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Growing Local Youth at Greenhouse Academy

Join us at our 2019 Agri-Business Tour

Middlesex County Presents: Teeny Tiny Summit

Middlesex Matters Youth Forum

2019 Perspective Sector Reports

Spread Awareness About Your Business

 

Growing Local Youth at Greenhouse Academy

The Greenhouse Academy, located in Thorndale, is a facility owned and run by brothers, Mike and Jeff Crosby, which hosts students as well as other community groups for different workshops and events. Having been in the property maintenance and construction industry for over 12 years, the Crosby’s realized the industry was lacking young, eager, and capable employees. After a long partnership with the Thames Valley District School Board and the realm of knowledge Mike and Jeff gained from running Crosby Landscape and Design, they thought it was time they share their passions with local youth. “We thought that our facility could serve as a perfect place to teach students about environment systems, and show them a wide range of plant material that they could take an interest in,” Mike explained.

The Greenhouse Academy has been in business for 3 years, entering it’s 5th season of working with students to gain the experience and confidence needed to be successful upon entering the workforce. During these 3 years of business, the Academy has seen over 6,000 come through their facility to engage in hands-on workshops, meet potential employers, develop workplace skills, and put thousands of plants in the ground. The Greenhouse Academy doesn’t just invite students to enjoy their facility, they strive to include as many different community groups as possible. “The facility is now being used by a variety of organizations involving physical and mental health support, horticultural societies, childcare groups, and English Second Language programs,” says Mike. “The goal is to create a space where the Greenhouse Academy truly serves as a hub for all members of the community, and is understood as a resource where corporations and all facets of the community can come together to make a lasting impact on our youth and the environment,” he continued.

Mark your calendars as April 15th marks the start date of their season! Teachers and community groups are encouraged to sign up for workshops directly on their website calendar. Schools don’t necessarily have to be invited to attend either, they are more than welcome to book their own field trips and attend events put on by Greenhouse Academy. To book an event, you can go to their website calendar and sign up or email info@greenhouseacademy.ca for further information! While you’re on their website, sign up for their newsletter informing you on their latest collaborations or partnerships and how they’re impacting the community. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this inspiring organizations journey!

The Greenhouse Academy is also excited to host one of their biggest events of the year being their ‘Sowing the Seeds Youth Job Expo’ on May 15th and 16th. This event is expected to host over 1,000 students over the course of the two days. The event was designed to show students the variety of amazing jobs available to them and the hope is that they will leave feeling inspired and having confidence that they have so many opportunities moving forward. In order to accomplish this, vendors of various sectors are needed to connect with students about possible career paths. If your business or organization is interested in being part of this awesome event, you can sign up on their Eventbrite page. There will be booths available for both indoor and outdoor display. If any students think their class would benefit from this event, please email mike@greenhouseacademy.ca.

Join us at our 2019 Agri-Business Tour

Spring is here, which means it's time to gear up for another Invest in Middlesex Agri-Business Tour! The tour will start and end at Kustermans Berry Farms at 8:30am and local lunch is being provided. Community leaders, elected officials and media are invited to attend. Tickets are free but you must register to attend using our Eventbrite page by May 24th. It will be a surprise as to where our bus will stop along the way but should you require any further information, please email info@investinmiddlesex.ca. See you there! 

 

Middlesex County Presents: Teeny Tiny Summit

Our Teeny Tiny Summit is right around the corner. On April 10th, prepare to be inspired by real projects happening small places just like yours! The will feature few select presentations from community leaders across Ontario as well as our keynote speaker, Peter Kenyon from Bank of Ideas. Our hope is that you will take away valuable best practices and lessons learned from other teeny tiny communities. Breakfast and lunch are being provided. Registration closes on April 1st so be sure to reserve your spot as you won't want to miss this great event! 

 

Middlesex Matters Youth Forum

On February 28th, the County of Middlesex and a fantastic group of partners hosted a youth forum titled Middlesex Matters for grade 10 students attending high school within the County. This forum was designed to spread awareness about the kinds of job opportunities available for students when they're ready to embark on their career path. Olympic gold medalist Alex Kopacz shared his journey to success as the event's keynote speaker and encouraged students to go out into their communities and achieve greatness in their own ways. It was a great day full of inspiring stories and important tips and lessons. This was the first time hosting the Middlesex Matters Youth Forum but it certainly has potential to become an annual event. Click here to view Strathroy Age Dispatch coverage of the event.

2019 Perspective Sector Reports

Middlesex County has been featured in the Agri Food & Beverage Report. This feature takes a look at Middlesex County and the different reasons you would want to invest in this area as a agri-business. There are four major economic drivers that keep the County thriving being agriculture and agri-food; manufacturing; tourism; and small business and entrepreneurship. Middlesex County can be found on pages 26 and 27. Click here to view the feature and see why you should be investing in Middlesex County! 

 

Spread Awareness About Your Business

Visit Middlesex has tourism racks in libraries across the County showcasing businesses and events in our area. Since the new year, we've added two new Visit Middlesex tourism racks to the libraries in Mount Brydges and Thorndale. If you have any print material like a brochure or rack card that you would like to see featured in these racks please send them to the office at 399 Ridout Street N in London, N6A 2P1. The typical amount we are sent is anywhere from 250 to 500 and if you are to ever update your material, feel free to send us the new copies so we can replace the old material. The typical measurement we receive is 8.5 x 11 tri-folds or 3.5 x 8.5 / 4 x 6 rack cards. Should you have any questions, please email info@visitmiddlesex.ca