August 2015 Update

Have you ever begrudgingly given in and tossing out that piece of equipment that you KNEW could be fixed, if only you or someone else could do it (for a reasonable price)?  Have you ever thought despairingly about the mountain of garbage and, increasingly, electronic waste our society generates?  Check out the inspiring vision behind, and listen to founder Kyle Wiens explain why we should aspire to fix... just about anything!

Love the idea of building your "maker" and "fixer" skills and increasing your self-sufficiency?  You'll love what we have in store for you this month.  It's August, which means that there's LOTS of great events going on that help people connect with their inner mechanic, artist, green thumb, what have you.  Learn about sustainable homes, "upskilling", local food, and just about anything sustainability-related at our fabulous annual Growing Green Festival!  Yes folks, it's time to get inspired, learn something new, and meet some great folks along the way!  Happy August!

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.

The Growing Green Festival Needs You!

For every amazing event at the Festival there’s an amazing team of volunteers behind the scenes making sure everything is running smoothly. If you’d like to become a part of that team there are positions available at Crave Local on August 21, the Street Fair on August 22, and the Up!Skilling Expo on August 23. Visit our website to see the volunteer positions and learn more about the events, or email Tucker at!

Who Likes Local Food?

The Growing Green Festival along with Wile’s Lake Farm Market, is proud to be hosting Crave Local: A Taste of Home, on Friday August 21st from 5:30-7:30PM.

This event will be different from last year’s local food event, instead of a sit-down dinner this year the event will be attended by a number of local beer, wine, spirits, and juice producers giving out samples with a delicious variety of appetizers prepared by Wile’s Lake Farm Market.

Tickets are $20 and are on sale now at the Bridgewater Town Hall, the Petite Riviere Winery, Wile’s Lake Farm Market, and Haskapa’s Mahone Bay store! Find the full list of vendors that will be attending, and the evening’s menu on our website.


For our summer newsletters, we are introducing our summer sustainability staff to the rest of the community!

Tucker Mertens grew up in Pinehurst and finished high school at Park View in 2013 before taking a year off school to travel. This summer he is working at the Bridgewater Town Hall as the Summer Sustainability Program Assistant, helping with planning and activities for the Growing Green Festival and the Bridgewater Community Garden Network. He will be returning to Concordia University in the fall for his second year of Civil Engineering. Some of the things he does to live more sustainably:
  1. Worked for the MODL last summer promoting active transportation on the South Shore by hiking, cycling, and kayaking from Chester to Yarmouth
  2. Biking to work and school year round
  3. Splitting firewood by hand (the perk of moving back in with your parents for the summer)
  4. Taking a bar of soap to the river for summer swims to save water
  5. Putting on an extra sweater or three during the winter
  6. Hitch-hiking to and from Montreal for school
  7. Feeding food scraps to my parents’ pigs and composting other organics for their garden
  8. Delving into home winemaking and brewing, hopefully soon with local fruit and hops!
Tucker's position is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Clean Foundation.

Best wishes!
Leon de Vreede, CSN administrator

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