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Sneak Preview for 2015!

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Can you imagine OUR dairy herd with four goats, three sheep, and one jersey cow?! We are pretty excited…and looking for a bit of help sourcing some items. Specifically we are REALLLLLY wanting a hand non-electric butter churn, a cream separater, milking stools, maybe an electric milker, and any other milking paraphernalia you can see out there in your travels. …

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OUR Eco Village’s Eco business invites you to ‘be the change’ AND support OUR.

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Gentle Earth Mission: Global warming, climate change and the abuse of our planet by some of us is very real. Scientist are now saying that how we conduct ourselves in the next 10 years will determine the next 100. We must learn to walk more gently on this planet and Gentle Earth Products mission is to lead the way with a …

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING AT OUR ECOVILLAGE for the Cowichan Valley —

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OUR team has worked for the past 8 years on an alternative ‘affordable housing model’ to ‘LIVE THE NEW ECONOMY’ on the ground! With a fully integrated live/work design for well-being and community sustainability we have a new addition! In the last week of October OUR housing cluster added in a fourth affordable housing building for SCOTT KELLY – Gentle …

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Village Heart Yoga Fall Update: The Change of Season, a Change of ‘Self’

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Autumn has arrived and for many of us this means it’s time to come back inside. The rains have returned, the days are shorter, and the temperature is dropping. Time to come back indoors and reflect on the growth and changes that the summer brought to all of us. Just as nature slows down so should we even if only …

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A Message from Rick Juliusson (November 2014)

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OUR “Protect OUR Ecovillage” campaign has been a powerful lesson in how the global community can rally together to make a difference. And it’s been a humbling experience for me, knowing that hundreds of people who could not be here in person sent their support through financial contributions, entrusting me to be on the ground helping to fulfill our collective …

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OUR NATURAL BUILDING TEAM REPORT:

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Fall is here and we have been getting things buttoned down for the winter: collecting firewood, closing down the showers, and cleaning and putting all the tools and equipment away until next year. Another big milestone comes to fruition as we put the crowning touches on OUR Zero Mile Meal Eatery with new doors (salvaged from the upgrades of buildings …

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Indiegogo Campaign Update (video)

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Thank you so much to all of OUR supporters during OUR Indiegogo campaign this summer. Watch below to find out how the campaign did and get a sense of OUR gratitude to you!

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A message from Rick Juliusson (Sept, 2014)

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Fall is a time of harvest, renewal, and preparing for the coming year.  On the farm, we are happily picking, preserving, sharing at the farmer’s market and CSA program, planting winter crops, and already preparing rows for a long winter’s nap. The better we mulch and cover crop the garden now, the better our spring wake-up will be. The same …

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A natural building internship in Cameroon with Elke Cole

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By Elke Cole Can you imagine yourself in Cameroon? The way life works for me, opportunities knock via linkedIn, facebook or other connections, and I follow my gut feeling when it’s time to decide. In June 2013 I received such an invitation from Joshua Konkankoh of Better World Cameroon. Until that point Cameroon was barely on my mental map, and …

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Executive Director’s Report (August 2014)

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“Roll out those lazy hazy crazy days of summer…” We dreamed about a quiet summer here at OUR Ecovillage. Early morning harvests, refreshing afternoons at the lake, weekend surfing jaunts to Tofino. But, for better or worse, Quiet just isn’t something we do that well around here. While we deliberately have less people on site than previous years, here’s just …

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