed and reduced risk of parasites and disease for the animals he raises for market, but also build up the resilience of the soil.  Luke has also introduced new vegetable varieties to our markets.  It’s guaranteed that Luke’s enthusiasm will be contagious and will excite you as you learn about sustainable agriculture techniques.


Keeping Chickens at Home—Noon

At noon, you can find out how you could keep chickens at home.  Tim and Margot Allen of Merrickville will share with you their stories, decisions you’ll need to make, what you need to make it work and what you can expect as an outcome.


Keeping Bees—12:30

Our 12:30 p.m. speaker is as sweet as they come. Peter Rooney, a bee keeping expert will be discussing the production of honey and how to get your very own backyard hive started. He will introduce the ins and outs of the sweet stuff that will surely keep you buzzin’ to get your own hive started.


Introduction to Permaculture—1:00

Kurt Liebe, of Miku Valley Permaculture Research and Projects will follow with a look at farming with nature – instead of working against the land – to create a more symbiotic existence. Kurt’s work focuses on sustainable development in areas ranging from Sustainable Food and Lifestyle to Farm Design and Layout. Be sure to check in for this half hour session on what is up and coming in continuous agriculture.



To round out our gardening series, Gerry Baker from Westport and whom many may know from her business work with “The Worm Factory”, will show you how worms can help you turn your kitchen and garden waste into healthy, nutrient rich soil.  She is passionate about using earthworms and other soil microorganisms for composting both indoors and out.  Join Gerry at 1:30 p.m. and take home some of the wisdom she is sharing, and maybe also bring home some worms so you can begin practicing vermiculture right away!


Electric Vehicles: Charging into the Future—2:00

The seminar series “switches gear” at 2:00 p.m. when we change topics completely to Electric Vehicles (EV).  Jeff Goodman will provide an overview of the basics before showing what is expected in the EV marketplace over the next few years.  New and exciting models are coming with more modest purchase prices, more range, more capabilities, and suited to different needs for different families.  If you are at all intrigued by EVs, don’t miss this opportunity to hear it from one of North Grenville’s most enthusiastic EV owners.  And the best part is that the presentation will follow a complete EV show that is yet another part of the Sustainability Fair.  Owners of EVs like Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Ford C-Max Energi, Tesla Model S, and Kia Soul EV will be displaying their cars. They’ll answer your questions and describe what it’s like to own and operate one.

Like the rest of the Sustainability Fair that they are a part of, the seminars and EV show are free to attend.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and make contacts that will help you travel down the road toward a sustainable lifestyle.

Fun for the Whole Family at 9th Annual Sustainability Fair

Mark your calendar for a whole day of family fun at the 9th Annual North Grenville Sustainability Fair & Market on Sunday, April 17th at the North Grenville Municipal Centre, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Children will have lots to see and do while getting their hands dirty in the kid’s zone. Anne Walsh from Art and Soul will encourage children to use a variety of sensory materials to create their own artistic landscape. To inspire children to grow their own food, Diana Steadman from Eat Grow Play Nature Camp will teach children how to use clay, compost, paper pulp and seeds to make seed bombs that can be thrown just about anywhere to foster new growth. For the budding engineer in the family Lego2Learn’s, Dave Melville will bring an extensive collection of Lego for all children to enjoy constructing. Before leaving the kid’s zone children will be encouraged to make a personalized button badge to show their love for the planet. This and many more activities will keep your children happy and entertained. All kid’s activities are free except buttons are a toonie.

Sustainability Fair 2016—Music!

Music for this year’s edition of the Annual North Grenville Sustainability Fair & Market (Sunday, April 17th at the North Grenville Municipal Centre, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) will be provided by a cross section of local, acoustic favourites.  Pop in to hear these fine locals share their talents:

George Hogan, (10am) native Scotsman, current Kemptvillian, singer of songs and player of tunes starts the day with a set of carefully selected mixed traditional and modern covers played in his unique, high energy style.  A great way to start the day!

George Buys (11am) will bring the smiles with his rhythm and boogie-woogie blues– listen for the fun song choices, guitar skills and the best blues harp playing in the area…

Bella Borealis (12pm) is a group of ladies from Bishops Mills, Kemptville and Merrickville who apply crisp and perfect harmony to a clever array of songs spanning the century; old time sing-alongs, selections from the Beatles, jazz standards and recent rootsy and left of center indie selections have all made the Bella’s set list in past performances; the only predictable thing about a Bella Borealis set is the goosebumps…

Fiddlehead Soup, (1pm) is a singing, dancing and playing trio of Doug Hendry on an open tuned 12 string guitar, with the mother-daughter combo of Glenna Hunter and Ursa Meyer on a variety of strings and keys.  Singing songs from the traditions of multiple countries and in multiple languages as well as their own artfully constructed material, Fiddlehead Soup does an incredible job of making the difficult look not only effortless, but fun!

Wrapping up the afternoon are Bruce Enloe and the Burning Sensations (2pm)– a stripped down and acoustic version of Kemptville’s largest band. Bruce sings and plays his original songs with a country, folk, roots and west coast rock vibe that belies his Texas roots and well traveled set of influences. Joined by Shawn Yakimovich on fiddle and mandolin, Doug Hendry on 12 string guitar and vocals and Jay Williams on upright bass (and maybe even some other friends in the mix?) expect harmony, high energy and maybe even a corny joke or two between songs…

The music is presented ‘busker style’ in the main hall during the fair and market, there is some seating provided and there is no charge, although donations are (naturally) greatly appreciated…