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Sustainable Living, Sustainable Learning Update

By Neil Bateman – Multimedia Co-ordinator, SL Squared May has been a busy month for the Sustainable Living, Sustainable Learning (SL Squared) team, with a variety of experiences both on and off campus at all three schools where we’ve been moving the Farm 2 School Cob Oven installations forward towards having working ovens and pizza…
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June 7, 2019 0

What it means to live in a Living Laboratory for sustainability?

Ecovillages are considered local solutions for the global future challenges. The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) defines an ecovillage as an intentional or traditional community using local participatory processes to holistically integrate ecological, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of sustainability in order to regenerate social and natural environments. People who join the ecovillage movement are usually…
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June 7, 2019 0

OUR Garden Update

There is excitement in the Farm and Garden with the season well underway. The seedlings nurtured and cared for this spring are now being planted into the earth. With a quick introduction to the land, the Farm and Garden team have stepped up to prepare and create beautiful spaces for our growing season.  The busy…
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June 6, 2019 0

OUR Next Generation… and Our Children’s Children’s Children (or are they ours?)

by Brandy Gallagher  These are unprecedented times with the fuller awareness of climate impact and what is ahead for OUR future…and that of our collective humanity! How do we relate as parents? How do we relate as farmers? How do we relate as being those who wish to ‘connect all the dots….and see the systemic…
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April 26, 2019 0

Building Cob Ovens at Local Schools

By Nicole King The Sustainable Living, Sustainable Learning team (slsquared.org) dove right into hands-on learning this past month. They started with some invaluable training from the esteemed Elke Cole (www.elkecole.com),  a teacher with over 20 years of natural building expertise and experience. Elke spent time with the team explaining to them the process and method…
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April 24, 2019 0

Eco-action Update May

By Justin Browne With the official arrival of spring, the EcoAction project is back in motion! Gord Baird arrived with the worm bin for Freya’s house, and the team took the opportunity to review the status of various components of OUR systems that are in place and to make minor updates and confirmations of the…
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April 24, 2019 0

O.U.R 20th Anniversary Special: Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) for Kids and Families and OUR “Little Permie” summer camp!

By Gracelynn Lau End of April looks very different to O.U.R education team this year! Usually, at this time of the year, we’ll be busy preparing for 50+ people walking down the driveway to join the yearly PDC and getting ready for May Pole dance ritual with Starhawk on May 1. But this year our…
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April 23, 2019 0

Let’s Talk about Kenya: Magarini Children’s Center and the Permaculture Practicum

By Elke Cole It’s been two years since my husband and I spent 3 months in Kenya doing some building and have some nice holiday time. Kenya is often the first country people think about when they think Africa with images of wildebeest, lions or giraffes nibbling on thorny acacia branches and people standing in…
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April 21, 2019 0

Eco-Action and University of Victoria

By Justin Browne We are coming to the completion of this EcoAction project with the Federal Government’s fiscal year end, but are happy to report that we have a received a three month extension in order to complete last steps of regulatory process and deal with some of the ‘curve balls’ which came OUR way…
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March 28, 2019 0

The Equinox and the “Changing of the Guard”

By Brandy Gallagher What an incredible time of shifts and change! Not only has the season changed dramatically but also there is a huge sense of ‘changing of the guard,’ or at least of the stewardship/mentorship behind the protection of ‘place’ (land) and people, and processes. OUR dearly beloved friend Bill Blount not only passed…
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March 28, 2019 0