submitted by Clare Weissflog

While the weather makes up its mind if it is winter or spring outside, local volunteer-citizen group, Sustainable North Grenville, has been busy pulling together its plans for the 9th  Annual North Grenville Sustainability Fair. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, April 17, from 10 am to 3 pm at the North Grenville Municipal Centre in Kemptville.

Rooted in a celebration of Earth Day, the Sustainability Fair brings together locally-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, market vendors, artists, conservation groups and community groups from North Grenville and the surrounding area; all of whom are important threads in the cultural, environmental and economic fabric of a thriving sustainable community. Get to know people who are part of the foundation of our local economy; chat with the booth holders and find out about their products and services. Peruse the market stalls for locally-produced art, crafts and goodies. Find out about the community organizations that make North Grenville a great place to live and work.

Our ninth Sustainability Fair brings you all the best of fairs past AND introduces something new. The “Grow Your Own” workshops will feature presentations and discussions to help you start producing your own food or expand your gardening horizons. The price of food has certainly been rocketing up in the last couple of years; maybe the idea of growing your own is increasingly appealing. Stay tuned for more information about our schedule of presenters later in March.

At the 2016 Sustainability Fair, you can look forward to a great day out for all the family. Kids can enjoy nature, art and science activities in the kid’s area. Plant and take home seeds to nurture and grow on your windowsill, make a stylish button badge to show your love for the planet or make one secretly to give to Mom on Mother’s Day. Watch this space for more information on our full range of interactive kid’s activities to be announced at the beginning of April.

Intrigued about electric vehicles? The Province of Ontario recently announced an increase in the amount it is granting for the purchase and leasing of Electric Vehicles (EVs). It has also requested proposals from municipalities and private businesses to help establish a network of fast charging stations across the province’s major highway system. $20M of provincial money has been set aside to help kickstart a network that will enable Battery EVs to travel longer distances more reliably, and help overcome a significant barrier to EV ownership.Come and check out a range of E.V’s at the Sustainability Fair and bring your questions; the E.V. owners love to talk about their cars! Chargeable electric-powered tools for your yard will also be featured.

All this activity is sure to make you hungry, so don’t forget to bring your appetite. The Branch Restaurant &Texas Grill will be serving up some delicious eats from their food concession: locally-sourced ingredients skillfully prepared by Chef Bruce and Nicole and served with a side of community love. All this while listening to a selection of top musical talent, also sourced locally! There’s something for everyone at the North Grenville Sustainability Fair. AND…we have great door prizes…. so don’t forget to fill out a door prize ballot!

We are lucky to have such a great community with so many talented and engaged citizens. Come out to the 9th Annual N. G. Sustainability Fair  & Market and get to know your community better!

To book a table or to volunteer please contact Jeanne or Clare at Student volunteer hours available. For more information about Sustainable North Grenville please visit our website:



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