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Ending Violence: Creating Peace

For me, discussing ‘creating peace’ without naming ‘ending violence’ would be to jump to solution while neglecting to acknowledge there is a problem. It would at least be misleading,... 



Sharing What We Know

Growing up, my mom kept a large vegetable garden, as did her mom. My paternal grandparents also kept a large garden along with cows, pigs and sheep. We had our own chickens for eggs... 



Public Hearing Presentation

This was my presentation to the Lantzville Council majority at the Urban Food Gardens Bylaw Public Hearing, October 24th, 2011 (of which approx. 200 people attended and about 60 presented). This... 



Rumors Abound Despite Water Testing at Compassion Farm

MEDIA RELEASE: Sept. 28, 2011, Lantzville, BC The situation in Lantzville that has polarized four council members and one neighbour against a local small-plot vegetable farm run by... 



Lantzville’s Council… Biased?

As a brief background, Dirk and I received our first letter from the RDN/District of Lantzville in September of 2010 telling us to “remove all piles of soil from our property”.... 



Lantzville Takes Legal Action

Urban Agriculture Not Welcomed in Lantzville On Friday, June 10th, a process server arrived at our door with a letter. It stated that our Lantzville Council was proceeding with legal... 



Ways & Means of Bullying

Mandala Artwork by Nicole Shaw Bullying is a form of abuse. It involves repeated acts over time attempting to create or enforce one person’s (or group’s) power over another person... 



Our Update on Lantzville ‘Urban’ Agriculture

As a brief background, Dirk and I received our first letter from the RDN/District of Lantzville in September of 2010 telling us to “remove all piles of soil from our property”.... 



Lantzville’s Draft Bylaw – Your Input Needed!

Dear, supporters of food, food sustainability, food security and urban farming. Your Input is Crucial at Open Houses This Week! We, and many others, feel that this draft bylaw was deliberately... 



The Tiny House Movement

This is a compilation from two blogs by: Alex of www.tiny-house-living.com and Gregory Johnson of www.resourcesforlife.com/small-house-society Tumbleweed home, Jay Schafer     ... 



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