Cities are funny places. We need buildings and roads, concrete and density, but crave green spaces. And once that green space is gone, it’s pretty hard to get it back. But imagine if there was a way to transform a concrete corner in to a pop-up park? There’s pop-up stores, so why not pop-up green spaces to remind us all of the importance of nature not only to our communities, but to our souls?
I grew up in the country. The first home I remember was surrounded by farmers’ fields – cows grazing, haygrass blowing in the wind. I became a city dweller many (many) (ssshh) years ago. And I’ve always loved the city. But even in the middle of the bustle, I’ve always sought out green space. I love the energy of the city, but finding a green oasis or even getting completely out into the country reminds me: being constantly surrounded by people and concrete is disconnected from what actually keeps us alive. Fields growing food. Animals grazing. Watersheds cleaning away the toxins we spew in to them every day. Vast forests scrubbing clean the air we breathe. (more…)
We’ve spent the last six months doing our best not to go outside whatsoever unless absolutely necessary. But now that the nice weather is here, we can’t wait to get outside and explore. It’s such a wonderful way to spend time as a family, away from work and devices and distractions. Plus, it teaches our city slicker kid how important it is to connect with nature. Since we’re new to this city, we have a lot of super fun and interesting places to check out. Last weekend our explorations took us to Riverdale Farm in Toronto. What a gem! (more…)
When I was a kid, my family always had a vegetable garden. I can remember planting the carrot seeds and impatiently waiting through the long summer weeks for them to be grown enough for me to rip them out and eat them straight out of the ground dirt and all, or standing in front of the bushy pea vines and stuffing the fat pods into my mouth til I couldn’t move. (more…)
Have you ever wondered how organic farms work, or the pace of life outside the hustle and bustle of the city? On May 24, you’ll be able to find out if you take a little road trip through the greater GTA countryside and participate in the Farm Crawl Hamilton. (Aside: In my young and single days, pub crawls were one of my favourite ways to lose a weekend. But now, old and happily encumbered with family, this Farm Crawl sounds like a way better time – and no hangover to boot.) (more…)
Not that long ago, I said that there is an underserved market out there. That market is the parent market. The people who have young children but still want to get out and be in a place that has things adults like (ethical products, good food, comfy chairs) as well as being kid friendly (toys, place is pretty indestructible, nobody notices/minds if your kid makes noise). Rob Kay and Jill Sheppard obviously thought the same thing (great minds) and have seized on that market opportunity and opened up Two Monkeys Coffee and Tea House in Barrhaven, just outside Ottawa.
What’s in it for grownups? Organic coffee and tea, fresh soups, Cinnamon Pecan sticky buns, homemade food by Grandma, squashy chairs, and other grownups.
What’s in it for kids? A cleverly divided big play area with toys, bright colours, and other kids.
The best of both worlds, finally.
Located on Strandherd drive, Two Monkeys is just minutes from downtown Ottawa and virtually anywhere in the west end. See you there soon!
From the awesome ecomama.ca comes an a fantastic event: a Summer Book Swap!
DATE: August 20, 2008
8 – 10pm
Precious One’s Kids Consignment store, 2675 Old Innes Rd., Gloucester (just east of the Bearbrook intersection).
It’s time to clear out your bookshelves, bring your previously-read books and exchange them for “new” treasures! A very green (and free!) way to read. Also, take advantage of after hours shopping and get 15% off your purchases on both ecomama.ca items and kids consignment items (stock up on back to school clothes and shoes!)
This event is free!
Bring your sister, your girlfriend, a co-worker and come spend an evening among friends. Your next great read is waiting for you, and who knows, maybe a few more treasures!
Refreshments will be served.
RSVP to info at ecomama dot ca or 613 698 9272.
Green Living Ottawa is a blog that does exactly what it says: Talks about environmental issues in and around the Ottawa area. It’s a fantastic resource that provides plenty of tips on how to be more eco-friendly locally, including barbecuing with local, pasture-fed beef, convenient computer recycling in Ottawa, or even providing simple commentary on what’s really “green” about some “green” bags.
Based on this site, ecochick is going to compile a list of city-based eco-sites across Canada to give people insight into what’s happening in their local area. Do you have a favourite? Send it to talk at ecochick dot ca.