#playoutdoors – less screen time, more outdoor time

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spending time in nature has positive physical and mental health benefits for both adults and children

in the fall of 2016, thegreenrock.ca in collaboration with the  Junior Forest Wardens NL launched a  #playoutdoors awareness campaign to get people outdoors and start new Junior Forest Warden NL Clubs.  Junior Forest Wardens, a family-based outdoor adventure group, has been active in NL since the 1940s.  numerous families have reaped the benefits of outdoor together time over the years, but numbers have been declining since the 1980s.

nature deficit disorder: kids are spending less time outdoors

kids these days are spending more time on screens than outdoors and that’s causing problems to their health. there’s extensive research about Nature Deficit Disorder. conversely, spending time in nature for adults, and especially for children brings the mental and physical health benefits. children experience positive social, psychological, and spiritual impacts on their personal and cognitive development.

 

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JFW helps families and friends find time to hang out in the woods

as a side effect of modern, busy and sedentary lifestyles in recent years our exposure to nature has diminished. within a generation, Canada has transitioned from a rural to an urban nation, with 80% of Canadians now living in cities. as a result of this transition, it is estimated that Canadians today spend on average 90% of their time indoors, which has lead to a variety of chronic health issues as a result of sedentary lifestyles

aside from the mental and physical health benefits, getting kids in nature can also have positive impacts on our environment and our communities. a study by the University of British Columbia, suggests that providing positive childhood experiences in nature, can help to develop care and awareness of the environment as adults.

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children who play outside are more likely to protect nature as adults

#playoutdoors campaign

the Junior Forest Wardens NL is dedicated to bringing families with school-aged children together to enjoy and learn about the natural environment. together thegreenrock.ca and JFW launched a successful campaign that delivered 10 community outreach events, reached out to 17 community organizations which engaged over 50 families in the St. John’s metro area and led to the start of two new JFW Clubs:  the Wild Wanderers and the Rollin’ Capelin.

up next
after all the success of the #playoutdoors thegreenrock.ca is working with JFW and other community partners to look into ways to expand the project this year. stay tuned!

update! #playoutdoors won a 2017 Pinnacle Award by the International Association of Business Communicators Newfoundland and Labrador! read all about it here

 

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environment Week – think planet. act local.

the United Nations established world environment day – WED – as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth – and it’s happening!   WED kicked off Environment Week, and  it’s the right time to  look around and see how people are thinking of the planet while living local.

  • there is crowd down at Vanier School planning and planting a community garden in the cold days of June VanierGarden
  • Clean St. John’s has brought earth-carers into classrooms throughout the City to make more earth-carersGrockMQP
  • caring local entrepreneurs are making protecting the environment their business!  check out Island Compost2016-05-19 09.03.25
  • morning runners are bringing bags and taking a day to pick up trash on their route (half a bag on a short run!)run bag
  • families and friends are taking to the trails for some good outdoor timemaraudscape

the government of Canada has come up with focus areas for every day this week – check it!  NL Power is marking the week through EnviroFEST activites in various regions of the province.  how’s it going to work for you?

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three old growing questions, renewed

we’ve been here on the island in the north Atlantic for a long time.  potatoes, wheat and soybean is the topic.  three questions:

can they grow in western newfoundland?

under what conditions can it be economically feasible?

can we do it sustainably?

Memorial’s Dr. Catherine Keske et al are looking for the answers.  here’s the story.

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the Nourish film: Cameron Diaz, Jamie Oliver, Michael Pollan, us & food

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Newfoundland is an island in the North Atlantic at the 47th parallel.  Since glaciers scraped much of the island’s fertile soil off onto the Grand Banks a long time ago, the growing was never that easy, but we managed.

These days most of what we eat is not from here.   Why is that?  And how do the pretty pinky-orange pears and other foods come to be here?

Nourish is a conversation about food and sustainability.  The Nourish film looks at our relationship to food, and how it connects to biodiversity, climate change, public health, and social justice.  It won lots of awards at film festivals.

Cameron Diaz, Jamie Oliver, Michael Pollan and many others whose knowledge is great but celebrity is more limited are featured.  Come see it!

Tuesday March 18, 2014,  7 – 9 pm (doors open 6:40)
District School, Strawberry Marsh Road, St. John’s (across from Arts and Culture Centre). Suggested minimum donation: $5

Brought to us by Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators NLEE

47thparalleThe green line shows the island of Newfoundland lining up at the 47th parallel.

down to the dirt – worms make the world a greener place

last summer thegreenrock.ca green team took a trip to bay bulls and met with Christa Williams, co-owner of the J&C Sod Farm, and the Trouters Special Worm farm.

they found out that worms work magic!  from chowing down on kitchen waste to making nutrient-rich soil that needs no harmful chemicals to get stuff growing they are the green bomb.

winter is a great time to start a vermi-composter right in the kitchen (see vermin in the kitchen blog post), and it’s never a bad time to think about making your garden grow.

check it out, online and in person.   1 Main Witless Bay, Newfoundland, 709 334-3531   or email at jcsodfrm@nf.aibn.com

pam pippy’s garden

pam pippy is one down-to-earth gardener.  her space is amazing – so much so that even the dog and cat play in it together.  her compost bin is in three parts.  her inspiration comes from those who came before her and she’s passing it on to those who are following.   thegreenrock.ca green team paid pam a visit in the summer of 2011, and found a feast for the eyes, and data on what to do with kitchen scraps!

 

The Organic Farm ~ gentle sustainable good

Mike and Melba Rabinowitz started The Organic Farm back when ‘green’ was a colour and ‘organic’ had little to do with marketing.  it’s a good feeling, and a great first vid of the new year.

in the summer of 2011 thegreenrock.ca Green Team visited The Organic Farm on Churchills Road in Portugal Cove – St. Phillip’s.  Melba R. shared the story with Anna, (Mike R. made a cameo!) .

you might think that mid-winter is scarce on fresh but eureka! – Louis R. is growing the mirco-greens.  they are an excellent source of vitamins in the winter (salads, soups, sandwiches or snacks).  get some, and give yourself, your family, your community and your planet a nutritious hug.  samples, consignments or questions email organicfarm@nl.rogers.com or leave a message for Louis  at 895-2884 (house) or 689-7693 (farm).