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Come join us for our first open house

Time to party at EcoReality!

Date: Sunday May 6, 2007

Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: EcoReality office, 160 Sharp Road, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2P6 (How to get to EcoReality.)

Who: Neighbors, Friends, Advisory Council, and members, anyone who is interested in the farm and/or the co-op. Children are welcome.

Hosts: Carol Wagner & Jan Steinman

Come and see who we are, and discover what we are doing! Find out more about Permaculture, organic gardening, sustainability, and ecovillages.

Drop in anytime between 1 PM and 4 PM. (Other visits are also okay, but we want all our great friends to get to know each other, too!)

We'll be serving some snacks and refreshments.

Hopefully the weather will be nice and we can stroll around the farm. Bring boots if you're interested in taking a little tour (it's 5 acres of easy terrain).

The first weekend in May will mark our one year anniversary of property ownership as a BC Cooperative Association. Much has happened in that year, both on the farm itself and within the structure of the co-op.

On the co-op front, we have four members who have decision-making rights and who are financial stakeholders. We also have nearly a hundred people on our Advisory Council ranging broadly in specializations from film-makers, WWOOFers, and authors, to friends and family, to people whom we've never met who found us on the Internet. We've had a steady stream of WWOOF (work exchange) people on the farm in 2007 (we are newly registered as WWOOF hosts this calender year). More WWOOFers are already expected to come volunteer in our community all through the coming growing season. We've learned a lot from being landlords, WWOOf hosts, cooperative landowners and most of all how to work together making decisions and creating agreements.

We're very happy to have two new, lovely residents in our cottage who are interested in being a part of what we're doing here.

When we purchased the property we had no map or information on any of the trees or plants. We're still surprised by plants coming up out of the blue. The farm was also neglected for a couple years, so we're nursing some sick trees back to health and moving plants to healthier areas.

Recent projects that have been undertaken by those of us labouring on the farm include: building a biodiesel processor, acquiring chickens, building garden beds, pruning, mulching, chipping brush from our property and the neighbours' slash piles, clearing plant growth from around the pond to fix the dam, assembling a stone walkway, building berms, weeding, and more.

We have many plans and ideas for the future and welcome your thoughts and input.

Please RSVP to James if you are coming from off island, otherwise feel free to drop by anytime between 1pm-4pm.

--James, Program steward

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