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And ANOTHER great post on why NOT to rake those leaves, and just let our garden bee in the Fall. This one from the Xerces Society.

Support our pollinators and songbirds!

Put the rake and pruners down and nobody gets hurt! Your "messy" fall garden is teeming with life.

By Justin Wheeler from Xerces Society (home of bee love) You really need to check the link for the photos :-)

http://www.xerces.org/blog/put-down-those-pruners-pollinators-need-your-garden-garbage/

It should be welcome news for weary…

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Added by Beth Carruthers on October 22, 2016 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Micro-Videos with Rob Hopkins, Sophy Banks and Beyond

Locally produced video clips featuring leaders from Transition and Permaculture

https://vimeo.com/gaiacraft

Added by Delvin Solkinson on October 21, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Reasons NOT to clean up the garden this fall

by Jessica Walliser: Twenty-some years ago, fresh out of college with a horticulture degree in-hand, I started teaching adult education classes at a local botanic garden. For many years, I taught a class called Preparing Your Garden for the Winter. I would show slides (remember those?) of how well-kept gardens should look in January. In the images, every plant was cut to the nub, except for the ornamental grasses and butterfly bushes, and the whole garden was snug under a thick layer of…

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Added by Beth Carruthers on October 16, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Heart Gardens Map and Design

The map and design for a permaculture design site in Roberts Creek, BC.

http://gaiacraft.com/heart-gardens-campus/

Added by Delvin Solkinson on August 21, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Free Permaculture Principles Design Deck

Gaiacraft
Permaculture Principles Design Deck


Free Open Source Learning and Teaching Tool
Made in Greater Vancouver

http://gaiacraft.com/permaculture-principles-design-deck/

Added by Delvin Solkinson on July 21, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Free Open Source Permaculture Workbook

"Permaculture gives us a toolkit for moving from a culture of fear and scarcity to one of love and abundance" 

- Toby Hemenway

As an offering to the Transition, our visionary permaculture Gaiacraft team has created a Workbook of Permaculture Worksheets. 

Download free printable files 
or purchase hard copy from an on demand printer here :
http://www.gaiacraft.com/gaiacraft-workbook/

Added by Delvin Solkinson on April 21, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Kefir grains for milk available

I have kefir grains to give away. You will need organic milk, plastic strainer and a plastic spoon. Call 604 685 4945

Added by Biljka Knezevic on December 1, 2015 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Unprecedented Challenges Ahead—November, 2015

Key quote: “We are far from having the kind of widespread public discourse we will need to fully understand the implications of the challenges ahead—and to plan accordingly so our collaborative problem solving and community education efforts do not fall short at this critical time.”

Do we fully understand the implications of the challenges ahead?

The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative provides research and analysis for critical challenge alerts,…

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Added by Stefan Pasti on November 10, 2015 at 9:02am — No Comments

World at a Turning Point: UN, Red Cross: unprecedented joint warning--impact of conflicts on civilians

Introduction

On October 30, 2015, a joint news conference was held by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer on the subject of the unprecedented impacts of conflicts on civilians.

Below are some of the tweets I’ve made to highlight some of their comments—and links to three sources of those comments.

The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural…

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Added by Stefan Pasti on November 4, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Launching the Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative Hashtag (#CPbCSus) (on the Twitter Platform)

Introduction

The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative provides research and analysis for critical challenge alerts, and research and support for collaborative problem solving and community education initiatives which seek to maximize citizen participation, and accelerate solution-oriented activity.

The CPCS Initiative has identified ten critical challenges [see “A List of Ten Critical Challenges” (Oct., 2015)] which will require problem solving…

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Added by Stefan Pasti on October 23, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Free Permaculture Learning Tools

Printable posters, cards games, and permaculture learning and teaching tools. Free.

http://gaiacraft.com/free-tools/

Added by Delvin Solkinson on October 21, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

CPCS Initiative Summary paper: “Recalibrating Our ‘Moral Compasses’: to resolve unprecedented challenges and discover our collective spiritual destiny” (82 pages; June, 2015)

The Community Peacebuilding and Cultural Sustainability (CPCS) Initiative provides research for critical challenge alerts, and support for collaborative problem solving and community education initiatives which seek to maximize citizen participation, and accelerate solution-oriented activity.

The CPCS Initiative is now making accessible an 82 page paper which summarizes work by its predecessor [The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative (from…

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Added by Stefan Pasti on July 1, 2015 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Chickens for free

Hi!

I have 3 laying chickens and their coop that I need to find a new home for. We're moving and unfortunately were not able to find another landlord that would allow us to keep our chickens. Sadly, the house we are in is going to be demolished in a few months, so we find ourselves in this situation.

The coop is large, so would probably need to be dissassembled, but anyone with a truck who is handy could do it. And it's free - also wired for a light in the winter. This is a…

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Added by lola on May 21, 2015 at 11:33am — No Comments

Proposal for new section in small to mid-sized town newspapers: the Neighbor to Neighbor Community Education (NTNCE) Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Press Release in “Letter to the Editor” format)

May 16, 2015

Contact: Stefan Pasti

Cell: (703) 209-2093 (US)

stefanpasti@gmx.com

(511 words)



Proposal for new section in small to mid-sized town newspapers: the Neighbor to Neighbor Community Education (NTNCE) Project





I am writing to share information and resources with you about a proposal for a new section in local newspapers, especially newspapers…

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Added by Stefan Pasti on May 16, 2015 at 9:41am — No Comments

New to or interested in urban backyard beekeeping?

Hello Villagers,

I am brand new to backyard beekeeping (so new my bees haven't even arrived yet) and thought I would keep a record of my experiences to share with others. I have no prior experience and don't know anyone with experience to help me...so I'm winging it. My hopes in starting the page are to help spread interest in bees, help others learn from my mistakes and successes, encourage others who may be interested in urban beekeeping but may be reluctant to jump in due to lack…

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Added by Autumn Friesen on May 4, 2015 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Village Vancouver Permaculture Blitz @ Aberthau Garden Project

" On 18 April 2015, I was privileged to be one of the participants to the first event of the 2015-2017…

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Added by Michel Bonin on April 19, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Need a greenhouse?

I now have a service to offer Vancouver and Greater Vancouver: custom made Greenhouse/Solarium Fabrication and Installation. These greenhouses are locally made and installed.

Want to reduce carbon emissions? The highest energy return on energy invested of any human endeavour is the greenhouse where you can assist nature in growing food. Whether you rent or own your yard and would like to have a greenhouse to grow food or want a solarium for your hot tub? We offer installed…

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Added by Brennan Wauters on January 25, 2015 at 8:47pm — No Comments

How about a Fossil Fuel Divestment Day event? Feb 13 & 14?

Anyone interested in getting together on this in Burnaby?

Added by Jonathan Rider on December 30, 2014 at 8:49am — No Comments

The Plastic Ocean: A Cry For Help, by Jak King

This is mirrored from Jak King's blog here:

I just finished reading “Plastic Ocean” by Capt. Charles Moore and Cassandra Phillips. Hard to say much else but that this should be the “Silent Spring” of our generation.

Moore is a seaman who has become an oceanographer and environmentalist. It was his voyages that focused attention on the huge amounts of pollution — mostly…

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Added by Randy Chatterjee on December 4, 2014 at 11:06am — 1 Comment

The Recalibrating Our “Moral Compasses” (ROMC) Survey Project--Now Seeking Collaborators

This “Now Seeking Collaborators” outreach message includes the following sections:

Introduction

Details about the Survey Design

The Three Most Important Goals of The ROMC Survey Project

Why The ROMC Survey Project Could Make Especially Valuable Contributions

What the ROMC Survey Project is Currently Seeking

ROMC Survey Project Documents

Concluding Comments

Introduction

The ROMC Survey Project is seeking advisors and collaborators for a…

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Added by Stefan Pasti on November 28, 2014 at 11:48am — No Comments

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