Farmer/Activist Applies his Green Thumb to Politics
(Barrie): Local businessman, activist and organic farmer Andrew Miller has announced his intent to be Barrie’s Green Party candidate in this fall’s provincial election.
Over the past two years, Miller’s Back to Basics Social Developments has given away more than 20,000 pounds of vegetables to food banks, and taught over 100 volunteers the art of organic farming. Back to Basics works on food, water, shelter and education projects catering to those living in poverty.
“Working in collaboration with local social agencies including the Elizabeth Fry Society, the David Busby Street Centre, Youth Haven and the Salvation Army,” said Miller, “I’ve seen first-hand the challenges facing the poor and those helping them, and I believe Green Party values in provincial government can help ease their burdens.”
Miller has also been active in promoting sustainability with Georgian College’s Sustainable Systems Advisory Committee, Transition Barrie, and the Barrie Alliance for Sustainability in Economy, Environment, & Energy (BASE3) of the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce. “Citizens and business want to do more, but lack a government partner,” said Miller. “As our Green representative in the Legislature, I would help implement solutions using my knowledge of environmental policy, social relations, technology, green energy, organic farming, planning and sustainability,” he continued.
“I’m a happy customer of Barrie’s first biodiesel co-op, which Andrew founded last year,” said Erich Jacoby-Hawkins, Barrie’s federal Green Party candidate, “so I know Andrew’s initiative would make him a strong candidate for the Ontario Greens.”
Peter Tretter, the President of the local Green Party riding association added, “I’m very excited that Andrew is seeking the nomination. Food certainly is a policy area the Ontario Green Party advocates for.”
Barrie Green Party members will choose their provincial candidate at 2 pm on Sunday, February 6 at Monsoon Lounge, 141 Dunlop St. E.
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For further information, contact:
705-716-4006 or View email address
For questions about the nomination process and meeting, contact:
Peter V. Tretter, President, Barrie GPO Constituency Association
705-797-0046 or View email address