Kingston Solar Community Benefit

The Rural Advisory Committee needs to hear from rural residents about how you would direct the funds from the Kingston Solar LP (Samsung) Renewal Energy Project Community Benefit Program.

This fund is part of an agreement with Kingston Solar LP (Samsung), which is contributing $1,250 per megawatt (MW) of power produced by their project to the City of Kingston over the next 20 years.  The first payment made to the Community Benefit Fund was $116,449.32 (for part of 2015 and all of 2016).

A few suggestions made already include:

  • Plant trees along roadways, on public and private lands to restore the rural nature in the areas where solar construction has taken place.  (Where permission is granted.) 
  • Support rural schools as they evolve into community hubs by making investments in community space. 
  • Develop parkland near the Kingston Solar Project (as there are no public parklands nearby).

If you like any of the above ideas, or have some of your own, let the Rural Advisory Committee know in the comments below, or by sending an email to the committee clerk: cblumenberg@cityofkingston.ca 

You can also let us know in person at the rural advisory committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 16 at the Glenburnie Fire Station, 1485 Unity Rd. to provide us with your advice.

 

 

Celebrating Kingston's Local Food Producers

On April 23, I gathered a group of politicians, municipal staff, economic development professionals, local chefs and farmers to talk about some of our great family run local food businesses.  

We heard about how Sun Harvest Greenhouses produce some of Kingston's best tasting tomatoes 8 months of the year, with no pesticides and in a completely controlled environment.  After that, we visited the Sonset Farm who shared with us a vision of working with the land to feed local families.  Sonset provide our community with a seasonal CSA, grass fed beef, and a small organic dairy farm.  Our tour finished with a visit to the Limestone Organic Creamery.  Their locally produced milk has travelled less than one mile from farm to creamery, and is delivered directly to over 400 homes in the Kingston area. If you'd like delivery from the creamery, sign up here! I encourage you to take a tour of your own and visit some of these great local farms.

I believe Kingston is the perfect place for small, niche farms to start, establish themselves and have an easy market to sell to.  There is so much great land within a thirty minute drive to downtown, where any Kingstonian can learn about how their food is produced, who is harvesting it, and where it comes from.  Many Kingston chefs already work to source as much of their menu locally as possible, and we can increase this.  

New farmers in our area are creating breweries, producing raw milk cheese, and innovating with precision agriculture, such as the high-tech milk operation at Rustowil farm, run by the Moreland family in Kingston East.  The future for agriculture in Kingston is bright, and everyone

This tour was possible through the collaborative efforts of the Kingston Economic Development Corporation, the National Farmers Union Local 316, and the Frontenac chapter of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

For some of the media coverage take a look at the article in the Kingston Whig Standard or the photos taken by Snapd Kingston.