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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

Natural Building Update: Seasonal shift

By Elke Cole What do you do when the snow piles up and mud is too cold to work with?Shop cleanup!OUR shop has long been a central piece for the building team. Some years ago it was named “the Taj” because it had been renovated to a beautiful building with customized doors, work surfaces and…
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March 26, 2019 0

Why Could Joining a CSA Food Box Program Be Your Family’s Best Climate Action?

By Gracelynn Lau The social media world was taken by surprise when the 16-year-old Greta Thunberg inspired hundreds of thousands of students in more than 130 cities to take part in the Global Climate Strike earlier this month. They question adults for spending 30 years talking about climate change and selling positive ideas to solve…
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March 26, 2019 0

Why we adore OUR Ecovillage CSA Lifestyle program

By CSA Member Shirley Astleford Even though it is for a short time, visiting OUR farm is a highlight of each week. Our children come with me to pick up most weeks because they want to. On the way up the mountain, which is a short 8 minute drive from home, We chat about last weeks…
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March 26, 2019 0