Children Growing up Disconnected from Nature

David Suzuki was recently on CBC radio explaining how overprotective parenting and the lure of technology are resulting in an entire generation of children being disconnected from nature.  Suzuki believes that being in nature is good for all of us by promoting well-being, less stress and healthier immune systems.  And our kids benefit from “green time” as well.  Studies show that spending time in nature or green spaces helps reduce the symptoms of ADHD.  For more information, click here.

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Beekeeper’s lament

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The beekeeper’s lament : how one man and half a billion honey bees help feed America by Hannah Nordhaus  595.799 M648n

This book recounts the remarkable experiences of John Miller, one of the foremost migratory beekeepers.  Despite mysterious epidemics that threaten American honey populations–and America’s agribusiness– John Miller forges on and moves ahead in a new natural world.  He travels the country with thousands of hives, seeking blooms and making honey.  Nordhaus explores the vital role beekeepers play in American agribusiness and in the maintenance of our food chain.  A fascinating read.

There’s a Buzz about Bees!

The European Union plans to restrict the use of three pesticides to protect bee populations.  Bees are critically important to the environment by providing pollination for a wide variety of crops and wild plants, thereby ensuring biodiversity.  In the past decade, beekeepers have noticed a steady decline in the bee population which could have dire long-term consequences for the environment.  This proposed ban by the EU of three neonicotinoid pesticides on plants and cereals that attract bees is welcome news to farmers, beekeepers and environmentalists.  To read more about it, click here.

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CSL Grown

On April 18, 2013, the City of Côte Saint-Luc unveiled its food charter and action plan which will transform it into an urban agriculture leader in Quebec.

The action plan which was announced during a press conference at City Hall includes the creation of a demonstration garden behind the City Hall/Library Complex to teach gardening skills to adults and children, edible landscaping on city property, a farmer’s market, community gardens, as well as the distribution of food boxes.  To read more on the press conference, click here.

To read more about the action plan and food charter, click here.

 

Earth Day 2013

Come to the library to celebrate Earth Day and partake in our special events (see March 23 blog for details).

Also, take a look at our Reference island display featuring some of our library’s resources on the environment and consult our handout for useful links and a list of our most recent resources.  For more resources, search our on-line catalogue using such subjects as environmental protection, sustainability, recycling, ecology, pollution.

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Urban Agriculture

Here are two books newly arrived in our library which take a look at urban agriculture and permaculture.

Click for more infoThe permaculture handbook by Peter Bane.  This book looks at the urban landscape which has swallowed vast swaths of prime farmland across North America. Permaculture is a practical way to apply ecological design principles to food, housing, and energy systems. This title casts garden farming as both an economic opportunity and a strategy for living well with less money.

Click for more infoThe good food revolution : growing healthy food, people and communities by Will Allen and Charles Wilson.  This book describes the author’s early experiences as a sharecropper’s son and a KFC executive before building a preeminent urban farm to feed, educate, and employ thousands of at-risk youths.

 

Learn about Gardening at the Library

Home gardens play an important role in the growing “eat local” movement.  Now that spring is here, the library will be offering a three-part series, Home Grown : Vegetable Gardening for Beginners, which provides participants with the tools to grow their own vegetables, whether in gardens or on balconies.  The cost is $10 for the series and registration is required.

For more advanced gardening techniques, the library will also be offering a series of workshops, The Seasonal Gardener : Advanced Gardening Techniques, at a cost of $5 per workshop.  Registration is required.

For information on the times and dates the above are being offered, consult our Programs and Events brochure Spring/Summer 2013.