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Looking for a place to put down roots

Yesterday Freja, Marley and Sheanna Sati joined us for lunch. They arrived with a lighter load than usual, they tell me. Normally, they move around like a big purple snail, in a 40′ veggie-powered-purple-school-bus, from which they have, for quite some time now, lived, worked and played. Freyja owns a clothing company called Maha Devi…
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March 29, 2011 0

Movie Monday:Composting hu-poo

Have I got a good one for you today! In my search for an appropriate Movie Monday today, which generally starts with our Facebook feed, I came across a nifty business idea. Portable composting shitters. Yup. This agreeable fellow, Thunderbox Dave from the UK is super stoked on his creation. But he’s in the UK.…
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March 28, 2011 0

Black Tie Awards: And the winners are….

Last night’s Cowichan Valley Chamber of Commerce Black Tie Excellence Awards were a beautiful reminder of how important it is to celebrate community success. It was incredible to gather together to support the people making a difference here in the Cowichan Valley. Brandy Gallagher on behalf of O.U.R. Ecovillage was nominated for the Green Business…
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March 26, 2011 0

We’ll Miss You Erika!

Today we are saying bu-bye to a woman who is going to take herself amazing places. Her name is “Erika-with-a-k” Schade and she came here to apply for an intern position on the Social Finance Team in December. Somehow though, she found herself in an interview for the Green Burial Project Assistant Internship instead, siting…
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March 25, 2011 0

But didn’t we save the Ecovillage?

Dear Coop members, friends, and supporters, As you are probably aware, in the fall of 2010 we launched the Protect O.U.R. Ecovillage Campaign. Moving into 2011 and our goal of transferring O.U.R. Ecovillage into community hands, we realize that something has been limiting the success of this campaign. For some, this may be confusion between…
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March 25, 2011 0

Thomas takes care of…

business? As the adventures of Thomas the turkey continue, it’s hard not to sound crass. There is actually no possible way of putting this delicately. It’s not a delicate thing even. This is Thomas. He’s the male turkey who came on-site in November. Thomas currently has three hens that he looks after on the farm.…
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March 24, 2011 0

Business with Ethics

Who’s heard of enterprising non-profits? Or how Non-Profits perform social enterprising activities? Ya, I know, this lingo doesn’t seem to fit in with service oriented organizations. These days, though, there is a new element of business: social and environmental impact efforts that income streams for non profits in British Columbia. And that is what makes…
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March 23, 2011 0

Dedicating the Green Burial Scattering Grounds

Today marked the dedication of The Commemorative Legacy Project and the Green Burial Scattering Grounds at O.U.R. Ecovillage, the first of its kind in Canada. Since the creation of O.U.R. Ecovillage the idea of a sustainable end-of-life option has been part of the discussion at O.U.R. and over the past 5 months the Project has…
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March 22, 2011 0

Movie Monday: Alexis spins fire

I often get a little feisty behind the keyboard here at the Ecovillage. I sometimes find myself sitting at my desk at 6:55 pm on a Tuesday, pretending it’s Monday with the desire to play with fire. And so I introduce you to the man who brought fire into my life: a former Natural Building…
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March 22, 2011 0

OUR Podcast – Episode 1: Dag Falck Interview

Looking for St. Mikes On-Site? Click here. Here it is! O.U.R. first podcast, live from O.U.R. Ecovillage! Well… sort of. Live on skype. We were both alive but I guess it isn’t live now that you are hearing it… cause we don’t have a radio station. So, maybe fossilized for you and posted by me…
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March 18, 2011 0