Local Food under the spot light

The 2021 Local Food Virtual Conference is a series of four free webinars, exploring the hard-won lessons learned from a global pandemic that can help strengthen local food businesses and organizations. Each session takes place on a Wednesday in March, from 10am – 12pm. This virtual conference is hosted by the County of Renfrew and the Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance, with the collaboration of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

In the spirit of the conference, two participatory chef-led lunches will be hosted, featuring foods of Renfrew County and Northern Ontario. You can register for FREE at EventBrite. Click HERE for the link.

Sledders can stay COVID-safe

The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs’ interactive trail maps now show the boundaries of Ontario Public Health Units. This way sledders can ensure they remain on trails within their own health unit. And the status of all trails is clearly visible so you can plan a safe route. Visit https://www.ofsc.on.ca/trail-maps/

For Valley gardeners

The Madawaska Valley Gardening Club recently shared an article from the Farmers’ Almanac about planting a Moon Garden. This is traditionally the time of year when seed catalogues get dog-eared and bookmarked by gardeners, so why not plan to try something new in the garden this season?

The Barry’s Bay & Area Skating Club is raising funds for the Club through Plantables. Check out plantables.ca to choose organic garden-ready fruit and vegetable plants for your garden and enter the code [SKATINGFORLIFE!] at the checkout. Orders over $45 receive free shipping. The Plantables fundraiser is open for orders (with chosen delivery date) right away, and this fundraiser will close on Friday, May 14th.

Last Call: proposals for Pop Up Art Good Ancestor exhibition

Monday, February 8 is the deadline for submissions for the Good Ancestor Exhibition, say Ottawa Valley Creative Arts (OV-CAOS). This exhibit will explore personal connections to the past — what you would ask your ancestors, if you could, and what you would tell your descendants. This exhibition is suitable for any maker or crafter or creative person; you don’t have to classify yourself as an artist to enter. For more information, click HERE to visit the Ottawa Valley Creative Arts website   or email  anya@ov-caos.org 

This week’s COVID-19 test schedule

Remember to check our Classified/Notices page for the latest COVID-19 Test Schedule and other useful community information.

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