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Food Security and Poverty Awareness

Recently the Community Food Centers Canada shared a post on social media and MSS felt it was important to reshare the information here.

This is a cause MSS frequently tries to raise awareness for. As our structures often help provide food security to those who need it most, and we do work with CSAs and food banks and other similar projects, we want to share this, to remind everyone today and everyday that this is an important issue we need to take action on.

MSS regularly donates portions of our sales to help Indigenous communities get clean water, the breakfast club of Canada, food grains foodbank and others. If you know of a similar cause we could put our support behind, please let us know.

It is only through taking action together that we can truly impact change for a better world.

This was their post:

For us, it’s not a coincidence that World Food Day (October 16) and the Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17) are so close together.

Our work has shown us that food insecurity and poverty are interconnected, two sides of the same coin. And as the cost of living increases and the pandemic continues, 1 in 7 Canadians are facing tough choices because they can’t afford basic necessities. Rent or dinner? Medication or a family meal?

We believe that everyone deserves to put good food on the table. The federal government can make a real difference for Canadians by investing in progressive income policies and ensuring progress is achieved equitably.

Read our Beyond Hunger report to learn more: https://act.beyondhunger.ca/

#WorldFoodDay #EndPoverty

Truth and Reconciliation day

Today is National Day for #truthandreconciliation  On this day of reflection, we recognize and educate ourselves on the history and legacy of residential schools, and wear orange to remember the Indigenous children, honour survivors and the community.(credit: PetValu)

We can’t wait for the govt to fix things. If the last two years have taught us anything…change begins with people. Not power. Today is a day of remembrance, acknowledgement, so that thousands of lives are not forgotten and the ones still suffering are supported how they need

https://truenorthaid.ca/how-to-help-first-nations/

https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/how-to-support-indigenous-communities-canada/

https://waterfirst.ngo/what-you-can-do/

Mental health supports available

Former Residential School students can call 1-866-925-4419 for emotional crisis referral services and information on other health supports from the Government of Canada.

Indigenous peoples across Canada can also go to The Hope for Wellness Help Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for counselling and crisis intervention.

Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca.

Gratitude

We are very grateful and excited to serve across Canada. We have
202 customers in Nova Scotia!
109 in Quebec
88 in New Brunswick
58 in PEI
15 in Newfoundland
14 in British Columbia
13 in Alberta
12 in Saskatchewan
11 in Manitoba
2 in the Yukon
And many many more in Ontario!
Thank you everyone so much for trusting us to help you with your shelter solution. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with you on your projects!

What is the best size and shape for what I want to do?

Covering the sizes we are offering and when it would be best to choose from the website for a more custom situation.

Determining the space that is required to meet your objectives will be your first consideration. This goes beyond the foot print or floor space which you would need for the plants you wish to grow.

In our Self Sufficiency packages, we are offering the convenience of 3 choices. There may be a situation where none of these choices will meet your short term objectives or long term goals. If that is the case, it would be advisable to explore our website for a more suitable package in the context of what you are learning here. The self sufficiency packages are meant as a simple starting point, but sometimes simple isn’t always the best choice

If it is your goal ultimately to have more than one greenhouse, consideration needs to be given for how the second or third building would fit on your property. As an example, if you have a total of 50’ wide available and you build 16’ now, it restricts your future options. Going a little longer now (if that fills the space) is much cheaper and simpler than doing an addition.

If it is not your intent to grow (and heat) through the winter time, it would be important to have a structure which would efficiently shed snow. Using a more snow efficient shape does not mean that the structure can be left totally unattended for extended periods of time. If that is going to be your situation, we have options for building structures to meet that requirement with closer arch spacing.

A very important reason for needing a taller building would be the need to use the vertical growing option. You will be able to grow more rows on that foot print because of the side clearance provided. If you plan to only grow short crops in the soil a lower greenhouse will work.

A point that many overlook in their consideration of the importance of side height is that they intend to work the ground with a rototiller.

A final point for the shape consideration, has to do with wind load. Wind load increases exponentially as the building is taller. Especially if your property dictates orienting the building across an extreme prevailing wind, it would be advisable to go with a lower profile.

Here is to comprehensive planning!

We hope you are finding value in this series of posts, helping you prepare for your new growing adventure! Reminder that the deadline is May 31st for Fall Delivery. We look forward to working with you for your projects!