September 2014 Update

Thanks to everyone who participated in, helped out, or visited the 6th annual Growing Green Festival!  

Event photos will be uploaded to the Festival website later this month:


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

Remember, Network membership is 100% FREE and open to families & individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations and community groups, and institutions & government departments.  As a general rule of thumb, members are welcome to join from Bridgewater AND area – that means anywhere in Lunenburg County.

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.

Join the 50% Local Food Club!

This is a month-long initiative to increase consumption and purchasing of local foods in Nova Scotia. Why? To support our food producers and farmers, strengthen the local food movement in our province, and simply celebrate food. The 50% Local Food Club provides participants with the resources, support and inspiration necessary to incorporate 50% local food into their diet, and at the same time, connect them with other community members who share a passion for great tasting food.
Check out their website to sign up, and for ideas and recipes:

Outdoor Nature Preschool Opens on the South Shore

Here's a message from CSN Member Amanda Bostlund:

This fall, there is a new opportunity for young children to spend their time playing and exploring in the fresh air. Amanda’s Nature Preschool will facilitate safe discovery and play through an all-outdoor program for a small group of children. The setting is the beautiful old growth forest, meadows and gardens of Windhorse Farm on Wentzell Lake.

Connecting people with nature is at the core of Windhorse Farm and the co-owners, Jim and Margaret Drescher, are very enthusiastic and supportive of their friend, tenant and former-employee, Amanda Bostlund, and her sharing of Windhorse lands for these purposes.

Based in various philosophies, Amanda’s Nature Preschool supports children’s sense of wonder and their unlimited curiosity, and thus develops their physical and emotional health. The benefits of free play outdoors are numerous, including improved physical fitness, cooperation, communication skills, focus, critical thinking and confidence.

Approved under Fox Hollow Family Home Agency, families eligible for government subsidy can have partial costs of the program covered.
This part-time fall program begins Sept. 24. There is still space for a few more children.

The preschool is built on the belief that children are happiest and healthiest when given the opportunity to spend plenty of time interacting within the natural world.  I believe this is true for everyone, but that it’s particularly important to provide this to our children- for themselves and our world.

For more information, please contact Amanda at or 523-4482, or follow Amanda’s Place for Nature Immersion on Facebook.  To get a taste of the preschool as well as children’s summer camps, contact Amanda about an upcoming family day at Windhorse.

Best wishes!
Leon de Vreede, CSN administrator

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