• Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA’s, are a great way to support local farmers, eat local and organic produce, and make our region more sustainable.
The family farmers in our community supported agriculture (CSA) network are taking orders for the summer season of deliveries.
From June to October, nearly 100 farms will deliver weekly summer baskets of fresh, locally grown, organic produce to more than 500 drop-off points across the province.
- 6 to 12 varieties of vegetables in each basket
- possibility of continuing in the winter (winter basket)
- option of ordering organic meat
To make it even more convenient for you this year, we are offering more drop-off points at Metro grocery stores, as well as in some Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) train stations.
Sign up now! (In French only, our apologies).
• Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
Achieving self-sufficiency is the key measure in having a resilient community. How can we shift more of our resources away from Bay/Wall street and towards our local neighborhoods? Bay and Wall street will not feed us, provide shelter or keep us warm, although they may like to think they can.
Source: Post Carbon Institute
Why community resilience?
Community because we believe that the most effective ways to work for the future we want are grounded in local relationships—with our families and neighbors, with the ecological resources that sustain us, and with the public institutions through which we govern ourselves.
Resilience because the complex economic, energy, and environmental challenges we face require not solutions that make problems go away but responses that recognize our vulnerabilities, build our capacities, and adapt to unpredictable changes.
The Community Resilience Guides will cover these four elements, so critical in creating thriving, resilient communities:
- Investing in the local economy.
- Growing local food security.
- Producing local, renewable energy.
- Planning locally for an uncertain future.
Local Dollars, Local Sense is the first in this series, and the series is just one element of a bigger effort: the Community Resilience Initiative. Stay tuned for more announcements, and ways you can participate.
These are challenging times. But they are also full of opportunity. We hope Local Dollars, Local Sense and the slew of other resources we’ll provide through the Community Resilience Initiative will inspire you, and help you build resilience in your community.
• Saturday, October 22nd, 2011
Sustainability is another word for “immunity from government tyranny.” We cannot possibly be “free” of something we despise, if we are still entirely dependent on it.
Source: Land Destroyer Report
Believe it or not, growing your own food or visiting your local farmers market is more revolutionary and constructive than burning down your own city and killing security forces…
They need us, we don’t need them. That’s the big secret. We get our freedom back as soon as we take back our responsibilities for food, water, security, the monetary system, power, and manufacturing; that is independence. Independence is freedom, freedom is independence. We’ll never be free as long as we depend on the Fortune 500 for our survival.
Fixing these problems unfolding overseas starts with fixing the problems in our own backyards. Boycott the globalists, cut off their support, undermine their system, and they lose their ability to commit these atrocities. That will be a real revolution and it can start today. Not burning cities and masked rebels waving flags, but communities no longer dependent and fueling a corrupt system we all know must come to an end.
Where are farmer markets in Montreal? Jean-Talon is the city’s largest farmer’s market, but there are others.
• Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
Dot & Lil is a small company making homemade bath & body products in Montréal. We try to use locally produced organic ingredients whenever we can, both to reduce our carbon footprint and bring you the best quality in our finished product.
• Sunday, December 07th, 2008
These ideas courtesy of the Organic Consumers Association
1) Buy your green or organic gifts locally: Support your local economy by buying from local businesses. Ideally, choose items produced locally. Even if the item isn’t produced locally, you are supporting a local business and recirculating your money back through your community.
2) Gift certificates: In a struggling economy, letting your loved ones choose what they want to buy can sometimes be the best gift. Consider buying gift certificates from your local co-op or natural food store, independent bookstore, or locally-owned restaurants.
3) Get crafty: Don’t be afraid to offer handmade gifts. Put together a book of family favorite recipes. Make your own calendar. Give your loved one a coupon book offering your free services for massages, chores, and hugs.
4) Donate to a nonprofit of your choice in your friend or loved one’s name. For example a gift membership to the Organic Consumers Association. Many organizations, like the Natural Resources Defense Council provide certificates or thank you cards, that you can give to your loved one, acknowledging that you have made a gift donation in their name.