Hamilton Nature Notes: An Unfamiliar Butterfly

By: Ash Lloyd, EcoHouse Green Gardening Volunteer The Mottled Duskywing The Mottled Duskywing (Erynnis martialis) could easily be mistaken for a moth due to its brown mottled colouring and wing profile, but it is actually a butterfly from the Hesperiidae family, commonly known as “Skippers”. They are relatively small, having an average wingspan of only…

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A Waste-Less Holiday Season: Zero Waste Tips

By: Meghan Vidakovic, Green Venture Communications Volunteer The holidays are coming up fast, and it can be easy to slip into wasteful habits. Planning and thinking ahead can help beat avoidable waste, so read on to find some of our favourite holiday zero waste tips! Start saving your newspaper! Wrapping gifts in newspaper is a fun and creative way…

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Green Venture Volunteer Appreciation

On October 28th, Green Venture staff and volunteers came together to share a meal and celebrate the immense volunteer contributions of this past year. We enjoyed a delicious potluck dinner, with fabulous offerings from both staff and volunteers. Between April and October 2019, well over 800 hours of volunteer time were contributed! Our volunteers dedicated…

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Bring Biodiversity Back. One Native Plant at a Time.

By: Alison Feist, Green Venture Volunteer You may often hear us mention biodiversity and native plants, but why are they so important? Biodiversity is important because everything is connected – living things, ecosystems, and natural processes. This dynamic system of nature allows us to thrive, be resilient to disasters, and sustain earth processes that support…

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Stormwater in Hamilton

In recent years, Hamilton has experienced serious problems related to stormwater and runoff including environmental and water quality degradation, threats to human health and safety, and millions of dollars in property damage. Many homeowners have experienced flooding in their homes and/or on their properties. As our city grows, there are fewer natural areas to absorb…

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Veggie Month With Oria: Week 4

Recently, there has been a lot of protests in the world, especially among youth, fighting for governments to take action on climate change. Youth are getting more and more committed in this fight. As a result, a new trend is born- vegetarianism. Now that you know what I am talking about, I am going to…

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Veggie Month With Oria: Week 3

Welcome to our third week of “Veggie Month with Oria”!!! Vegetarians? When you say I am a vegetarian, it can mean a lot of things. So, here are some very basic and easy differences: Ovo-lacto vegetarianism : no meat, but eggs and dairy Lacto vegetarianism : no meat, no eggs, but dairy Ovo vegetarianism :…

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Meet our Summer Students!

You may have seen them around EcoHouse when you stopped by, but now that summer is about halfway over (sorry, we know, we know!), we thought it was time to get to know our wonderful summer students a bit more! Check out their bios below. Anna- Environmental Programs Assistant I’m doing my second year as…

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Recycle Your Gardening Plastic at EcoHouse!

Alert: Wondering what to do with your leftover garden pots and trays? Bring them to EcoHouse! Green Venture is now collecting your unwanted gardening pots and trays for recycling! The City of Hamilton blue box recycling program no longer accepts black plastic plant pots and trays, due to the unpredictability of the recycling market. Effective…

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Veggie Month With Oria: Week 2

Hello, welcome to our second week of “Veggie Month with Oria”!!! What are the health benefits of vegetarianism?   There is currently not enough data to know the exact effects of vegetarian diets. It’s not easy to tease out the fact of being vegetarian from other practices that we are more likely to follow, such as…

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Veggie Month With Oria: Week 1

Hi, it’s Oria, the French summer student. As I am here for one month and I am a vegetarian, I am going to introduce to you some basic aspects of vegetarianism. My hope is that by the end, you can become more familiar with it, forget some ‘cliché’, and maybe be inspired to become vegetarian…

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Welcome Oria!

Our new volunteer all the way from France is sharing her knowledge in a weekly blog on vegetarianism, called “Veggie Month with Oria”! Meet Oria:  Hi!!! I am Oria, a French summer student. I am volunteering here, at Green Venture, for the month of July. It’s my first week and I have already done so…

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Spring Brings Change at Green Venture!

Announcing Green Venture’s new Executive Director, Giuliana Casimirri! Green Venture is excited to announce the appointment of incoming Executive Director Giuliana Casimirri, effective April 15th! Giuliana brings over 15 years of experience in environmental outreach, research, and nonprofit management. For the past 5 years, Giuliana was Executive Director of Oakvillegreen and previously coordinator of urban…

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Depave Paradise: Dundas community transforming schoolyard into vibrant, green learning space

Yorkview Elementary School students, parents and members of the community, in partnership with Green Venture, removed 172m2 of old asphalt by hand on Saturday, September 29 as the first step in their schoolyard revitalization.  Local MPP Sandy Shaw and Anne Tennier, an Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) volunteer, were on hand to see how a three-year,…

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Creepy Crawlers came to Eco House!

Creepy crawlers came to Eco House for a visit during week two of camp with Safari Science. The campers did better better than me, I could barely be in the same room with some of the crawlers.  The campers however were brave and actually held them. We also had fun swimming at Sir Wilfred recreation’s…

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Welcome Guppy!

Hello everyone! I’m Victoria or as the campers will know me Guppy, I’m one of the newest Environmental Program assistants hired for the summer of 2018. When I first came to the Green Venture’s Eco House for the seedling sale in May, I had no idea I would have such an awesome opportunity to work…

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Native Pollinator Friendly Plants 

The Golden Horseshoe area is home to numerous orchards, farms, and vineyards, and all of these depend on pollinators. The Government of Ontario estimates that 13% of its annual crop revenues, or $978 million dollars, can be directly attributed to pollinators. The majority of pollination is done by commercially raised bees; these insects are not…

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Welcome Moira!

My name is Moira and I am one of the new staff members here at EcoHouse!! I am currently working as an education support staff member, and I am the coordinator for our Annual Fundraiser Uproot!  While I am new with Green Venture, I am no stranger to education.  I studied at the University of…

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Welcome Jamie!

Green Venture welcomes our newest Education Program Support team member, Jamie MacLean… “I’ve had my eyes on Green Venture for quite some time, and I am thrilled to be working with education programs. I studied Environmental Sciences and Biology at Trent University and have since been involved in outdoor education and sustainable farm /garden practices. Working…

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Welcome Back Heather!

After working For the City of Hamilton for ten years helping engage our community and City staff in making Hamilton a little greener and more sustainable I have taken early retirement and now have the opportunity to get involved with Green Venture again. It feels like coming home! I was Executive Director of Green Venture…

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