Lynn Despatie’s bakfiet bicycle is her ‘van,’ transporting kids, groceries, garden supplies and much more.

Lynn Despatie didn’t think a bicycle could be a primary mode of transportation until she became a mother.  She shares the story of how cycling became her main way of getting around.

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Walking and biking are an important part of family life for Olathe and Stephen MacIntyre and their two boys

Olathe MacIntyre chose a family home within walking distance of work, school, downtown and greenspaces to make it easy to use sustainable transportation. 

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Regenerative Agriculture Grows Food and Sequesters Carbon

James and Josee Morin raise their four children and make their livelihood on their family farm, Kipling Ridge Farms, down the highway in Verner.  Using Regenerative Agriculture brings benefits for their farm, their community, and the environment.  James tells us more.

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Food forests grow food, build community, and provide habitat

Food forests grow food, community, habitats, and healthy soil.  Carrie Regenstrief of Sudbury Shared Harvest tells us about Greater Sudbury’s Food Forests.

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"Cultivate Your Neighbourhood" in community gardens, or at home

What do you do if you want to grow food, but have nowhere to grow it?  You can join a community garden!  

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The Flour Mill Community Farm Grows Food and Jobs in Sudbury

There are lots of great local farms in our region, but did you know that Sudbury also has an urban farm? 

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Solar panels on a downtown Sudbury home

Bill Crumplin installed solar panels on the roof of his home near downtown Sudbury.  He has not paid for electricity from the grid since April, 2019.  Here is his “Solar Story.”

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Solar panels on the roof of the farm house help McGrow Farms grow local food

Stuart loves farming, and ecological farming in particular.  He loves being able to provide fresh local food, and employing youth, training them in ecological, sustainable farming methods.  Would you guess that roof top solar panels are one of the things that allow him to sustain and grow his farm?

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Just down the highway, this home has been retrofitted to produce most of its own heat and electricity renewably

Daniel Proulx has lived in his home for 45 years, and has spent the past 30 doing retrofits.  His home now produces most of its own heat and electricity.

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Living in an off-grid straw bale home near Wanup

Pierre Harrison and Susanne Leffler built their own passive design straw bale home near Wanup and have been living there for over 11 years.  “Living in a straw bale house is very calming, relaxing and cozy because the walls block out so much sound. In the winter, the stucco on the walls stores a lot of heat which makes the house very comfortable. All of these nurture a sense of well-being in the house. It also helps that we are in the middle of the forest,” says Pierre.

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