Category Archives: In our Community

Giving Back to our Community

Every year at Multi Shelter Solutions we try to collaborate with non profit organizations and other volunteer opportunities to provide a shelter at low or no cost.

We have done shelters for Haiti after the earthquake, a shelter for an eye clinic in the Dominican Republic, arches for Magical Lights of Milton that donates back to the Milton Hospital at Christmas, greenhouse to Aroland First Nations in Northern Ontario to provide food for their community and learning opportunities for the students, and work with Food Bank projects out on the east coast to help provide fresh, healthy vegetables to those most in need, and the list continues to grow. See photos on our “giving back” page.

This is something we believe whole heartedly in and would very much like to work with more causes to help in whatever way we can.  We also want to express gratitude for the various opportunities we’ve had to help out non-profit and not-for-profit groups.

If you know of a project that could use our help, or are involved with something you’d like to see us put some help behind, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know about it. This is an ongoing initiative of Multi Shelter Solutions, and as a company, and all our staff, would love to see this continue. Please join us in taking some time to give back, and Pay It Forward. A little smile goes a long way.

Here’s an article written about our east coast project
And check out our Giving Back page for more info and pictures!

Merry Christmas from Multi Shelters!

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Multi Shelter Solutions office will be closed over the holidays. We will be doing our last deliveries of 2015 on December 23rd and reopening January 4th. We are available by email for any structure emergencies and will be returning to regular business, completing quotes and addressing inquires in the new year.

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All of us here at Multi Shelters wish you and your family a very Merry and safe Christmas. We very much appreciate all of your inquiries and purchases throughout 2015 and we look forward to working with you on your 2016 projects!

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Happy Holidays!
Norm, Andrea, Gwen, Carson, Terry and Heather

 

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Magical Lights of Milton & Multi Shelters

It’s that time of year again! We had the opportunity last year to work with David Geall on a Christmas lights fundraiser display “Magical Lights of Milton” for the Milton District Hospital Foundation and the results have been wonderful! Please be sure to stop by between November 28thJanuary 3rd and check it out and donate to their great cause (they’re raised over $20,000 to date!). Please check out David’s testimonial as well.

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Happy Organic Week 2015!

We at Multi Shelter Solutions are proud to be associated with the Canadian Organic Growing Community. Through events such as the Guelph Organic Conference, which Norm speaks and MSS exhibits, the ACORN Conference on the East Coast, and our new membership in the Eco Farmers Association joining their show, we are able to stay connected with up to date information, as well as  having that face to face connection with the members of the Organic Community. We have been fortunate to partner with Jean-Martin Fortier, Bethany Acres and Abundant Acres to be part of educational workshops as well. We are pleased to be working on continued improvements in our product offerings to help match the growing interest and demand of today’s culture and trends.

We hope you are able to get involved with one of the many Organic Week 2015 events happening near you. There’s still 4 more days to enjoy the many samples, farm tours, workshops and information seminars in your community. Canada’s National Organic Week is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. See the link for more events and information!

http://organicweek.ca/find-an-event/

Grow Better, Not Bigger Workshops in Nova Scotia with Jean-Martin Fortier

In late July we had an opportunity of participating in two workshops in Nova Scotia where Jean-Martin Fortier was the featured speaker sharing in his philosophy and practices behind his book “The Market Gardener” (click here to purchase your own copy). Abundant Acres was the host farm on July 27 and Bethany Acres on July 28. Both farms have Multi Shelter greenhouses and tunnels. With 50 people in attendance at both locations, it was a wonderful opportunity of interacting with existing and potential customers. We thank everyone that was able to come out, or expressed interest in what went on.

The very unique approach to very intensive food production which Jean-Martin has documented in his book, has made it very popular. He has gotten amazing production and results from his 1-1/2 acres plot of land. Between his CSAs and two farmers markets, Jean-Martin, his wife and a couple seasonal employees are supplying approximately 220 families with weekly fresh vegetables. He does not own or use traditional tractor or rotor tiller. The center point of his land is the greenhouses and processing station with everything efficiently laid out around that.

A cornerstone to his philosophy and practices has to do with proper care and stewardship of the land. A lot of importance is placed on feeding the soil properly and giving the existing organisms in the soil proper chance to do the work they were created for. Everything is grown on 30” wide raised beds that are 100’ long with 18” wide aisles. Compost is added to the top of the bed and then very lightly worked in. Clear and black plastic are used in succession to trigger and kill weeds ahead of planting time.

Another point which Jean-Martin stresses over and over is efficiency. Everything is analyzed very carefully so that all the processes can be done at maximum efficiency. Crops that require the most attention are the closest and crops that require minimal attention are to the outer edges. Heavy feeding crops are always followed by a light feeding crop. During the down time in the winter, the results are further analyzed and everything is planned for including location and timing. No detail is too small not to be documented during the growing season so that it can be analyzed for better efficiency.

The workshops were a wonderful opportunity of learning things that are important to our customers to further guide them in finding their proper greenhouse solution during the purchase process and also learning the value and benefit of efficiency and prioritizing. We urge you to check out Jean-Martin’s book, and call us to help work out all your custom greenhouse solutions!

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Environmental Info & Georgian Homesteading Show

We thank everyone that came out to the show in Markdale this past long weekend despite the weather and power outages! It was a great new opportunity that we hope to do again. We created an extra informational page for the show, and you can download that here Please let us know if you have any questions and if we can be of further assistance. We are looking forward to our next show, the Hastings Plowing Match. It’s coming into busy trade show and ordering season, get your order in now for fall delivery!fall

**OPEN HOUSE** Fri May 29, 2015! 10am-4pm

youre-invited
HELP US CELEBRATE! 10 YEARS IN PALMERSTON! 
 May 29th 10am – 4pm Drop in Open House & BBQ
with New Products, Renovations and a FREE DRAW! 
With 43 years experience, we’ve got your questions covered,
& we’re happy to help! We look forward to seeing you! 
you're invited
**due to the busy nature of the manufacturing facility, we ask no drop in visits except at the open house or previously scheduled appointments, thank you**

Christmas Project

We’ve had the opportunity to work with David Geall on a Christmas lights fundraiser display “Magical Lights of Milton” for the Milton District Hospital Foundation and the results have been wonderful! Please be sure to stop by and check it out and donate to their great cause. Check out David’s testimonial Click on the pics below to enlarge