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The Inclusion Project – September Outreach by Coco Bookmyer

As the morning bell rang kids shuffled to their classes in Quamichan school district and eventually the eighth graders made it into the various rooms to where they were to experience a pilot project of connection and inclusivity. The facilitators of this event were a mix of ages from 9th graders to senior citizens, helping…
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September 16, 2018 0

Reminiscing as Fall Arrives – September Garden Update by Jared Dunham

Rain is the new norm around here this week: the drought is broken!  This is great news for the irrigation and watering teams.  With the onset of the rainy season also comes new challenges.  The corn that started late in the season is still growing, but will it mold before it finishes growing?  I tasted…
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September 16, 2018 0

Earthen Floors and Rainwater Harvesting – September Building Update by Elke Cole

Earthen floors and Rainwater harvesting workshop with Gord Baird: September is here and I am still enjoying an “endless summer” with the building team. Noticeably the water in the tank is colder now; so when your hands are in the mud it’s chilly! But the sun is still with us, providing good drying conditions to…
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September 16, 2018 0

Sensitive Dance, Stephen Jenkinson, and the Work: September Sustainable Wellness by Gracelynn Lau

Our team is thrilled to collaborate with internationally renowned artists and teachers bringing a series of wellness workshops in this Fall! Next month we are hosting Stephen Jenkinson’s Nights of Grief and Mystery North America Tour at OUR Zero Mile Eatery. On Oct 17th, a Wednesday evening, the crew is coming to orchestrate an evening…
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September 16, 2018 0

I am leaving home… Co-Op Board Report by Brandy Gallagher

A small and yet inspired band of OUR Ecovillager’s are off and running for a road trip to the United States of America to hit the “Northwest Intentional Communities Conference”!  I am speaking on two panel discussions; one for “start up of new communities” and a “founders and leadership” panel.  It is super exciting to…
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September 16, 2018 0

August Co-Op Board Report

Lazy Days of Summer…..promoting LAWFUL PERMACULTURE! By Brandy Gallagher One of the grand conversations we have been having with school groups to adults is how to GET LAZY!  Lazy farmers think through how to find efficiencies, lazy food processors do canning and dehydration/etc in quick (or some people say cheating methods!!).  All of this is…
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August 16, 2018 0

August Building Update

By Elke Cole   Staying cool ….and composting toilets   In German the name for this time of year is “Hochsommer”, it translates to “high summer” and that’s what it feels like when the days are hot, the grass is parched and people have holidays on their minds. OUR building team has been fortunate to…
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August 10, 2018 0

August Outreach – Elders Gathering

By Sarah Dunham, hospitality team lead, intern summer 2018 from the USA With our bright yellow volunteer shirts, about a dozen OUR Ecovillagers made the trip to Duncan to volunteer at the BC Elders Gathering held at the Island Savings Center. Every year the elders gather from tribes all across BC and this year it…
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August 10, 2018 0

August Sustainable Wellness Update

by Gracelynn Lau   Ever thought about planning your day based on the Circadian rhythm? Last month at Wellness Saturday, Bree and Brad Rudner from Ecohuman Health walked us through the concept of Circadian Lifestyle and a simple morning routine that doesn’t take extra time but effectively optimize the power-nutrients intake within 5 to 20…
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August 10, 2018 0

August Farm Update

By Gracelynn Lau Harvesting season has began at OUR Farm! We have been harvesting at least 50 pounds of assorted zucchini every other day, countless cucumbers, and  tomatoes are on their way. While our team is busy picking from our apple trees and curing garlic, we also responded to a few invitations to pick transparent…
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August 10, 2018 0