Heirloom Vegetables
Speaker: Linda Crago, Tree & Twig Farm
Date: October 16
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Our regular meeting location

Although the growing season is drawing to a close, our speaker this month will inspire us for next year with her discussion of heirloom vegetables. Linda Crago, from Tree and Twig Farm in Wainfleet, maintains that growing heirlooms is an exciting way to try new and unusual tastes, shapes and colours. From an ecological point of view, this also helps to retain the genetic diversity of our food crops. Over the past 100 years, we have lost close to 90 percent of our vegetable varieties, resulting in, not only a loss of diversity, but also a threat to our food security. According to Crago, "Heirlooms are the link to the past and are the key to our future"

Linda Crago has been operating Tree and twig Farm, a Community Supported Agriculture-style business, for about twenty years. Every spring, hundreds of people from all over Ontario visit her farm to purchase her heirloom seedlings. She began selling heirloom tomato seedlings and then moved on to seeds. For ten years, she has organized Niagara Seedy Saturday, an event where people can share, exchange or buy seeds and discover new varieties.

Come and find out how you can stimulate your taste buds by gardening with these delicious varieties from the past. Members of the public are always invited to join us.

Video on Climate Change
Butterfly Festival

Butterfly & Pollinator Festival

  • Sunday, June 11, 2017
  • 11 am – 3 pm
  • Free Admission
  • Stevensville Conservation Area

Join us on Sunday, June 11th, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Stevensville Conservation Area, 2555 Ott Rd., Stevensville, for the third Butterfly Festival in the Fort Erie area.

Plan to spend a fun filled day learning all about butterflies and other pollinators. There are plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy, such as nature hikes, native plant sale, and displays.

The little ones will also be kept busy with creative crafts and games. A new addition this year is a Story Walk called "Ask Me" by Bernard Waber and Suzy Lee. A walk in nature while reading this picture book mounted on story boards will delight one and all.

Join Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority's Deanna Lindblad for a talk on the topic "No Space is Too Small" at 1:00 p.m. Find out how to do small "restoration" work in your backyard pollinator garden.

The Fort Erie Conservation Club will also have soup, sandwiches, water, tea and coffee for sale for hungry visitors.

Entrance to this family friendly event is free, so be sure to bring the kids.  The Butterfly Festival is sponsored by The Bert Miller Nature Club, the Fort Erie Conservation Club, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, and volunteers from various organizations in Niagara.

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Lake Erie Coast Project
Lake Erie Coast Project

Read an update on this year's activities on this important Shared Project between MNR and the our Club.

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Lyme Disease

Ontario Public Health Division fact sheet on Lyme Disease.

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2017-2018 Program

The 2017-2018 Program and Membership form are now available.

Nature in Niagara
Spring 2017 issue of The Rambler is here!

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Our Shared Concern
The 10 Melbourne Principles

The increasing conflict between human activities and the biosphere is unsustainable – the climate is changing, biodiversity is decreasing, habitats are being lost and most ecological systems have been significantly altered. If human society is going to prosper in the future, we must immediately adopt ecologically sustainable practices. In 2002 the U.N. Environmental Program proposed the "Melbourne Principles" as a guide to an equitable and sustainable future. In 2009 the Region of Niagara incorporated these principles into the Regional Policy Plan. The Bert Miller Nature Club is now asking that everyone in the environmental community become familiar with the Melbourne Principles and insist that they be applied in their communities as the standard of practice.

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