In this Issue
- Profile: Inuvik Community Greenhouse
- Canadian CED Network News
- Manitoba CED News
- CED Tool: Resources for Non Profit Financial Reporting
- National CED News
- Job Postings
Profile: Inuvik Community Greenhouse
In 1998, an underused arena and adjacent school were slated for demolition in Inuvik, North West Territories. The buildings still stand today, but have been converted into a greenhouse, which is now home to the Inuvik Community Garden Association (ICGA). While temperatures may be frigid, the ICGA Greenhouse is one of the hottest local gathering places in Inuvik. The Greenhouse is so popular, in fact, that there is a waiting list to use the gardening facilities.
Located 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and 70 kilometres south of the tree line, the Greenhouse is the most northern on the continent. The Greenhouse boasts over 1000 square-metres of gardening space with 74 plots, carefully tended to and maintained by nearly 100 local green thumbs. On the facility’s second level, a 4000 square foot commercial greenhouse produces bedding plants and hydroponic vegetables, which are sold to the community to cover operation and management costs.
A model of sustainability, the unique Greenhouse was constructed with $61,000 worth of recycled building materials salvaged from a nearby demolished structure. The Greenhouse also hosts the community’s largest composting facilities. Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, has also been introduced as an effective way to turn kitchen scraps into rich fertilizer, while reducing landfill waste.
What this northern town lacks in growing season (it only lasts from mid-May to early September), it makes up for in sunshine. From June to July, the sun doesn’t set and gardeners rush to grow as much they can. Many gardeners can the produce they don’t use during the summer, so they can enjoy fresh-tasting fruits and vegetables when the snow and shorter days set in. In a region where fresh produce is difficult to come by, the Greenhouse is a vital source of healthy and affordable food. The production of local fruits and vegetables is helping to reduce food miles and the use of chemical preservatives in the community’s food supply chain.
The Greenhouse is also stimulating the local economy in Inuvik. Garden Markets are held each week during the growing season, where shoppers can purchase fresh produce, fudge, fresh baking. In addition to helping people save on their grocery bills, the Greenhouse has also become surprisingly popular among visitors, who bring much appreciated tourist dollars into the community. To accommodate visitors, ICGA organizers now offer two tours a day during the growing season.
Community outreach and education are key components of the greenhouse. Seasoned gardeners host up to ten workshops and gardening classes a year, where participants learn everything from making fruitful soil to preparing healthy foods they might only see canned or frozen. The ICGA also reserves at least a dozen plots each year for elders and various community groups, including a local elementary school, a youth centre, and a food bank. Planting seeds of economic opportunity, sustainability, and education, the ICGA Greenhouse is helping the community of Inuvik grow and prosper.
More information at: www.inuvikgreenhouse.com
(With information from Raising vegetables in Canada's midnight sun and Strawberries and corn thrive under the midnight sun)
(Photo Credit: inuvikgreenhouse.com)
Health in Common
Health in Common is recognizes that social, environmental and economic factors collectively create healthy sustainable communities, Health in Common works to strengthen these connections by: providing tools and resources to support organizational and community development; facilitating communication and collaboration among non-government organizations, governments and the private sector; enhancing capacity for evaluation.
West Central Women’s Resource Centre
The West Central Women’s Resource Centre exists to empower women to help themselves, their families and their community to safer, healthier lifestyles. Their shared vision is for a healthy, sustainable, equitable, just and peaceful community where women's knowledge and experience is valued and respected. Our vision includes women having hope and strength while living out equal social, economic and political rights.
In response to our policy resolution to support the Co-op Development Tax Credit, CCEDNet - Manitoba is joining the Manitoba Co-operative Association in encouraging co-ops and Credit Unions to contribute to Tax Credit fund this year and help send a strong message to the Province of Manitoba that co-ops are committed to promoting co-op growth here in Manitoba.
In just three months, 29 co-ops and Credit Unions made contributions to this fund which totalled an incredible $72,000. As of January 1, grant applications were made available on the MCA website allowing existing and emerging cooperatives to apply for financial assistance of up to $5,000.
(Source: Co-op Connections Newsletter, March 2011)
As a planning partner, CCEDNet – Manitoba would like to congratulate and thank everyone who helped make Food Matters Manitoba’s Growing Local Conference 2011 a huge success. Feedback for the Conference billed it as the best one yet. Nearly 500 Manitobans congregated at the University of Winnipeg from February 24th to 26th. The conference was an opportunity to learn new food skills, support your local farmer and work towards healthy, fair, and sustainable food for all Manitobans.
Taking action on our committment to ethical purchasing (see CCEDNet's Ethical Procurement Policy Resolution), CCEDNet - Manitoba has renewed its membership to the Winnipeg Social Purchasing Portal (SPP).
The SPP is looking for new supplier and purchaser partners from Winnipeg’s local business and non-profit communities. We strongly encourage anyone who believes in the importance of hiring locally and strengthening the values of CED to sign on. Locally owned small businesses, social Enterprises, worker Co-ops, Corporate offices, non-profits, and government bodies are all welcome! Contact the SPP to learn about how you can grow your business through socially conscious purchases in Winnipeg.
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Each year, CCEDNet member organizations hire emerging CED leaders for six month internships with the help of the CCEDNet's Create Action Internship Program. There are currently 40 interns working across the country with various CED initiatives, organizations, and programs.
Amanda Doreen Hachey has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Canada (2004) and a Master’s in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Sweden (2010). With economic and community development agencies she has worked with small-to-medium sized enterprises in strategic business planning and capacity building. She gained a global perspective and passion for developing economies during business development projects in Panama and with co-operatives in Vietnam. She has created strategic plans and process improvement recommendations for organizations in the financial industry and for various levels of government.
Amanda is now in New Brunswick working with the Co-operative Enterprise Council, co-designing and co-facilitating a Co-operative Business Development program for women and is working to help businesses, organizations, and communities move strategically towards sustainability.
The Soup Bee, a social enterprise owned and operated by the West Broadway Development Corporation, has a problem – a good problem. After sending a ‘buy one litre, get one litre free’ deal to 85,000 Winnipeggers through Groupon, the Soup Bee is close to reaching its operational capacity. In one week, their soup orders doubled, with many coupon redeemers now counted as regular customers. The final tally: 1000 litres of soup sold in one day.
These socially conscious soup makers are so busy that they’re close to hiring another cook, and are considering adding another production day, which means more hours for its staff.
Not only that, but the Soup Bee has also hired the Natural Cycle worker co-op to bike courier their downtown soup deliveries. The Soup Bee can't say enough great things about Natural Cycle who can deliver a whopping 50 litres of soup in an hour and a half for a fraction of the cost of delivering by car.
Congrats to both the Soup Bee and Natural Cycle.
Rural and northern communities are encouraged to revitalize and enhance their buildings, streets and community environment by tapping into the Hometown Manitoba program. Hometown Manitoba provides financial support for rural and northern community projects initiated by local governments, non-profit community organizations, co-operatives and businesses. Funding is provided under three categories: Hometown Main Streets Enhancements, Hometown Meeting Places, and Tree planting component that supports community greening initiatives.
The Daniel McIntyre/St. Matthews Community Association (DMSMCA), a CCEDNet - Manitoba member, was awarded a 2011 Protecting Our Earth award from the Manitoba Eco-Network. The DMSMCA was rewarded for its work in establishing two community gardens, a community bike shop, as well as composting and active transportation programs.
Every year since 1990, the Manitoba Eco-Network has presented Environmental Awards to deserving Manitobans who have "made significant contributions to the awareness and protection of Manitoba's environment".
(Photo credit: The Manitoba Eco-Network)
The Peg City Car Co-op has announced that they are ready to start recruiting members. Peg City Co-op is inviting Winnipeggers interested in their carshare program to an initial recruitment event where you can meet the members of the planning committee, learn how the carshare will work, and ask questions. Most importantly, you will be able to purchase your shares at the event to become a founding member of Peg City Car Co-op.
Shaun Loney's TED Talk is now available online. In it, Shaun shares his innovative approach to poverty, climate change, and crime and tells inspiring stories from the employees at BUILD.
Six organizations have partnered to establish a community-university network to conduct applied evaluation research for knowledge development, exchange and utilization. Open to students and community, the Summer Institute in Program Evaluation will enable participants to exchange information about evaluation for improved program planning and delivery.
A combination of lecture, case study and group work will introduce 75 participants to the concepts of participatory evaluation focusing on the social, economic and environmental determinants of well-being. The Program will run from July 13-17.
Contact Javier Mignone at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Resources for Non Profit Financial Reporting
With tax and audit season here, many nonprofit organizations have questions about financial reporting and accounting. While these resources are from the United States, they will likely be helpful for Canadian non-profits:
Having consistent, thorough internal controls and policies is key to making financial reporting go smoothly. Check out these sample document retention and internal control policies:
Tracking how each employee spends his or her time is essential to making sure you recover (and report) all costs from your funding sources. Also check out tools for tracking volunteer time:
- Activity Based Timesheet
- Tracking Volunteer Time to Boost Your Bottom Line: A Complete Accounting Guide
(Compiled by the United Way of Winnipeg)
This handy list of Postsecondary and Academic Opportunities in CED is a great resource for anyone considering an education in the CED sector. From Masters to Certificate programs, this list can help you find the right school and faculty. It includes a links to program websites and contact information. If you have any questions or suggestions for other academic to programs, contact Matthew Thompson at email@example.com
The REIC was established to identify, and collect basic economic data on, all cooperative firms in the U.S. When completed in 2009, the REIC identified 29,284 cooperatives operating at 73,000 businesses throughout the U.S. economy. These co-operatives own more than $3 trillion in assets, and generate greater than $654 billion in revenue, create over 2 million and spend more than $75 billion in wages.
The Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) has called on the federal government to provide funding to support conversions to worker co-ops. Appearing before the Standing Committee on Finance on February 15, CWCF representatives said worker co-ops could meet the challenge posed by the imminent retirements of large numbers of "baby boomers".
In its submission to the committee, CWCF also reiterated the Canadian Co-operative Association's call for a Co-operative Investment Strategy that would provide co-ops with much-needed access to financing. They also called for a permanent Co-operative Development Initiative program, as the current program is scheduled to end in 2013. CWCF also suggested that the CDI program include support for conversions to worker co-ops.
The Institute for Nonprofit Studies at Mount Royal University has opened applications to its semi-annual applied research fund. The fund grants two applied research awards with a maximum value of $7,500 each to research projects in three areas: Governance within the non-profit and social economy sector; Sustainability of the non-profit sector/ non-profit organizations; and Policy modelling, analysis, design, or critique
Awards are open to any full-time student or faculty member of a Canadian post-secondary institution. Letters of intent are due on April 8, with full proposals are due on May 9.
(Source: On Co-op News, March 10, 2011)
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