Local food / Guides

ProductiveHouse in Montreal
Choosing where to live

Green living in the city

...local and get started in urban farming. Buying from food co-ops and shopping at farmers' markets promotes local food production, tastes better, and is better for you. The agricultural industry is a huge consumer of fossil fuels, not just transportation but through pesticide use, fertilizers, planting and harvesting. ...

Suburb of Toronto
Choosing where to live

Living a greener lifestyle in the suburbs

...food, and collecting rainwater . Small steps to reduce our impact add up when we encourage others to do so. If you have no sun but your neighbour has a huge sunny lawn, offer to help turn it into a garden for half the yield. Less lawn to mow and free healthy food can be pretty enticing. And involve the local kids in ...

The Elegant Farm hydroponic bottle garden

Hydroponic bottle gardener launches kickstarter campaign

...local urban food production. By contributing to the crowdfunding campaign, backers will help make the Elegant Farm widely available. Born out of a desire to grow food indoors in his Montreal home, Jesse Herbert of Oopsmark developed the Elegant Farm vertical hydroponic system. It's easy to operate, takes up less th...

Greenhouse Construction for Cold Climates
Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

...food and the autonomy that comes with it,” Maude says. “Apart from the organic farmer in the neighboring town, it’s a bit of a food desert up here in Gaspésie. I like to know what we are eating, where it comes from and that the food we consume is organic in reflection of our values. Our greenhouse will be a lifelong ap...

Climate change impact of diet
Lifestyle and environment

how your diet affects climate change

...local foods instead of imported Just because a trendy berry is grown in the Himalayas does not automatically make it better for you than berries grown in your locale. Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are antioxidant-rich fruits that you are likely to find grown locally. Small adjustments like those listed ...

Urban farming

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...food we produce at our homes is food that isn't part of the agricultural industry , which is a huge consumer of natural resources. If you have a bit of space, urban farming is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and your food costs. Not only that, it's often healthier and even tastes better. Any would-be gard...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...food. If you have the space, there is little that tastes better than food you grew yourself. In most rural communities you will be able to find local farmers offering vegetables, meats and eggs. In certain ways rural living can’t help but increase your personal emissions, food production and buying local is one way t...

Off-grid home with solar PV & Battery backup
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Thinking about renewable home energy and a battery backup?

...food. The easiest solution to that, particularly in areas that have far more power interruptions, is a small portable generator. It's not something you'd necessarily need to run all day every day, but powering it up to blast some cold into your fridge and freezer for a half hour once or twice a day can protect your foo...

Why a Zero Waste Lifestyle is Important
Lifestyle and environment

Next to Nothing: Why Living Zero-Waste Matters

...local residents. Plastic even finds its way into our oceans, harming marine life and disrupting carbon absorption from the atmosphere. In addition, food and other organic waste often end up in landfills or open dumps. As it decays, methane gas is released, which contributes to global warming. Animal products, such as...

Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials

Waste management: compost and recycling

...local waste collectors in mind and keep it as clean and safe for them as possible. Garbage and recycling bins can build up mould; it would be thoughtful to clean them out regularly. That is a simple matter of some vinegar and baking soda, a scrub with an old broom and a quick shot with a hose. Rinse out food containe...

LEED Homes

The 19 LEED for Homes Prerequisites

...local options for diversion (e.g. recycling, reuse) of all anticipated major constituents of the project waste stream, including cardboard packaging and household recyclables (e.g., food and beverage containers). Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) *Be sure to refer to the rating system guidelines regarding combustio...