• 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

    SEED to Supper 5 Week intensive :How to garden Sustainably

    This FREE 5 week series of workshops has its second session starting Wednesday May 1st, 2019

    FREE TO ATTEND!

    Did you know that gardening can help supplement your summer diet and reduce your food bill? In this 5 week course you will learn the basics to gardening (although experienced gardeners may learn a thing or two as well) and have the skills necessary to set-up and begin your own low-cost garden at home!

     

    Classes taught by Mandy Sandbach of SOUL fully SOIL. In these classes everyone will be able to learn something, and regardless of your garden goals (large garden plot or small planter gardening) this class will give you the education and skills to be successful so you will be able to savor every bit of your harvest this year!

     

    This 5 week course is FREE to attend, but please register in advance as spaces are limited! Call 403-320-8779 or email garden@interfaithfoodbank.ca to register today! 

    Monthly "Sustainably Sociable" evenings

    March's Social event is the Sustainable Speaker Series held at Theoretically Brewing March 10th 5-8 pm

    The Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association is excited to announce the first Sustainable Speaker Series night!

     

    Our March 10th social will include 3 local speakers here sharing with the community about a variety of Sustainable Initiatives. We will be gathering with our friends at Theoretically Brewing Company and drinks will be available for purchase.

     

    The evening will start at 5 pm with introductions, pot luck appetizers, socializing and housekeeping.

     

    530 pm Gilles Leclair of GeoStudios will be sharing information about creating an off grid eco village in Southern Alberta. Gilles will be sharing the progress of this project and looking for members/supporters.

     

    6 pm Kelti Baird of City of Lethbridge Urban Chicken Community will be presenting on the progress of Lethbridge's initiative in bringing the backyard hen pilot project to town. Kelti will be sharing information on what backyard hens entails and certainly clearing up any misinformation for us.

     

    7 pm Don Cassell the "BISON whisperer" will be sharing about the important role that Bison play on our native prairie ecology and what we can do to support this sacred animal.

     

    This will be an informative and engaging evening for our Sustainable community her in Lethbridge. This is a FREE evening but the LSLA would kindly take donations in order to create more evenings like this.

     

     

    Spring Tool and Garden Supply Swap

    Saturday May 25th 2 pm at Theoretically Brewing

    Do you have extra tools or gardening supplies that you never use? Or are you looking for tools or gardening supplies to support your growing season. The Lethbridge Sustainable Living Associationand Permaculture Lethbridge are joining forces with our friends at Theoretically Brewing Company to bring you a spring Tool and gardening supply Swap.

     

    In a regenerative community, it is important to share resources. Where there is an abundance, there is always a need. If you have any extra or unused gardening tools/supplies, please bring them to Theoretically Brewing Company on May 25th 2-6 pm. Permaculture Lethbridge volunteers will be on hand with tables to display the gardening goodies in an attempt to find them a new home. We will have live local music and yummy local made brews to support you during your swap;)

     

    If you cannot make the time and date of the event, you can Drop off for this event ahead of time at 495 heritage Blvd West on May 23rd 9-2 pm or May 24th 12-6 pm. You can make these arrangements by contacting Mandy Sandbach.

     

    This is a FREE event and our hope is to keep good growing tools/supplies in circulation and use. Local food production can only be done with support of community. If you have extra seeds, transplants or other perennials....please feel free to bring those to share as well.

     

    Any questions or concerns, please feel free to send us a FB message.

    Permaculture Picnics

    New tour date and time TBD*** Will resume in May 2019***

    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.

    Green Drinks at the Owl

    First Tuesday of the month 4-6 pm, March 5th, 2019

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

    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

    Released bi monthly

     

    Join Mandy Sandbach of SOULfully SOIL for Lethbridge's First Sustainably focussed Radio Show. She will be in studio twice per month 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 follow the youtube page

     

    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

    March 2019 Newsletter

    Whats happening

    Good morning friends of the Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association,

     

    You are receiving this email because you have signed up to receive information about the LSLA and its events. If you are no longer interested in receiving these emails then please send an email back to this email address and I will respectfully remove you from the mailing list.

     

    We have sooo much coming up in the next few months for now...the highlights.

     

    First of all.... a HUGE thank you to Dil and other volunteers for putting on our second quarterly clothing exchange this past month. It was a massive success and we had to shut down early because we ran out of selection. Look for our next event in the late spring.

     

     

    The LSLA has started a partnership with Fresh Flavor Farms in Nobleford Alberta. This Farm is a no spray natural eco system method of growing with the use of aquaponics. We will be ordering greens and herbs from the farm bi weekly. IF you are interested in ordering with us in a cooperative manner, please request to join our private ordering facebook page. The next couple of months will be a trial run to see if we continue ordering in bulk from local farmers. You can send your name, phone number and email address to mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com and be added to our mailing list for the ordering purposes.

     

    This Sunday is our next gathering and will be the Sustainable Speaker Series.Our March 10th social will include 3 local speakers here sharing with the community about a variety of Sustainable Initiatives. We will be gathering with our friends at Theoretically Brewing Company and drinks will be available for purchase.The evening will start at 5 pm with introductions, pot luck appetizers, socializing and housekeeping. For more information please go to the event.

     

    ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

    The Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association in conjunction with the Lethbridge Fruit Rescue is creating a Sustainable Fruit Cookbook .

    It has been very clear that we need a follow up for what to do with the abundance of Fruit we collect each year in Southern Alberta. So... we are making you a cookbook!

    We are looking for our community to share their favourite tried and true recipes. Do you have grammas favourite cherry pie recipe on your shelf? We would love to have it and share it with our community.

    The deadlines for submissions is March 31st. See the information below and be sure to get your entry in soon. The Cookbook committee will meet in early April to decided which recipes to use. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Joanna Fraser for more details or email lfrcooking@gmail.com. For more information look on the LSLA page for submission information.

     

    Please be sure to mark your calendars for SEEDY Saturday coming up on March 30th 1-4 pm. A HUGE thank you to Environment Lethbridge For putting this event together year after year.

     

    Thank you for your dedication to Sustainability here in Lethbridge where we live.

     

    Mandy Sandbach and the 2019 Board of the Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association

  • 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!

    Please note some changes in Applefest! for the 2019 year

     

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

     

    You may have noticed that you have not seen anything about AppleFest 2019. This is because we decided to explore a different way of celebrating all things apples! ( all fruit)

     

    Last year we were able to purchase a commercial apple press. Owning our own press means it is easier to get into the community to rescue even more fruit!

    We plan to host 3 community apple pressing days in the apple picking season and 2 educational classes.

     

    As a nonprofit group we decided by doing this was more inline with our goals. We all enjoyed organizing and running the AppleFests in the past but are looking forward to seeing how we can better increase our presence in the community with 3/5 smaller events instead of one huge one!

     

    We are deciding on what these small events will comprise of in the next few weeks eg entertainment, vendors, volunteer opportunities etc, so watch this space!

    This is a one stop shop and grows each year.

     

    I invite you to stay tuned with the celebrations for 2019 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 is creating a Sustainable "Cookbook" to utilize all of the abundant fruit that is diverted

    Calling community members to share their favourite, tried and true recipes with the FRP for its first ever, cookbook.

    It has been very clear that we need a follow up for what to do with the abundance of Fruit we collect each year in Southern Alberta. So... we are making you a cookbook!

    We are looking for our community to share their favourite tried and true recipes. Do you have grammas favourite cherry pie recipe on your shelf? We would love to have it and share it with our community.

    The deadlines for submissions is March 31st. See the information below and be sure to get your entry in soon. The Cookbook committee will meet in early April to decided which recipes to use. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact Mandy Sandbach for more details or email lfrcooking@gmail.com.

    LSLA cookbook – call for recipes

    We are looking for ‘tried and true’ recipes to go into our 2019 fundraising Fruit Rescue cookbook! See the attached recipe as an example template to follow. We need recipes for all fruits that grow in Southern Alberta. Categories include: juices, jams, preserves/chutneys, baking, desserts or other ways you use fruits in your cooking.

     

    ***Please note that we do not need any fruit-sauce recipes because this will be included as a section on its own.***

     

    If you have some tried and true recipes to share using fruit grown in your location, please email them (one per page) to:
    Email: lfrcooking@gmail.com

     

    Subject line: LSLA cookbook/(fruit type) recipe e.g. LSLA cookbook/rhubarb recipe

     

    Deadline: Sunday March 31st 2019

     

    Please observe the following editorial guidelines:

    1. Recipes must be submitted in MS Word format. No other formats will be accepted. Use metric or imperial measurements but not both.
    2. Recipes (one per page), must have your name, email and contact phone number. If selected by the editorial panel, only your name and location will be published.
    3. No more than 3 recipes/household may be submitted by the deadline date. We may ask for more later if we do not have enough submissions.
    4. Please do not copy directly from a cookbook. However, if you have adapted from a favorite cookbook, please mention the source.
    5. Recipe submissions will be reviewed by the editorial panel and a selection of them from each fruit type will be published.
    6. Please note that if your recipe is/are selected, that no remuneration will be given.

     

     

    If you have any questions, please contact: (Mandy Sandbach at lfrcooking@gmail.com or by calling 403-894-4711.)

    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" and Energy

    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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