Compassion Farm Update: July 2013

After almost three years of standing our ground, with the majority of the community of Lantzville backing us, for the right to grow food (including for sale), we have decided to sell our home and two and half acres and leave Lantzville. The campaign of ‘selective enforcement’ against us, and the $80,000 to $100,000 spent […]

A Lantzville Couple’s Fight for the Right to Grow Food

“You have 90 days to cease all agricultural activity…” read the letter from the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN), on behalf of the District of Lantzville. “Your property is zoned Residential 1, which allows residential use and Home Based Business only.” With the subsequent public outcry and media storm across Canada, we’ve witnessed how important […]

Farmers’ Market Q & A

Q: Why shop at farmers’ markets?  A: Only decades ago, 90% of Canadians were involved in agriculture, now it is less than 4%. Farmers’ markets reconnect people to farmers and farming, soil, land, water, animals and ultimately where their food comes from. They are also a key element of relocalizing the economy and ‘transition towns’.  […]

Radio – Heart and Mind: Tools for Change

This weekly radio talk show was aired on CHLY 101.7 Radio Malaspina. In the following recordings, your hosts, Nicole Shaw and Dirk Becker, explore topics that provoke, prod and encourage.    In a society that has become increasingly individualistic and heavily dependent upon “mind”, this show encourages listeners to access their “hearts” in order to […]