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Designing for Community Resiliency and Emergency Planning Project Update

The Community Resiliency and Emergency Preparedness job creation program (affectionately known at OUR ECOVILLAGE as Team CPR) began on August 2, 2019. Since beginning ‘Team CPR’ has been hard at work taking care of tasks related to helping make the village resilient — not only for the coming winter but for years to come. Tasks…
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November 9, 2019 0

OUR Volunteer Spotlight: Claire

Hello! I’m Claire – originally from the UK and travelling to Canada for a couple of years. I was living in London working as a Volunteer Manager for environmental charities, protesting about climate change and moving towards sustainable choices when I realized I didn’t know what this really looked like at a practical level. I…
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November 8, 2019 0

Garden to Plate

Sustainable Living, Sustainable Learning (SL²) is a pilot program that is creating innovative projects with local schools, such as cob pizza ovens, stationary bikes that make smoothies, sustainable food forests, and digital storytelling. Together with OUR Ecovillage, we are working in the Shawnigan Lake area at schools to develop community resources for inquiry-based learning that…
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November 6, 2019 0

Nurture, Nature

by Lee Gates, Food Security and Educational Outreach Coordinator Fall is here, along with the abundance of all OUR summer crops. The food storage and OUR bellies are overflowing with apples & pears, and squash of all colours, shapes, and sizes!! Still producing loads of beautiful salad greens on a daily. Awakened is the creative minds…
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November 6, 2019 0

OUR ECOVILLAGE Cooperative Report

Report by Brandy Gallagher This has been the most wonderous fall! With the extra weeks of sun OUR team has been able to create so much beauty, so many completions, so much organizing, so much loving care in putting OUR gardens/farm to bed (well at least 2/3 of it). It is such a mixed feeling…
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November 5, 2019 0

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