A busy weekend in Kemptville with Shop Local Showcase on Friday and Saturday and the Sustainability Fair on Sunday.
Come see us at the Living Green booth where we will be showcasing high efficiency hot water and geothermal.

Details from the 9th annual North Grenville Sustainability Fair and Market! below…

This year’s event takes place on Sunday, April 17th at the North Grenville Municipal Centre in Kemptville.

The fair is a free family fun day out featuring businesses, market stalls, electric vehicles, kid’s activities, food, music, door prizes, and more…

Free workshops all day! 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 throughout the day.

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 (from 10-2). 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 (from 11-3). 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.

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 the area 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…


Two Rivers Food Hub—10:30
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 Enloe will not only tell us how far this fledgling organization has come, but also give an outline of plans for its further evolution.

Earth’s Harvest Farm—11:00
Luke Swale 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
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
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.

All workshops are free to attend and you don’t need to preregister. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and make contacts that will help you travel down the road toward a sustainable lifestyle.

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