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.


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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!

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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!

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Shop of the Open-Hearted

Jan has been to the Economics of Happiness Conference in California recently, and has come back with lots to think about, and lots to share with us at a future gathering. In the meantime, here is a video that caught her attention. Click to view:

It would be fun if the North Bruce Peninsula had its own Shop of the Open Hearted! Here are the guidelines:

1) Bring a gift, something  that you value, and place it with happiness on the table

2) Write your name and address on your gift

3) meet and make friends with the person whose gift you have accepted

Easy! And a great way to pass around our items of value, without involving currency. Keep an eye here for the date of our very own Open Hearted Cafe! Youth and elders especially welcome.

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In Grey Bruce, We Farm…

….or support those who do!

I seriously like this image. A lot. Try moving the screen up and down rapidly. Awesome. 

     This Saturday night, the 3rd, there’s a movie in Walkerton playing, called To Make a Farm. Here’s the link if you want more info: . It looks great. We’re going to try and get the farmers up here for a visit. They’re from Being Green Farms, whose link is off to the side un ‘Farming and Agriculture’.  As well, we got our hands on the latest edition of  ‘We Farm Grey Bruce’ newsletter. Their link is off to the side as well. 

     There are some interesting articles in this brief edition. A pickled egg recipe, and explanation of heirloom seeds, and  there are  sources for farmgate produce.  Gumboot Gourmet is creating an on-line farmgate stall. We’ll keep an eye on them and let you know when they are up and running. And lots of places are offering CSA (community supported agriculture)  produce, and it’s time to start thinking about signing up.

     Really, if you think about it, we can now source so many of our food stuffs locally, veggies at Molly’s Gardens, our Farmer’s Market which will be up and running this summer, meat, baking, grains, and beer! The Southampton Market is selling local cheeses, there are sources for nuts that are in the region. 

     This is good, it is putting the control of our food production marketing, purchasing, and consumption in local hands, ours. We need to support this. I encourage you to check out the Foodlink Grey Bruce site link under ‘Food’ to the right.

     Local farmers are putting such effort into their part, let’s do ours. 

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Time Banking

Last week, on CBC’s The Current, there was an intriguing interview with Edgar Cahn, a lawyer and the founder of Time Banks USA. The interview is here:—prosperity-without-cash/

What is interesting about this idea of Time Banks, is that it is a system of bartering that comes with the software support to make it work. WE could make it work, right here in the NBP. And why not, there certainly is the talent and skilled individuals. And when I say skilled, I mean all kinds of skills, formally trained and otherwise.

I have borrowed from their site, in the interest of education, their list of goals that build bridges in communities, because they’re wonderful in their re-evaluation of what is valued work. These are their words:


We are all assets.

We all have something to give.

Redefining Work

Some work is beyond price.

Work has to be redefined to value whatever it takes to raise healthy children, build strong families, revitalize neighborhoods, make democracy work, advance social justice, make the planet sustainable. That kind of work needs to be honored, recorded and rewarded.


Helping works better as a two-way street.

The question: “How can I help you?” needs to change so we ask: “How can we help each other build the world we both will live in?”

Social Networks

We need each other.

Networks are stronger than individuals. People helping each other reweave communities of support, strength & trust. Community is built upon sinking roots, building trust, creating networks. Special relationships are built on commitment.


Every human being matters.

Respect underlies freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and everything we value. Respect supplies the heart and soul of democracy. When respect is denied to anyone, we all are injured. We must respect where people are in the moment, not where we hope they will be at some future point.

The website for Time Banks USA is at the side, under Community and Economy. Anyone up for some social networking that matters?

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It’s that time of year…again!

We had a very productive meeting tonight, starting with a musical interlude provided by John and Stuart, made all the more wonderful by the fact they had made their own guitars. That sounds like a Saturday workshop if ever I heard of one! Stuart’s is made out of a wooden cutlery box, and even has a pick-up for an amp. Amazing. If he were to send me a picture, I would include it here.

It’s time to start thinking about seeds, with spring (also known as ‘Winter ’12’) just around the corner. Join us on March 20th for the 2nd annual seed exchange. Bring your seeds, ideally with labels, and some empty envelopes to collect them in. Last year we had a huge variety of seeds that were shared for home gardens, and this year we could see even more up for the taking. This is a great way to talk gardening with friends and neighbours.

We are excited that Jan is heading off to San Francisco in late March to attend the Economics of Happiness Conference. Hopefully she comes home with lots of ideas, and some links for our Heart and Soul category to your right. You can never have too much heart or soul! Check out the conference here: . And if ever there were a woman right for the job of researching happiness, it’s Jan.

Trees are coming, and how! Start making your plan, and get your trees from Transition when they arrive sometime in April.    3 900 are on order, one for every citizen of the Northern Bruce. We would happily accept donations for the trees, to further fund our Transition initiatives, like resources and perhaps some training for an interested soul. We will be giving them to students at the two Northern Bruce schools as part of our Earth Day celebrations. Let’s be hopeful, let’s plant trees.

Thanks to everyone who came out tonight, made commitments for action, and stuck around for the film. And welcome to the new members to our group, and to our community. It’s a pretty special place, the Northern Bruce, and we hope you will feel at home.



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