9:00 am09:00

Fourth Pig presents "Healthy home and cottage renovations - for you and the environment! "

  • Canada Summit Centre

Join the Fourth Pig at the Summer Muskoka Life Show. The Summer Muskoka Life Show is a free, annual Home, Garden, Cottage, Food & Decor Show organized by the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Muskoka Life.

Visitors will not only be drawn to the Summer Muskoka Life Show, for the almost 100 vendor exhibits, but will be entertained with interactive “Muskoka Lifestyle ” workshops, cooking demos, and presentations, scheduled on 2 stages throughout the day!

Melinda Zytaruk, General Manage of the Fourth Pig will be speaking on "Healthy home and cottage renovations - for you and the environment!" at 1:00pm.  Plus we will have a table there, stop by and talk green renovations! 


1:00 pm13:00

Fourth Pig presentation at Let's Live Green

  • Tansley Woods Community Centre

The Fourth Pig is excited to be participating at Let's Live Green. Our General Manager, Melinda Zytaruk will be presenting "Building for a low-carbon future, naturally." at 4:35. Plus, come by our booth and talk low-carbon, energy efficient buildings with us! 

Let's Live Green is an engaging and educational event to help you reduce your environmental impact at home and on the go. The event has exhibitors, electric cars, presentations and more. See you there!

7:00 pm19:00

The Carbon Elephant in the Room: Buildings as a Solution to Climate Change

  • Shacklands Brewing Company

Green building and beers, a naturally great pairing!

Please join us for a free talk by builder, writer, teacher, author Chris Magwood at the wonderful Shacklands Brewery!

Chris Magwood is the Executive Director of The Endeavour Centre, a not-for-profit sustainable building school also based in Peterborough he is also the lead instructor for the Sustainable New Construction program at Endeavour. Chris is the author of a number of books on building including his most recent Making Better Buildings: A Comparative Guide for Sustainable Construction.

Buildings today are becoming more energy efficient thanks to changing building codes and a wealth of innovative building products. However, using these modern, cost-saving materials isn't enough when you consider a building's embodied carbon levels (found in its materials) and its operational carbon footprint.

Thankfully, there is a win-win solution to the carbon problem when it comes to buildings, and it's easier and cheaper than you think.

Co-sponsored by the Green Community Hub Meetup Group

Special thanks to our business sponsor: 

3:00 pm15:00

Fourth Pig's Glen Byrom on building green

  • Lithic Bookstore & Gallery

Glen Byrom is a founding member of the Fourth Pig Workers Co-op with over 20 years of experience in natural construction, renewable energy and related training programs. He has worked on over 30 straw bale houses, commercial buildings and as many Photovoltaic (PV) installations, in Canada and the US. He has taught natural building workshops with the Fourth Pig and at Solar Energy International in Colorado, specializing in hands on instruction in natural construction and finishing including straw bale, cob, rammed earth, earth bag, passive solar design and adobe.

Glen is a skilled general carpenter, and plasterer, as well as having work experience as a plumber and electrical apprentice. He brings his expertise in natural and solar building techniques, renewable energy system design and installation and a passion and creativity for beautiful, healthy and functional spaces to the Fourth Pig. He will speak about green construction with an emphasis on straw bale walls and natural/traditional plasters, and different types of green construction and why we need to build this way.

Jan 29

Fourth Pig presenting and tabling at 2017 Guelph Organic Conference


We are pleased to be involved with the 36th annual Guelph Organic Conference and Trade Show at Guelph University Centre January 26-29th. During the (free) Trade Show (January 28-29th), come on over to the Fourth Pig booth and talk low-carbon building with us. 

Our General Manager, Melinda Zytaruk will also be presenting at the conference. Melinda is part of the "Living the Green Dream" panel on Thursday the 26th and on Saturday the 28th she is presenting "Sustainable Building Materials for Every Dwelling."  Registration is required for workshops and presentations. 

Hope to see you there!

12:30 pm12:30

Fourth Pig staff present at career day for women

At the Fourth Pig we believe that there needs to be more women working in construction. We are excited to have two Fourth Pig worker-owners (Melinda Zytaruk, Jen Vandrie) presenting at this YWCA Muskoka event to talk about women in the construction trades.

11:30 am11:30

Join us at the 8th Annual EcoFair at the Barns

Once again the Fourth Pig will be happily staffing a table at the EcoFair at the Barns in Toronto.  "EcoFair at the Barns is a FUN, family oriented event that informs and inspires people to make greener choices in their homes and communities. Last year, over 1000 people came out to learn about green initiatives and achievements in our neighbourhood and in our city, to explore new ideas, and to share green tips and tricks."

Admission is free, come by and talk green and natural building with us!

10:00 am10:00

Fourth Pig Staw bale home part of Ontario Natural Building Tour

Natural building construction uses locally obtained and renewable materials, to produce homes and buildings that are visually unique and healthy to live in, while striving to keep energy consumption and its’ associated emissions as low as possible. As a way of promoting natural building, the Ontario Natural Building Coalition coordinates an annual Natural Homes Tour on the first Sunday of October each year.

We are once again participating and if you missed our open house for Green Energy Doors Open, come on by to visit our home tour. We converted this leaky and poorly insulated '60s home in Lake of Bays, Muskoka, to a quiet, comfortable year-round family haven through a combination of straw bale wrap, dense pack cellulose, an additional exterior wall and straw bale insulated addition.

Location: 1033 North Tooke Lake Rd , Baysville Ontario. 


1:00 pm13:00

Ask a Green Builder (part of Culture Days) with Fourth Pig and others

Do you want to learn more about green building? On Oct.1st Sustain in Huntsville Ontario will host an experienced panel of local green builders, available to answer your questions! From non-toxic finishes, green design, and straw bale building to rammed earth construction, passive house and net zero. 

Each presenter will give a short introduction to their practice and then we will open the floor to our guests to ask their questions. Our list of presenters include Jonathan MacKay owner of Sustain, Viktor Buzora a classically trained European cabinet maker, Melinda Zytaruk a PHIUS cert. builder from the Fourth Pig Builder Co-op and James Blackman of Tapial Homes and Muskoka Sustainable Builders. 

This panel is part of Culture Days. 

10:00 am10:00

Get a tour of one of our straw bale houses at Green Energy Doors Open

Once again we are pleased to participate in Green Energy Doors Open. On Saturday September 10th we are hosting a tour of a straw bale home (and sharing information about the Lake of Bays Renewable Energy Co-operative). 

The Fourth Pig converted this leaky and poorly insulated 60’s home in Lake of Bays, Muskoka, to a quiet, comfortable year-round family haven through a combination of straw bale wrap, dense pack cellulose an additional exterior wall and straw bale insulated addition. We modelled the home in the Passive House software, PHPP to help us maximize our energy savings.

We used FSC lumber and No Added Urea Formaldehyde sheets, zero VOC eco-friendly adhesives, finishes and sealants. The house features a wood fired boiler which also heats domestic water and water for space heating. A solar hot water heater was also installed for hot water and supplement radiant heating. Insulation included denim batt and cellulose. Perlite was used for under slab basement insulation and to insulate block walls.

May 28

Join us at the Muskoka Summit on the Environment

Join us a the Muskoka Summit on the Environment (MSE) May 27-28 at the Rene Caisse Theatre in Bracebridge. The Fourth Pig is a proud sponsor of this event and will have an info table. Come on by and talk about construction and climate change. Please note that registration is required. 

The Muskoka Summit on the Environment is organized by a committee comprised of representatives from: 

Muskoka Watershed Council,
Friends of the Muskoka Watershed
The District Municipality of Muskoka,
the Town of Bracebridge,
Nipissing University,
the Ministry of the Environment, and
the community.

MSE is a biennial event that promotes the use of research to ensure healthy ecosystems in Muskoka and beyond. Summit participants advocate for open dialogue between science and policy so that environmental understanding can be applied to improve management actions.

The MSE Organizing Committee believes that presentation and debate of science-based environmental research will constructively lead to strengthened government environmental policy.

11:00 am11:00

Join us at EcoFair at the Barns in Toronto

From movie screenings, to activities for kids, to great exhibitors the EcoFair at the Barns will be a great green event. The Fourth Pig will be there, please come by and say hi at our table. The event is free and open to the public. 

Included this year:

  • 35+ businesses and not-for-profit organizations promoting their eco-friendly programs, products and services
  • 2 free screenings of This Changes Everything
  • Electric car test drives
  • Informative workshops and presentations
  • Bring your e-waste for recycling – see the list of accepted items
  • Interactive activities for kids
  • Delicious food
Oct 4

We are hosting a straw bale eco home open house!

On Saturday October 3rd and Sunday October 4th the public is invited to tour an amazing eco-home that was renovated by the Fourth Pig. This open house is part of Ontario Sustainable Energy Association's  Green Energy Doors Open (on Saturday) and the Ontario Natural Building Association's Natural Building Tour (on Sunday). The house is located at 1033 North Took Lake Road, Baysville, Ontario.

You can can also learn more about the Lake of Bays Renewable Energy Co-op (LOBREC) 

We converted this leaky and poorly insulated '60s home in Lake of Bays, Muskoka, to a quiet, comfortable year-round family haven through a combination of straw bale wrap, dense pack cellulose, an additional exterior wall and straw bale insulated addition.

5:30 pm17:30

Fourth Pig presenting at "Feed Your Mind, Mind Your Food" film fest


This month the Muskoka North Good Food Co-op launched their first documentary film series, Feed Your Mind, Mind Your Food.  "The 5 films reflect diverse perspectives on food systems and co-operation. The screenings will feature guest speakers, pre-film Food Co-op short docs, the feature film and dynamic post-film discussions. A Good Food concession stand will be offered at each event featuring Ontario-grown organic popcorn (GMO free!), co-operative and fair-trade chocolate, Muskoka Roastery Coffee and refreshing fruit punch. You can sign-up and become a lifetime Co-op member-owner at each event as well."

On April 30th the festival is screening To The Moon, a documentary about a group of students who ride across the United States to learn about Co-ops. The film is screening at the Huntsville High School and our General Manager, Melinda Zytaruk, will be one of the speakers, talking about co-ops. 

1:00 pm13:00

An Intro to straw bale construction

Come learn about straw bale building at the Ryde Community Co-operative in Gravenhurst Ontario! It may be cold and blustery outside but those cozy inside a well-built straw bale home are keeping warm and well this winter! Interested in learning more about building with straw and other natural materials? Members of the Fourth Pig Worker Co-op (green and natural construction) will present on straw bale construction and natural plasters share photos of homes built and renovated to be energy efficient, healthy and beautiful. Plus there will be some tips to make your own home more energy efficient and bring samples of some healthier materials.

Please register in advance by calling Judy at 705-687-2406. $15 for Ryde co-op members, $25 for non-members.