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Pollinator Sanctuaries – You Can Have One Too!

pollinatorNestled just outside Meaford is a native pollinator and habitat garden sanctuary at the Beaver Valley Flower Farm, where birds, butterflies, bees, toads, and other little creatures can find food, water, cover, and a place to raise their young. It is a place where there are no pesticides or herbicides used that would be unhealthy for these creatures or for people. It's a place that's full of life - indeed, a very exciting place to be!

Upon arriving 30 years ago, one of the first things that Anastasia Sparling, the landowner, did was plant spruce and pine trees. In the years that followed, Anastasia decided to intentionally create a native pollinator sanctuary. In the now five-acre experimental and demonstrational sanctuary which is allowed to be natural, there is a combination of cultivated, native and non-native plants.


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Aerial Circus to Perform at Meaford Hall

lookupComing up on Thursday, August 7 at 2 pm is Insect Circus, live on stage at Meaford Hall. Inspired by bugs native to Ontario, the show will feature performers from LookUp Theatre showing off their skills with aerial silks, trapeze, hoops, poi, juggling and more! This will be a wonderful show to enjoy as a family.

All ages will be entranced by the aerial acts depicting the metamorphosis of a caterpillar, soaring dragonflies, buzzing bees and even a spider carefully crafting its web.


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Meet Your Farmers' Market Vendors: Children’s books by Linda Hamill

GoDuckyGo225Linda Hamill is a local children’s author for ages 3 -11. She lives, and writes, just outside Meaford in Griersville.

The locale of each of her stories is Meaford events. ‘Scarecrow Invasion’ is for older children, and happens during a Meaford Scarecrow Invasion. ‘My Strong, Sturdy Scarecrows’ is for younger children and occurs during the building of scarecrows for Meaford Scarecrow Invasion. ‘Go Ducky, Go’ takes place during Meaford’s Great Duck Race. Linda also has a colouring and activity book available based on the scarecrow theme.


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