Projects and Events


New Garden Site Grand Opening Friday, June 17, 2017 from 2-4

We did it!! The United Way, Toward Balance Support Network partnership inter-generational gardening project was selected as the premier garden project in Canada for Canada Garden Days, June 17-19. The grand opening of the first new garden site at Durham St E. in Lindsay will be on Friday, June 17 from 2-4 PM. Everyone is welcome in the garden.


New Community Garden on Durham Street

Congratulations to Gary and his crew for the new community garden on Durham St. this marks the beginning of the United Way youth/senior pairing project. Best of luck to all of the gardeners.

GardenPlots GardenPlots2 HappyWorkers TheBeginning WorkingonGardens


New Community Garden Network Coordinator

Congratulations to our new community garden network coordinator, Scott Dowle. Scott has a BSc from University of Guelph and an Advance Degree in ecosystems management from Fleming College. He has his own business in designing, building and maintaining backyard gardens. He will be networking with our diverse collection of gardens, helping them to deal with any problems they have, taking a teaching programme out each week, helping to build new gardens and teaching food literacy wherever he goes. If you want to meet him please either email me at or call Penny at United Way in Lindsay.


Food Coalition Workshops – 2016

The following workshops are taking place from May until December.  Click on Food Preservation and Gardening Workshops for more information about events and dates.


Community Garden – 2015

The following documents, photos, and video describe the Community Garden Project in the City of Kawartha Lakes.  Enjoy!

Community Gardens Summary Report

Appendix F Lit Reviews

Appendix D Project Plan

Appendix A – Garden Photos


 Exciting Events Happening this Fall, 2015

Congratulations to the Province of Ontario in passing The Great Lakes Protection Act. It represents a huge step forward for Ontario as steward of the land and water.  A letter from the Minister can be found here.


Best of Luck to the team of Jesse Snider, Carly White, Meghan Hill and Melissa Risto with their data collection project for the community garden network. Follow their work as information becomes available to the web site.

Jesse Snider, Carly White, Meghan Hill and Melissa Risto

These are pictures of the whole team at the United Way Community Garden.


Jesse, Melissa, Carly, Meghan, Penny, Leandra, Aisha and Gary

Spring, 2015

Frank Smith assisted grade 2 and 3 students at King Albert Elementary School with their spring planting.


Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition

Welcome to the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition. We are looking for your input on the local food initiative. Please look over the action plan attached and make any comments that you wish.

Draft Food Action Plan

January, 2015


Best of luck to the members of the cooperative in their garden and restaurant projects. More details to come.


Congratulations to our 2015 executive.

Past President – Frank Smith

President – Gary Pearson

Vice-President – James Christie-Fougere

Secretary/Treasurer – Lindsay Robinson



November, 2014:

Congratulations to the Government of Ontario on the new act protecting Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin. This act could lay the foundation for ecologically sustainable watersheds containing safe, healthy water and thriving aquatic communities throughout Ontario. Well done.


August, 2014:

Best of luck to Environmental Defence and the watershed affiliates going forward with the amendments to the Great Lakes Water Act

GLPA Community Feedback Report


Integrated Community Sustainability Plan

Congratulations to City of Kawartha Lakes in their endorsement of the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan. March 25, 2014, the city took a huge step toward becoming a sustainable community. You are invited to read the plan posted here.



Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition

Welcome to the Kawartha Lakes Food Coalition. We are looking for your input on the local food initiative. Please look over the action plan attached and make any comments that you wish.

Draft Food Action Plan



The Canadian Government recently decided to cut the funding to the Canadian Environmental Network, after 34 years of continued support. Killing the RCEN will effectively wipe out about 640 environment…

Ontario Environment Network P.O. Box 1412, Station Main North Bay, ON P1B 8K6 t: 7058402888 f: (please call ahead)

The OEN is an affiliate network of the Canadian Environmental Network . Please visit their web site at .

Click here to find out more about us, including how your environmental group can became a member.




During 2010 and 2011, we held public meetings, two at Ops Centre, and one at each of Little Britain Centre and Cambray Centre. We thank everyone that came out to share in the building of the food charter.

Click HERE to access the food charter.


Community Youth Garden

Happy Earth Day, 2013. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated in building the United Way Community Youth Garden on a cold and snowy April, 20.

Dream Builders Group

For more pictures on the event, click here.

*Congratulations to United Way on winning the c-links award for 2013 for its community garden youth project! We are all very excited about this partnership for a building a better community.* 


WE WON!!!!!
Toward Balance Support Network won the first C-links project competition. The $1000 will go into the creation of educational materials for school and community group visits. Thanks to all the Fleming College students who participated in the competition and particularly the team of Casey Elford, Trevor Biskey, Alex Bourassa-Young, Eric Pearson and Michael Bryant, the winners of the big cheque. Stay tuned as we open the first Ontario Time Bank.

Time Bank Team



On Saturday, April 20,2013, many people gathered at United Way to build the new community youth garden.

Big winter wind blowing away the January thaw. Stampedes of snow horses flying over the fields. Winter sun trying to break through leaden clouds, creating that half light in one direction and long, moving shadows in the other. Time has come for planning our spring gardens.

United Way, along with its partner organizations, Fleming College and Toward Balance Support Network, has begun planning a community youth garden to open in a few months. This garden will provide the opportunity for young people in our community to discover the joys of gardening. Best of all, this is just the beginning of a network of gardens serving communities across the city.

If you would like to be part of this exciting project, come, join us in the garden. Just contact either Penny or Evelyn at United Way. Call 705-878-5081 or email office@ckl.united There’s always room in the garden.



Ribbon Cutting Event

Lance Sherk, Kyla Maude, Linda Skilton, Ric McGee, Shantal Ingram, Ashley Lloyd, Amanda Selig, Phillip Penna


Join us in celebrating world water day on March 22, 2012 at Trent University. For more information click here.


The 2011 OEN Fall Conference and AGM

The 2011 OEN Fall Conference and AGM was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who made it out. We will be posting information about the 2012 conference in the new year.

Agenda: Click HERE to see conference agenda

Date: November 18-20, 2011

Location: Camp Kawartha

Conference Theme: The A B Cs of Community Restoration through Earth Literacy

“Dr. Seuss books recognize the need to build vocabulary in an incremental way, through single syllable words, repetition, rhyme and fun. Children can be taught, but only if they want to learn what you are trying to teach. I propose, therefore, that, if the environmental sector wants to bring the main stream back to the earth, we must build both the vocabulary that will allow people to understand what is being asked, and also engage the public in wanting to learn what it is we are teaching. We need to use social, enjoyable and measurable techniques that are accessible to everyone, understandable by everyone and possible for everyone.”

Frank Smith, Toward Balance Support Network, OEN Steering Committee member

For more information, please contact Phillip Penna, OEN Co-ordinator at 705-840-2888 or


Thank you to everyone who came out to the Toward Balance Support Network meeting and the Earth Week celebrations.


Check out our Earth Hour 2011 link for details on events that happened in the City of Kawartha Lakes.



Thank you for those who participated in our Party in the Garden for World Biodiversity Day. Stay tuned for information about the 2011 event.

Yay everyone that came to the party! Here’s some of the tasty stuff we enjoyed.

1. Blue cheese garlic dip: 
Blue cheese 125 g + mayonnaise + 4-5 cloves of garlic. Mush it up and serve on crusty bread topped with Marj’s homemade raspberry jam.

2. Organic garlic, yogurt, mint, salt and pepper, olive oil. Mush it all up.

3. Roasted garlic and tomato spread:
2 whole garlic bulbs, 3 tsp olive oil, 3 plum tomatoes, 1 carton chives and onion cream cheese, ¼ tsp Italian seasoning, ¼ tsp salt (

4. Baba Ganoush:
1 large eggplant, 3 large cloves garlic, 3tbsp lemon juice, 1tsp sea salt, 3 tbsp sesame tahini, 1tsp cumin, 1tsp coriander, ¼ c chopped parsley

5. Fresh garlic dip:
1 cup mayo, 2 heaping teaspoons of minced garlic, dash salt, 1 tsp curry, 1 tsp grated onion, 1 tsp horseradish, 1 tsp tarragon vinegar or 1 tsp rice vinegar + 1/4 tsp dried tarragon. Mush it up.

6. Strong cheese, mayonnaise, many garlic cloves, dill, pepper. Mush it up.

Did you know?
Reciprocal Altruism: Vampire bats are one of the rare mammals that exhibit altruism, in this case sharing food with recipient bats with no directly apparent benefits….. They sound like community gardeners!

See reciprocal altruism among vampire bats on video here. Or you might want send the site along to a child you know: National Geographic Creature Feature

Just for fun: some important vampire facts from Facts About Count Von Count

Description : Number-loving distant relative of Count Dracula

Birthday : October 9. Rumor has it he is 1,832,652 years old!

Likes : Counting anything and everything

Favorite Activity : Counting!

Favorite Thing : Numbers! All of them!



Click on Becoming the Change We Want to See to learn more about the values and projects by Toward Balance Support Network.



A community garden is for everyone to share. Toward Balance Support Network in partnership with the Health Unit, Fleming College, the City of Kawartha Lakes and interested gardeners and gardening organizations hope to build gardens that will help to provide clean safe low cost food, beautify the city and allow people the opportunity to garden for enjoyment. Food can be grown to supplement family meals and assist social institutions. Flowers and trees can beautify homes, businesses, and the city as a whole. The experience of family gardening can enrich the fabric of families everywhere. Everyone is welcome! Please visit for more information. For the history as well as current updates about the community gardens in the City of Kawartha Lakes, click here.

Cucumber Plants: Community Gardens Sunflowers: Community Gardens


A feast of locally grown food. This promotion included Economic Development, farmfresh Food sector and several restaurants one of which was connected to Academy Theatre for a dinner theatre. The businesses grossed approx. $8000 on approximately 140 dinners sold. Click here for more information.



With help from the Health Unit, Parks and Recreation, and some schools in the Town of Lindsay, we had approximately 1500 participants in the City of Kawartha Lakes participate in the World Record Walk that took place across Canada. IT’S A RECORD! CONGRATULATIONS CANADA – 231, 635 WALKERS!!! Click here for more information.

World Record Walk in Lindsay: Dog Walker
Photo Courtesy of Kawartha Lakes This Week


We are developing plans to develop a shoreline cleanup programme that focuses on the many lakes and streams in the city. This will also include lake and wetland maintenance. Click here for more information.



In the winter of 2009 we began a series of community conversations around the David Chernushenko film, Be The Change. The conversations are designed to help communities to move from wishes to actions in the field of the environment. The first was held in Fenelon Falls in February, the second, in Bobcaygeon in March.



In January, 2009 we became partners in a local food charter. Going forward we hope to engage the entire city in building and supporting local food as good government, good community, good stewardship of the land, and good economics.

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