You’re invited into OUR shared journey and new newsletter segment: “Getting to Gnome Your Gardeners” through the eyes of newest intern and gnome: Rootz.

It’s bright and early Thursday morning at OUR (One United Resource) ECOVILLAGE, and all OUR on-land hands are actively preparing for your arrival as participant in OUR Educational CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Box program.

CSA Educational Food Box Slow Drive Thru sign

At the top of OUR driveway on Baldy Mountain Road, you’ll see the CSA Educational Food Box Slow Drive Thru sign welcome you beyond the new natural building site of our cob tail of “Holgarrrr the Dragon“. It’s strawberried-direction guides you to drive the gravel road into OUR small, but mighty community. This entrance speaks to a very special project we’re buildin as part of OUR 2020 visioning titled, “The H’Art of Community: Awakening the Dragon” at the mouth of conscious experimentation and slow food movement. When you arrive, ask us more about this international project.

CSA Educational Food Box Slow Drive Thru sign

One of OUR co-creators and village interns will greet you from a 6-foot distance, while welcoming you under our white tent and connection space. Under these conditions, we can sustain the safe delivery of your CSA box with a smile. Both Lifestyle and Veggie boxes are filled with nutritional and educational surprises, determined by the land and seasonal bounty.

Inside CSA box

OUR on-site community members practice and pack promise in every crate designed to deliver OUR rooted mission: to educate, inspire and transform by co-creating a thriving learning community and permaculture demonstration site.

OUR mission under eatery sign

We believe everyone who lives here as stewards and gardeners at the heart of this 25 acre farm. Every active member of OUR family tree shares roots in this community earth, practicing their unique gifts in the spirit of co-creation and service to each other and YOU, through OUR ever-growing initiatives like the CSA program.

OUR box sunlight CSA

As the most recent villager welcomed into this heart-land, I am teaming with questions. This Thursday June 25th marks my fourth day free of mask and gloves after dedicating two weeks of discovering this active community from afar.

Like observation is the first of twelve permaculture principles (described by David Holmgren in his book Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2002) I share in this pivotal stage in cycle, in witness to this land at the meeting grounds of the Cowichan, Malahat, and Sooke people, and partnership with OUR on-site and online community.

RootZ w/ Oyster Mushrooms

From this place I: Gnomadic Rootz, G.N.O.M.E (get nature on me everywhere) hold my purposeful truths as Connector in OUR Earthly alliance and explore what twenty years of community living creates.

In teaming up with OUR ECOVILLAGE, I share with you my gnomes’ perspective into this budding partnership in an effort to build another bridge of connection to wherever you live. Alongside the wisdom of the Earth, OUR Elders and on-land and online neighbours, I welcome you to get curious along with me and dive deeper into this mosaic of co-creation for the revillaging of One United Resource and experimentation site.

Care for the Earth into OUR garden landscape

What do you want to “gnome” about your gardeners?

Consider voicing your questions on OUR Facebook page; over the upcoming weeks, I’ll bring these curiosities to OUR gardeners and stewards of the land. In a new installation to the CSA newsletter, entitled: “Get to GNOME your Gardeners”: let’s unearth what grows in this soil, and participate in this growing understanding of how to co-exist in sustainable community.

OUR ecovillage garden at sunset
By: Gnomadic Rootz – Instagram: @earthalliescollective

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Land acknowledgment

OUR ECOVILLAGE is situated on unceded Indigenous lands. The Coast Salish Peoples are the guardians of these lands and waters where we live, work, pray, and play. Quw’utsun (Cowichan) is a historical place of gathering and Na’tsa’ maht Shqwaluwun/”one-heart one-mind” for many Indigenous peoples.

OUR ECOVILLAGE is committed to regenerate land and all ecosystems while acknowledging and respecting Indigenous knowledge that ensures thriving for all beings; we call this Permaculture.

OUR ECOVILLAGE is dedicated to continuously educating ourselves and our communities about the history and peoples of OUR bio-region, to assist in decolonization and re-villaging as a path towards peacemaking, from local to global.