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OUR Co-op Report March 2020

Brandy in the sea shells by the sea shore We have taken some time to really really listen (internally and to the wider world of communication) before sending out OUR Newsletter for the start of the year.  With an original plan of an amazing year of celebration and free workshops – everything in the world seems…
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March 30, 2020 0

OUR ECOVILLAGE Cooperative Report

Report by Brandy Gallagher JANUARY 2020 – OUR COOPERATIVE’s REPORT   What an amazing time for review…not only of OUR last year but OUR last decade!  As often said – it has been the best of times and it has been the worst of times!  And if you have been on OUR team for any length of…
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January 16, 2020 0

Power of Hope permaculture practicum at Magarini Children’s Center in Kenya

By Elke Cole Magarini Children’s Center and demonstration Farm is located an hour inland from Malindi, Kenya. The location is quite remote, away from any village center.  Jescar Mbuche and Emmanuel Karisa Baya started this center with bold action and vision to create a place where children in need will get an education and also…
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January 16, 2020 0

Designing for Community Resiliency and Emergency Planning Project Update

Report from the Partner Project of “Community Design for Resiliency and Emergency Planning” This project is very excited to have the support of OUR ECOVILLAGE’s demonstration site for our organizational learning. As we move forward with this Provincial training program we welcome all community organizations who also wish to participate in designing for all ways to…
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January 16, 2020 0

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