April 2015 Update

We're going to call this issue of the newsletter "The Sharing Edition". Sharing is a simple concept, and one that relates well to sustainability. It reduces the need for everyone to have their own copy of everything (which is why libraries are so great!), supports people in meeting their basic needs, and builds relationships and community bonds.

Recently there has been a lot of talk in the media about "sharing economy" services such as Uber and Airbnb.  Regardless of how you feel about those particular services, it has prompted a number of CSN members to think about how to promote more sharing here in Lunenburg County. They identified a list of local sharing opportunities, which, in the spirit of sharing(!) they chose to offer to you in this newsletter.  These are followed by an inspiring video about how people in Perth Australia went about creating a more sustainable and sharing community on their street.

For those of you who are "sharing" some extra time with your families and friends during this long weekend, we also wish you a Happy Easter!


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.

Local Sharing Opportunities

Here are some ways to get involved in the local sharing community. If you know of others, please tell us!
  • Lunenburg County Seed Lending Library - Come to the Margaret Hennigar Public Library on Thursday April 23rd, 6:00pm, for the launch of the Lunenburg County Seed Lending Library. A seed library provides free access to non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds. Borrowers are expected to let a few plants go to seed, so they can “return” the seeds to the library after the harvest. These seeds will then be offered to others for the next growing season.
  • Freecycle Lunenburg County - Freecycle Lunenburg County is part of a worldwide, grassroots network of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. 
  • Community Share Board - This is a real, physical bulletin board at the Second Story Women’s Centre - 18 Dufferin Street, Lunenburg. It’s a place to offer or find appliances, household items, or services that are free of charge. Drop by the centre, check it out and have a cup of tea while you’re at it.
  • South Shore Swap (Nova Scotia) - A Facebook group for bartering goods and services with people along the South Shore. Nearly 400 members. Got some yummy baked goods and need a cat? South Shore Swap is the group for you! 
  • South Shore Ride Share Resource - A Facebook group dedicated to facilitating car pooling on the South Shore. Over 500 members.
  • Bridgewater Free Stuff A Facebook group of over 2300 people in the Bridgewater area, created to promote the free giving of unused items.

Take a Street and Build a Community

This inspiring TEDx talk (20-minutes) from Perth, Australia, tells the story of Hulbert Street, where residents organized their own sustainable living revolution. The result? Strong neighbourly relations, tearing down of fences, and increased sharing on many levels. Have a look, share it with your neighbours, and tell us what you think.


This month, CSN member Daniel Vokey from Middle LaHave "shares" a bit about himself.

Daniel joined his partner Charlene Morton at their property in Middle LaHave in 2013. As his scholarly responsibilities wind down, Daniel is happily spending less time on academic work at his desk and more time splitting wood in the yard, puttering in his workshop, doing T’ai Chi on their deck, or meditating at the Shambhala Centre in Mahone Bay.  Daniel has been a CSN member since 2013.

Here are a few of Daniel’s sustainability practices that he offered to share with the CSN:
  1. buying tires with low rolling resistance (made locally if possible);
  2. living in only part of the house during cold months to minimize heating energy requirements;
  3. using local and/or FSC wood for home renovation projects whenever possible, supporting the sustainably forestry practices of businesses such as Windhorse Farm;
  4. shopping at famer’s markets in Lunenburg, Bridgewater, and Blockhouse;
  5. replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LED bulbs (with some help from Efficiency Nova Scotia);
  6. saving scrap metal, from rusty fasteners to old water tanks, for recycling at BMI;
  7. using hand tools in the shop and wood shed when power tools are not necessary;
  8. ensuring paper is used both sides;
  9. eating at independent restaurants that use local ingredients

Best wishes!
Leon de Vreede, CSN administrator

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