Here is a link to CBC’s Ideas show on degrowth. It is a thoughtful look at how keeping it simple and small can be good for us AND good for the planet. It’s worth a listen:


Leave a comment

Filed under Interesting Links

Welcome to Spring…?

After a long, snowy, blowy winter we are finally thinking about spring. Join us at the next Transition gathering on Wednesday, March 26 as we pack in a lot of activities, and hopefully some cake and visiting as well. We’ll be gathering at Bruce Peninsula District School.

At 6:30 we’ll be hosting what Tina believes is the 5th Annual Seed Exchange. Bring your seeds, pots, extra supplies and anything else you have to share with other gardeners. At 7:15 Jim is hosting a showing of the Canadian-made documentary Petropolis. This film examines the impacts of the Alberta Tar Sands from the amazing perspective from the air.

Here’s a link to the HD trailer:

Please join us for this important film, and a great evening with people who are really happy to be out of the iron-grip of winter.

Leave a comment

Filed under News and Updates

Thanks for the evening…

…Tarrah and Nathan! As promised to everyone who was there to hear their amazing adventure in farming, here is the link to the site for Green Being Farm. Check them out!

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

To Make A Farm

We’re excited to be hosting two of the stars of an award-winning film next week!

Tarrah Young and Nathan Carey will be joining us for an evening dicussion about the highs and lows of starting a farm in this day and age. Their early days on their farm, as well as those of others, has been documented in the very well-received film “To Make A Farm”. They are coming to share their story, and perhaps segments of the film.

Please feel free to join us on the evening of June 12th. Details are to the right. If you would like to hear the stories of young people walking a different path in life, this will be a great evening to join us.

If you’d like to watch the film before-hand (we’re not sure if they intend to show it or not that evening), click on the link to stream their film online.

As always, bring a date. We’ll look forward to seeing you!

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized


There are a couple of recent events that make our next meeting relevent and of interest to many. First of all, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has been communicating frequently from his stint on the International Space Station, which he has been in command of for the past several months. Anyone following him on Facebook has been charmed by his posts and images of our home from space. He never uses the pronoun ‘they’, only ‘we’, as in, we live here, and this is where we live…in short, he is showing us the links and bonds between the human family here on this planet, our only home.

And late last month, millions around the world, and many right here on the peninsula, celebrated Earth Day. Every student of Bruce Peninsula District School was out in force on the streets of the school’s community, cleaning the roadways and beach.

click on the image to go to the trailer

Blend these two ideas together, and you get the gist of the film we are showing on May 22nd. The film Home (2009) was produced by Luc Besson (The Big Blue, The Fifth Element) and is narrated by Glenn Close. The film contains by aerial shots by Yann Arthus-Bertrand of our Earth, and tells the story of its fragility and essence to our existence . It’s going to be an amazing evening of film, and we encourage all to find a friend, grab your popcorn, and join us.

See you there.



Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

It’s Never Too Early…

…to start thinking about your garden!

The Bruce Peninsula Environment Group is hosting an evening all about gardens, community gardens that is. Do you have any ideas, talents, energy to share? Then bring them to January 2nd’s BPEG meeting. 7:30 at the Lion’s Head Anglican Church Parish Hall. All are welcome.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Permaculture Resources

Thanks Peter and Erin

A big thanks to Peter and Erin and their assistant who regaled us with great stories and home-movies (Oscar-worthy for sure) about their adventures in permaculture. I think everyone there agreed there was great energy, and a very accessible message for all us new permaculturalists. Peter wants people to know that he is an available resource to us as we begin our own adventures in the garden.

Here are the resources that Peter said he would make available. The books and internet sites are listed here. The online videos are linked in the special ‘permaculture’ section of the links area. Have a look around.


Christopher Alexander et al.

A Pattern Language

(this is in our collection: anyone know where it is?)

Peter Bane

The Permaculture Handbook

Darrell Frey

Bioshelter Market Garden

Toby Hemenway

Gaia’s Garden

(this is in our collection)

Sepp Holzer

Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture

Bill Mollison

Introduction to Permaculture

Rosemary Morrow

Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture



The Permaculture Activist (USA)

Permaculture Magazine (UK)

Acres USA: A voice for eco-Agriculture


See links under ‘Permaculture’


Leave a comment

Filed under News and Updates

Get Permacultured!

The North Bruce Peninsula Transition Community would like to invite all our friends and neighbours to an evening session on Permaculture with our  resident expert, Peter Allemang. Actually, his residence is Purple Valley, but close enough.!

Peter, and his partner, spent part of the summer in Vermont getting their certification in this field so they can really and truly call themselves experts! They will be speaking to us about what they’ve learned, and show us photos of projects around their place. Who knows? One day we could arrange to visit Peter there, but for now we’ll host him.

Permaculture involves design, engineering, and architecture to create sustainable systems by which we can live with minimal impact and maximum output. It’s principles include putting the Earth first, because obviously we  humans cannot live without a healthy home.

Join us for an evening of learning and socializing. All our welcome: Tuesday, November 20th, 7pm at the school in Lion’s Head.

Leave a comment

Filed under News and Updates

Hey! Good idea!

OK. Here’s the exciting news: one of our good ideas (!!) is going to be tried by a company called Parkbus. Started by a group of outdoor enthusiasts in 2010, it is meant to make the Ontario outdoors accessible to those seeking alternative modes of transportation. Other partners involved with this fantastic initiative include the Ontario Parks, Parks Canada, Mountain Equipment Co-op, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

        Buses have been going to Killarney Provincial Park and Algonquin P.P. for the past couple of summers, and this summer they will respond to a demand to come up to the beautiful Bruce Peninsula National Park.

         The bus will leave Toronto early in the morning, and arrive at several stops on the Peninsula through the afternoon. But here’s the tricky part, it would appear that the Parkbus is going to give us a trial run, and there are only three September dates on the books. So we need to spread the word, and take the bus, and let them know there is need for this service. This is a great attempt to give public transit a try up the Peninsula.

       Check out the site, and spread the word. And take the Parkbus this summer!

1 Comment

Filed under Interesting Links

4000 Trees!

A big THANK YOU to all the citizens of the Northern Bruce Peninsula who took home trees to plant in their space. ALL 4000 trees were spoken for, in the end, and hopefully they all got in the ground before yesterday’s perfectly rainy day.

I plan on taking a big, deep breath next week…I’m sure the air will be better for our collective actions this week. If you want to send in pictures of where you planted the trees, do – and we’ll post them here. Hooray for the citizens of the Bruce who have taken such good care of the earth this week!

Leave a comment

Filed under Local initiatives