• Who WE are

    The LSLA empowers and inspires our community to foster meaningful and diverse relationships through connected and sustainable initiatives.

     

    The LSLA Mission provides opportunities for sharing, collaboration, and support of personal and collective journeys in the various aspects of sustainable living:

    * Food and clothing

    * Housing and Lifestyles

    * Community and Family

    * Connection and Health

    * Nature and Personal Growth

     

    The LSLA values:

    * Education on sustainable lifestyles and practices

    * A solid sense of community and meaningful relationships

    * Connection to individuals, local initiatives, and businesses

    * A supportive CORE- space to inspire invitations for personal change

    * Inclusivity, accessibility and practicality for all individuals

     

    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. The original goal of this group was to create an egalitarian Eco Village. Over time, the group has expanded and grown.

     

    Today, the LSLA, is focusing on the following initiatives:

    * Permaculture Lethbridge

    * The Fruit Rescue Program

    * The Community Clothing Swap

    * Zero Waste

    * Apple Fest Celebrations

    * Urban Hens YQL Initiative  

     

    The LSLA founded its ever expanding "flagship" event, Apple Fest in 2012 and this event has been going strong ever since. Apple Fest celebrations continued until 2018 when the current board of the time re-envisioned how to reach the public and spread the word about local fruit and sustainable food harvest a little more. During the summer of 2018 and onward, the LSLA chose to do several public and private juicing events. Partnering with other business and non profits, the LSLA was able to harvest, juice, preserve and distribute 100's of liters of juice and 1000's of pounds of fruit within Lethbridge.

     

    The Fruit Rescue Program can be seen all year round at a variety of events in the community. The summer is packed full of opportunities for everyone to join in the picking and juicing events. During the winter you can find our juice for sale as a fundraiser for the next season.

     

    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! Currently, PL is hosting a monthly social gathering in which participants are gathering in an informal way to watch documentaries, book swap, share information, plan other projects and create more community.

     

    The LSLA has been hosting 4 times per year, a Community clothing swap. We take donations of gently used clothes and shoes and offer a space for people to come "shopping". This event is always inclusive, family friendly and FREE.

     

    We believe that there is no reason to have to buy all clothes and want to keep as many items from the landfills as possible. At the end of each event, the leftover clothes are used for upcoming re purposed workshops and local charities who are in need of specific items. It is the intention of the LSLA to continue with this quarterly event moving forward.

     

    Zero Waste Lethbridge is really just an extension of the SAZW community that was founded on Facebook by Camille Strate. Since Camille's re location out of Lethbridge, the LSLA has worked hard to maintain opportunities for the community to learn and grow. the LSLA has offered many workshops and hands on skill shares in the area of rescuing our waste. This includes tours of local businesses and organizations who are working hard to do the same.

     

    The LSLA empowers and inspires our community to foster meaningful and diverse relationships through connected and sustainable initiatives.

     

    The LSLA Mission provides opportunities for sharing, collaboration, and support of personal and collective journeys in the various aspects of sustainable living:

    * Food and clothing

    * Housing and Lifestyles

    * Community and Family

    * Connection and Health

    * Nature and Personal Growth

     

    The LSLA values:

    * Education on sustainable lifestyles and practices

    * A solid sense of community and meaningful relationships

    * Connection to individuals, local initiatives, and businesses

    * A supportive CORE- space to inspire invitations for personal change

    * Inclusivity, accessibility and practicality for all individuals


    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

    2021/2022 Board of Directors

    Mandy Sandbach: President mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com ( 2022/2022 2nd year of a two year term)

    Jennifer Tarnowsky : Vice President ( 2021-2022) first year of a two year term)

    Loryn Plante: Treasurer lslatreasurer39@gmail.com ( 2021-2022) first year of a two year term)

    Position currently open and seeking :Secretary ( 2020-2021)first year of a two year term)

     

    General Board members 2021-2022:

    William Ramp
    Mark Sander

    Lori Goater

    Laurie Schulz

    Gabrielle Kirk

     

     

    (director positions are one year terms)

     

     

  • Events in our community

    This is your first stop for all events and collaborations

    Fermenting Basics: Sauerkraut 101

    Join Mandy Sandbach of the Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association and SOULfully SOIL on Tuesday October 25th, 2022, starting at 6 pm

    The LSLA and Interfaith Food Bank will be hosting Mandy Sandbach of SOULFully SOIL in the Fermenting Basics of making your own Sauerkraut.

     

    This hands-on community inspired workshop will offer participants the opportunity to create their own DIY Kraut. Participants will learn the basic recipe, do's and dont's of basic fermenting. Do you want to use your full harvest but are running out of space on your shelves, freezers and fridges? Perhaps the age-old practice of fermenting is one way to increase your food security. Teeming with delicious healthful biology, this fermenting practice will offer participants a sense of wellbeing and empowerment in learning to safely store their own food.

     

    Each participant will go home with their own jar of kraut made hands on in the community kitchen. There is a registration limit for these classes and will fill fast.

     

    To register, you can call the interfaith food bank at 403-320-8779

     



     

    LSLA Pot Luck Open to general membership and public

    The time has finally come to gather, share a meal and talk all things SUSTAINABLE!

    The LSLA board is hosting an open all ages pot luck on Sunday September 25th starting at noon.

     

    Please bring a dish to share and if possible, share the ingredients in the form of a card. We will be hosting our first pot luck in 3 years at the Helen Schuler Nature Center located in the River Bottom.

     

    We are soo excited to be in community together after what feels like forever. As always this is an inclusive space for all ages. There is no particular agenda just meeting and greeting with a touch of clothing swap.

     

    Dishes, cutlery and cups will be provided in the event space and there is no need to register

     

    WE can use this space as an opportunity for a small clothing swap. If you want to bring and swap for some new items, please feel free but remember to take them home when you leave. The time has finally come to gather, share a meal and talk all things SUSTAINABLE!

     

    We will see you there. If you have any questions you can email lethbridgesustainableliving@gmail.com

     

    Take care and see you all soon


     

    Permaculture Lethbridge Monthly Gatherings and knowledge shares

    We are back!!! Lets connect and share... PL is going to offer a spring and fall series of knowledge sharing gatherings

     

    The Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association will be hosting seasonal gatherings for those called to create a vibrant and active Permaculture Lethbridge.
     
    Each season we will offer a series to gather to experience or learn a specific idea, workshop, skill, share, or documentary. Members are invited to come and enjoy the environment of like minded people in search of ways to expand a permaculture mindset in our community here in Lethbridge.

    This group will create the foundation for future permaculture and regenerative projects in our community, community garden support and skills/education/knowledge sharing. If you have an idea or skill to share please contact Mandy Sandbach at mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com to chat details.

    Dates and speakers:

     

    ***postponed until the fall 2022***May 14th 2-330 pm Mandy Sandbach of SOULfully SOIL and Steve Olsen of Milpa Naturals will be offering a " by donation" outdoor basic composting class.

     

    This class will be held in The Edible Forest Learning Garden At Ecole La Verendrye located at 625 21 Street South in Lethbridge Alberta.

     

    We will offer a hands on demonstration for participants how to create and maintain a healthy outdoor compost bin here in Southern Alberta. We will talk about pitfalls, successes and local resources to be used in the creation of successful bins.

     

    You must register for this event. It will be held outdoors so please dress accordingly.

     

    you can register by emailing Mandy at mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com

     

     

     

    Please reach out with some ideas and we can get a consensus for those interested. These gatherings are informal social events designed to grow community and gain clarity on how Permaculture Lethbridge could move and support the sustainable movement here in Lethbridge. They are always inclusive and are FREE

    Please watch this event page as information is updated each month. If there are changes or additions to the times and locations....You will find them here first.

     

    Permaculture Picnics

    Summer 2022 dates will continue to unfold during the summer

    Permaculture Lethbridge will be hosting "Permaculture Picnic". This will be a tour of a piece of land, garden, community garden, food forest, or really neat space and having a picnic. This experience will be an informal way to gather in intentional spaces and talk all things growing, sustainable and permaculture.

    Life gets boring with too many meetings and notes....sometimes its luxurious to pick a place and show up with nothing but inspiration and joy to take in.

     

    There will be a new space to showcase each tour and everyone is invited. Please watch for addresses for picnic locations. If you have a space you want to invite us to, please feel free to contact Mandy Sandbach to make arrangements.


    This is a family friendly event unless the garden host cannot accommodate and in that case, we will make a note on the facebook page. Please bring your own snacks and plate/bowl/utensil.... See you there.

     

     

    LIST of 2022 Tour Dates:

     

    June 11th 11-1 pm, 2022 Tour of Milpa Naturals Farm and homestead in Cardston Alberta .

    Milpa Naturals is a regenerative farm just outside of Cardston Aberta, that uses organic, and permaculture practices to produce herbal teas and pastured poultry. On this tour you will get to see their pastured meat chickens and guinea fowl. You will see how they produce herbs for teas and vegetables for their own use. You will get to tour both indoor and outdoor growing spaces including the greenhouse.

     

    You must register for this tour/picnic and can do so my emailing mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com

     

    There will be an opportunity to car pool out to Milpa Naturals so if interested, please reach out at time of registration

     

    We will have the tour and then eat and share our thoughts.

     

     

     

    Tour of the small Aquaponics systems created by Aquaponics World Saturday May 21st 11 am

     

    Michael Lavorato of Aquaponics World will be touring us through two small scale aquaponic systems that were installed her in southern Alberta in the past two years. These systems are being installed in seniors centers, schools, and other organizations as a way to demonstrate food security solutions to growing, clean, healthy food easily year round.

     

    You must register for this tour/picnic and can do so my emailing mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com

     

    We will have the tour and then eat and share our thoughts.

     

    LSLA Community Clothing swap

    We are unsure of when our next clothing swap date will be .. We are looking for volunteers to help run the clothing swap program for the 2022/2023 year. If you are interested, please feel free to reach out

    DONATE YOUR USED CLOTHES LOCALLY!


    We are aiming to organize a clothing share 3-4 times per year. This event is FREE but we will always accept donations on behalf of the LS LA in order to continue our work here in the community.

     

    The Events Page and all updated information can be found here

    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. The Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association will be hosting monthly gatherings for the Zero Waste Community. We will explore making some hands on items ie. reusable tissues, watching documentaries, hosting workshops and skill sharing or whatever else the community choses.

     

    Upcoming workshop:

     

    Paused for the time being due to COVID

     



     

  • Newsletter Update

    At then beginning of every month, the LSLA sends out a newsletter with highlights and updates of events going on in Lethbridge

    September 2022 Newsletter

    Whats happening

    Oki and hello,

     

    Welcome to the end days of Summer here in Southern Alberta! It has been A very hot and smoky and strange summer indeed.

     

    The LSLA had a rather slow summer this year in terms of our programming and the Fruit Rescue Program. The fruit was not abundant as in the years past. Apples were nearly non existent. One of our FRP coordinators reported that their estimate was only 1 in 50 trees produced. A Very strange habit for the trees but it leaves one wondering about long term impact of years of drought and shifting climate.

     

    That being said, we are still hoping to offer a workshop and juicing day into the fall. If you are interested in attending and helping out, please be sure to reach out to our friends at the Lethbridge Fruit Rescue

     

    This end of summer email is going to be a short intro to what you can expect during the fall.

     

    We have tentatively set the date for our AGM as Sunday November 6th, 2022 7 pm Online. Please save this date in your calendars. The link and more information for the upcoming AGM will be released via newsletter the first week of October.

     

    It is important to note that this years AGM will be a very pivotal one in regards to the future of the LSLA and its board. We have several long standing and previously active board members leaving the community. We are actively looking for the next generation of Sustainably Passionate folks to take over! If you or someone you know is interested, please reach out

     

    The LSLA will be hosting a pot luck in the coming weeks and this will be the first pot luck since 2019! we are stoked to be seeing each other in person in October. Please be sure to check back with the website and FB pages for dates and times.

    The LSLA is selling one of their solar cookers. We have a large tube style solar cooker that we would like to pass along. If you are interested please pop a note to our main email address.

     

    Take care and a happy emergence of Fall to each of you

     

    Mandy Sandbach ( President of LSLA ) and The LSLA board and community

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  • Community Blog

    This BLOG area is open for all members of the LSLA. If you have your own BLOG that is in alignment with out principals, please feel free to contact us to add it here....

  • Lethbridge Fruit Rescue Program

    Where sustainability, Fruit and Food rescue, distribution and community Harvest meet

    We are looking for Jar and Lid donations for the 2022 season!

    Jars and Lids PLEASE

    The Lethbridge Fruit Rescue is looking for 1 Liter Mason jar, sealer and lid donations for our 2022 Fruit Rescue Season. These jars can de dropped off or arrangements made for pick up by emailing the Fruit Rescue at lethbridgefruitrescue@gmail.com

     

    Thank you for your continued donations and support for our Fruit Rescue and distribution efforts.

     

     

    Please note that the Fruit Rescue Program will be a FULL steam ahead for 2022!

    Email: letbridgefruitrescue@gmail.com to join the mailing list for pickers/volunteers

     

    Please note that ALL volunteers will be required to attend a short 1 hour online training PRIOR to picking. If you are interested in picking this season, please send an email to our coordinator at lethbridgefruitrescue@gmail.com with the caption "training" to book your own training session

     

     

    There will be several more private events going on during the season. If you are interested in being a picker, volunteer, want apples/juice, please send your wishes in an email to the Fruit Rescue email at lethbridgefruitrescue@gmail.com

     

     

  • Permaculture Lethbridge

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

     

     

    Permaculture Lethbridge

    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

     

     

    Permaculture Lethbridge


    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/

     

     

  • Community Clothing Swap

    This is the space where the Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association shares it's Community Clothing Swap initiative. There is SOOO much waste in regards to clothing here on planet earth. The LSLA believes that one of the ways we can reduce our impact and support community members is to work at redistributing clothing here in Lethbridge. These events are always FREE and accessible. Please consider donating your gently used clothing to our initiative as is is completely non profit driven and there is NEVER a charge for the clothing.

    Upcoming Swaps TBA

    Abundance is created with movement. Lets share this excess

    DONATE YOUR USED CLOTHES LOCALLY!

     

    Drop off location -TBD


    We are aiming to organize a clothing share 3-4 times per year. This event is FREE but we will always accept donations on behalf of the LS LA in order to continue our work here in the community.

    Please ensure that the clothing you are donating is clean and in decent shape. .It bogs down our volunteers when they need to take an extra step and wash or clear out clothing that isn't fit for distribution.

     

    The Events Page and all updated information can be found here

  • Urban Hens YQL

    This section provides information and education on the Urban Hens YQL initiative to create a backyard hens pilot project here in Lethbridge. *** this section under construction...try back soon****

    Urban Hens YQL

    Local Urban Hen Advocates, enthusiasts, experts, and novices.

    The Urban Hens YQL Movement is a recent addition to the Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association's wheel house of sustainable support here in Lethbridge Alberta.

     

    We are looking for a few dedicated folks to join our Urban Hens YQL team and help with knowledge sharing and moving forward with the project, please email urbanhensyql@gmail.com

     

    Thank you

     

  • 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

    Environment Lethbridge

    Purple Carrot Health Foods and Wellness Inc

    Oldman Watershed Council

    Fresh Flavor Farm

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