• 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

    Dan McGinnis: Director

     

  • Events in our community

    This is your first stop for all events and collaborations

    Permaculture Video Series: Salatin Semester

    Salatin Semester - Biomass Accumulation Tuesday March 21st

    In order to promote community and to further sustainable living in the area, I, Ken Ravek, am proposing that we get together to watch and discuss videos on various self sufficiency and permaculture topics. We will call it a permaculture video club. We will start with the Salatin Semester video series produced by Verge Permaculture. There are 12 disks in the series. Each disk is 1.5 to 2 hours long. The first video is marked "Polyface Slide Show" which gives an overview of their farm and an introduction to the other topics.

    Anyone interested (you don't have to be an LSLA member) can to come over to my place (1305 Glacier Drive South, Lethbridge) on Tuesday March 21st. Video will start at 7pm sharp, arrive anytime after 6 pm. I will supply coffee and tea but you are welcome to bring other beverages or snacks. There is a separate room where the kids can play Wii.

    This week we will be watching disk 3 of the series. The topic is marketing

    Seedy Saturday!

    Saturday March 25th 1-4 pm

    Environment Lethbridge is hosting the first official Seedy Saturday right here in Lethbridge! Come to the Southminster Church at 1011 4 Avenue South from 1-4 pm.

    In addition to providing an opportunity for Lethbridge residents to exchange seeds and learn from each other, we will be hosting exhibit space for local plant and gardening related businesses and community organizations. Seedy Saturday will also feature activities and workshops for all ages including DIY mason bee houses, growing plants from cuttings, and more.

     

    You will find all of these folks out for this event!

    Activities:
    • seed swap table
    • garden tool swap
    • seed bomb making
    • starting native trees and shrubs from cuttings
    • solar cooker demonstration
    • grow squash from seed
    • healthy meal planning
    • healthy and harmful insects
    • trivia games
    • video presentations
    • worm composting

    Exhibitors:
    • Lethbridge Bee Enthusiasts
    • Oxbow Native Plants
    • Permaculture Lethbridge
    • Environment Lethbridge
    • Lethbridge Interfaith Food Bank
    • Wildrose Heritage Seed
    • Waterton Festivals
    • City of Lethbridge Community & Social Development
    • Earthly Matters

    Green Drinks at the Owl

    Second Tuesday of the month 4-6 pm April 4th

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

    Special Guest for our April 9th pot luck and regular meeting for the LSLA

    Rob Taylor of Oxbow Native Plants will be presenting

    This month we have a special treat! Rob Taylor from Oxbow Native Plants will be presenting on native woody and perennial plants from the Lethbridge area.

     

    Oxbow Native Plants took root in co-founders Elsa and Rob Taylor's backyard. Seeing the need for a local retail supplier of native woody plants and perennials in the Lethbridge Area, they began collecting seeds from back roads and private properties across southern Alberta.

    Rob and Elsa are an amazing and knowledgable source for local, perennial, native and woody species. They will be foundational for all Food Forest and perennial garden installations.
    http://www.oxbownativeplants.com/who-we-are/

     

    Doors will be open at 5 pm and pot luck to follow. Rob will begin his presentation at 6 pm and the meeting will follow at 630 pm. Please feel free to bring a pot luck item and join for the presentation or the meeting or both.

     

    This is sure to be a real treat.
    any further questions please feel free to contact mandy at

    For any further questions, you can contact Mandy Sandbach at mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com

    Environment Week June 4-10 2017

    Hands on and comprehensive workshops and tours

    The LSLA will be participating in Environment Week right here in Lethbridge. We are creating and collaborating with our partners and look forward to sharing more info as it unfolds.....stay tuned.

    Apple Fest August 12th, 2017!

    5th annual Apple Fest

    This years Apple fest will be held August 12th in Galt Gardens. Please stay tuned for upcoming information regarding our biggest Apple fest to date...If you are an interested vendor, donor, apple picker, local expert or volunteer interested in participating in this years event, please contact Dil at 403.929.4378 or email: lethbridgeapplefest@gmail.com

  • 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/

     

     

    Edit

     

  • Apple festival

    We always strive for the best.

    2017 Apple Fest will be held August 12th!

    AppleFest! is the LSLA's annual main event. The thing that tells the world we're here! And you guessed it, it's about living sustainably which means local food, local fossil-free energy and sustainable housing. These feature prominently under the theme of apples.

    2017 will mark our 5th AppleFest! and as they say "you've come a long way baby!". For the Fifth year running we've chosen downtown Lethbridge's Galt Gardens as our venue. The date will be earlier than previous AppleFest's meaning the apples we bring to the festival will be the kind that ripen at that time of year. Keep an eye on your apple tree!

    This year the AppleFest! will be bigger and better than ever. We'll have the usual features of on site apple juicing, local arts, crafts & services vendor tables, music, learning tents, kids zone, local sustainable business sponsorships and new this year... an apple-beer garden.
     

    With a volunteer team that is already fully immersed in creation be sure to mark August 12th on 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

    Tree Pickers Heaven

    The LSLA maintains a database of tree donors. When you sign up to be an apple tree picker, you can choose a tree that suits you based on location, variety, ripening time and other details.

    You can keep it simple with stepladders and bags or with the tree owner’s permission you can gather a team to help shake the tree down. (a large blanket is most useful for this)

    The tree owner gets their negotiated portion of fruit and your team takes the rest. What to do with all those apples? Consider apple sauce, pies, crumbles, pancakes, apple cider, vinegar, chutney, or simply freeze the apples for later. Even deer, horses and pigs love apples!

    If you make an appointment please keep it! If you can't, then notify the owner. And remember to be mindful - you are being trusted with someone's tree! So walk softly, be respectful of property and please clean up after yourselves.

    Finally, feel free to give us feedback so that we can improve this site and make its contents more usable for future apple & fruit tree pickers.

    ​To be an apple picker just send us an email to applefestlethbridge@gmail.com giving us details we should know. Someone will contact you regarding tree availability, time, etc..

    Apple Fest 2016!

    AppleFest 2016 DONORS/ TABLE VENDORS/ NON-PROFITS

    Johnson Remple Family (thanks once again all of you for your popcorn, candy floss and of course your wonderful facepainting skills)
    Watkins
    Classic Confections
    Environment Lethbridge
    Prairie Vintners (thanks Ron for "pressing on")
    Creepy ("not Creepy Cabs, just Creepy" says Dil)
    Beck Gardens (great organic veggies)
    ​Linde & The Prairie Tale Puppet Players (kids & adults were enthralled)
    Energy Smart (excellent display, not just solar panels)
    Greener Homes
    The Storage Bin (solar powered golf cart, an idea whose time has come)
    JoAnne's Jewellery (thanks for coming our JoAnne)
    Solar Optix (still managed to have a presence even when double booked)
    Peavey Mart (appreciate the canning jars)

    Real Canadian Superstore (gifts)
    ​AJ's Diner
    ​Starry Designs
    Plum Restaurant
    Jami
    Real Canadian Wholesale Club (gifts)
    Oldman Watershed Council
    Greensense
    Nail N Hammer
    Creative Stitches
    Lotus Salon
    All-Tra Battery
    London Drugs
    Mason Bees
    Echo Books
    VitaWaterTech
    Residential Recycle (thanks for picking up the cardboard Barry)

    BRZ (once again valuable allies to the cause)
    Peak Services (strong supporters since day one)
    and for putting on AppleFest specials during AF week - many thanks to the Penny Coffee House, Owl Lounge & Telegraph House!
     

    and other participants & features...

    Something Sweet Candy Sho
    Leon Barr, guitar
    Kib Gregson, didgeridoo
    Eya & Co, saw, drum
    Cowboy Wes, guitar
    Linde and the Prairie Tale Puppet Players
    Peace Hoopla
    ​Learning Tents on Apple Cider Vinegar making, Herb Drying for Teas, Composting, Social Sustainability, Cellular Nutrition, Urban Permaculture
    Geodesic Dome
    Red Tent Women's Circle

  • 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.

    Ciclomanias

      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

  • Eco Village

    Unfolding opportunities to LIVE in community

    The Turin 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.

    Goals

    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

      Address:

      #26 1420 31 Street North

      Lethbridge Alberta T1J0G4

      Mandy Sandbach President (403)894-4711

      Gilles Leclair Eco village (403) 593-2030

    • Social media Feed

      Have a look at what's been happening