• 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

    2018/2019 Board of Directors

    Mandy Sandbach: President mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com ( 2018/2019 first year of a two year term)

    Dil Jopp: Vice President ( 2018/2019) second year of a two year term)

    Mark Sander: Treasurer ( 2018/2019) second year of a two year term)

    Shannon Fleming :Secretary ( 2018/2019) first year of a two year term)

     

    General Board members 2018/2019:

    Peter Wynnychuk
    William Ramp
    Jennifer Tarnowsky
    Kristi Devine
    Michele McLean
    Loryn Plante
    Bobbi Farrell

     

     

    (director positions are one year terms)

     

     

  • Events in our community

    This is your first stop for all events and collaborations

    Monthly "Sustainably Sociable" evenings

    Second Sunday of the month Sunday December 16th 6-8 pm

    The Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association is inviting you to join them for a holiday celebration at Theoretically Brewing on Sunday December 16th starting at 6 pm.

    We will be gathering for a holiday pot luck and sharing evening. Please feel free to bring a food item to share for the pot luck. There will be alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks available for purchase plus our deliciously warm and inviting apple cider from the Fruit Rescue Program. There is plates and cutlery available for use and as always this event is family friendly and inclusive.

    During the evening, there will be an "open" mic feature for those who wish to share some holiday joy in the form of music or spoken word, juggling or mime work;) whatever your talent/gift please feel free to share with this community. This will be an open evening of celebration of our sustainable community.

     

    In an effort to slow down and really create a foundation of community with the LSLA, we have decided to re create our monthly gatherings. The board has decided to have its mandatory 4 yearly meetings and free up more space for the social and connected experience of creating healthy regenerative community. Each month we will be gathering for a "Sustainably Social".

     

    We will plan a gathering each month and it will vary from month to month on whether or not we have a speaker, documentary, knowledge share, zero waste or permaculture gathering...or anything else we can dream up . As always, our gatherings are family friendly and will involve sharing a meal. Please be sure to watch here and on our facebook event page for updated dates and information.

     

    We would LOVE to have you share any information, skill, technique, organization your with or idea you have in the realm of sustainability and regeneration. If you are interested, please contact Dil Jopp to arrange a date. diljopplsla@gmail.com

     

    Permaculture Picnics

    New tour date and time TBD

    Each month Permaculture Lethbridge will be hosting "Permaculture Picnic". This will be a tour of a piece of land, 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 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 guiding us.

    Each month there will be a new space to showcase and everyone is invited. If you have a space you want to invite us to, please feel free to contact Mandy Sandbach to make arrangements.
    Please bring a snack to share and your own plate/bowl/utensil.... See you there.

    Apple JAM Fundraiser

    ***WE want to say a HUGE thank you to all of our sponsors, musicians, supporters and The OWL Acoustic Lounge . Apple Jam raised all the funds needed to purchase our new Commercial Apple Press for the Fruit Rescue Program. ***

    Green Drinks at the Owl

    First Tuesday of the month 4-6 pm, November 6th

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

    Sustainably Sociable Presents: The power of Community, How Cuba survived Peak Oil documentary

    Sunday January 13th, 2019 6-8 pm

    The LSLA welcomes you to a Sustainably Sociable evening and the viewing of the documentary, The power of community: How Cuba survived Peak oil.

    We will gather at Theoretically Brewing at 6pm for a pot luck and screening of the documentary. The fee for the evening is by donation. Please bring a food item to share and there will be alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks for purchase. There are plates and cutlery available for use and as always, this event is family friendly and inclusive.

    https://youtu.be/4gJuYoqUEyA

    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:

     

     

    SOULfully Sustainable Radio Show

    Mondays 11 am on JESSFM

     

    Join Mandy Sandbach of SOULfully SOIL for Lethbridge's First Sustainably focussed Radio Show. I will be in studio each Monday playing around in the world of "Sustainability" and regeneration.

     

    She will look at Local initiatives, people, organizations and businesses right here in Southern Alberta and how they are moving towards a more sustainable future. She will invite those folks doing amazing things here in Lethbridge to come and share their "expertise" and passion to inspire, educate and connect.

     

    Each week we will take a Mindful and SOULfull look at our world and our role in it. How we can create more meaningful relationships, business, organizations and communities. Inclusive of, but beyond only "sustainable techniques" we will focus on the journeys to create a regenerative world.

     

    Be sure to download the app for JessFM or stream live.

     

    If you have something to add to the show or are creating amazing sustainable traction here in Southern Alberta, please be sure to connect with me directly soulfullysoil@gmail.com

  • Monthly Newsletter Update

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

    October 2018 Newsletter

    Whats happening

    Good morning,

     

    This is the monthly newsletter sent out mindfully from the Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association. If you are on our mailing list and no longer want to be, please be sure to reply to me and I will happily remove you from the newsletter list.

     

    The LSLA is at our Annual General Meeting( AGM ) time of the year. We had a FULL and productive year for the 2017/2018 year. This years focus will be a little different than last years. One of the housecleaning items we will be taking care of, is the update and reformatting of our email address, public list and newsletters. The next email that you receive will be from our new email address of lethbridgesustainableliving@gmail.com Please be sure to change it in your contacts. We are hoping to remove the old address by January 1st. 2019 and you can use the new address as of today.

     

    Sunday October 14th at 530 pm, we will be hosting our annual general meeting (AGM). We will hold it at our regular space of the Helen Schuler Nature Centre located at 1 Indian Battle Park Road South . We will be having a chili cook off pot luck meal before the AGM. We would invite you to join us in sharing a warm meal before we gather to vote our newest board for the LSLA. Meeting will start at 630 pm. As always, our pot luck and meetings are family friendly and inclusive to everyone , board members and public community.

     

    This years AGM agenda is attached for your viewing

     

    The Fruit Rescue Program is finished for the season and we had some amazing increases in attendance, volunteers, land owners and events for the 2017/2018 season. We had 85 people signed up as pickers and this was more than double what we had last year. We picked about 60 homes worth of fruit and a typical apple tree produces 125 lbs of apples. We held group picks once or twice per week for a total of 16 in all. We picked crabapples, saskatoons, sour cherries, black and red currants, nanking cherries, pears, apples, chokecherries, plums, and raspberries. We will be expanding our FRP for next year in more sustainable and community accessible ways, please watch for the upcoming information releases.

     

    The presidents year end report/address is attached here and will be shared at the AGM also.

     

    Please stay tuned for all updated events, experiences, tours and gatherings information on our website

     

    Supplied by our friends at Environment Lethbridge are the following events being held here in Lethbridge:

    Oct 11, 7 pm. Inaugural Meeting of the Lethbridge Nonprofit Network at Hudson's Pub.

    Oct 13, 8 am - 4pm. Backcountry Restoration Event. Hosted by Oldman Watershed Council.

    Oct 16, 10:30 am. Blackfoot Legends and Napi Stories. Hosted by the Galt Museum.

    Oct 22, 7 pm. Paris Gardens in the Spring. Hosted by the Lethbridge Horticultural Society at the Lethbridge Public Library.

    Oct 23, 10:30 am. Blackfoot Protocols. Hosted by the Galt Museum.

    Oct 24, 4 pm. Ignite YQL. 20 slides in 5 minutes, learn about everything from equality to virtual reality. Hosted by Economic Development Lethbridge.

    Oct 24, 6:30 pm. October Bee Club. Hosted by the Lethbridge Bee Enthusiasts at Theoreticially Brewing.

    ​Sincerely yours,

    Mandy Sandbach

    President of the LSLA​

  • 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....

  • Applefest!

    Where sustainability and Harvest meet in community

    Applefest!

    Applefest! 2018 Saturday August 11th 11-8 pm

     

    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

    The Fruit Rescue Program is finished for the 2018 season and we had some amazing increases in attendance, volunteers, land owners and events for the 2017/2018 season. We had 85 people signed up as pickers and this was more than double what we had last year. We picked about 60 homes worth of fruit and a typical apple tree produces 125 lbs of apples. We held group picks once or twice per week for a total of 16 in all. We picked crabapples, saskatoons, sour cherries, black and red currants, nanking cherries, pears, apples, chokecherries, plums, and raspberries. We will be expanding our FRP for next year in more sustainable and community accessible ways, please watch for the upcoming information releases.

     

     

    We are currently looking for enthusiastic and keen individuals to help manage the Fruit Rescue Program for the 2019 season.

     

    The Lethbridge Sustainable Living ASsociation has received a paid internship with the SCIP program. We are currently looking for a student enrolled in College or University who would like to work with the LSLA and FRP to coordinate this years picking events. You can apply by going to this link.

     

    We are also in the process of identifying our Pickers and donors. 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

    2018 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.

    PLATINUM Sponsor

    Heart of the City

     

    GOLD Sponsors:

    Purple Carrot Health Foods and Wellness

    Solar Optix

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

     

     

    SILVER sponsors:

    The Owl

    STET solutions

    Lethbridge Toyota

     

    Bronze sponsors:

    London Drugs

     

    In kind

    SAAG

    Sutton Group

    ATCO gas

    Quirk Magazine

     

    Sponsors for the Fruit Rescue Program

    The Owl

     

     

     

  • 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

  • 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/

     

  • Sustainable "housing"

    Unfolding opportunities to LIVE in community in transition...this area is being Re-Envisioned...more to come

  • 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

    Lethbridge Naturalists Society

    Oldman Watershed Council

    The Stoketown Cafe and Cure

    Creepy Cabs

    Dil Jopp at 403-929-4378

    The Owl Acoustic Lounge

  • Donate today

    This button invites gifts toward the excellent outreach, workshops, educational sessions, events and sustainable initiatives that the LSLA supports

  • Connect With Us

    How you can connect with us

    Address:

    Po Box 1162

    Lethbridge Alberta T1J 4A4

    Mandy Sandbach President (403)894-4711

    mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com

    Dil Jopp Applefest! (403) 929-4378

    diljopplsla@gmail.com

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