Tag: 2010

A New Place Called Cascadia

By Kirk Schlesinger, Food Production Team Intern Now that O.U.R. Insight Into GMOs Symposium has taken place, what have we learned and where do we go from here? First, the learning – and it was considerable!  An entire Saturday afternoon was devoted to an in-depth exploration of GMOs. Lisa Haché-Maguire, OUR lead symposium facilitator, summarized…
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October 1, 2011 0

Dr. Huber’s cover letter to Secretary Vilsack

This update to the Dr. Huber research is the first thing I read this morning when I got into the office. Undeniably more evidence that the precautionary principle might be a valuable asset to our repertoire as stewards of the land…. This cover letter is provided to explain the reasoning and concerns that were conveyed…
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April 11, 2011 0

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

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

As the turtle turns

In which I examine the darkness beneath the light of a full moon eclipse.


December 22, 2010 0

Green Burial at O.U.R Ecovillage

Everyone at O.U.R. Ecovillage strives to achieve sustainability in all aspects of the lifestyle we have chosen to live.  On personal levels, we are working for sustainable relationships with each other, with work and with play.  As a village we are constantly trying new ways of planting, growing, cultivating and harvesting food, building our infrastructure…
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December 20, 2010 0

O.U.R newest addition…

Today we introduce O.U.R. newest addition, Lisa Tilson who moved on site a couple of weeks ago and received the YMCA Youth Eco Internship here at OUR Ecovillage.


November 26, 2010 0

2010 Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival

The Cowichan Wine and Culinary Festival is a yearly event that links local organic farms, wineries, artisans, environmental stewards, speakers and musicians to create a weekend of entertainment and education for members of our local community. This year, in September, the festival also played a large part in kicking off the Protect OUR Ecovillage Forever…
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October 30, 2010 0

Reflections on the 2010 Youth Convergence

Imagine standing together with a generation of people who are to inherit the planet and honestly discussing the current food system paradigm.  Imagine examining a typical fast food restaurant meal and considering the different dependencies that this style of food production has created for itself, such as chemical fertilizers and pesticides and its relationship with…
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October 29, 2010 0