Seed sale and exchange

Support our local growers by taking advantage of this great opportunity to revitalize your gardens.

Sunday May 20th, The Market (at the EcoInhabit barn) is hosting its first annual seed/seedling sale and exchange. We are happy to be partnering with Mike (Kolapore Gardens), Kimberly (Free Spirit Gardens), Anastasia (Beaver Valley Flower Farm) and Jennifer Pittet to offer some unique native plants, herbs, fruit and veg.

If you have plants you would like to exchange, bring them along to swap with others.

We will get things rolling around 10am and see where the day takes us.

Hope you can join us!

Jan Singbeil
121 Old Highway #26
Meaford, ON N4L 1W7

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Looking for volunteers for permaculture gardening

Rock Garden

Beautiful Rock Garden ©

This Spring we will be creating several gardening projects on our property based on permaculture principles. Some of the ideas that we have are:

  • Sepp Holzer raised beds
  • Three Sisters – native Americans system where three different plants supply each other with needed nutrients thus helping each other grow.
  • A Rock Garden.
  • Flower Watch Garden – where different flowers blossom at different time of day.
  • Healing Labyrinth – ancient garden path design that is claimed to have a healing effect.

This project will ideally be part of a larger project of building up biodiversity and resilience of Meaford municipality, while at the same time attracting tourists and strengthening local economy.

We will announce the planting dates and volunteer details in our combined newsletter with Green Garden Earth project. But the idea is to provide an opportunity to work on the parts of the project that you want to learn and get the practical skills that you need. Participants will get news updates with photos of the garden progress and will be invited to a celebration in Fall 2012. That way we can become more connected, build a team, and enjoy the results of our efforts in vegetable plants!


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Intuitive parenting – holding baby too much?

I hold my 18 month old son a lot. And I mean a lot. He loves to sit on my lap when reading a book, likes me to hold him, carry him around, pick him up from time to time, I still breastfeed him and we sleep together in the same bed. I really enjoy all those moments.

But sometimes I wonder, am I holding my baby too much? Should he become more independent? Can you hold a baby too much? Well of course, all around I see kids of his age at daycare, with sitters, sleeping in their own beds or being trained to do so. And I constantly hear comments from family and friends like “put him down”, “he is big enough to play on his own”, “you are spoiling him” (ouch!). Sometimes I feel protective and at other times frustrated but… never feel like I am doing something wrong.
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Tree Planting Event Guide and my past experience

by: Julia Belov

December is the best time to analyze the year, which is almost gone and to make for the new year. And why not make green resolution for the next year? I have started thinking about mine and tried to recall what I have done the previous years. Tree planting events were probably the major green projects. Here I would like to share my experience on them and provide a Tree Planting Event Guide if you want to make tree planting one of your green resolutions for next year.

My husband and I have a tradition of organizing major tree planting during the month of April around the Earth Days for the last 4 years. We loved this activity so much the first time that it was hard to stop us the following year.
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Why we use cloth diapers

I was looking for this picture on-line and found this great post written by a like-minded mom (credits at the end). Here you will find some interesting fact on disposable vs cloth diapers.

cloth vs disposable

One years worth of disposable diapers!

In 1988, over 18 billion diapers were sold and consumed in the United States that year.

Based on our calculations (listed below under “Cost: National Costs”), we estimate that 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the U.S.

The instructions on a disposable diaper package advice that all fecal matter should be deposited in the toilet before discarding, yet less than one half of one percent of all waste from single-use diapers goes into the sewage system.

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My Way to Diaper Free Approach

I wrote this article when my son was seven months.

It is amusing to think that a year ago I was expecting a baby and worrying about the necessity of using disposable diapers, which creates such a burden to the environment and feels so unnatural. And here I am today, using on average one per week for my seven month old son. And we could of course forget about them at all but it’s pretty cold here in January and I use disposable diapers for outdoor for my peace of mind. But a year ago I have just discovered the possibility of going diaper free.

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Elimination Communication – Natural and Gentle Approach

I first heard about Elimination Communication when I was pregnant and was looking for environmentally friendly alternatives to disposable diapers. This approach is also referred to as Natural Infant Hygiene or simply Diaper free and is well described in Ingrid Bauer’s book Diaper Free The Gentle Wisdom of Natural Infant Hygiene.

My reasons to have my baby diaper free

Initially I wanted to do this because of the impact on the environment of the disposable diapers. I did not want to use non recyclable materials like if there is not enough garbage for our planet to handle. It feels great that I can do at least this for the environment and for the generations to come. But doing the research on this issue I found many other great reasons: saving money on disposable diapers, baby’s comfort, healthy body awareness and many others.
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Educational Game-Lesson: Bigfoot

Green Footprint
Most of the times, environemntally concious people have parents who taught them in childhood to turn off the light, not to throw garbage in the parks and to think of the consequences of their actions on the environment. At the same time, people, whose parents did not bring to their children’s attention the importance of considering the environment, usually are less carefull about their impact on the nature.
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Look at Education System

Our children are our happiness and joy, but also – our future. The knowledge and culture we pass to them will determine the kind of future there will be on Earth. Does today’s Schooling system give our kids everything we want them to know? Is it adequate in preparing them for a happy and fulfilling life, while making this planet a better place?
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Meaford Attractions – Hiking Trails

Bruce Trail in Meaford

Bruce Trail in Meaford

Grey Bruce Area where Meaford is located has a lot to offer to visitors. And beautiful hiking trails are among our favorite attractions. We always take our guests to one of the trails for them to enjoy the peaceful walks in the woods, scenic views and inspired conversations. So if you are in the area, we recommend you put on nice hiking shoes or snowshoes and explore these gorgeous trails:
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