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Small House Movement

Updated Feb 21, 2013:

Attached is a 28 pg. sample from the book Small_House_Book_sample.pdf

Attached are about 15 or so house plans …


Added by Deborah Sim on February 21, 2013 at 12:57pm — 2 Comments

Sip Lattés and Fix Busted Stuff at the Repair Café

Sip Lattés and Fix Busted Stuff at the Repair Café

By Katherine Sharpe

It says something about where we’ve come as a society that the simple act of fixing something that’s broken is considered a revolutionary act. Yet here we are. It’s cheaper and easier to buy a new toaster, lamp, printer, or chair than it is to mend the one you have when it breaks — never mind that you may already be jonesing for an…


Added by Beth Carruthers on March 6, 2013 at 6:06pm — 2 Comments

Take-out container survey for Vancouver residents and for Restaurant industry

StyroFree Challenge (, an initiative that aims at educating the public and restaurant owners about environmental and health impacts of polystyrene packaging and inspiring restaurants to embrace green alternatives, has partnered up with SPEC and the Tiffin Project. We are working on a new project called Green 2 Go and as a first step we’re collecting information on the current take-out container use and practices in Vancouver. Please help us gather the information by…


Added by Sonja Mulabdic on March 13, 2013 at 7:09pm — No Comments

Robin Wheeler has passed away

Sad news. Our great friend and ally, Robin Wheeler, passed away Monday afternoon, after battling pancreatic cancer for the past year. A kind, wise, patient and loving soul, Robin was the author of Gardening for the Faint of Heart and Food Security for the Faint of Heart, founder of the Sustainable Living Arts School and One Straw Society, and taught several dozen workshops for Village over the past 3 years.…


Added by Ross Moster on February 20, 2012 at 9:00pm — 9 Comments

Open Source Farming Tools - Civilization Starter Kit video

Please look at Marcin Jakubowski's - Civilization Starter Kit video at:

if you're interested in seeing a concept for blueprints for 50 farming tools that can be built

cheaply from scratch... It's something they've dubbed the…


Added by Stephen Bohus on February 19, 2012 at 10:24am — 1 Comment

Model Village: Little Mountain redevelopment open house

(This post was originally on my blog: The Medium)

It’s hard to believe a couple of years ago, the rambling 15 acre Little Mountain site at Main and 36th Avenue was populated with…


Added by Simone Hoedel on February 5, 2012 at 10:56am — No Comments

Grist: Why fixing up old homes is greener than building new ones

This old house: Why fixing up old homes is greener than building new ones

25 JAN 2012 6:49 PM…


Added by Randy Chatterjee on January 26, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Transit delays and fare hikes drive tar sands expansion

Cape Horn Interchange

By Eric Doherty, January 26, 2012

On Wednesday (January 25), B.C. transportation minister Blair Lekstrom once again announced the Evergreen SkyTrain line to Coquitlam and the Tri-Cities area. This time he announced the start of work after more than a decade of delays—well sort of. Only minor…


Added by Eric Doherty on January 27, 2012 at 10:01am — 1 Comment

“The economy” shifts from more GLOBAL to more LOCAL

Home Harvest Farms

When 30% of people are growing 10% or more of our own food we’ll begin to notice that: “The economy” shifts from more GLOBAL to more LOCAL

If you like this please forward it.…


Added by Philip Be'er on January 20, 2012 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Part-time opportunity at SPEC!

JOB DESCRIPTION –Administrative Coordinator

Hours per week: 16

Pay per hour: $18

Desired start date: Monday February 6th, 2012


Canada’s oldest environmental not-for-profit, the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation requires a part-time Administrative Coordinator for our office in Kitsilano. Responsibilities include monthly bookkeeping, membership and donation processing, answering inquiries from the general public and supporting…


Added by Ilse Sarady on January 17, 2012 at 8:48am — No Comments

Carrots in the Car Park, a tale of today's Victory Gardens in England - Daily Mail, 10 Dec 2011

Carrots in the car park. Radishes on the roundabout. The deliciously eccentric story of the town growing ALL its own veg


Last updated at 4:31 PM on 10th December 2011

Admittedly, it sounds like the most foolhardy of criminal capers, and one of the cheekiest, too.

Outside the…


Added by Randy Chatterjee on December 10, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Grow food to reduce carbon emmissions

When 30% of people are growing 10% or more of our own food we’ll begin to notice that: Food costs…

Added by Philip Be'er on January 11, 2012 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

A Cooperative Farmer's Market Model

Vancouver has some significant experience with local farm produce selling coops and other services, including NOWBC (, Home Grow-In, and Eternal Abundance (  Not all such ventures have been or are successful, especially when competing with heavily-subsidized industrial agriculture and its…


Added by Randy Chatterjee on January 4, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Bugs that ate Monsanto - Grist Magazine

This article is in part a reminder to check our home page often to read the RSS feeds from Yes!, Chelsea Green, and Grist Magazines.  They are in the lower left column.  These are free headline links to great information on what is happening in our global ecological system and on how to live sustainably.  This article below,…


Added by Randy Chatterjee on December 20, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

View the Home Harvest Farms Challenge December update

View the Home Harvest Farms Challenge December update in PDF format at…

Added by Philip Be'er on December 14, 2011 at 1:10pm — No Comments

Free wood stakes

Vision Vancouver has a bunch of wood stakes (from their campaign signs) at lengths ranging from 12" to 8' that "would be excellent for use in garden projects". The wood is free and on a first come basis.  The wood  can be collected from the parking space in the back of their office at 2512 Yukon Street.
They ask that, when picking up, the two parking spaces to the west of the parking area NOT BE BLOCKED as they belong to the Dollar Store business below their office.

Added by Village Vancouver on December 2, 2011 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Michael Moore on The Future of the Occupy movement

Where Does Occupy Wall Street Go From Here? ...a proposal from Michael Moore

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011


This past weekend I participated in a four-hour meeting of Occupy Wall Street activists whose job it is to come up with the vision and goals of the movement. It was attended by 40+ people and the discussion was both inspiring and invigorating. Here is what we ended up proposing as the movement's "vision statement" to the General Assembly of Occupy Wall Street:



Added by Kathryn Cholette on November 26, 2011 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Tomato Harvest 2011

I've finally tallied up the numbers and in order of greatest harvest, here goes:


23 oz   Radiator Charlie's Mortgage Helper* - beefsteak

16.25   Pollock

16 oz   Black Krim* - most tasty

14.5     Taxi

13.25   Black Prince

12 oz   Yellow Pear

9.25     Victoria* - tasty early producer

7 oz     Elfin Cherry

6.75     Principe Borghese

118 oz TOTAL

(7 lb, 6 oz)


What have I learned?  They are…


Added by Cylia on November 20, 2011 at 4:34pm — No Comments

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Local, organic, rural, and/or urban, food production is a mainstay of life, and doing it well leads to wellness. From farm to kitchen, discussions relating to food--and the community arising around it--belong here.

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If you have to leave your village, how will you get where you want to go? By car? Preferably not, both for your wallet and the earth’s sake. This category is for all discussions relating to how we all get around.

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A human right? After food, most feel shelter is the most important necessity. A place of shelter is also the start of a community. This category is for all things relating to shelter, housing, affordable housing, homes, renewable heating systems, green buildings, heritage, and our built environment in general.

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