• 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

    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.

     

    Enivronment Lethbridge hosting SEEDY SATURDAY 

    April 23rd at the CASA 230-8 St S., Lethbridge  | FREE

    Join this years in Person Seedy Saturday Event. Workshops, seed exchange and exhibitors

     

     

    And for more information on Seedy Saturday, check out their website: 

    http://www.seedysaturdayyql.com/

    Seed to Supper 5 week series for basic Sustainable Gardening classes Mandy Sandbach of SOULfully SOIL and sponsored by Interfaith Food Bank Learning Garden

    Next series starts April 26th 

     

    This workshop is being held FREE of charge but the Interfaith Food Bank would happily take a donation of food or cash

     

    Learn how to garden with Mandy Sandbach from SOUL fully SOIL.

    Come join us virtually at the Interfaith Food Bank for a FREE 5- week session to learn low cost ways to:

    - Build healthy soil

    - Plan your growing space

    - Choose your crops

    - Harvest your bounty

    This online version will be held in the form of zoom. The link for the class series will be shared with those people registered. You do not need to purchase any software. You need a phone, device, laptop or desktop in order to participate.

    Details will be provided about how to receive the manual from the IFB shortly. Please check back to this event page for all updated details.

    DATES: Tuesdays

    April 26th, May 3,10,17,24

     

     

    There is limited space for the class and will be held in PERSON at the Food Bank You can register by calling the food bank at 403-320-8779

    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

    May 2022 Newsletter

    Whats happening

    Oki and Wow!

     

    It is 2022!!! Is anyone else completely blown away by this?

     

    Welcome to the 2022 Lethbridge Sustainable Living Associations first newsletter publication in a REALLY long time.

     

    As most folks have been, we here on the board and in the membership have been on a hiatus. A Pause. An opportunity to reflect.

     

    This insane time has allowed a much needed pause for our organization, committees, membership and various aspects of sustainable living within the LSLA.

     

    We are back. We are emerging and slowly. We are curious and looking at our current board and membership to assess where and who we are today. After a great pause. We are allowing a fresh new look at ourselves uniquely as a board and at our community.

     

    It is clear that our organizational values are MORE essential than ever and that our work in a hands on way makes a difference. sooo... We are going to spend a slow and mindful year regrouping and reaching out to all of you.

     

    We are happy to announce that we have a number of collaborations, events, tours and opportunities for you to learn, grow, expand and join our community in the coming weeks and months.

     

    I will aim to only send about 6 newsletters per year. with the majority coming from may-October.

     

    Here are our current offerings:

     

    Permaculture Lethbridge will be offering seasonal Knowledge shares starting next week along with permaculture Picnics picking back up.

     

    Saturday May 14th 2-330 pm Mandy and Steve will be offering a "pay what you can" outdoor composting workshop at e'cole laverendrye Edible Forest learning Garden located at 625 21 street South in Lethbridge. You can register by emailing mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com

     

    Saturday May 21st Time and location TBA, Mandy and Mark will be offering a Water Harvesting Workshop. This will be held outdoors and indoors. You can register by emailing mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com

     

    Permaculture Lethbridge Picnics:

     

    Saturday June 11th 11-1 pm PL invites you to join us for a tour and picnic lunch at the home of Milpa Naturals in Cardston. We will tour the farm and then share some time chatting about the techniques and strategies we saw. see the LSLA website for more info. You can register by emailing mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com

     

    Date and Time TBA we will be touring two small thriving aquaponics systems in Lethbridge with Michael Lavorato of Aquaponics World. The dates and times for these tours will be released shortly so be sure to check the website and FB page for updates.

     

    Lethbridge Fruit Rescue will be planning their exciting Picking and rescue season in the coming weeks. If you are interested in volunteering to pick or have trees to donate, please email lethbridgefruiterescue@gmail.com

     

    The LSLA will be hosting a Spring MEET AND GREET Saturday June 4th. Please save the date. This will be an open house style where you can come and see hands on who we are and what we are up to. Much excitement to share here... please watch for an additional newsletter in the coming weeks.

     

    The LSLA will be announcing some little changes to our memberships in the coming weeks and we invite you to purchase your membership today by going to our website and ordering online or connecting with our sweet treasurer, Loryn at lslatreasurer39@gmail.com

     

    Thank you for all of your years of support and we hope to serve you well into the future.

     

    Much Thanks

     

    Mandy Sandbach ( president of the LSLA) and the Board

  • 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

  • Sustainable "Housing" and Energy

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

  • 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

    https://www.facebook.com/freshflavorfarm/https://www.facebook.com/freshflavorfarm/

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