If you Want a Forest – Start Planting Trees!

Somerville Seedlings — Growing forests for the future – Gord Ball, for Sustainable Orillia Every year, Somerville Seedlings tree farm grows about 3 million trees to sell. At any given time they have about 23 million individual trees on their property. Brent Forbes’ job is to grow them. “I’ve got a lot of trees to […]

Ten Top Actions for Manufacturing and Agriculture Teams

“Let’s not be too busy to save our world.” (BF Nagy, The Clean Energy Age, final sentence) One of the best books we’ve come across for ideas on how to combat the climate crisis is The Clean Energy Age: A Guide to Beating Climate Change, by BF Nagy (Rowman and Littlefield, publishers, 2018). Nagy has […]

Celebrate the Future on Arbour Day!

Celebrate the Future on Arbour Day!   J. Sterling Morton, one of the early leaders of the Arbour Day movement, said, “Other holidays repose upon the past; Arbour Day proposes for the future.” These words truly capture the feeling we experience when we plant trees. Trees, especially saplings, are about the future–critical, long-time partners in […]

How to Avoid Bird Strikes

Tip of the Week: Avoiding bird strikes on your windows – by Kari Klassen for Sustainable Orillia COVID-19 has brought some unexpected experiences, but a sudden rise in concern for the safety of migratory birds was not exactly predictable. In fact, it came as a surprise to Michael Mesure, Executive Director and Co-Founder of FLAP […]

Food Systems Responsible for a Third of Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Sunflower oil factory farm

A new study, published in Nature Food and conducted by researchers from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, found that food systems are responsible for about one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions. The study examined every stage of the global food chain from production to consumption. Predictably, […]

Winter is for the Birds

Red cardinal sitting on a branch in winter

Winter can easily become a time of boredom and shuttering ourselves indoors, so it helps to be reminded there’s never been a better time to get outside to explore and connect with nature. Lockdown restrictions have severely limited our entertainment options but if this steers us back to nature then everyone and our furry and […]

Start Harvesting Rain Water & Protect Lake Simcoe

Blue lake water with small ripples

This spring is shaping up to be different than most. Like many charities, Living Green Barrie is adapting to new realities brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. One project that we have modified is our rain barrel sale! We are thrilled to be able to offer an online rain barrel sale in partnership with rainbarrel.ca. […]

The 2020 Orillia Food Map and Directory

Green vegetables food collage. Silver beet, kale, celery and chard.

Introducing the digital version of the 2020 Orillia Food Map & Directory! The new food map allows for increased awareness and connectivity between consumers and available food sources. Click on the image to download the file.

Sustainability Begins on the Farm

Close-up of seeds growing in rich earth

“EAT TODAY? THANK A FARMER.” All of us have seen this slogan on license plates and in signs in our community. Since the production of healthy, plentiful food for the people of this community and this planet is key to life itself, to ensure that agricultural practices in Ontario and in our local community are […]