• Who WE are

    The LSLA seeks to educate, empower, evoke, create and connect with people in all ways of Sustainable and Regenerative initiatives which further develop and strengthen the resilience of our communities and their local food production, water conservation, alternate energy options and ecologically based building practices. WE are the resource of CONNECTION in the Lethbridge and surrounding area. We pride ourselves on maintaining and fostering healthy, reciprocal relationships with all businesses, individuals and organizations who are engaging in sustainability for our community.

    Sustainable Living

    Sustainable, Regenerative,Inclusive, Whole, Creative,Collaborative, Connected

    The Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association (LSLA) is a non-profit society that was started in 2012. A group of pioneers came together recognizing a need in Lethbridge and surrounding area for a group of sustainably minded individuals to start addressing problems in the area of food production, ecologically sound building practices, local currencies and sustainable energy matters.

     

    Since its inception, the LSLA has been steadily growing and expanding.

     

    The LSLA founded its ever expanding "flagship" event, Apple Fest in 2012 and this event has been going strong ever since. This year, 2017 will mark the 5th Apple Fest and you will find new entertainment, an apple beer gardens, apple press and much more in the "hands on" learning Tents.

     

    In 2014 the LSLA took under its wing, the Lethbridge Urban Farming Guild. This is our present day Permaculture Lethbridge. Permaculture Lethbridge has been responsible for numerous workshops, tours and events in the areas of community garden development, herb spiral building, composting and soil building. This arm of the LSLA is taking off in a BIG and global way!

     

    The group of members and non-members of the LSLA have expanded into the small community of Turin, Alberta. As times change and our communities become tighter for resources, housing becomes a real issue. The LSLA is committed to providing education and hands on experiences for the community of Lethbridge and surrounding area. It is the hope of the LSLA to develop a model for community living that includes but is not limited to: sustainable building practices, local currency bank, alternative energy technologies and local food production.

     

    The LSLA supports all whole and regenerative forms of GROWTH being Urban farming, SPIN (Small plot intensive) farming, market gardening, community gardens, food forestry, self reliant food storage methods, cooperative food purchasing, alternate currency strategies, sustainable building practices, alternative energy technologies and anything not mentioned here that is both inclusive, locally focussed and earth based.

    We are looking for those people who recognize the importance of connection, diversity, and sustainable/regenerative practices in all areas of "life" . If you have a skill or interest to share with the group, would like to keep informed about what's "going on" in the Lethbridge and area or of you find any of what has been shared here to be important to you....please connect with us.

  • Our Board

    A Diverse and knowledgable group of committed folks

    2017/2018 Board of Directors

    Mandy Sandbach: President mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com

    Charlie Christensen : Vice President

    Ken Revak: Treasurer

    Peter Wynnychuk :Secretary

    Gilles Leclair: Ex-President and Director

     

    Dil Jopp: Director

    Jennifer Tarnowsky: Director

    Bobbi Farrell: Director

    Bill Ramp: Director

    Sandra Frampton: Director

     

     

  • Events in our community

    This is your first stop for all events and collaborations

    Annual AGM

    Wednesday October 18th 6-8 pm

    The LSLA will have its annual general meeting. We will hold the meeting at the Fish and Game hut across from urban grocer in lethbridge.

    This meeting will be the yearly address by the president and the voting of three positions for executive. Vice President, treasurer and secretary . This meeting is open to membership and the public .You must be a current paid member in order to vote and we will have memberships for sale at the AGM.

    The LSLA just completed perhaps their most effective and hands on year yet. The momentum of sustainable living in lethbridge has gained traction. We would LOVE to have more new folks who have a passion in local food production, permaculture, sustainable energies, building and community to join us. Come out and see what we are about. Help us to provide lethbridge with a solid and hands on approach to becoming a more resilient community.

    If you are interested in becoming an active board member please feel free to connect with Mandy sandbach at mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com

    Southern Alberta Zero Waste (SAZW)

    This is southern Alberta's connection to the Zero waste world

    Be sure to stop by the Southern Alberta Zero Waste Facebook page and follow the journey of Camille Fairbanks and other Zero Wasters right here at home. Camille offers hands on workshops about her journey to a zero waste lifestyle.

    The LSLA is proud to support all of the SAZW communities initiatives

     

    Upcoming workshop:

     

    Canning workshop Turin Agrihood

    October 21st, 10 am until finished

    Lethbridge Sustainable Living Assoc will sponsor the second annual canning day at the Turin Community Hall. We will have at least 100 lbs of beets to can! (That's a wheelbarrow full.) All beets grown in Turin and herbicide free.

    Everyone is welcome to participate (or if you want to just hang out and see how it's done that's fine too). Last year we had about a dozen people come out from all walks of life and various locations.

     

    No admission, no charges, just bring yourself and be willing to help wash, peel, cut, slice, dice, boil and spice up beets for canning. We will be rounding up the supplies. For your labour you will receive beets, fun and maybe a snack or two. :)

    Musicians welcome!

     

    So come out on Saturday the 21st of October. Doors open around 10am and will likely run into the late afternoon. The Turin Community Hall is easy to find. When you turn into Turin (if you can't find Turin, well it's on google maps), take the first left and drive to the end of the street...you're there.

    Fire Cider, Sauerkraut and other delicious Immune support

    October 30th 630-8 pm and November 7th 6-730 pm

    Mandy Sandbach of SOUL fully SOIL and Purple Carrot Health Foods and Wellness Inc. are happy to be sponsoring a DIY workshop on how to create your own "fire cider" and sauerkraut remedies.

    This will be a demonstration workshop on the health benefits and "how to" create your own immune supporting ferments like "Fire Cider" and Sauerkraut. These simple and well trusted recipes have been passed through cultures for generations. They are simple, local and super effective in working to support the body throughout the year but mostly during cold and flu season.

    The fee for the class is a pay what you can fee with a suggestion of $10 per person. You MUST register for the class ahead of time as there is limited space and if enough interest exists, we will book a second class. You can register by contacting Mandy Sandbach at soulfullysoil@gmail.com or by calling 403-894-4711.

    The workshops will be held . at Purple Carrot Health Foods and Wellness Inc. located at 1243 2 Avenue South Lethbridge Alberta.

    Tonic Herbal Drinks and Elixirs withYarrow Willard Naturistas: Your Feel good shop

    Wednesday November 1st, 630-900 pm

    Yarrow is a Clinical/Master Herbalist who will keep you entertained as he educates on the practices of using herbs and superfoods to nourish the body, which we will also be sampling! He will be sharing recipes and give you tips to empower your own creativity in the kitchen. Register early, seats are limited!

     

    For more information

    Environment Lethbridge AGM

    November 2nd, 2017 6:00 pm

    Join us on November 2 from 5:00-8:00 pm at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre for our Annual General Meeting and celebration of Lethbridge’s Green Superheroes.

    Agenda:

    5:00 – Appetizers, Past Present Future Exhibit, Mingling

    6:00 – Call to Order for Business Meeting

    6:30 – Speaker, TBD

    7:15 – Green Superhero Celebration

    Green Drinks at the Owl

    Second Tuesday of the month 4-6 pm November 14th

     Lethbridge Green Drinks. Owl Acoustic Lounge 411-3 Ave S. Informal gathering to discuss environmental issues, projects and solutions. First Tuesday of each month.

    Crafting Vegan cheese and milk

    Saturday November 25th 1-3 pm

     

    Ever wanted to learn how to make your own vegan cheese?

    I invite you to join me for a fun and tasty afternoon!
    We will learn how to make cheese and yogurt too - using nuts & seeds.


    On the menu:

    Herbed cheese

    Cashew yogurt

    Vegan tzatziki

    Pine nut Parmesan

    Cashew Mozzarella

    Mini vegan pizzas (with gluten-free corn tortillas)

    Sunflower seed milk

    Almond milk


     

    We will learn recipes to feature the cheeses we make, and various serving options.
    Completely plant-based, soy free, and mostly raw.
    Simple recipes, simple ingredients, delicious flavors.

     

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/crafting-vegan-cheese-milk-in-lethbridge-tickets-38116926754

  • Permaculture lethbridge

    Living in a conscious and co-creative community that welcomes diversity, knowledge sharing, earth and people centred experience. Interconnection is fostered and encouraged for resilience.

    Permaculture Lethbridge: Who we are...

    Lethbridge Permaculture is an arm of the Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association.

    Formerly known as the "Lethbridge Urban Farming Guild", Permaculture Lethbridge seeks to educate, empower, evoke, create and connect with people in all ways of Sustainable and Regenerative initiatives that further develop and strengthen the resilience of our communities and their food, water and housing systems.

    The word "Permaculture" means many things to many people and may be foreign to some still. Permaculture is not just a "growing technique" or way to "farm", but a way to move through and see our world differently. Permaculture addresses nature and our role in "it":Not separate from but rather interconnected with.

    "Permaculture is Applied Science and Ecology; Ethical design of human systems for a sustainable future. It offers practical solutions to the global environmental and cultural crises we now face.

    Permaculture (Permanent Culture) is the conscious design and co-creative evolution of agriculturally productive ecosystems and cooperative and economically just social systems which have the diversity, stability and resilience of 'natural' systems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. " Dan Hemenway

    As Permaculture Lethbridge, we strive to connect in meaningful and open ways in order to create shared learning opportunities that lead to regenerative local/ethically sound food growing practices, community, water and shelter. We do this by hosting a variety of workshops, tours, and events that are accessible both financially and locationally.

    We partner with local experts to provide an educational and hands on approach to learning... how else to do this "human" thing. Our relationships in the community are what creates this diverse web of knowledge and in a world that has supported isolation over community....relationship becomes paramount when considering our uncertain future.

    We support all forms of growth being Urban farming,SPIN (Small plot intensive) farming, market gardening, community gardens, food forestry, self reliant food storage methods, cooperative food purchasing, alternate currency strategies and anything not mentioned here that is inclusive and earth based.

    We are looking for those people who recognize the importance of connection, diversity, and sustainable/regenerative practices in all areas of "life" . If you have a skill or interest to share with the group, would like to keep informed about what's "going on" in the Lethbridge and area or of you find any of what has been shared here to be important to you....please connect with us.
     

    To contact Permaculture Lethbridge you can email: permaculturelethbridge@gmail.com

    or find us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/220308788142347/

     

     

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  • Applefest!

    Where sustainability and Harvest meet in community

    Applefest!

    Applefest! 2018 date TBD January 1, 2018

     

    Applefest! is a celebration of harvest and all things sustainable.

     

    Applefest! is Lethbridge's first and longest running sustainable "green" festival. Applefest! is an opportunity to celebrate those local people, organizations and businesses that are engaging more sustainable practices.

     

    Applefest! is kicked off with the only Fruit Rescue Program right here in Lethbridge. The fruit rescue program has a database of local and established fruit trees and shrubs on private and public property . Volunteers gather to pick and process this fruit that would otherwise go unused. This initiative diverts thousands of pounds of fruit from going to waste and makes connections between land owners and those people who can use the fruit.

     

    The fruit rescue program gathers the fruit in the weeks leading into Applefest!, juices and pasteurizes the fruit to be sampled for apple fest! On the day of Applefest! Festival goers will be able to bring in their own apples and juice them right on site.

     

    At Applefest! you will find a showcase of local artisans, crafters and vendors who's focus it is to make less of an impact in the world.

    Applefest! has learning tents for both kids and adults and offers hourly workshops and hands on DIY information on simple and practical means of making your life more sustainable and reducing our impact on the earth.

     

    What would any festival be without entertainment, music and art...Applefest! showcases local musicians, dancers and art all day long at the main stage.

     

    Applefest! is fortunate to have locally and ethically prepared food from some of our most amazing restaurants, food trucks and cafes.

     

    The best part of Applefest! besides the Apples, is the opportunity to engage with a variety of other people, businesses and organizations who are in the business of green and sustainability. You can connect directly with local organic farmers, non profits, meat producers, and many more folks who are on this path to living a better life.

     

    This is a one stop shop and grows each year. I invite you to stay tuned with the celebrations for 2018 and mark it in your calendar.

     

    To become part of the movement call or text Dil at 403.929.4378, email applefestlethbridge@gmail.com or fill the form here

    Fruit Rescue program

    Lets not waste

    Whether you are a tree donor or Fruit Tree picking volunteer, we would love to connect. You can email lethbridgefruitrescue@gmail.com for more information

    2017 Sponsors for Applefest!

    We would not be able to share what we do with our community if it were not for these local and forward thinking businesses, people and organizations.

    GOLD Sponsors:

     

    Peak Services

    Urban Grocer

    Purple Carrot Health Foods and Wellness

    Energy Smart

    Solar Optix

    Lethbridge Toyota

    (others that didn't want to be publicly acknowledged)

     

     

    SILVER sponsors:

     

    Never Idle Farms

    London Drugs

    The Owl

    STET solutions

    Naturistas- your feel good shop

     

    Sponsors for the Fruit Rescue Program

    Jasmine Tea Room

    Prairie Vintners

     

     

  • Fruit Rescue Program

    Local Food harvest is the first part in Sustainability

    Fruit Rescue Program

    Lets not waste

    Info to be added Fall 2018

    check us out on Facebook at Lethbridge Fruit Rescue

  • The Turing Agrihood Project

    Unfolding opportunities to LIVE in community in transition

    The Turin Agrihood Project

    Why Turin?

    We are targeting Turin to become a "transitional ecovillage". It would be the first of it's kind in Southern Alberta and possibly Canada.
    The reasons for choosing Turin are many. It's size (only 100 or so residents) ideal for human-scale villages, good land availability within the existing boundaries (some county owned land as well as private open spaces), all utilities are available to virtually all lots (power, water, sewage), easy commute to Lethbridge (all highway), a good range of housing available (empty lots, mobiles, newer duplex style, older and newer housing) good contacts to the local farming community (essential), new community hall (with commercial kitchen), it still has a store and there is access to a privately owned workshop (on a contract case-by-case basis).
    Organic process

    Some may argue this but I believe how things are created is just as important as what. Consider process or style to be like this - we can be artificial and bureaucratic or we can be from the grassroots and organic. I think we've seen lots of the former and not enough of the later.
     

    All volunteers whether local residents, Lethbridge residents & visitors, students and volunteers from the Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association and basically anyone else who wants to help out will definitely be welcome!

    The process must start in a way that creates and sustains the local economy first. Do this by providing life basics; food, shelter and employment.
    As well, all initiatives to be either resident approved or resident backed. It is very much a natural process.

    We should bypass the use of money as much as possible. While we can't eliminate the use of cash for probably 100 years, we can take steps to begin reducing our dependency on money today. So a second currency will be our time. This means your level of participation becomes more important that your money. This human scale economy is the recreation of village interdependence, the key to village independence. This is the outgrowth of a shared economy system.

    Over time we create a growing "common wealth" between villagers that include amenities such as strategically placed commonly owned apple trees and berry shrubs, a local market place for veggies, community made walking paths and benches, community owned microbrewery, a bakery, a village owned power system, this list goes as long as your imagination can make it.

    We do this in a culture of sustainability and in a way that not only nurtures our environment but that gives every participant and resident their due respect for where they are coming from and where they are going to.

    Goals

    Here are the main goals so far. It would be akin to a '5-year plan'.

    1. Stabilize a competitively priced and accessible food supply - move the village to "veggie independence".
    2. Create a workers co-op to provide employment while designing and making sustainable, local & marketable products to southern Alberta.
    3. Educate all participants in the details of a shared-economy system.  
    4. Create a community owned off-grid power system for residents.
    5. Set up the mechanisms to offer low-cost (tiny) housing options within the village.

    Keep in mind these are the first steps. More will be created as more minds enter the project. Each of these steps alone will require vision, persistence and effort to bring them about. With the right catalyzing agents, leaders will come forward to move these ahead.
     

    For more info or to get on our contact list for ecovillage info call Gilles at 403.593.2030

     

    • Sponsors, Donors and Community partners

      These folks are the reason that the LSLA can reach so many people in our community. Without community relationships/partnerships, we would not be successful in sharing the sustainable/regenerative message

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    • Connect With Us

      How you can connect with us

      Address:

      #26 1420 31 Street North

      Lethbridge Alberta T1J0G4

      Mandy Sandbach President (403)894-4711

      Gilles Leclair Turin Project (403) 593-2030

      Dil Jopp Applefest! (403) 929-4378

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