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Mississauga is the Eco Source

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Mississauga is the Eco Source

We're trying to work that soil (click for the rest of the pictures)

Organization: Ecosource

Date: April 14, 2011

Location: 2nd Floor, Clarke Hall,161 Lakeshore Road West, Mississauga

Facilitator: Carolyn Bailey, Urban Agriculture Program Manager

About the Organization: Ecosource is an organization that focuses on educating the people about environmental responsibility through hands-on involvements. Ecosource started out in Mississauga but has expanded throughout Region of Peel and Ontario. They have green schools, workshops and various other programs.

Carolyn and her colleagues educated us on what agriculture is. They also went on to elaborate on urban agriculture (yes, it is possible to grow our own crops in the city) and its potential for food source, business and whatnot. We also played “crop rotation bingo”! Then, we trimmed some plants and transferred tomatoes to pots.

Ecosource is a great organization that focuses on empowering youth environmentally. Our eyes were opened to the alternatives in our lifestyle that lead to healthy well-being and environment. By growing food and eating locally, we learn that we can greatly reduce our carbon footprint and have a lesser impact on climate change. Some of the stuff Ecosource do is to ‘save’ seeds and make a compost.

In my life, I am a more conscious consumer now, I want to know where my food is coming from and try to find ways that are cost-effective but also reduce my influence on climate change and environmental degradation. Ecosource also reinforced our mission of a community orchard. We take what they are preaching and act on it. With our orchard, we plan on making fruits locally accessible. This greatly reduces carbon emissions on transportation. It also fosters knowledge that shifts public attitude on environmental issues to personal responsibility.

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Written by Elvin Madamba

May 15, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Posted in Environmental, Events

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