• 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 LSLA is currently tackling the Eco directory which lists Businesses, individuals and organizations in our community who support Sustainable Living and offer specials for Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association members. This directory is currently under maintenance and will be expanding in 2017.


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


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

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

  • Our Board

    A Diverse and knowledgable group of committed folks

    2017/2018 Board of Directors

    Mandy Sandbach: President mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com

    Charlie Christensen : Vice President

    Ken Revak: Treasurer

    Peter Wynnychuk :Secretary

    Gilles Leclair: Ex-President and Director


    Dil Jopp: Director

    Jennifer Tarnowsky: Director

    Bobbi Farrell: Director

    Bill Ramp: Director

    Sandra Frampton: Director



  • Events in our community

    This is your first stop for all events and collaborations

    Apple Fest August 12th, 2017!

    5th annual Apple Fest

    This years Apple fest will be held August 12th10-8 pm in Galt Gardens.


    The Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association is coming up to their 5th annual Applefest! Celebration. Applefest! 2017 is shaping up to be our largest celebration yet.


    Saturday, August 12 10 AM – 8 PM, downtown Galt gardens


    The fruit rescue program has been buzzing with fruit picking for a couple of weeks now in preparation for the big day. The day of Applefest we will have an apple press and be fresh pressing and pasteurizing juice right on site. Bring a jar or give us a call and come learn while you pick. (Applefestlethbridge@gmail.com)

    To encourage less use of fossil fuels and great outdoor time, BikeBridge lethbridge will be offering a bike service rack and information table at our event. Bike on in.


    We have a huge partnership this year with Pogo Brothers in the form of our family friendly Apple Beer Tent including "root beers" for the littles.


    Applefest! Learning tents are a go again this year with hands on workshops in the areas of making your own Apple cider vinegar, herb drying/tea making, hands on creating zero waste, Sweet grass bison will be presenting on natural prairies and the role/importance of the bison in restoration, how to make your own kombucha, seed saving, DIY reusable menstrual products , hoopla hooping lessons and a few more tba.


    We will have two kids activity tents this year, one offered by Helen Schuler Nature center and one run by the Applefest! Committee. There will be hands on sustainably focused crafts and activities in each tent. Kids will have the opportunity to make themselves a reusable t shirt bag and take home a tree/plant to plant for themselves. There will be old fashion building items and crafts for the littles to explore.


    Of course the live entertainment and music. You will be able to take in the sounds of:

    Shayne Marie

    Tyra Whitson

    Dark Wrangler/In Cahoots

    Peace Hoopla

    Gabriel T Olsen

    Beyond Crimson

    The Steve Keenan Blues Band

    Jolene Draper Trio




    Come and get your dance on.


    We will have local vendors selling local, hand and sustainably made goods. We will have the Purple Carrot joining us with their re fill stations to further reduce your impact. Bring your jars and refill your hand soaps, laundry soap, shampoos and conditioners. They will also have on hand the cold fresh Steeped tea kombucha tap for refills.


    And food! We have an incredible line up for food this year with the Stoketown cafe, and Urban grocer providing yummy locally sourced and prepared foods.


    The festival starts at 10 am with opening ceremonies and the music, food, learning tents and beer gardens will begin after that. The festival runs until 8 pm. This is a family friendly festival and we want to inspire different ways to reduce our impact on the planet.


    We will have Goddess Inc set up in the Red Tent for women's circle and they will be hosting A short workshop on reusable menstrual products. Be sure to check out the tent


    For volunteer opportunities or more information, please email applefestlethbridge@gmail.com  


    contact Dil at 403.929.4378 or email: lethbridgeapplefest@gmail.com





    SOULfully SOIL

    2017 Growing Season Sustainable Gardening workshops

    Teas, Herbs and Medicines Series


    Part 2: August 17th 630-8 pm How to harvest and dry your own herbs/teas/medicines


    Part 3: September 20th 630-830 pm Teas as medicines


    **summer dates TBC**


    Workshop fees: (spot for class is confirmed when payment received)


    Single class $25.00 each


    3 part workshop Series $60.00 for 3 classes


    Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association members $15.00 per class ( register www.lethbridgesustainableliving.org)


    Interfaith Food Bank recipients $15.00 per class


    Contact Mandy Sandbach at 403-894-4711 to pay by cheque

    www.soulfullysoil.ca to register online or send e-transfer to soulfullysoil@gmail.com

    Green Drinks at the Owl

    Second Tuesday of the month 4-6 pm September 12th, 2017

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

  • 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/





  • Applefest!

    Where sustainability and Harvest meet in community


    Applfest! 2017 Saturday August 12th 10-8 pm Galt Gardens Lethbridge Alberta


    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 2017 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

    A small tagline

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

    2017 Sponsors for Applefest!

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

    GOLD Sponsors:


    Peak Services

    Urban Grocer

    Purple Carrot Health Foods and Wellness

    Energy Smart

    Solar Optix

    Lethbridge Toyota

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



    SILVER sponsors:


    Never Idle Farms

    London Drugs

    The Owl

    STET solutions

    Naturistas- your feel good shop



  • Eco Directory

    Businesses, individuals and organizations in our community who support Sustainable Living and offer specials for Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association members...(this directory is currently being revised.Stay tuned for a more comprehensive list of local participating community sponsors)

    All-Tra Battery

     $10 of your next battery purchase for LSLA cardholders.

    More for Less

     20% off for LSLA members in two stores; 3 Ave S across from Galt Gardens & at 5th Ave and 13 St N next to TimHortons/NoFrills

    Creepy Cabs

      Get a cab ride with Dil and you'll get a $2 discount! Call 403.929.4378

    Moroccan Legacy Inc

     Call to order 403.715.8215 20% off for LSLA members
    100% Argan Oil: dry skin,dry scalp, dandruff, scarring,eczema, psoriasis, acne, diaper rash, cradle cap...etc
    Free Samples and Free Delivery. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moroccanlegacy

    Indigo Insight Counselling

     Counselling for individuals, couples, and teens: www.indigoinsight.weebly.com
    For LSLA card-holding members, I will offer 50% off the price of the first counselling session (regular price $60/hour). Phone or text Nadine at 403-634-6609 for a free consultation.


      We are a team of passionate and energetic artists creating unique art from recycled materials.
    Our platform of action is a collection of environmental education children’s books, available in English and Spanish with illustration and characters made of corrugated cardboard and plastic bottles.
    Ciclomanías employ's people from different vulnerable sectors such as single heads of households and people with auditory difficulties. LSLA cardholders will get 10% off all orders.

    Nature's Ride

      Offers workshops that engage children of all ages through Nature-based programs by means of Story, Music, Theatre, Upcycling activities and Vermicomposting. Cost: $15/participant
    Time: Around 2 hours. Book your Birthday party or school program with us and receive an environmentally friendly gift!
    For more info please visit our website: http://natourasjourney.com/
    To Register Contact Elizabeth Romo at: info@natourasjourney.com

    More for Less

     20% off for LSLA members in two stores; 3 Ave S across from Galt Gardens & at 5th Ave and 13 St N next to TimHortons/NoFrills

  • The Turing Agrihood Project

    Unfolding opportunities to LIVE in community in transition

    The Turin Agrihood Project

    Why Turin?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    Step One

    We have a gardener who has transformed a corner of a farmer's field to a usable market garden. We continue to support Beck Gardens in creating a local & sustainable food supply for the local (Southern Alberta) economy. We aim to move this customer base closer still to home.

    This spring the garden land base will expand to 125'x200'. This brings new opportunities for anyone who wants to participate. Our next garden meeting will be in Turin well before March 21st. So far plans include providing water to this larger space. Opportunities available to all to start their own garden plot or help Michael in a labour exchange fashion. As of late January we're looking for contributions or interest free loans, to create a small drip irrigation and holding tank system. Materials now run in the $1500 range. Any financial, materials or technical assistance welcome at this time.

    Where we've been and what's in store

    In 2016 we had two workshops hosted by the LSLA. One facilitated by Mandy (http://www.soulfullysoil.ca) on making a Herb Spiral Garden and the other by Dan ( thunderbirdfarms.ca/ ) on geodesic dome building.

    ​The LSLA and a private backer, created a no-charge canning workshop in October. Attended by 15 and facilitated by Michael (Beck Gardens wherein he brought 100 lbs of beets) we peeled, canned, cooked over 50 jars of beets that were divided between participants.

    In 2017 we hope to be having a planting day in which a combination of locals and volunteers will join us for a day to do the thing we all love to do, plant seeds.

    This spring we'll build a natural compost toilet near the garden and aim to put up a geodesic dome, and a vegetable market stand nearby. Other plans sure to come forward at an upcoming spring planning meeting in Turin. Date to be announced and delivered to LSLA/ecovillage elist.

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


    • Sponsors, Donors and Community partners

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

    • 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


      #26 1420 31 Street North

      Lethbridge Alberta T1J0G4

      Mandy Sandbach President (403)894-4711

      Gilles Leclair Turin Project (403) 593-2030

    • Social media Feed

      Have a look at what's been happening