Nomination deadline for City Beautification Awards—including Clean North-sponsored Green Glove Award—is Thursday, July 17, 2014

photo of gardenIt’s that time of year again: Time to acknowledge local gardeners and businesses who beautify our fair city!

Categories include the Green Glove Garden Award, sponspored by Clean North.  For this award, nominated gardens are judged on design, overall health and the use of organic gardening methods, which include natural disease and pest control, composting, mulching, recycling, and water conservation.

Other categories are:

Front Yard, Backyard (sponsor – Godfrey Realty Group Inc.)
Commercial/Institutional (sponsor – KPMG)
Feature in a Garden Award (sponsor – Lemieux Composting)
Most Improved Residential Property
Best Water Feature (sponsor – New North Greenhouses)
Green Glove Garden (sponsor – Clean North)
Teeny Weeny Garden (sponsor – One of a Kind)
Best Vegetable Garden (sponsor – Sault Ste. Marie Horticultural Society)
Best of the Best (sponsor – Downing’s Landscaping and Greenhouses)

View/Print Nomination Form.

Forms are also available at:

  • Civic Centre – reception desk
  • Canadian Tire – Garden Centre
  • Downing’s Greenhouses
  • Lemieux Composting, New North Greenhouses
  • Rome’s Independent Grocer – Garden Centre

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It’s better to give away than to throw away! Sault Freecycle Day on Saturday, June 21, 2014!

Sault Freecycle posterA Freecycle Day will be happening in Sault Ste. Marie this Saturday, June 21, 2014.

All you have to do is place your re-usable unwanted items at the end of your driveway with a sign that reads FREE.

Other residents and neighbours will be on the lookout for items to pick up and take away.

Sault Freecycle is a green event organized by Saultite Anita Beckett.

Want to know more?

Like the Sault Freecycle Facebook page or check out the Sault Freecycle forum to post items you want or items you have to give away. 

Items not picked up by 9 p.m. Saturday evening are the responsibility of participating homeowners/residents and must be brought inside. The city will not have a special waste pickup associated with this event.

A list of organizations that accept donations is available on the Sault Freecycle Facebook page or email

Let’s recycle on Sault Freecycle Saturday!

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Move That Mulch! event to take place at Algoma University on Saturday, June 7, 2014 [plus trees, rain barrels, and more!]

graphic of Move That Mulch!Gardeners, need mulch? Clean North is having a Move That Mulch! event from 9 am to noon on Saturday, June 7 at Algoma University. You can pick up some nice mulch made from chipped up Christmas trees—great for acid-loving garden areas and pathways. Bring your own containers; we'll help you shovel.

Clean North will also be selling a variety of locally adapted three-year-old tree seedlings, including white cedar, white spruce, Norway spruce, red pine and white pine; prices are $6 each (or $5 each for 4+ or $4 each for 20+). We can give you tree-planting advice, too!

We will also be selling coir coconut fibre (environmentally friendly substitute for peat moss), worm composter kits, bat houses, and rain barrels.

For more information, call the Clean North office at (705)945-1573 or email

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Clean North to sell trees and shrubs at Allard St. Community Garden Plant Sale

photo of tree seedlings

It isn’t often that the Sault Ste. Marie Horticultural Society and the Allard St. Community Garden pair up to offer two plant sales on two subsequent weekends. However, plant lovers will have another opportunity to snap up tomato seedlings, herbs and perennial favourites as well as Clean North's trees and shrubs. The third annual $1 $2 $3 Plant Sale will be held this Saturday, May 31 at the Allard St. Community Garden located at 105 Allard St. (next to the Red Cross building) from 8 am to noon, rain or shine.

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Need coir blocks, a bathouse, or a rain barrel? Clean North will be at Hort Society Plant Sale on May 24, 2014

This sale will take place from 9 am to noon at United Baptist Church at 41 Malabar Drive. It's a great opportunity to augment your garden….Two feature plants this year will be rhubarb and lovage. The latter is a perennial herb that smells and tastes a lot like celery, only better! It's fantastic in soups and stews.

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Please note! Correction to date of screening of documentary Revolution for Earth Week

This event will take place on April 22, not April 2. You can see the full article here:

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Clean North to show acclaimed and visually stunning documentary Revolution for Earth Week!

Don't miss a very special presentation of the award-winning documentary Revolution—a film about changing the world, going for it, taking a stand, and fighting for something.

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Seedy Saturday news buzz: Clean North’s Ursula Schleen talks to the Sault Star about disappearing bees; touts worm composting

Check out two local news articles about Seedy Saturday, which features a documentary about our disappearing bees as well as a demo of worm composting!

Sault Star article that quotes Clean North member Ursula Schleen talking about our disappearing bees article that talks about worm composting demo to be featured at Seedy Saturday

Seedy Saturday takes place Sunday, March 1 (see details below). It will include a seed exchange, fun activities for kids, farmers market vendors, and much more!

Please forward this information to others who might enjoy Seedy Saturday!

poster for Seedy Saturday 2014


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Sick of winter? You know spring is around the corner….because Seedy Saturday is coming!

Feeling dragged down by winter? Well, cheer up! Seedy Saturday, the kick off to the gardening season, is coming up in just a few weeks! This year's event at Sault College on March 1 promises to be just as fantastic as last year's, with a seed exchange, seeds for general sale, other gardening items for sale, gardening talks, children's activities, farmers market vendors, and much more! Check out the poster at the bottom of this post for more details about Seedy Saturday, which is brought to you by Seeds of Diversity, the Sault Ste. Marie Horticultural Society, Clean North, and USC Canada.

And that's not all! This event will also feature a screening of the highly acclaimed film Vanishing of the Bees, narrated by Ellen Page. This film centers on the sudden disappearance of honey bees from beehives around the world, caused by the poorly understood phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder or CCD. Check out the video trailer below.

Please share this information with all your gardening friends!


Seedy Saturday poster

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Clean North needs volunteers to help with Christmas tree recycling at Cambrian Mall!

Over the past 20+ years, Clean North's Christmas tree recycling program has helped keep thousands of trees out of the Sault Ste. Marie landfill. But we need volunteers to collect the trees and chip them into mulch. If you have some time in the next week or so, why not help out? This is a great community service opportunity for the teens in your life, so do share this information with them!

If you can help out, please contact Clean North (705-945-1573 or

The Christmas tree collection is taking place in the parking lot of Cambrian Mall. Styrofoam, cardboard, and magazines are also being accepted for recycling, and clean towels and blankets are being accepted for the Humane Society. Chipping starts Sunday January 12 at 8 am and mulch will be available at 10:30.

Please note that the City does NOT pick up Christmas trees at the curb.


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