Lambton County is home to the countries richest farmland, yet it seems to be continually hampered by numerous factors. In recent years, the loss of provincial financial support to maintain services is widely viewed as the main issue. Land use, woodlot management, water conservancy, pros and cons of pesticide use, green energy, logistics and marketing are some of the environmental issues facing our farmers. Did I mention climate changes?
Green Drinks Sarnia hosted Brooke-Alvinston farmer Dave Ferguson to discuss some of these factors.
Mr. Ferguson is the new president of the Lambton Federation of Agriculture, a group with 2,200 member farms formed to work with it’s provincial organization to lobby governments, and is also involved with the Lambton Woodlot Owners. Dave’s farm, in the eastern part of Lambton County consists of 900 acres of grains and oilseeds grown with pesticides and conventional fertilizer, along with some pasture (Which is rented out) and about 120 Acres of managed woodlot.
This promises to be a lively and informative evening set in the relaxed setting of the back room at Limbo Lounge. Green Drinks is an international network that began in England in 1989. Green Drinks has ~670+ chapters in 65 countries, including 30 in Ontario. Ours is the first Green Drinks chapter in Sarnia-Lambton.
Over a pint or a soft drink and some snacks, students, engineers, business owners, concerned citizens and curious folk discuss topics like genetically modified foods, the Alberta Oil Sands, greening local industry, The disappearance of the Monarch Butterfly, and the plight of the honeybee.
Green Drinks Sarnia is an opportunity for anyone interested in environmental issues to gather, socialize, network and learn in a casual atmosphere.
Each month, a “discussion leader” leads a chosen topic of conversation. The subject is presented for 10-15 minutes, and then everyone is welcome to join in. The conversations are meant to be lighthearted and informal. After about one hour the discussion ends and people are welcome to share announcements and news updates, then stick around for networking and socializing.
- Green Drinks happens the second Wednesday of every month.
- Green Drinks begins at 6:30pm – sharp
- Green Drinks is held at 100 Christina Street North
- Green Drinks is free to attend and is open to all who are interested. The only condition of membership is to respect the opinions of all and provide space for everyone to participate.
by Dave Watson