INNOVATION HUB

PROGRAMS

POLLINATORS AND BEES


I n June 2021, Kingbridge welcomed 80,000 honey bees to the property.  These busy pollinators will help drive understanding of the importance of bees to our food production systems, the impacts of urbanization and climate change on bee populations, and new technologies to manage and support hive health.

Pure honey has many health benefits.  The honey produced will be used in food services onsite, and will be registered in a tracking database that ensures honey you get has not been adulterated, like many honey imports.

June 9, 2021: Kingbridge Innovation Hub Welcomes 80,000 honey bees >

TREES AND FOREST ACCELERATORS


P lanting trees is a natural way to restore ecosystems and to cut down on Greenhouse Gas Emissions.   With an ambitious federal goal of planting 2 Billion trees, the challenges of supply chains, protecting native species and finding cost efficient ways to plant trees at scale, in areas other than northern and remote communities, there are many opportunities for innovation.

The solution isn’t trees.  It’s trees plus math – Yishan Wong

Kingbridge has harnessed part of its 110 acres of land to start a tree nursery for at-risk native species.  So far, 1,300 white cedar seedlings have been planted, and 9,000 seedlings of other native varieties are growing on a holding property.

Working with partner organizations to determine solutions to the scaling issue, Kingbridge is building a forest accelerator program linked to data collection and analytics to overcome some of the challenges in achieving the 2 Billion tree goal.

Kingbridge has developed a Forest Management plan for the 55+ acres of forested land onsite, and is in the process of obtaining a Managed Forest designation with the Province of Ontario.

Working with partner organizations, Kingbridge is exploring species migration studies to track impacts of climate change on native trees.

FOOD FORESTS


O ne of the key challenges in convincing property owners to plant large numbers of trees, is the concern that it could devalue the land, particularly if the land has future development opportunities.  Other than harvesting lumber and maple syrup production, one avenue that could support large scale tree planting in near urban areas is developing Food Forests at scale.   We are working with partners on potential designs, species selection and supporting business model to explore this unique topic.

VERTICAL GARDENS


T his project is actively being developed and we hope to have an announcement in the fall – stay tuned for updates!

AGRICULTURAL WASTE


W e are working with partners to better understand that needs and innovation opportunities related to agricultural waste.  If you have some thoughts or ideas you would like to share, please drop us a line!

karen.dubeau@kingbridgecentre.com

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