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In which Vancouver neighbourhood or other community do you live?
Please tell us which areas of Transition interest you. For example: growing more food/urban agriculture, relocalizing our economy/local currency, Permaculture, transit, energy efficient buildings, the arts, urban homesteading, preserving seed diversity, placemaking, potlucks, outreach, organizing events, community-building, having fun while saving the world, or...
Transit, cycling, homesteading, learning workshops
There's a saying that "Transition is not a spectator sport". It's true! Village Vancouver runs on people power, and engaging in activities and projects together helps us accomplish more. Which groups, networks, neighbourhood villages, or projects do you think you might be interested in getting involved with? And what knowledge, skills, resources or other assets can you bring to the mix? (Don't be bashful!)
I'd like to join the Kitsilano Transition Village, beekeeping network, learning opportunities, and the chicken coop co-op. I know a lot about making beer, and a tiny bit about a lot of other things.
What would you like to see improved in Vancouver or in your community regarding sustainability or resiliency? Do you have an idea for a new Transition project or activity?
I'm most interested in taking the mystery and intimidation out of food production and processing. A couple years ago my roommate and I started a few homesteading projects - we fermented wine from grapes in our backyard, made a few wheels of cheese, and built a top-bar beehive, among other things. What we found in each of these cases was that there was a steep learning curve, and that it was difficult to find good information and materials except by going all over town and browsing internet forums. I'd like to see these types of activity become more accessible to a wider range of people. I'd like to open up a permanent, retail storefront that could pick up where community groups leave off by hosting introductory homesteading workshops in an environment that brings equipment and supplies for many related activities together in a reliably accessible space.
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At 10:05am on March 21, 2012, Jordan B said…

Hi Rick, I hope all is going well with your plans for the Homesteader's Emporium! I would like to include examples of "Transition Trades" or "Transition Enterprises" in the VV newsletter on a regular basis, and was wondering if you would like to contribute a piece about your store to either the April newsletter (in which case I'd need it by the 27th at the latest) or for the following newsletter. You can get in touch with me at




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