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 […]

Compassion Farm

Here are ways to contribute to the Compassion Farm Legal Defense Fund: 1. Visiting any Coastal Community Credit Union on Vancouver Island, deposit into the Compassion Farm Defense Fund. 2. In Nanaimo, drop off your donation to: The Thirsty Camel, Ilan Goldenblatt The Green Store, Chad Henderson & Susana Michaelis Old City Organics, Tracy and […]

Can You Make the World a Better Place?

According to Al & Marjorie Stewart, the answer is YES… What does the word activist mean today? The predictable definition is of someone who protests, carries placards and challenges authority in an effort to bring about social change. But the idea of activist is not quite that straightforward anymore; it’s far more diverse than ever […]