Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford


WE ARE CITIZENS OF MERRICKVILLE-WOLFORD AND AREA WORKING TOGETHER TO CONTRIBUTE TO A SUSTAINABLE, SOCIALLY JUST, LOW-CARBON FUTURE.

What better way to welcome spring than with a visit to the new Merrickville Seed Library to pick up donated seeds for your garden. The Seed Library was formed through a partnership between Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford and the Merrickville Public Library, with the help of a generous donation from the Lions Club. If you are new to gardening, our Plant a Garden page has tips to help you get your summer project off the ground.

While planning your garden, consider joining the grow-a-row movement and sharing your harvest with your neighbours or the local food bank. Last year our community contributed hundreds of pounds of food to the Merrickville Emergency Food Cupboard at Rideau Community Health Services, and we look forward to another great success this year. Our Projects page has more information on how to make a donation to the Cupboard.

It’s also a good time to research some local producers. There is a list of farms, some of which offer CSAs, on our Buy Local page. To learn more about local growers and sustainable agricultural practices, among other things, be sure to check out our new podcast series set to launch later this year. More details to come!

We would also like to get your ideas on how to best store our fresh produce over the winter. In particular, we are looking for gardeners or farmers that would like to share their experiences with root cellars and cold storage, and we were wondering whether there is any interest in the development of a communal root cellar? Contact us at info@sustainableMW.org

While our in-person meetings have been temporarily put on hold, we are continuing to share ideas through monthly meetings via Zoom. To learn more about us or to join in on the discussion, you can subscribe to our email list, contact us at info@sustainableMW.org or check out our Facebook page for the latest information.

What's Happening in Our Region

  • We were very disappointed in the response to our petition asking Merrickville-Wolford Council to expand municipal recycling services. Three options were presented at the Council meeting:
    1. Continue with Limerick Environmental Services Inc. until 2023 when Ontario will initiate a program to make producers responsible for managing the waste generated from their products and packaging.
    2. Add funds to the 2021 budget to hire a consultant to do a request for pre-qualification to obtain pricing and options for a new recycling program.
    3. Task staff to explore partnering with other municipalities for one large recycling program, such as Lanark county collective.
    The Council decided to continue with Limerick, with a caveat from option number 3 to "bring clarity in terms of the collective Lanark program to see if and how it is working". No effort was made to consult with Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford or to ask for their assistance.
  • Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford is among several local environmental groups that recently joined David Suzuki Foundation’s Future Ground Network, which provides support for grassroots environmental groups.
  • For all the latest news, check out The Energy Mix - a great source of articles on climate change, energy, and carbon-free futures in Canada and throughout the world.


Read More About Us

Join the conversation

Our meetings have shifted to ZOOM, from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome to join us! A short agenda will be distributed before each meeting.

Events

You can make a difference

  • Aim for Zero Waste

    Simple steps to help conserve our natural resources and reduce pollution.

  • Plant a Garden

    Tips and support for planting and preserving your own vegetables.

  • Buy Local

    A list of farms and other helpful links to help you discover local food sources.

  • Green Building & Renovating

    How we build today has huge environmental impacts on how we thrive or survive tomorrow.

Current Initiatives & Projects

Repair

Repair Cafe

Got something in need of repair? We feature a series of workshops guided by skilled fixer-uppers to help you!

Connecting with Local Farmers

Looking for ways to contribute to food security and support local farms? Join in the discussion and share your ideas!

grass

Greening your Lawn

Longing for a beautiful yard? Discover some amazing alternatives to a traditional lawn by thinking outside the turf.

Advocating for Change

Want to make your voice heard? Join us in encouraging and supporting our municipal leaders to create a local climate action plan.