Environmental Heroes of Kawartha Lakes honored

The Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee has named their 2021 Environmental Heroes.

From planting trees to providing low waste options to consumers a number of businesses and individuals were recognized for their commitment to the environment by the Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee (KLEAC) at council’s Committee of the Whole meeting May 5.

“Thank you to everyone on behalf of KLEAC and Council, for being such incredible environmental stewards in Kawartha Lakes,” commented Tracy Richardson, Deputy Mayor and KLEAC Council Member.

“You’ve really raised the benchmark and we appreciate everything you’re doing to show others in the community of what we all can do to protect the environment.”

Here are the 2021 award winners:

Environmental Heroes:

Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association: Marnie Callaghan, Sherry Sutton and Elayne Windsor created a pollinator garden in a local Reaboro park through the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail. The garden supports a wide diversity of life and provides a spot of interest along the trail.

Plant A Forest: Richard and Sadie Gauder, started the organization Plant A Forest to work with landowners, farmers and conservation areas to plant indigenous plants and help create biodiversity. Using plantings from local businesses, they plant twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.

Canopy Project: John Ireland is the founder of the non-profit organization Canopy Project Kawartha Lakes (CPKL), a volunteer-led community group whose goal is to increase the urban canopy in the community. The project has led to hundreds of trees being planted across the municipality.

Environmental Business Hero

Unwrapped: Owners of Unwrapped in downtown Lindsay, Jenny Connell and Jessica Moynes provide hundreds of environmentally friendly products that has saved thousands of tons of plastic waste from going to the landfill.

Country Cupboard: Julia Taylor from the Country Cupboard in Fenelon Falls is one of the most environmentally aware people in Kawartha Lakes. Her store has taught people to stop using plastic bags, provides recyclable vessels for bulk items, replaces plastics with environmentally products and gives trees away annually.

Potash Creek Farms: A cut-your-own Christmas Tree operation on a 99 acre property north-east of Omemee run by Dan Vanderzwet. Each December the Potash Creek Farms opens up for customers to cut their own spruce, pine, and fir trees. Each April, the Vanderzwets also plant two to three year seedlings to balance the trees.

Three Forks Farm: A family operated farm on 98 acres just south of Bobcaygeon. Owners Elecia and Jarod Chinnick work hard to implement and rejuvenate sustainable farming practices and grow local food at Three Forks Farm.

Field Sparrow Farms: Another family run farm in Bobcaygeon, led by Henry and Sarah Bakker. Field Sparrow Farms believes in responsible and innovative farming that strategies benefit customers, producers and the community. They produce premium meats in ecological and sustainable ways.

Environmental Youth Hero

6th Lindsay Brownies: This group of Brownies are out there learning about the local beekeepers and pollinators, doing seed workshops and out on the trails furthering environmental education and doing more for the community.

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