February 2013 Update

Those who attended Wednesday evening's unveiling of Bridgewater's draft Downtown and Waterfront Master Plan would agree that the energy in the room was quite exciting!  Would you like to see it, too? The Draft Plan is now available on the Town’s website! We strongly encourage everyone who is interested in Bridgewater’s future to see what “big ideas” may be coming to your downtown!

We’d like to hear your thoughts on Draft Plan! To do so, visit www.bridgewater.ca/downtownplan and submit your comments by March 1st. The Town’s consultant team will use your feedback to make final revisions to the Plan, which will be released by mid-April.

We can all help Bridgewater become an inviting, walkable community, and orient itself back toward its beautiful and life-sustaining river!


A hearty welcome to our newest member who joined in the past month:
You can find out more about all our members, including what sustainability products, services, interests and ideas they have, by viewing their profiles on the Network website.

Upcoming Events
Know of any relevant events to add to this FREE calendar? This is your chance to inform people about all the great things going on around here!  Posting an event is easy: go to the Events section of the website, click on "submit an event", and fill in the form. One of our moderators will review the information and post the event if it meets our general criteria.  If you have any questions about what kinds of events you can post, please contact us.

Stories from the CSN Blog

It's been a cold and sleepy month on the South Shore, as the fields and gardens lie fallow and my brain is inclined to do the same! Nevertheless we managed to squeeze in some interesting conversations about sustainability trends and practices, with blog posts on the following topics:

  Stylish Seconds
Annie Morrison's musings on "Frenchy's cool" and how very lucky we are to have excellent second-hand shopping in Nova Scotia.

Sustainability Studies 101
A review of some of the most interesting, best-written, and accurately informative sustainability resources around the web.

Winter Dishes
Recipes for using local produce at the least exciting time of the year, plus a sneak peek from my upcoming book Maritime Fresh: Delectable Recipes for Preparing, Preserving, and Celebrating Local Produce.

As we enter the new year, watch the blog for Annie's musings on Idle No More, an account of sausage night at The Lunenburg Makery, and more! In the meantime, we'd like your thoughts:  what sustainability topics excite you? What organizations or events would you like to read about? Drop me a line at uuelisabeth@yahoo.com or give me a ring at 634-8090. I’ll look forward to chatting.

Sustainably yours, Elisabeth Bailey, CSN Social Media Coordinator

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South Shore Sustainability Expo 2013 - Get Involved!

The 2nd annual South Shore Sustainability Expo will take place on Saturday April 6 at the NSCC campus at 75 High street in Bridgewater.  This free event will showcase the best in local and regional business, community and civic practices for sustainability.
Many CSN partners participated in the Expo in 2012 and brought a very enriching element to the gathering, which serves as a chance to celebrate good green practices happening in our area, just as the annual Growing Green Festival provides during the summer.
Please consider taking part this year. To register as a participating exhibitor or vendor please contact Leif Helmer for a registration package at leif.helmer@nscc.ca Registration is open until March 15. 

As one of the organizing partners, the CSN is also looking for members to volunteer with the planning and coordination of the event.  Want to get involved in this exciting, innovative event?  Send an email to Leon at sustainability@bridgewater.ca or reply to this newsletter.

Bridgewater Community Garden Network Seeking Volunteers

Are you a fan of the community gardening efforts that are happening in Bridgewater? The volunteers who help make these things happen are looking for your help.

The Bridgewater Community Garden Network (BCGN) is seeking new members for its "Core Team". The core team is a small group of volunteers that, in partnership with the Town of Bridgewater, oversees the operation of the Hodge Podge Community Garden, as well as other BCGN projects (such as Incredible Edible Bridgewater, and an Edible Trees grant that we hope to receive this year).

The group meets as needed, usually about 1/month during the garden season, and less frequently in the off-season. It is an action-oriented group, so there is a nice balance of "meeting time" and "doing time". There are no particular skills you have to have to join. What all core team members share is a passion for helping the community garden succeed.  To find out more, please contact Ernie at bridgewatergarden@gmail.com.

FarmWorks Investment Coop

CSN is pleased to co-sponsor an information session Monday February 25th at the Best Western at Exit 12 about the FarmWorks Community Economic Development Investment Fund (FarmWorks CEDIF). FarmWorks Directors will explain how to invest and describe the benefits of investing in farms and food production in Nova Scotia. Last year, FarmWorks raised $223,500 and that money is supporting nine outstanding Nova Scotian food-related businesses. The Directors have received applications from many more farmers and food producers, so, they would like to raise $250,000 this year through the sale of more shares to people interested in supporting Nova Scotian agricultural and food enterprises.

All those interested in supporting the growth of  a local food economy are encouraged to attend. You will meet some of the people FarmWorks is supporting and hear about the Provincial tax credits for investors. There will be time for discussion. Coffee and local snacks will be served.  Event details may be found on our event calendar or on the FarmWorks website. http://farmworks.ca/home/

Following the FarmWorks session, there will be a THINKFARM information session organized by the NS Department of Agriculture.

Community Group Retention & Expansion Initiative

Did you know that there are approximately 1100 not-for-profit organizations and community groups in Lunenburg and Queens County? The Lunenburg Queens Volunteer Partnership is excited to announce a 10-month project that will offer supports and resources to a number of these organizations and will collect valuable information about the state of the not-for-profit and voluntary sector in our region. The information gathered during the assessments will be used to enhance the design and delivery of programs, training, funding opportunities and other supports for the sector.

The Community Group Retention and Expansion (CGRE) project includes an assessment that identifies concerns relating to human resources, financials and funding, volunteer recruitment and retention, marketing, technology and other general information. 

For more details about the initiative, to apply to be a volunteer to assist in the administration of the assessments or if your organization is interested in taking part in the assessment, you can contact Steph Beaton at 277.1587, email lqvolunteerpartnership@gmail.com or visit www.lqvc.ca.

Growing Green Festival - Get Involved!

This summer will be the 5th anniversary of the Growing Green Sustainability Festival.  Would you like to be part of the energetic volunteer team that makes it happen?

From its beginning as a small 4 hour fair at Shipyards Landing, the Festival grew last year to a 2 day event involving multiple venues. This included a popular street fair, a sustainability tour featuring leading edge sustainability initiatives around Lunenburg County, a lively music concert and fresh air films at King Street Court, a Close to Home dinner held in the greenhouse at Wile's Lake Farm Market, a "green-themed" art show at the library, placemaking projects around Bridgewater and more.

All of our Growing Green events are built on a proven formula and solid foundation of positive experience. However with our expansion into multiple events has  come a stretching of our volunteer capacity. In order to continue to offer the art show and the film night, we would like to have some early indication that we have the volunteers to successfully organize these two events.  Many hands make light work.  Volunteer time required for either of them is between 6 and 12 hours.  If you would like to join an organizing committee for one of these events, contact the festival organizers at growinggreenfest@gmail.com or call 541-4390. 

This year's festival will be held on August 16-17.  Stay tuned for more information over the next few months!

Best wishes!
Leon de Vreede, CSN administrator

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