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By CHARLOTTE MILLAR – www.opendemocracy.net To get the most out of a community, you need a shared strategy, a space to grow, and to practice liberation.  For years I struggled with having a public side to my work. I’d become anxious at the …

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I have never had a good relationship with the word ‘economy’. To me, the word made me think of finance …

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Socially responsible entrepreneurs proclaim that sustainable business will save the world. Bureaucrats in the World Bank promote sustainable development in developing …

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Resiliency. It’s a word that carries a lot of weight in my life, something I repeat almost as a mantra. …

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Screen Printed Over Grow The System patch by artist Bubzee . Printed on re claimed fabrics.

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By Crystal Stevens, author of Grow Create Inspire The soil is being destroyed at unprecedented rates by overconsumption, big business, …

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*DATE CHANGE- May 22rd – Victoria May  23rd – Vancouver” Our Dream BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!  To promote a culture of resilient localized food systems in …

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“ Left to her own devices, Mother Nature builds topsoil, she enriches it with organic material, adds the products of water and wind erosion and thus deepens the layer of topsoil and lays the foundation for grass and later for forest cover.” ~ The Good Life by Helen and Scott Nearing.

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Hand forged kitchen knives made by Over Grow The Systems founder Sydney Woodward. Forged at White Crow Farm in Winlaw ...

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Over the last year or so, a neighbor has stocked up eight or ten piles of firewood in his yard, probably fifteen or twenty cords. What’s he going to do with it all? The house has a wood stove, but the family mostly uses the furnace, and burns wood only occasionally to get that cozy, fire-heated feel. It’s going to take them a decade or more to go through all that wood. Some of it is split and stacked, while much of it is strewn over a substantial chunk of their yard.

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Itʼs a cool spring day in Merville, BC as Moss Dance, sole proprietor of Ripple Farm, unfurls irrigation lines along tightly spaced rows of lettuces. Itʼs early in the season, but there are already fresh greens, radishes and onions ready to harvest for the weekly farmersʼ market.

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It’s difficult to sum up the magic of farming on the Gulf Islands without first talking about the colourful and eclectic collection of people who inhabit such places. The population of most islands is a wonderful mix of new faces seeking an alternative life, and families who’ve been there for generations. One islander recently told me that you weren’t considered a local until you’d lived there for at least 20 years.

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