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Food Farms & Family Announcement Nov 30

Old 99 Farm and Permaculture Site

How to contact us:
Our Website: Old 99
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On Thursdays, 4 to 6pm: 1580 Old Hwy 99. From Dundas take Governors Rd west to Binkley, turn left and immediate right onto Old 99, second farm on right.
Or by appointment, please call ahead.

This newsletter contains background on Nicole Foss, coming to Copetown Community Centre, Nov 30, 1 to 5pm.

Food, Farms & Family: Building resilience within Limits

Copetown Community Centre, Nov 30 1 to 5pm.

Nicole is a Canadian with a science and legal education who is travelling the globe (15 countries so far) to engage people in the drivers of change in our time. We have the great good fortune that she is passing through our area and has agreed to speak on Food, Farms and Family: Building resilience within Limits.

Most of her work consists of speaking to community groups, and latterly municipalities as well. She has done hundreds of lectures worldwide over the last three years, including media appearances (five Max Keiser TV interviews, many radio interviews on Financial Sense Newshour, national radio in Australia and New Zealand, national TV in Sweden, many local radio shows and many newspaper interviews).

“I worry a lot about food production in the future. We’ve built a farming system with critical dependencies on things that won’t be there, at least to anything like the same extent, in the future. I also worry about the health timebomb we’ve created in the era of industrial food production, as it will be harder to deal with chronic health issues in an economic depression.”

“What I typically do is to integrate various subsystems into a bigger picture, so that people grasp what limits to growth really means, and I explain about different timeframes. Almost no one talks about the bigger picture, so people struggle to integrate information in context. I help them to do that, so they can identify critical vulnerabilities and prepare for challenging times.”

“I always address money and energy. Energy is foundational, and financial crisis has the shortest timeframe of all. Ontario is a financial disaster area in waiting. We’re seeing the beginnings of dealing with that in the dispute with the teachers. If people don’t understand financial crisis, then they risk losing all their freedom of action at the first hurdle and then have no capacity left to deal with other challenges. People need to know about finance because finance is the operating system, and it is about to crash. If people are not careful they will end up watching unprepared as all the assumptions they have built their lives on are invalidated. They need to know about energy, especially in Ontario. It’s all about helping people to prioritize scarce resources (physical, financial and time) in a changing social/psychological context – the psychology of contraction.”

Nicole will discuss food, agribusiness, landbanking, strip-mining soil fertility etc. Food & Farming is certainly a critical system. “I do typically emphasize the tendency towards centralization and increasing scale, and why I think it’s so important to decentralize and restore local control.”

So dear subscriber, if you have read this far, please go ahead and sign up for a very important event that will shed light on the near future that your family is facing.

Old 99 Farm, Week of Nov 11, 2012

For orders go to and be amazed at how much selection there is!

This week I’m reserving this post to announce an important event happening on Nov 30th. Nicole Foss is coming to Copetown Commmunity Centre to present her views on Food, Farms and Family – Building resilience in this era of limits. Nicole is well-known outside Canada, has lectured in 15 countries over the past two years. Before that she was E.D. of the Agri-Energy Producers’ Association of Ontario. She says" I live on a farm myself and was once a biologist and an environmental consultant, so I have plenty of background in these areas. I also have a great interest in health and nutrition, which fits in with a food focus, and a considerable dislike of GMOs."

I hope you will make every every to attend and bring your teenage or older children if you have such. I think Nicole has a sparkling way of exposing the cliche assumptions about the future and presenting real alternatives.

Copetown Community Centre, 1pm to 5pm, Nov 30. Donations suggested subject to ability to pay: $10. You can register with your Old 99 membership account.

This event is co-sponsored by Old 99 Farm, Transition Dundas, and the Wentworth chapter of the National Farmers Union.

Week of Nov 4th, 2012

Well,I just blew my whole month’s Rogers web download (pay-per-use contract) on watching David vs Monsanto, a 2009 European documentary on our heroic Sask farmer, Percy Schmeiser’s fight for seed rights and food purity. You should too. Spend an hour and watch. You’ll be appalled and dismayed by the ruthlessness of Monsanto (it could also be Dupont, Syngenta, Dow, BASF) , but also heartened that there are indeed still people like Percy and Louise, who will stand up to corporate malfeasance, no matter the cost.
bq. “This film is reassuring. Reassuring to all who fear that as an individual, no one would have any power to confront policymakers, large corporations or the business world. “David vs. Monsanto” proves the opposite.”
The link is!

Yes there are vegetables, meats and eggs here this week, all grown organically with no (known) GMO contamination. As of Nov 4th, I can offer the following crops: potatoes, tomatoes (last week) basil, chard, spinach, kale, carrots, onions, baby lettuces, parsley (two types), mizuna, arugula and hot and green peppers. For meats, I have lamb, pork, beef and roasting chicken and geese (just a couple left).

Now the climate is another matter, worthy of your consideration. But a matter with personal consequences for you and your families. We have to get real about fossil fuel based carbon pollution. It has to be a matter of public debate and private choice every time we shop, travel or consume.

I excerpt below from a recent interview with Kevin Anderson, the Deputy Director of the UK Tyndall Centre, an expert on greenhouse-gas emissions trajectories. He will be giving the annual Cabot Institute lecture, ‘Real Clothes for the Emperor’ on 6th November in Bristol, UK, which has already sold out. Read the interview here:

“I don’t want to pretend that it’s easy. I do not think that the future, for those of us that are in the very fortunate position of living in the West, is full of win-win opportunities. People who have done well, very well out of our western system, and live very carbon profligate lifestyles are going to face difficult challenges, and we should not pretend otherwise.

Until we actually embrace alternative means of finding value in our lives, I think that transition from where we are today, high-carbon, high-energy lifestyles, to ultimately lower-carbon lifestyles is going to be both difficult and unpopular. But ultimately, I do not see an alternative. Rapid and deep emissions reductions may not be easy- but 4°C to 6°C will be much worse.

But also I find it increasingly difficult not to challenge friends and family, who often appear to have complete disregard for the impacts of their action. I’ve got to the point now where I think that when we’re profligately emitting, we’re knowingly damaging the lives and the prospects of some of the poorest people in our communities, both in the UK, but more significantly globally. Yet we obscenely carry on doing this. We’re happy to put a few pence into a collection pot in the middle of town to help people living in poorer parts of the world but we don’t seem to be prepared to make substantive changes to how we’re living our lives- even when we recognise the impact our emissions are having."

Week of Oct 28th 2012

Very late with this reminder this week. Orders are already coming into my inbox. We got 3" rain since Sunday so it’s pretty soggy.

Beef, Lamb and Pork are in the freezer, so you have a bounty to choose from.

Kittens. I have 6 lovely 4 month old kittens needing good homes. Free.

As of Oct 31st, I can offer the following crops: potatoes, tomatoes (should be last week) basil, chard, kale, carrots, onions, baby lettuces, parsley (two types), mizuna, arugula and hot and green peppers.

I am adding a beef; have 3 quarters available now (Oct31st.

Free range broiler chicken are sold out.

Oven-ready roast duck is sold out, but will have goose November 8th. Still taking deposits as long as supply lasts.

Lamb, have two lambs in the freezer now. Dorset breed.

Pork, two pigs, 6 months old, in the freezer. Tamworth breed.

Thoughts on Food
from Sustain Ontario
“It can be easy to forget how important butchers are in local food systems, but
the truth is that small farmers really need local processors in order to get
their healthy, ethically-grown meat to the people who want to eat it! Demand
for organic and/or local meat is on the rise, especially in the wake of the
disturbing news of beef recalls and food safety issues in some of the large-
scale meat processing plants in the country. Unfortunately, the infrastructure
that farmers need to keep producing local meat is disappearing…”

Week of Oct 21st, 2012

No market list attached; go to to browse and order.

Please see end paragraph on latest climate research summary.

Pork is in, I am pleased with the yield and selection of cuts from my butcher, John Mediema at Gourmet Meats.

Kittens. I have 6 lovely 7 week old kittens needing good homes. Free.

As of Oct 21st, I can offer the following crops: potatoes, tomatoes (should be last week) basil, chard, kale, carrots, onions, baby lettuces, parsley (two types), mizuna, arugula and hot and green peppers.
I am adding a beef; have 3 quarters available which I expect to fill in late October.

Free range broiler chicken are sold out.

Oven-ready roast duck is sold out, but will have goose November 8th. Still taking deposits as long as supply lasts.

Lamb, have two lambs in the freezer now. Dorset breed.

Pork, two pigs, 6 months old, in the freezer. Tamworth breed.

My flock is producing about 35 doz a week, 80% large sized. I sell mixed size dozens that weigh at least 672 grams, the ‘large’ size dozen, and Extra Large, 770gm plus carton.

Raw Honey
New offering as of early August, raw honey, liquid and comb type. From bees working on Old 99 farm!

CONCLUSION (from Joe Romm,

“The possibility that unrestricted emissions of greenhouse gases would not do unimaginable harm to humanity has become vanishingly small. That’s because:

  • We remain near the worst-case emissions pathways
  • There is little prospect of major national or global action any times soon (thank you, deniers)
  • Many impacts are coming faster than the models projected, and
  • The overwhelming majority of the scientific literature in the past 5 years has been more dire than the 2007 IPCC report, which itself was more than enough motivation for the overwhelming majority of climate scientists and countries to call for urgent action to reduce emissions.

And I haven’t even discussed the many, many studies that suggest in fact carbon-cycle feedbacks (like the defrosting tundra) are almost all positive (amplifying) and yet largely ignored in most climate models."

See the whole article at: