April Monthly Meeting, Potluck & AGM – Thursday April 24, 2014

This month’s get together features our Annual General Meeting as well as a presentation about Radiance Cohousing, a new housing initiative in Saskatoon.

As usual we will meet at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre – 202 Avenue C South (upstairs).  Doors open at 6:00 pm.

We will start supper at 6:30.  Our Annual General meeting will begin at 7:30 after we’ve cleaned up.  It will be short and sweet as we review what we did in the past year, talk a bit about our plans for the future, present our financial statement and elect our executive for the next year.

At 7:30 members from Radiance Cohousing will tell us about their developing housing project that will be built in the heart of Saskatoon. It will include permaculture design principles, green building techniques, and a focus on community.


50percent rendering March 27 2014

Rendering of Radiance Cohousing, March 2014

Cohousing is a type of housing development that includes private homes and shared space. The residents’ homes are built alongside a Common House and shared yard, while the design itself creates opportunities for neighbours to interact. Cohousing residents also tend to host events and work on projects together, as well as become active in community events and initiatives.

Please join us for an informative and enjoyable evening.

Everyone welcome.

March 2014 – Potluck, Seed Exchange & Eco-beats – Thursday March 20, 2014

We’re changing things up just a bit for March so read on to find out what’s happening. It turns out that the Saskatchewan Eco-Network (SENSeed-Diversity-in-the-Mil-007) is hosting an event called Eco-Beats on the same evening close by on 20th Street at the Underground Café (430 20th Street West).

It’s an evening of music and fundraising for their Environmental Film Festival (which will take place the last weekend of April).  Rather than cancel our potluck or compete with SEN’s event as well as miss it ourselves, we decided to make the best of both worlds.  We also want to support SEN’s efforts.

So here’s the plan:
Potluck & visit as usual at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre (202 Avenue C South)Doors open at 6pm.  We will also continue with our Seed Exchange.  So if you forgot to bring your extra seeds to share last month, never fear, bring them on March 20. We’ll make sure we hav
e time to swap seeds and stories.

After we eat, visit, clean-up and exchange seeds those of us who want to will carry on to Eco-Beats. Doors open there at 7:30.  Music starts at 8:00.  Tickets are $10 at the door.

We hope to see you at the potluck and that you’ll also continue on to SEN’s event

February Potluck & Meeting – Thursday February 20, 2014 – Acting Locally – Three Stories

Once again we will meet at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre – 202 Avenue C South (between 20th and 21st Street). We will be upstairs this time.

Doors open at 6 pm.

We will eat at about 6:30 followed by clean-up.

Then at about 7:30 we will hear about some exciting endeavours taking place in and near Saskatoon.

Acting Locally – Three Stories

There are exciting things happening in the world of permaculture and ecological design all over the planet – and some of them are right here at home.  At February’s potluck and meeting three people will share part of their stories as they tell us about the projects they are involved in and near Saskatoon.  (This maybe the first of an ongoing series.)

happy bug chickensJessie Best is part of Happy Bug Farms, three families who have joined together to start a farm northeast of Saskatoon that uses permaculture principles to guide their farming practices to provide food in a sustainable manner.  They focus on building soil, nurturing their bugs and promoting diversity.  Jessie will talk about how they raised their chickens this year and how their poultry systems fit in holistically with the rest of their farm and their guiding principles.  She will also bring some eggs from the farm to sell.

 Koren 2Koren Vangool and her partner own land west of Saskatoon towards Asquith.  She will show pictures and talk about their experiences buying land as well as their five-year journey to finally move out there this spring.  Koren will also discuss what they’d do differently now, their future plans and how permaculture has changed their perspectives about what they can do on five acres.


Terri Lynn Paulson is involved with urban agriculture projects within Saskatoon.  She is excited to share some of the urban agriculture projects that will be going on in Saskatoon this summer that she and the Core Neighbourhood Youth Co-op are affiliated with.

Seed Swap – And for those of us growing locally it’s time to be thinking about seeds.  So we’ll also be having a seed exchange.  If you have extra seeds you would like to offer others, please bring them along and if you’re looking for seeds to plant this spring you may find some here.

Bring some food to share and seeds to exchange if you have them.  We hope to see you there.  Everyone welcome.