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, if not dishonest. I admit this at the risk of being judged—imagining my peers tsk-tsk’ing that I’m ‘focussing on the negative’ rather than ‘attracting that which […]

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 Urban Food Gardens bylaw does not support Urban Agriculture as a vital part of our community fabric. It is, by name, a gardening bylaw […]

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 Dirk Becker and Nicole Shaw has taken a turn after one year. Despite water testing by the Vancouver Island Health Authority and an investigation by the Ministry […]

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”. In October, we received a second letter ordering us to “cease all agricultural activity” on our 2.5 acre property. For the story, see www.synergymag.ca/a-lantzville-couple’s-fight-for-the-right-to-grow-food […]