LondonSOUP 4: Jan. 31 2016 – Winner: One Microscope Per Child

A warm and welcoming audience attended our 4th sustainable ideas microfunder on Sunday, January 31 at Covent Garden Market in downtown London. It was another successful event and feedback was again positive and supportive.

We thank everyone for attending and your continued support. We are grateful for the help of our SOUPstirs, and Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, City of London and our assisting partners, Cooking Matters, Steam Whistle Brewing, Fanshawe College and LIFE*SPIN.

Best Idea as Voted

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Ryan Hunt of The Maker Bus with One Microscope Per Child was voted by audience spoons as having the best idea and walked away with the night’s $1,000 micro grant. The audience felt it was a unique, innovative concept and best exemplified the virtues of sustainability.

Ideas Pitched

Presenters (in order) for our most recent sustainable ideas micro-funder:

#1/ The Soulcraftroundtable – presented by David J. Glen

Site: www.glenfarmsgourmet.com

Describe your concept

Our goal is to create a coaching and teaching center that integrates the less fortunate who are on fixed incomes and need some part time work in order to gain a better life for themselves, with start-We want to do that by creating a shared space kitchen for start-ups. An approved kitchen that will give opportunities to try out new ideas, new technologies and new products, to decide if there really is a business to be made from them, businesses that need part time workers to get their ideas off the ground.

Why does this idea matter to you and to the London-Middlesex community?

London is in the Heart of Ontario’s food belt. We have cooks graduating from Fanshawe College and Technology grads coming from Western University and we want to connect them with seasoned entrepreneurs.

How will you use this grant funding to realize your project?

The money will be used to incorporate so that we can then seek Equipment sponsors, Media sponsors, Location sponsors. Also used to pay for hosting monthly meetings. Also purchasing equipment.

Launch a dedicated Soulcraftroundtable website. Right now it is a page on http://www.glenfarmsgourmet.com

What is the timeline for your project?

I am operating out of the New London Food Incubator 630 Dundas Street. We expect to be open in 30 days and would hope to have our first meeting in 60 days.

What specific elements of sustainability are being addressed in your project?

This Not for Profit would be a feeder system (Farm Team) that would be a first step to growing a business at the Farmers Market or The London Food incubator.

 

#2/ Lightcycle – presented by Margaret Gray

Describe your concept

My business is Lightcycle, an upcycled art lighting business, offering repurposed and recycled lighting for both residential and commercial purposes.

Lightcycle use’s a selection of hand picked materials, combining antiques, reclaimed treasures, archaic and unusual items to create beautiful, handcrafted and unique luxury lighting products. All of our wonderful creations come from items that would otherwise go to our landfills. All design work is driven by the available materials, ensuring everything is one of a kind.

Lightcycle will offer hand crafted, locally made and environmentally sustainable lighting choices to the growing trend of the socially conscious that prefer to have something that is not “big box” or made in a far off land.

Lightcycle will have the assured safety quality of the Canadian Safety Association certification on all of its lighting, providing safety to the consumer, as well as the ability to sell directly to stores in London and area.

Why does this idea matter to you and to the London-Middlesex community?

Lightcycles’ whole concept should matter to Londoners, as most of the lighting purchased in London does not support the local economy. At Lightcycle we offer affordable, unique lighting that is locally made and environmentally sustainable.

Lightcycle is part of a growing niche of small businesses that are creating employment, using our unlimited supply of post-consumer waste and helping to rebuild our economy!

How will you use this grant funding to realize your project?

The funding will be used to attain CSA certification for two certification sessions. The cost of a two-hour session from UL is $500, plus expenses. It is most cost efficient to have a minimum of 15 lights finished for each session. This will allow for sales to start, enabling cash flow positive to begin.

What is the timeline for your project?

Lightcycle has a goal of February for certification of 15 units.

What specific elements of sustainability are being addressed in your project?

Lightcycle is a socially conscious company offering an economical product that is environmentally sensitive. Not only are the products built using the three R’s, the workshop is comprised of recycled wood, peg board, containers and dressers. As well, very little waste is pro duced from production. A very GREEN company in all respects!

 

#3/ One Microscope Per Child – presented by Ryan Hunt

Site: The Maker Bus

Describe your concept

You can only see so much of the natural world through your eyes alone. One Microscope Per Child is a sustainable social enterprise that will allow child and youth in the Thames Valley Region to explore the world on a microscopic level.

Using 3D printing technology and inexpensive glass beads, One Microscope Per Child will create durable microscope attachments that can instantly transform any smart phone or tablet into a working microscope, capable of magnifying samples up to 1000 times normal vision.

The goal of One Microscope Per Child is to give children and youth in our community a deeper appreciation of the natural world. We are surrounded by entire worlds of natural life and these hand-held microscopes will empower children and youth to explore these worlds.

Each microscope clip will cost approximately $2 to produce. These clips will be sold for $10 to the public. With each $10 clip sold, 5 additional clips will be printed and donated to schools in the Thames Valley Region. By selling only 3 clips to the public, we can provide an entire class with One Microscope Per Child.

With these microscopes in hand, we hope to inspire new generations of environmental scientists, nature advocates, and engaged, connected citizens.

Why does this idea matter to you and to the London-Middlesex community?

Childhood experiences last a lifetime. If we inspire children and youth to make meaningful connections with the environment today, they will be more likely to maintain a connection with the environment as adults.

Natural heritage sites like the Forks of the Thames and Westminster Ponds are teeming with microscopic life that is absolutely essential to functioning of our ecosystem. With these microscope clips in hand, One Microscope Per Child hopes to empower our community’s youth to become citizen ecologists who appreciate even the most minute elements of our natural world.

How will you use this grant funding to realize your project?

I will use the $1000 grant to purchase a higher resolution 3D printer. While the current 3D printer I have access to have allowed me to create working prototypes of the microscope clips, these prototypes are crude compared to what a more expensive 3D printer could produce.

A more expensive 3D printer will allow me to print more clips at one time and print clips of a higher quality. All clips will be printed using sustainable, compostable bio-plastics.

What is the timeline for your project?

With a higher resolution 3D printer, I can start producing the microscope clips and selling them to the public by May 2016, with deliveries of classroom clip sets available by September 2016.

As a Co-founder of the MakerBus and the Education Coordinator for the London Heritage Council, I interact with hundreds of teachers and educators in our community. I will leverage these community connections to help promote and market the One Microscope Per Child concept within the Thames Valley Region.

What specific elements of sustainability are being addressed in your project?

These microscopes will allow children to better understand their natural environment. Moreover, by distributing these microscope clips to schools, we ensure an equitable distribution of these education resources within our community.

With these microscopes in hand, we hope to empower children and youth to become citizen scientists who explore and appreciate the natural world. Education is an essential part of sustainability, and One Microscope Per Child hopes to make environmental education more innovative, fun, and accessible.

 

#4/ Innovative Growing Mediums for Increased Crop Yield – presented by Thomas Butler

Describe your concept

There is a desire by the horticulture industry to replace peat, rock wool and imported cocoa fiber with substrates that better promote root growth and release nutrients to roots. The concept of this project is to develop formulations of biochar and compost that will be competitive with rock wool substrate in costs but the products will outperform rock wool in that it will enhance crop productivity and have a greater longevity of use. The project aims to enhance the physical and biological factors of the growing medium including removal of phytotoxic compounds, elimination of high rates of sodium, improved aeration, water percolation, and structure longevity, better ion exchange and buffering capacity, etc. The final product will be manufactured in various forms including blocks and lose medium. The formulations will guarantee that the grow medium products will meet the growers’ standards. For the greenhouse industry it will offer the potential of becoming organic producers and significant potential yield increases.

This project will focus first on the greenhouse market as the short crop cycles and controlled conditions allow for results to be demonstrated without the liability and long term study that is required for soil amendment trials. If the result is positive the research can be applied across the industry.

Why does this idea matter to you and to the London-Middlesex community?

Small scale, part time food businesses need a safe place to grow. We don’t want developing food businesses hiding in basements and garages.

How will you use this grant funding to realize your project?

The grant funding will go towards improving and automating my plant growth research station. To increase the validity and repeat-ability of the research I need to purchase the following:

Ph monitoring instrumentation | Nutrient solution | Nutrient Solution Pumps | Growing medium

What is the timeline for your project?

6-8 months

What specific elements of sustainability are being addressed in your project?

Increase crop yield -Reduced energy consumption for food production -Reduced food waste -Increased product lifespan -Increase nutritional value of crops -Reduce water consumption -Reduce leachate -Increase landfill diversion.

 

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We are grateful to Steam Whistle Brewing for donating a gift pack (but no beer) of a variety of accessories, including an actual whistle which we used for presentation timing.

Steam Whistle has provided gift packs since LondonSOUP inception and we are proud of that continued association.

Richard DeJonge was the LondonSOUP 4 winner of the @SteamWhistle #sustainability #Spiffybowl.

 

LondonSoup_LogoAbout LondonSOUP

LondonSOUP is a not-for-profit entity run entirely by volunteers with all collected and donated funds paying for presenter micro-grant, food supplies and venue.

We are grateful to Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph and City of London for providing financial support of this event and would also like to acknowledge our assisting partners, Cooking Matters, Steam Whistle Brewing, Fanshawe College and LIFE*SPIN.

LondonSOUP is part of the worldwide Sunday Soup organization, shares a similar concept with Detroit Soup , and have ongoing relationships with Calgary Soup, Soup Ottawa, TechPort Soup and Soup London, our sister group in the UK.  We have local relationships with the Middlesex London food assessment team, and London Environmental Network (LEN), to name only a few.

 

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LondonSOUP 4: Sunday, Jan 31st, 5:30 pm, Covent Garden Market, Mezzanine Floor

Our 4th sustainable business microfunder will be held Sunday, Jan 31st 5:30 pm at Covent Garden Market, Mezzanine Floor in Labatt Lounge, London.

To register and reserve online tickets, click here.

We will also have a pay-as-you-can plan at the door.

We are seeking suitable concepts to compete for the evening’s best sustainable business idea. Click here to apply as a presenter.

LondonSOUP is open to all area residents, has a local food and sustainability theme and is delivered by a group of experienced volunteers with similar business backgrounds. We are part of the worldwide Sunday Soup organization, with regional and international associations with Detroit Soup, London SOUP UK, Manchester Soup (UK), Calgary Soup, Vancouver SOUP, Belfast Soup (N. Ireland), to name only a few.

There are a limited numbers of tickets available at the door and a special allotment of lower priced ‘Toonie-tix’ will also be available for students. You may also email us here to reserve advance tickets.

If you have questions on presenting, click here .

The LondonSOUP concept:

  • Meet: Sunday, Jan 31st at 5:30 pm, Covent Garden Market, Mezzanine
  • Persuade: selected individuals briefly pitch their sustainability-themed proposal to a London audience
  • Discuss: audience may ask questions and compare notes with others attending the event, as they choose the winner
  • Vote: using their spoons, votes are cast to determine best idea winning proceeds of the night
  • Eat: admission includes the focus meal, a bowl of delicious veggie or carnivore soup, sourced from locally-produced ingredients

Some favourable media articles on our inaugural LondonSOUP can be found here:

London Community News
LondonSOUP hopes to serve up some tasty business ideas

Metro News
London Soup: Serving up nutritious funding to Forest City startups

Londoner –A tasty micro funding opportunity

Western Gazette –Speakers seek souper sustainable solution

Fanshawe Student Union –The search for London’s SOUPerstars

As we did for previous events, prizes will be given for the best ‘Spiffy Bowl’ being brought to the event by any attendee.

We hope that you and your colleagues might also be able to attend, contributing to the continued success of business microfunder events in London.

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Tonight at Wolf Performance Hall, London, ON: The documentary, ‘The Rise of Urban Agriculture in London Ontario’ (inaugural LondonSOUP Winner)

Urban Agriculture is invaluable in many ways to the enhancement of Food Value Chains, Food Security and Community Gardens.  On Tuesday May 26, come out to witness what some eco-friendly citizens are cultivating in their back and front yards to promote agriculture, awareness, food advocacy and education in the region. Engage with agriculture, food and sustainability experts in a panelist session on ways to further enhance the environmentally friendly fabric of London. Meet fellow Urban Agriculture enthusiasts and learn new approaches that can easily be applied at home.

Agriculture, food, environmental affiliate tables:  6:00 pm

Event starts at: 6:45 pm

Panelists:

Becky Ellis coordinates the Sprouts Children’s Garden Program for the London Community Resource Centre. The LCRC maintains community gardens in London and educates people of all ages about growing and cooking local food.   She holds an M.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology from Western University, through which she focused on urban agriculture and neighbourhood democracy. She received her Permaculture Design Certificate with Earth Activist Training in January 2010. Becky has fond memories of growing up on a small family farm in Southwestern Ontario.

Skylar Franke studied Social Justice and Peace Studies and French Studies at King’s University College and works as Community Engagement Coordinator at ReForest London. She volunteers as Communication Coordinator for Food Not Lawns London Canada and was recently appointed to the Agricultural Advisory Committee for the City of London. Skylar is an avid board game geek, craft beer lover and road trip advocate who is excited about creating, supporting and eating local food & petting animals.

Hélène St. Jacques is President of Informa Market Research Co. Ltd. and has extensive knowledge in food marketing research. Last year she led a Greenbelt Fund Point of Sale survey team on attitudes towards the ordering, purchasing and selection of Ontario local food, conducting surveys with a select group of public institutions throughout the province.  Hélène is a leader in the Toronto food community, and is citizen chair of the Toronto Food Policy Council and an active board member of Foodshare.

Tom Schell is the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems and was instrumental in collaboratively planning the first Sustainable Food Cluster in the County of Elgin which will become part of a vibrant Sustainable Food System in Southwestern Ontario. Tom is part-time faculty in the Green Management program at Conestoga College, a member of the Middlesex London Food Policy Council implementation team and a member of the Waterloo Citizens’ Environmental Advisory Committee which is currently reviewing urban agriculture and community gardens with respect to how they fit into a sustainable food system.

Michael van Holst is the city councillor for Ward 1 in London and a member of the Hamilton Road Food Coalition initiative. He has degrees in engineering and education. For the past 10 years he was teaching chemistry, physics, math and environmental science at the adult learning centre in St. Thomas. His grandparents were farmers and in the 90’s he spent five years working for Farm Business Consultants tax accounting firm.

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FoodNotLawns’ Documentary: ‘The Rise of Urban Agriculture in London Ontario’ (inaugural LondonSOUP Winner)

In the evening of St Paddy’s Day, at The Root Cellar Organic Cafe in Old East Village, a packed crowd watched the premiere of ‘The Rise of Urban Agriculture in London Ontario’, a documentary produced by Food Not Lawns (London) and crowdfunded at the inaugural LondonSOUP.

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The documentary provided a comprehensive, first-hand account of the many urban agriculture initiatives in and around the city.

FNL is planning on holding a larger screening, but in the meantime, the documentary can be viewed in its entirety in the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_CgUupEgOI&feature=youtu.be

Congratulations to Food Not Lawns (London) and the many urban gardeners interviewed in the documentary.

Exceptional work in showcasing the City of London, Ontario and its sustainable residents!

You’ve made your community proud!

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LondonSOUP 3: Sunday, March 2, 5:30 pm, Covent Garden Market, Mezzanine Floor in Labatt Lounge

Our 3rd sustainable business microfunder will be held Sunday, March 2, 5:30 pm at Covent Garden Market, Mezzanine Floor in Labatt Lounge, London.

LondonSOUP is open to all area residents, has a local food and sustainability theme and is delivered by a group of experienced volunteers with similar business backgrounds.

Online registration is now open for this event. To reserve a ticket, click here. There are a limited numbers of tickets available at the door and a special allotment of lower priced ‘Toonie-tix’ will also be available for students. You may also email us here to reserve advance tickets.

We are seeking anyone with a suitable concept to compete for the evening’s best sustainable business idea. Click here to apply as a presenter.

If you have questions on presenting, click here or via the Contact the Organizer link on the Eventbrite ticket registration site.

The LondonSOUP concept:

  • Meet: Sunday, March 2 10 at 5:30 pm, Covent Garden Market, Labatt Lounge
  • Persuade: selected individuals briefly pitch their sustainability-themed proposal to a London audience
  • Discuss: audience may ask questions and compare notes with others attending the event, as they choose the winner
  • Vote: using their spoons, votes are cast to determine best idea winning proceeds of the night
  • Eat: admission includes the focus meal, a bowl of delicious veggie or carnivore soup, sourced from locally-produced ingredients

Some favourable media articles on our inaugural LondonSOUP can be found here:

As we did for last year’s events, prizes will be given for the best ‘Spiffy Bowl’ being brought to the event by any attendee.

We hope that you and your colleagues might also be able to attend, contributing to the continued success of business microfunder events in London.

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LondonSOUP2: Oct 10, 2013 – Winner: St Andrew Memorial Community Garden

Our 2nd sustainable business microfunder was held Thursday, October 10, at Saffron’s Restaurant at Fanshawe College, London. We received positive feedback and words of encouragement at the event and would like to thank everyone for your continued support. Information on our 3rd LondonSOUP event, slated for early next year will follow.

The winning concept as voted by attendees was Rev. Marty Levesque with the St Andrew Memorial Community Garden. Rev. Levesque has posted information on the award here

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The garden opened in 2011 as an outreach project of St Andrew Memorial Anglican Church, where the church community offers garden plots to area residence regardless of church affiliation or denomination at little to no cost.

The garden project helps area residence grow their own food and promotes healthy lifestyles and healthy communities by:

  • Lowering the carbon footprint of the gardeners
  • Connecting people with the environment and each other
  • Reduces exposer of pesticides through food
  • Promoting physical activity
    • One plot in the garden is kept in reserve for the church community itself where fresh produce is grown for the Fellowship Centre, the Anglican Church’s daily soup kitchen run out of St Paul’s Cathedral. This past growing season saw over 200 lbs of fresh produced delivered to the soup kitchen, providing often overlooked but necessary nutrition to some of the most vulnerable in London Ontario.

      Next LondonSOUP

      Our next LondonSOUP micro-funder will be held in early 2014, date/location TBD. The SOUP concept is gaining recognition here and internationally. Our humble group of SOUPstir’s was recently asked to share (& have) our Meet. Persuade. Discuss. Vote. Eat. mantra with our London, England sisters & brothers (Twitter: @SoupLondonUK).

      The London Community Foundation has recently offered support as our volunteer driven, local, sustainability activities are in keeping with their organizational goals & objectives (some of us met via their local food conference last year).

      But we will need additional SOUPstirs to assist going forward. If you have a sincere interest in our activities and would like to give us a hand on the planning or organising of future events, please let us know by contacting us at the ‘Contact Organizer’ link at the most recent event.

      Your LondonSOUP SOUPstirs
      Twitter: @LondonSOUP

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      LondonSOUP 2: Thursday, October 10, 5:30 pm, Saffron’s Restaurant, Fanshawe College

      Our 2nd sustainable business microfunder will be held Thursday, October 10, 5:30 pm at Saffron’s Restaurant in Building ‘A’ at Fanshawe College, London.

      Online registration is open for this event: http://londonsoup2.eventbrite.ca . There are also limited numbers of tickets available at the door and a special allotment of lower priced ‘Toonie-tix’ will be available for students.

      LondonSOUP is a open to all area residents & students, has a local food & sustainability theme and is delivered by a group of experienced volunteers with similar business backgrounds.

      We are seeking anyone with a suitable concept to compete for the evening’s best sustainable business idea. They can apply by forwarding a request to our ‘info at londonsoup.ca‘ address or via the ‘Contact the Organizer’ link on the Eventbrite ticket registration site.

      The LondonSOUP concept:

      • Meet: inaugural event on Sunday, October 10 at 5:30 pm at Saffron’s Restaurant (Building ‘A’, Fanshawe College, London Campus)
      • Persuade: selected individuals briefly pitch their sustainability-themed proposal to a London audience
      • Discuss: audience may ask questions and compare notes with others attending the event, as they choose the winner
      • Vote: using their spoons, votes are cast to determine best idea winning proceeds of the night
      • Eat: admission includes the focus meal, a bowl of delicious veggie or carnivore soup, sourced from locally-produced ingredients

      Some favourable media articles on our inaugural LondonSOUP can be found here:

      As we did for our successful inaugural April event, prizes will be given for the best ‘Spiffy Bowl’ being brought to the event by any attendee.

      We hope that you and your colleagues might also be able to attend, contributing to the continued success of business microfunder events in London.

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      June 9th event cancelled

      Cancelled: our next dinner  ~  Sunday June 9th

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      next event ~ June 9, 2013

      join us for our next dinner – Sunday June 9th

      • win a micro-grant of $1000 towards implementing your sustainable idea
      • don’t forget your entry into the spiffybowl contest
      • Sunday June 9 2013   ~   5:30 to 8:30 pm
      • Organic Works Bakery & Café   ~   222 Wellington St. London ON   ~   MA
      • tickets info
      • presenters info
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      dinner ~ april 14 2013

      our 1st dinner was a great success

      • A great success with over 65 in attendance . . .
      • thespiffy bowl won by Lisa Bondy was definitely an original
      • The $1000 micro-grant went to Alexandra Cleaver  & Narcise Datura
        The Concept: Documentary on London’s urban agriculture:
        “The Edible Future – Cultivating Sustainability in London, Ontario”
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