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Where to put my sadness…

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The recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster in the North of Japan has brought the world together in a mix of sadness, fear and gratitude for every little bit of life we have. The feeling at the ecovillage is no different. In our council circles, check ins and meetings news of the recent developments are offered, and we …

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Welcome Mike & Kate!

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Mike Cloutier and Kate Rustemeyer are O.U.R. brand new continuing food production interns (with the intention of moving into the Garden Manager position when the time is right) who were interviewed on New Year’s Eve, 2010 at O.U.R. In that moment, right before they hurled themselves headlong into a transformative journey to aid in Haiti, the two of them sat …

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Funtopia: Building Leadership to Create Change Conference

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This week I have the pleasure of introducing to you one of O.U.R. interns, Leah Boisvert (who owns Amusé Bistro with her husband, Brad) our Social Finance Coordinator.  Last week she attended the Building Leadership to Create Change Conference in Vancouver and felt compelled to impart some of her experience to us!  So, without further ado…. Leah: Welcome to FUNTOPIA! …

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Seed Starts

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Today, the air is a little warmer, which is code for ‘let’s go down to the sanctuary and get the seeds out!’ at O.U.R. In fact it’s pretty clear that there is nothing more springy than sitting in front of that big south facing window with a box of seeds and the Food Production Programme bulletin board and a copy …

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Black Tie Exellence Awards… Finalist!

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It looks like we’re going to have to polish up our gumboots! O.U.R. Ecovillage has become a finalist in the Green Business category for the Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce Black Tie Awards! I feel the importance of thanking O.U.R. wider community on behalf of all of all of the villagers, for everyone who nominated the Ecovillage for such a prestigious …

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Colloquium update

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Nothing better on a rainy day than some good news : Mark Lakeman from Portland (Communitecture.net ) is going to be Keynote presenter for “Building as if People mattered” during the Natural Building Colloquium in May.  Mark is a powerful speaker who first took the hearts and minds of participants of the Natural Building colloquium in 2000 (here at O.U.R.Ecovillage) …

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Movie Monday: Pass it on!

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There is nothing I love more than cute little viral vid. Except maybe a viral vid on taking action against GMOs… For more info check out O.U.R. last post or the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

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Moratorium on Genetically Modified Alfalfa

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Today I received a couple of encouraging emails in my inbox, and I thought that I would share: First of all, earlier this week I wrote an email to Dr. Huber who did the research pointing to a connection between Roundup and animal miscarriages. I went out on a limb asked him if it would be at all possible to …

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70 Hot Chicks at O.U.R. Ecovillage

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Yesterday the boys went out to pick up chicks. These boys and girls are going to be O.U.R. free-range, non-gmo broilers for the season. Broilers will be available May 10th, 2011 for $4.50lb. Each bird will be between 5-8lbs. We require a $10 deposit for purchase and they’re going fast! Reserve your birds now (mark how many broilers you are …

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Movie Monday: Economics of Happiness in Victoria

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This Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 Transition Victoria is hosting a screening of The Economics of Happiness through Open Cinema. What: Economics of Happiness Screening When: Wed. March 2nd, 2011 at 7pm (doors open at 5:30pm) Where: The Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St. (map) Check out this trailer, and this here link for more info about the evening! See you …

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