Transition Guelph

Category: Urban Food

The next Repair Cafe will be on Sat May 2yth at the downtown branch of Guelph Public Library from 10am to 2pm! There will be volunteers who will help to fix electrical appliances, electronics, clocks, computers, clothing, jewelry, bikes, etc. There will also be a volunteer who will help with sharpening knives! Bring your broken stuff and have them fixed with the help of our volunteer experts!

Visit the Facebook page to know more about the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1454586504566216/

Visit the GTL website to learn more about Repair Cafe: http://www.guelphtoollibrary.org/repair-cafe

This is a free event organized by the Guelph Tool Library.

The Urban Sugaring Project is starting up again with a  free pancake breakfast on Saturday January 28th from 9 am until noon.
The breakfast will take place at St. James the Apostle Church, located at 86 Glasgow Street North (corner of Paisley Road and Glasgow Street North).  Come and meet the committee members, hear more about the project, and enjoy some pancakes with locally made maple syrup!
The Urban Sugaring Project allows tree owners to tap their trees and have volunteers boil the sap and turn it into syrup. At the January 28th breakfast, tree owners can rent a kit (a bucket, tree tap, and instructions) for $10.  The sap is collected and return to a central location for processing.
To learn more about the project please contact us at urbansugar@transitionguelph.org

Potluck Welcomes Green Thumbs and More

On Wednesday February 15 Transition Guelph is hosting a free community potluck from 6 until 8 p.m at St James the Apostle Anglican Church located at 86 Glasgow St North in Guelph.

This will be a fun night of food and discussion. Transition Guelph’s Urban Food Working Group will be making presentations on the many projects that they have on the go. Learn about Tree Mobile, GROW, Urban Sugar Project, Appleseed Collective, Guelph Community Orchard Project and much more. Transition Guelph will also be signing up volunteers for upcoming projects and events.

On Wednesday February 15 Transition Guelph is hosting a free community potluck from 6 until 8 p.m at St James the Apostle Anglican Church located at 86 Glasgow St North in Guelph.

This will be a fun night of food and discussion. Transition Guelph’s Urban Food Working Group will be making presentations on the many projects that they have on the go. Learn about Tree Mobile, GROW, Urban Sugar Project, Appleseed Collective, Guelph Community Orchard Project and much more. Transition Guelph will also be signing up volunteers for upcoming projects and events.

This has been a busy year for the newly formed Guelph Tool Library. We have managed in a very short time period to put together an interesting selection of tools, set up our location (123 Woolwich Street), develop our website/database (guelphtoollibrary.org) and begin lending out tools.

first-donationAs our library is made up almost exclusively of donated tools, I have had the opportunity to go out and meet many different people. It has been an interesting an enjoyable experience meeting the many donors and hearing their stories about the tools and appliances they are giving us. Some tools have come from people that are downsizing or moving away, others have come from families that are clearing out the estates of their family members. Some people are just no longer using the tools and want them to go somewhere that they can be put to good use.

We found out quickly that their are lots of rakes floating around out their so we have a great collection of various sizes and shapes! Some of the donations have been spectacular such as the almost new table saw donated in the spring and a propane smoker! Some donations have been much smaller but all have been welcome and helped us build up our inventory of tools (we have over 200 in our database).

tools1Susan Carey, another of the Coordinators of the Guelph Tool Library, has a great philosophy on our tools. Susan says that “people don’t necessarily want a drill, they want a hole.” Our goal is to facilitate our members getting their hole, or their garden roto-tiled, or their tomatoes crushed, and so on. So we have drills, rototillers, and tomato mills among the many tools and appliances to lend out.

So please keep us in mind if you have some tools that you don’t use or are thinking about upgrading. We even accept some broken tools as we have some community partners (JD Small Engines – http://jdsmallengines.ca/) and talented volunteers that can repair them. I am looking forward to meeting many more or you and hearing your stories.

Submitted by John Dennis,
Guelph Tool Library Coordinator

Image result for tool repairDo you have a tool that is in need of repair?

Come out to the Guelph Tool Library’s first Tool Repair Café! Patrons will leave the Repair Café, proudly holding their newly repaired item and with a smile on their face!

What to Bring

Clothes, jewellery, toys, bicycles, electrical appliances, etc.

Where

St James The Apostle Anglican Church ‐ 86 Glasgow Street North

When

Saturday, 20 August 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Want to Volunteer? Contact us at toollibrary@transitionguelph.org

Come out for an official tour of the Guelph Tool Library!

Visitors can stop in for a light snack and drink while seeing the GTL space and inventory, learn how to use the GTL online reservation site, and buy a membership.

More at http://urbanfarmtour.weebly.com/workshopsspecial-events.html

Transition Guelph’s Urban Food Working Group is presenting a half-day, free, self-guided tour of urban farms and gardens. The Urban Farm Tour will include 15 farms and gardens of all shapes and sizes, including community gardens, home gardens, and actual farms.

Communities all over the world are slowly building sustainable food systems that are more equitable and ecologically sound. The Urban Farm Tour is meant to highlight the many ways in which we can grow food in the city and inspire those that tour the gardens to try to grow something themselves. Many gardeners and farmers will be available to answer questions and impart their knowledge about how to grow delicious, healthy food.

Learn how to grow diverse crops, keep chickens and bees, use permaculture methods in urban areas, harvest rainwater, make compost, and much more.

More at http://urbanfarmtour.weebly.com/

Come enjoy the wonders of nature while foraging for wild edibles on a late morning/early afternoon hike! Whether you’re keen to learn about nature, want to be more self-reliant or perhaps lack a green thumb, foraging is a fantastic window by which to explore the natural world and increase one’s awareness of and respect for its beauty and complexity. Wild foods are very nutritious and often have much higher amounts of minerals and nutrients than their domesticated counterparts, they not only benefit one’s nutrition but can also be a medicine and they do all the work of growing themselves for free!

Join experienced forager and nerdy biologist Luke Eckstein in exploring and gathering from what is around us. We will see what’s out right now, touch things, taste things, and discuss all aspects of foraging. We will practice our identification skills, share knowledge and get better acquainted with the world of plants (and mushrooms if we encounter any)! 

More at http://www.mingaskillbuilding.ca/workshop/foraging-for-wild-edibles-summer-morning/

What’s going on with the GTL

Location: The site search continues but we do have a few good options to consider. If you know of a business or group that has a suitable affordable space, please let us know! We need a single car garage size space, with electricity, heat and water. It should be centrally located and near a bus stop and on street level with easy access.

Tool Donations: Our library offers a collection of tools specifically gathered to support urban and backyard agriculture and food production in Guelph. Donations of basic garden tools are flowing in well but we haven’t received much kitchen related inventory. A list of things we could use is listed at the end of this update. Please spread the word!

Our Art Collection: We saw an opportunity through the tool library to grow support for the arts in Guelph,  furthering the local growth of resilience skills like creativity. Saba Sanienejad has stepped up as our Curator of Art & Craft Tools. These could include:
Leatherworking tools
Glass and tile cutting tools
Sewing machines and sergers
Easels
Dremels
Weaving and spinning equipment
Paper and matt cutters

Repair Cafe: We’re hosting our first Repair Cafe on the morning of August 20th at St James the Apostle Church. You can bring in a broken household item and ideally, get it fixed! There will be various repair stations: electrical items, jewelry, zippers, clothing, furniture and wooden items, etc. The CSA Bike Centre will be there for minor bike repairs and maintenance. There will also be a locally grown salad buffet brunch, tool library donation drop-off, swap tables and info displays. More info to come!

Networking the Guelph Sharing Economy: We’ve been connecting with others working locally in other sectors of the sharing economy. Last week we met with the CSA Bike Club and Ed Video. Next week we’re meeting with Ten Carden. Also this month we will be meeting with the Guelph Public Library and the city’s Community Garden Working Group.

Volunteers: Yup, we’ll need them. Interested? Email us and I’ll add you to our list. We believe in giving volunteers interesting and creative tasks. Write-ups of volunteer positions are in the works.

To contact the tool library, email toollibrary@transitionguelph.ca

Follow us on Twitter @GToolLibrary

Kitchen wish list (by no means is this a complete list!)

  • Blender with glass jug
  • Hand mixer
  • Slow cooker
  • Stand mixer with dough hooks
  • Pressure canner
  • Toaster oven
  • Hot plate
  • Propane outdoor cooker
  • Smoker
  • Charcoal bbq
  • Canning pot
  • Stock pot
  • Rice cooker
  • Dehydrator
  • Pasta mill
  • Grain press
  • Flour mill
  • Various food thermometers
  • Various cake tins
  • Icing kit
  • Juicer
  • Large roasting pan
  • Large serving platters
  • Foley mill
  • Scales
  • Sets of dishes, glassware etc suitable for catering
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