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But didn’t we save the Ecovillage?

Dear Coop members, friends, and supporters, As you are probably aware, in the fall of 2010 we launched the Protect O.U.R. Ecovillage Campaign. Moving into 2011 and our goal of transferring O.U.R. Ecovillage into community hands, we realize that something has been limiting the success of this campaign. For some, this may be confusion between…
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March 25, 2011 0

Thomas takes care of…

business? As the adventures of Thomas the turkey continue, it’s hard not to sound crass. There is actually no possible way of putting this delicately. It’s not a delicate thing even. This is Thomas. He’s the male turkey who came on-site in November. Thomas currently has three hens that he looks after on the farm.…
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March 24, 2011 0

Business with Ethics

Who’s heard of enterprising non-profits? Or how Non-Profits perform social enterprising activities? Ya, I know, this lingo doesn’t seem to fit in with service oriented organizations. These days, though, there is a new element of business: social and environmental impact efforts that income streams for non profits in British Columbia. And that is what makes…
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March 23, 2011 0

Dedicating the Green Burial Scattering Grounds

Today marked the dedication of The Commemorative Legacy Project and the Green Burial Scattering Grounds at O.U.R. Ecovillage, the first of its kind in Canada. Since the creation of O.U.R. Ecovillage the idea of a sustainable end-of-life option has been part of the discussion at O.U.R. and over the past 5 months the Project has…
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March 22, 2011 0

Movie Monday: Alexis spins fire

I often get a little feisty behind the keyboard here at the Ecovillage. I sometimes find myself sitting at my desk at 6:55 pm on a Tuesday, pretending it’s Monday with the desire to play with fire. And so I introduce you to the man who brought fire into my life: a former Natural Building…
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March 22, 2011 0

OUR Podcast – Episode 1: Dag Falck Interview

Looking for St. Mikes On-Site? Click here. Here it is! O.U.R. first podcast, live from O.U.R. Ecovillage! Well… sort of. Live on skype. We were both alive but I guess it isn’t live now that you are hearing it… cause we don’t have a radio station. So, maybe fossilized for you and posted by me…
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March 18, 2011 0

Where to put my sadness…

The recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami and nuclear disaster in the North of Japan has brought the world together in a mix of sadness, fear and gratitude for every little bit of life we have. The feeling at the ecovillage is no different. In our council circles, check ins and meetings news of the recent…
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March 17, 2011 0

Welcome Mike & Kate!

Mike Cloutier and Kate Rustemeyer are O.U.R. brand new continuing food production interns (with the intention of moving into the Garden Manager position when the time is right) who were interviewed on New Year’s Eve, 2010 at O.U.R. In that moment, right before they hurled themselves headlong into a transformative journey to aid in Haiti,…
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March 16, 2011 0

Funtopia: Building Leadership to Create Change Conference

This week I have the pleasure of introducing to you one of O.U.R. interns, Leah Boisvert (who owns Amusé Bistro with her husband, Brad) our Social Finance Coordinator.  Last week she attended the Building Leadership to Create Change Conference in Vancouver and felt compelled to impart some of her experience to us!  So, without further…
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March 11, 2011 0

Seed Starts

Today, the air is a little warmer, which is code for ‘let’s go down to the sanctuary and get the seeds out!’ at O.U.R. In fact it’s pretty clear that there is nothing more springy than sitting in front of that big south facing window with a box of seeds and the Food Production Programme…
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March 10, 2011 0