Posted by Carol Hutchinson
Guest Speaker:  Bill Redelmeier
Friday, June 11, 2021 - Time: 12:00 Noon to 1:15 PM
Rotary Virtual Meeting via Google Meet and YouTube Live
Topic:  Sustainability = Community
Organics, Biodynamics and Regenerative Agriculture
Need To Sustain The Community As Well As the Earth
Host:  Past President Neil Philllips          
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Bill Redelmeier grew up on a dairy farm in Richmond Hill. When Bill and his wife started Southbrook Farms in the early 1980’s, making wine seemed like a natural evolution for their farm to table philosophy. When Southbrook moved to Niagara in 2005, Bill made the step up to certified organic and biodynamic farming and fulfilled a focus on sustainability. The Niagara winery is an example of what is possible in sustainability. The retail pavilion was designed by Jack Diamond and is LEED certified. With its solar panel program, Southbrook had the first commercial net metering project in Niagara, reducing their power consumption by 80%.
Bill joined Rotary in the 80’s and served as the president of the Richmond Hill club in 1989. Bill and Marilyn especially enjoyed ‘making up’ around the world: over the years in the UK, France, India, Nepal, Australia and New Zealand. Over the years Bill has served on the board the Yellow Brick House, the Wine Council of Ontario, the Vintners Quality Alliance and the Organic Council of Ontario. 
Bill’s family set the example for good works which he continues to this day. Through Southbrook, fundraising campaigns have raised close to $20K for organizations such as the David Suzuki Foundation, Safe Water Project, Yellow Brick House, Mackenzie Health and the Royal Ontario Museum.