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We are developing an ecovillage in the South Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada. The ecovillage is working to be a model of co-operative, sustainable land habitation and land use and features public outreach and education as included goals.
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[[File:Espi Contreras 4.jpeg|300px|thumb|[[User:Espi Contreras|Espi]] demonstrates how to train cucumbers to climb fences.]]We are developing an ecovillage in the South Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada. The ecovillage is working to be a model of co-operative, sustainable land habitation and land use and features public outreach and education as included goals.
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[[EcoReality has agreed to acquire 37 acres|EcoReality has acquired 43 acres]] of the former 104-acre Hughes Farm in Fulford Valley, 61 acres of which is community farmland. This land features large, irrigated fields, riparian areas on two year-round streams, and young forest. It backs on the Burgoyne Bay and Mill Farm public parks, which protect nearly the entire watershed of the two streams.
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[[EcoReality has agreed to acquire 37 acres|EcoReality has acquired 43 acres]] of the former 104-acre Hughes Farm in Fulford Valley, 61 acres of which is to become community farmland. This land features large, irrigated fields, riparian areas on two year-round streams, and young forest. It backs on the Burgoyne Bay and Mill Farm public parks, which protect nearly the entire watershed of the two streams.
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We are [[seeking members]] who can help us become debt-free through investment in the co-op, which at a certain level, provides habitation and building rights. People of exceptional skill with fewer financial resources are also encouraged to begin a [[get involved|process of involvement]] that may ultimately result in membership and habitation.
We are [[seeking members]] who can help us become debt-free through investment in the co-op, which at a certain level, provides habitation and building rights. People of exceptional skill with fewer financial resources are also encouraged to begin a [[get involved|process of involvement]] that may ultimately result in membership and habitation.
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[[File:Cleome Rowe, Basil.jpg|thumb|200px|right|[[User:Cleome Rowe|Cleome]] shows off our basil starts.]]
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[[visitor information|Visits]] should be arranged in advance, via [http://www.EcoReality.org/Email.php?Subject=I+want+to+visit email or phone or snail-mail]. We ''may'' have opportunities for [[volunteer FAQ|work-exchange visits]] from time-to-time, as well.
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==What's new?==
==What's new?==
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[[File:Work party 2013-03-29.jpeg|thumb|200px|left|Spring work parties were a big success!]]
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* [[File:New.gif]]Greenhouse winding up, 22 new raised beds and over 600 plants in the ground, and thousands of starts!
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* [[File:New.gif]]EcoReality Co-op Members have issued a [[statement in support of the Wet'suwet'en]] in their battle to keep pipelines from crossing their land without their consent.
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* [[File:New.gif]]Kidding season begins, with Priya delivering a cute and cuddly buckling. Anyone want a nice pet?
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* [[File:New.gif]]Our [[Media:Road_sign_hung_2.jpg|new sign]], in the works off and on for a decade, is finally hanging on the road! Many, many thanks for volunteers Gaia, Alex, and Leonard — as well as many others — who finally made it happen!
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* [[File:New.gif]]20 chicks are hatched, brooded, and in the greenhouse, working the ground. Ducklings on the way!
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* [[File:New.gif]]Eggs in the incubator, with little chicks and ducklings arriving soon!
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* [[File:New.gif]]Our Vanagon is on the way to conversion to electric drive!
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* [[File:New.gif]]We spend a month [[Project/Commercial_propagation_greenhouse_deconstruction|deconstructing and moving a 3,000 square foot glass and aluminum greenhouse]] from the University of Victoria to EcoReality, and will soon begin re-assembly!
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* Welcome to new member [[User:Cleome Rowe|Cleome Rowe]]!
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* [[Product/265|Soapmaking]] arrives at EcoReality, using our own goat milk for that extra-soft moisturizing quality.
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* Our new [[annual report]], looking back on 2012, is now available.
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==About our plans==
==About our plans==
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[[File:Greenhouse gang 2013.jpeg|thumb|150|right|A work party whips the greenhouse into shape.]]We have a small core group of financial stakeholders, our [[members]], who are currently working on the structure and organization of the ecovillage, including documents on [[finance]], [[ownership]], [[governance]], [[membership procedures]], [[business plans]], [[values]], [[vision]], [[mission]], [[purpose]], [[land acquisition]], and much more.
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We have a small core group of financial stakeholders, our [[members]], who are currently working on the structure and organization of the ecovillage, including documents on [[finance]], [[ownership]], [[governance]], [[membership procedures]], [[business plans]], [[values]], [[vision]], [[mission]], [[purpose]], [[land acquisition]], and much more.
The [[members]] are aided by a larger circle of friends, family, and interested people, known as our [[Advisory Council]]. Many of these dedicated folk hope to live in our ecovillage someday; others are simply interested in assuring our success.
The [[members]] are aided by a larger circle of friends, family, and interested people, known as our [[Advisory Council]]. Many of these dedicated folk hope to live in our ecovillage someday; others are simply interested in assuring our success.
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We think it is important to ''like'' each other, and to be confident that we have shared values, so new members go through a six-month [[provisional member]] period, during which they take part in agreement-making, but do not have blocking power. Provisional membership can be terminated with thirty days notice by either the provisional member or the coop.
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We think it is important to ''like'' each other, and to be confident that we have shared values, so new members go through a six-month [[provisional member]] period, during which they take part in [[consensus|our consensual agreement-making]], but do not have blocking power. Provisional membership can be terminated with thirty days notice by either the provisional member or the co-op.
==About this site==
==About this site==
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This site is in the form of a '''''wiki,''''' which is a collaborative authoring system. Feel free to browse as you wish, but editing or adding pages is available only to EcoReality [[member]]s and their [[Advisory Council]], which you can [[Join_advisory_council|join]] with no obligation if you would like to help develop content. There is a [[Meta:Help:Contents|User's Guide]] for the software we are using that may help you navigate.
This site is in the form of a '''''wiki,''''' which is a collaborative authoring system. Feel free to browse as you wish, but editing or adding pages is available only to EcoReality [[member]]s and their [[Advisory Council]], which you can [[Join_advisory_council|join]] with no obligation if you would like to help develop content. There is a [[Meta:Help:Contents|User's Guide]] for the software we are using that may help you navigate.
==What's next==
==What's next==
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The next thing to do would be to visit any of the links to the left, particularly the '''entry points,''' which are pages that tend to refer to lots of other pages. Once you've looked around, if you think you might want to contribute to our evolution -- and possibly live in our ecovillage someday -- filling out a simple form will let you [[join|join in the fun]] as a member of our [[Advisory Council]].
The next thing to do would be to visit any of the links to the left, particularly the '''entry points,''' which are pages that tend to refer to lots of other pages. Once you've looked around, if you think you might want to contribute to our evolution -- and possibly live in our ecovillage someday -- filling out a simple form will let you [[join|join in the fun]] as a member of our [[Advisory Council]].
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Thanks for visiting, and if you find this interesting please [http://www.EcoReality.org/Email.php?Subject=Website%20contact contact us!]
Thanks for visiting, and if you find this interesting please [http://www.EcoReality.org/Email.php?Subject=Website%20contact contact us!]
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==Some Recent Activity==
==Some Recent Activity==

Latest revision as of 04:02, 16 January 2020


We are developing an ecovillage in the South Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada. The ecovillage is working to be a model of co-operative, sustainable land habitation and land use and features public outreach and education as included goals.

EcoReality has acquired 43 acres of the former 104-acre Hughes Farm in Fulford Valley, 61 acres of which is community farmland. This land features large, irrigated fields, riparian areas on two year-round streams, and young forest. It backs on the Burgoyne Bay and Mill Farm public parks, which protect nearly the entire watershed of the two streams.

We are seeking members who can help us become debt-free through investment in the co-op, which at a certain level, provides habitation and building rights. People of exceptional skill with fewer financial resources are also encouraged to begin a process of involvement that may ultimately result in membership and habitation.

Visits should be arranged in advance, via email or phone or snail-mail. We may have opportunities for work-exchange visits from time-to-time, as well.

What's new?

The position for our new skylights was chosen so that when the north wall was sloped back at 50 degrees, the light well would reach far into the room. It was a bit traumatic cutting holes in a perfectly good roof, but no guts, no glory!


  • New.gifEcoReality Co-op Members have issued a statement in support of the Wet'suwet'en in their battle to keep pipelines from crossing their land without their consent.
  • New.gifOur new sign, in the works off and on for a decade, is finally hanging on the road! Many, many thanks for volunteers Gaia, Alex, and Leonard — as well as many others — who finally made it happen!
  • New.gifEggs in the incubator, with little chicks and ducklings arriving soon!
  • New.gifWe spend a month deconstructing and moving a 3,000 square foot glass and aluminum greenhouse from the University of Victoria to EcoReality, and will soon begin re-assembly!
  • Soapmaking arrives at EcoReality, using our own goat milk for that extra-soft moisturizing quality.

About our plans

A volunteer brings in the pumpkins and squash as part of our 2010 harvest.

We have a small core group of financial stakeholders, our members, who are currently working on the structure and organization of the ecovillage, including documents on finance, ownership, governance, membership procedures, business plans, values, vision, mission, purpose, land acquisition, and much more.

The members are aided by a larger circle of friends, family, and interested people, known as our Advisory Council. Many of these dedicated folk hope to live in our ecovillage someday; others are simply interested in assuring our success.

We think it is important to like each other, and to be confident that we have shared values, so new members go through a six-month provisional member period, during which they take part in our consensual agreement-making, but do not have blocking power. Provisional membership can be terminated with thirty days notice by either the provisional member or the co-op.

About this site

The position for our new skylights was chosen so that when the north wall was sloped back at 50 degrees, the light well would reach far into the room. It was a bit traumatic cutting holes in a perfectly good roof, but no guts, no glory!

This site is in the form of a wiki, which is a collaborative authoring system. Feel free to browse as you wish, but editing or adding pages is available only to EcoReality members and their Advisory Council, which you can join with no obligation if you would like to help develop content. There is a User's Guide for the software we are using that may help you navigate.

What's next

Jan Slakov pulls a freshly-charred fence post out of the fire, in preparation for building over 2,000 feet of deer fence to enclose EcoReality's new market garden area.

The next thing to do would be to visit any of the links to the left, particularly the entry points, which are pages that tend to refer to lots of other pages. Once you've looked around, if you think you might want to contribute to our evolution -- and possibly live in our ecovillage someday -- filling out a simple form will let you join in the fun as a member of our Advisory Council.

If you'd like to visit, please check out our visitor information, then check out our meetings, work parties and potlucks to find one that fits your schedule. We may be able to arrange visits at other times, but please contact us first.

Want to keep in touch?

We offer multiple ways to get involved with EcoReality, such as:

  • Use the form at the top-left of any page to sign up for our low-volume emailing list. You'll typically get a newsletter once a month, and possibly a few special announcements in-between.
  • "Recent changes" is automatically updated whenever pages on this site are changed. You can always find recent changes in the links on the left. Checking it each time you visit will keep you on top of what's happening.
  • Advisory Council members who have activated their accounts have the finest degree of control, via automatic email notification when pages of interest change. Set your Preferences to enable notification, then simply click on the "watch" tab of any page you want to track, and you will receive email notifying you of changes to that page.

Thanks for visiting, and if you find this interesting please contact us!

Some ecovillage components

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Some Recent Activity

See all recent changes via the Recent changes link here, or via the main menu to the left.

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