Two Block Diet indeed; I wrote the article for Edible Vancouver that ran last year on the project, and I live with Julia :) small world, small world... please please please tell me more about this backyard you speak of!
One grant that I have heard is quite simple to apply for is a VanCity Savings Community Project grant - up to $10,000 - and your group seems to meet their granting guidelines. Information on their website at: https://www.vancity.com/MyCommunity/NotForProfit/Grants/CommunityProjectGrants/
Their staff would also be interested in volunteering with your project and maybe their IT resources would be able to assist you?
thx for the invite. I feel quite drawn to this site. I am interested in getting involved more and hope to meet some people with good ideas, motivation, inspiration and I am looking forward to meet in person, on events and on this site. I'd also like to create and work in the sustainable field more. Is there a job/work/volunteer section? Still getting used to navigate around....Also I am still new to the area. So, I hope to connect..
"Forums" is getting cut off on my screen now. Could you maybe scrap the "invite" tab? I never even noticed it until just now since its so easy to invite people directly from the groups or from the 'quick add' menu. Tell me to bugger off if you want me to mind my own business. I was a web designer in a former life and have no interest in doing it again... I just notice stuff like that. Also since there are discussions in each of the groups and villages, is the Forums section maybe redundant? Seems like it isn't getting a lot of use anyway. Or maybe we should scrap the discussions in the groups and move them over to the forums? I personally find it a little confusing and overwhelming with so many sections so chances are others do too. Maybe just get rid of the drop down for "Groups" all together so people just have to click through and get a full list of all of them. I didn't even notice that you could click through to a main groups page until I was looking for the coops group. I don't know how much control you have over all this as I've never used the ning network before.
Thanks for your kind words, Rand. This has got to be the most promising community I have encountered to date on the internet. There seems to be a lot of determined energy for ecological and social justice welling up here and you are to be commended for setting this up.
Thanks Randy :-)) Focussing on the positive and making it happen is definitely cathartic to the state of things - I'm in a bit of a permaculturist glow still after doing an Intro course over the weekend in the most amazing garden - very inspiring!
Thanks for the comments. I look forward to being with the VV community and seeing it develop.
I'm in the Food Group with Ross and Rachel. Though I don't know if I'll get into much activity there at the moment. I'm looking at doing mostly neighborhood work with some plant trading and organizing an emergency preparedness workshop. I'll look at contacting the others in our fledgling Dunbar Village.
Another potluck at Heritage Hall would be great to see. If the Main group needs some help let me know.
I heard about Ning going to Premium only services. Are you already paying for the Ning upgrade or using the free service?
Wiser Earth is suggesting they are an alternative service: http://www.wiserearth.org
Sorry I have not had time yet to explore more Collingwood connections and getting a community group going...
Hello Randyhello randy!. I´m very grateful with your comment, thanks!! I wonder what you told me about what in Vancouver accounts, I had a different vision, a vision from far. Surely, there is much in what we can support each other in terms of experiences, solutions and perspectives!
I recently did the PDC and I´m currently doing a diploma in permaculture design applied ... So I get to hear from the Transition movement. I teach in a Montessori school, and I want to drive a transcición initiative in my school. I will travel to Canada in June, with the purpose of visiting eco-villages, and experience permaculture and transition initiatives... so I was looking in the web for whats going on in canada. I don´t have yet many contacts, so I'm happy that you wrote!. Maybe you can tell me if you know some eco villages to work in as volunteer? or give me a hand with some info about where things are moving on there? would be great. Thamk you!!!! All the best for you!
thanks for the response. I work with Linux server, I know Joomla very well and I've started working with Drupal. I'm very good with graphic programs and flash media. I'm sure we can work something out in the way of my helping to administer the network.
I know every generation says, the world is going to hell in a hand basket, but I think, this time it's really going to happen.
I visited activity page for my area...near the PNE. I'm still figuring my way around the website.
Looking forward to attending a meeting sometime soon!
You may know me from your `hood, Douglas Park. I`m the large motor home called Georgina that parks and waits while her mistress sleeps inside and later showers at the Community Centre. My mistress, Harriet Hedgehog, is a traveller and vagabond frequenting Vancouver`s west side and the Okanagan Valley. She is an amateur astronomer, educator and artist surviving in a hostile world, to hedgehogs anyway, and grateful for the friendly folk of Douglas Park. Say hello if you see Georgina, Harriet is usually inside or close by!
Thanks for the introduction. I work with opensource web applications. I'm concerned about the multi-billion dollar industry that has developed around weather modification operations and geo-engineering applications for use as weapons of war.
Also, I am very interested in helping to establish affordable housing projects in Vancouver.
Thanks for the welcome Randy! Although I still have a lot of research to do on the issue, you can find my recent paper on the issue of a Global Environmental Organization on my site under "politcal science"
Although I will be gone interning this summer, I hope to be in touch via this site and keep exchanging different environmental politics issues with you.
Hi Randy; Thanks for the welcome. The google pic is the office I work at in Vancouver. I actually live in Delta. I work with Spectrum Society for Community Living - supporting adults with disabilities to be active citizens in their communities - so I see some possibilities for them in networking with neighbours through Village Vancouver, or for Spectrum to network with other agencies in Vancouver...
Thanks for your message, Randy. I work with the Recycling Council and have an interest in transition issues from both a personal and a professional perspective. I'd like to see our web site listed in your partner's column on the left of the home page. We have the on-line Recyclepedia that helps BC residents make smart recycling choices and also the freehotline at 604-RECYCLE.
I am indeed a kayaker! We have paddled this coast for about 20 years now. We both have Necky boats we bought used on Granville Island about 15 years ago. They have stood us in good stead through many a hairy paddle.
Thanks for the intro, Randy! I'm really swamped with school over the next few weeks (I'm in the final semester of my undergrad at UBC) so probably won't be able to participate in any of the VV events right away, but really look forward to getting engaged with this group in the near future!
Interested in participating in a VV garden? We have collaborative gardens/garden spaces in 5 neighbourhoods. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gardening now in progress. New gardeners welcome (space allowing).
Kits Village Recycling Depot (2nd or 3rd Thursdays Kits Community Centre) Next depot: Thursday, August 19th
Main St. Village monthly gatherings (1st Tuesdays Little Mountain Neighbourhood House) Currently on hold due to COVID
Permaculture Vancouver Meetups (3rd Wednesdays VV McBride Park Fieldhouse (sometimes elsewhere) Next meetup: Special date Thursday, July 29th
West End Community Potluck/WE Urban Garden Club (3rd Sundays West End Community Centre, in July and August 4th Thursdays - July 22nd and August 26th.