It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we convey the sudden passing of our dear friend and colleague – Peter Wensink. Peter was a Part-time College Lecturer in Agroforestry for the University of Guelph’s Two-year Agriculture Diploma Program. Peter was as well the Manager /Operator of the Agroforestry Centre and Maple Syrup Production Facility for the Campus from 2010 and had continued in the position for the Municipality of North Grenville from 2017 to the present time.
Peter was considered an expert in Agroforestry and developed two iterative Forest Management Plans for the Maple Forest located on campus. The latest version was presented to the municipality in January of 2020. As a direct result the campus forests achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Certification through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest’s Forest Certification Program. The FSC® supports environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world's forests.
Peter was a strong ambassador for Kemptville Campus – past, present, and future, and was deeply committed to realizing the Agroforestry Centre’s full potential. His commitment to sustainable forest management of the campus Maple Forest will ensure its’ proper management and maintenance for future generations. We consider this to be Peter Wensink’s natural legacy.
The campus will be honouring Peter’s contributions and legacy – details to follow at a later date.
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As the grounds, trees and shrubs at Kemptville Campus start to come alive with beautiful shades of green, it’s time for an update as to what’s actually happening on the Campus.
Like the rest of North Grenville, most of the organizations, businesses and buildings on the Campus are entering week seven of lockdown due to the COVID-19 situation. School administrators and teachers are working remotely to ensure that students and parents have access to the tools for continuing education in a home setting. Other organizations on Campus are doing their best to offer their services by phone or online. Catered Affairs now offers a wonderful menu for ordering ahead (by phone or email) and curbside pick up. The Campus administration offices are closed to the public, but staff are reachable via phone and email on the Campus website. For the status of other organizations on Campus, please visit their websites.
The entire community was disappointed to learn recently of the necessary cancellation of Kemptville Live Music Festival, planned for this July on the Campus grounds. “North Grenville’s flagship entertainment event was expected to attract over 25,000 visitors to our community,” said Campus Board Chair and Mayor Nancy Peckford. “We fully understand that Kemptville Live organizers had no choice but to make this difficult decision and we look forward to a great lineup in 2021.”
Here’s an update on some other specific details around the Campus.
On Campus – Although most of the buildings are closed, spring maintenance continues around the Campus, with landscaping contractors sweeping the roads and walkways and cleaning up after winter. At this time, the Campus is a perfect place to stroll, hike or cycle, as long as physical distancing rules are followed. Besides the grounds and sidewalks surrounding the buildings, the Campus has a network of trails as part of North Grenville’s trail system.
“The trails on the Campus are open to the public,” said Board Member and Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman. “Many people don’t realize that they’re here and available. As long as people keep their distance from others.” Trailhead signs have been installed at several locations to guide hikers towards the different options. More information on Campus Trails can be found on the Campus website. https://www.kemptvillecampus.ca/about
Campus Master Plan – A consortium of consultant groups – Public Urbanism (Planning, Engagement, Economic Development), Projet Paysage (Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Graphic Design) and CIMA+ (Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Energy Audits) led by Planner Paul Hicks, initiated Master Planning for the Campus in January of this year.
The Master Plan will be providing a conceptual blueprint for:
- Lands – greenspace, woodlands, wetlands, and cropland
- Network – traffic, parking, pedestrian walkways, and foot trails
- Buildings – existing and new (optimal utilization, energy conservation, energy audit)
- Integrating three pillars – Education and Training, Health and Wellness, and Economic Development.
To date, the consultants have completed the literature review, stakeholder interviews, two public consultations, a meeting with the Campus Advisory Committee, Subject Matter Expert consultations and a building energy audit. With the initial draft now complete, plans are in progress to convene the Advisory Committee (remotely) to share initial findings, and solicit further input before the plan is provided to the Campus Not-for-Profit Board for their review on May 31.
Although the current situation with the global pandemic is creating significant challenges for all, the Campus Board, Administration, and stakeholder communities are excited about the Master Plan outcome and very optimistic about the future of the campus! Stay tuned for more on the Master Plan.
Greenhouses are Now Closed – The Campus Greenhouses got off to a great start over the winter, with members of the public attending an open house in January and signing up for a variety of horticultural and educational programming. Visitors got to explore the three fully accessible and functional greenhouses that make up the AJ Logsdail Centre on Campus Drive. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the greenhouses are now closed to the public.
“Our original plan was to make the greenhouse available to the public and offer a variety of workshops,” said Claude Smith, Horticulturist and volunteer behind the initiative. “We got off to a good start, but hit a bit of a roadblock along the way! We were able to continue the garden workshops already started by offering them online. It went surprisingly well,” said Smith. The plants grown by the participants have already gone to their new homes and some of the vegetables will be donated to the Giving Garden.
The group hopes that by this fall they’ll be able to continue the open house days, winter rental space for houseplants, workshops and educational sessions. Until then, the greenhouses are closed for the summer.
Watch for Maple Syrup – Plans were underway to host a public event at the Agroforestry Centre earlier this spring, but had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Nonetheless, maple syrup experts Frank Heerkins and Peter Wensink were able to harvest a bumper crop of syrup this spring from the Campus sugar bush.
Syrup has been bottled in several sizes and is expected to be available at the B&H Local Grocer and Moose Mart within the next few weeks. Watch for it!
The Agroforestry Centre building is closed to the public, but the trails remain open. For a look at past syrup production at the Centre, check out this video:
Campus Quick Facts:
Total acres occupied by the Campus = 630
Total number of forested acres = 360
Acres of maple sugar bush = 18
Number of maple taps = 950
Maple syrup production capacity on Campus, in litres, annually = 1,000
Campus Communications: Tom Graham, TD Graham + Associates
Cell: 613-882-3885 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Until further notice, the Kemptville Campus Education and Community Centre - Administration Offices will remain closed to the general public. However, Campus staff will continue to be available via email, phone, and in-person for essential operational activities by appointment only. Campus staff contact information is:
Campus Project Manager Patricia Rémillard
Office Phone: 613-258-8336 Ext. 418
Cell Phone: 613-360-1956
Campus Coordinator Cheryl deVries
Office Phone: 613-258-8336 Ext. 243
Cell Phone: 613-558-3194
Campus Facility Manager Bruce Jackson
Office Phone: 613-258-8336 Ext. 244
Cell Phone: 613-802-0965
For information regarding Campus Tenants' operations - please go the individual tenant websites.
The Municipality of North Grenville is closely monitoring the situation and taking proactive measures to help protect the community.
Please visit the North Grenville webpage for updates at www.northgrenville.ca/coronavirus.
A crowd of close to 100 people turned out on Monday evening this week to participate in the Kemptville Campus Master Plan Open House. The attendees included residents, business people, Campus tenants and concerned citizens, including alumni and former instructors at Kemptville College.
The Master Plan process is an opportunity for the community to have its say in the future direction of the Campus. The event was held at the WB George Centre on Campus.
A group of local volunteers will be hosting an Open House at the Kemptville Campus greenhouses Saturday, January 25, from 10am – 2pm. The Greenhouses are located at 75 Campus Drive, in the AJ Logsdail Centre. The public is welcome.
The Kemptville Campus Education and Community Centre is pleased to announce that the Campus forests have achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Certification through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest’s Forest Certification Program. The announcement was made Friday at the Campus Agroforestry Centre on Bedell Road.
Plans for the Open House at Kemptville Campus are in the final stages. The event is a celebration of 100 Years of Education at the Campus and is happening Saturday, September 28, from 10am – 3pm. Opening ceremonies will take place at 11:30 in front of Purvis Hall.
The event is open to the public and will include historical displays, artifacts and photos, open houses at each of the schools, live re-enactments by former College staff, and a free BBQ lunch and anniversary cake. Dignitaries invited include oldest grads and teachers of the College, representatives of the three school boards on Campus, the Kemptville College Foundation and Kemptville College Alumni Association. As well, MPP Steve Clark and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Honourable Ernie Hardeman, are expected to attend.
The collection of historic artifacts and photos that were stored at the Kemptville Campus have been shared between the Kemptville College Alumni Association and the Kemptville Campus. Ongoing discussions between Mayor Nancy Peckford, Deputy Mayor Jim McManaman, and Alumni representatives led to an agreement of which material would stay on the Campus for historical purposes, and which materials would be transferred to the Alumni.
Une célébration des 100 ans d'éducation sur le campus de Kemptville est prévue pour le samedi 28 septembre 2019 sur le terrain du campus de Kemptville.
Organisées par le campus de Kemptville en partenariat avec la municipalité de North Grenville, les festivités comprendront des démonstrations sur place par des enseignants / étudiants des commissions scolaires du campus, des expositions historiques d'artefacts et de photos, des visites d'édifices éducatifs, des discours commémoratifs et des coupures de ruban par des dignitaires et, bien sûr, un gâteau d’anniversaire pour fêter 100 ans.
A celebration of 100 Years of Education at Kemptville Campus is being planned for Saturday, September 28, 2019, on the grounds of Kemptville Campus.
Hosted by Kemptville Campus in partnership with the Municipality of North Grenville, festivities will include on-site demonstrations by teachers/students from the school boards on Campus, historical displays of artifacts and photos, tours of educational buildings, commemorative speeches and ribbon cutting by dignitaries, and – of course – a birthday cake to celebrate 100 years.
Une réunion publique et un forum de discussion auront lieu sur le Campus de Kemptville le 27 mai de 18h30 à 20h30, au W.B. George Centre.
Ce sera l'occasion pour le public de connaître d’avantage la façon dont la municipalité de North Grenville oriente les activités concernant le campus depuis que la municipalité a fait l’acquisition de 626 acres de l'ancien Collège de Kemptville en avril 2018.
There will be a Public Meeting & Discussion Forum at Kemptville Campus on May 27, 6:30 – 8:30PM, at the W.B. George Centre.
This is an opportunity for members of the public to learn how the Municipality of North Grenville is guiding current and future activity at the Campus since the municipality acquired 626 acres of the old Kemptville College in April 2018.