• 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 focussing on the following initiatives:

    * Permaculture Lethbridge

    * The Fruit Rescue Program

    * The Community Clothing Swap

    * Zero Waste

    * Apple Fest Celebrations  

     

     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 litres 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 Camilles 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

    2018/2019 Board of Directors

    Mandy Sandbach: President mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com ( 2019/2020 second year of a two year term)

    Jennifer Tarnowsky : Vice President ( 2019/2020) first year of a two year term)

    Loryn Plante: Treasurer lslatreasurer39@gmail.com ( 2019/2020) first year of a two year term)

    Shannon Fleming :Secretary ( 2019/2020) second year of a two year term)

     

    General Board members 2019/2020:

    Peter Wynnychuk
    William Ramp
    Mark Sander
    Kristi Devine
    Bobbi Farrell

    Dil Jopp

    Andrew McNaughton

     

    (director positions are one year terms)

     

     

  • Events in our community

    This is your first stop for all events and collaborations

    Permaculture Lethbridge Monthly Gatherings

    Next Gathering: Monday March 16th 7-9 pm*** in person gatherings are postponed for the foreseeable future...please check back here as times passes for updates***

     

    The Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association will be hosting monthly gatherings for those called to create a vibrant and active Permaculture Lethbridge.
     
    Each month we will 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.

    March’s gathering is still an open canvass....If you would like to see something specific or have somethings to offer... 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 require no fees.

    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.

    If you intend to be present for the event...It is helpful for coordinators to have you mark yourself as “going”.

     

    LSLA Clothing swap

    The next clothing swap date will be May 24th 12-5 pm *** in person gatherings are postponed for the foreseeable future...please check back here as times passes for updates***

    The LSLA will be offering another clothing event for the community . The clothing swaps will be held at the Fish and Game Hut located at 9 Avenue and 10 Street South in Lethbridge. Across from Urban Grocer.

     

    You can donate clothing

    You can take clothing

    You can take and donate.

     

    This is a FREE Event, inclusive and family friendly.


    We will offer a clothing share four times per year. This event is free but we will always except donations on behalf of the LS LA in order to continue our work here in the community.

    If you have clothes to donate , please make sure they are cleaned, and drop off the week prior to each event

     

    Drop off can be made between the hours of 9 am-9 pm , by contacting our coordinator Dil at 403-929-4378 or attending her residence located at 408 12 a street south . If there is no one home please leave your donation on the front porch.
     

    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:

     

    DIY Make your own Cleaners March 10th 6-8 pm

     

    Zero Waste Lethbridge Social Gathering March 30th 6-8 pm

     



     

    Permaculture Picnics

    Summer 2020 dates will be announced here...

    Each month 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 guiding us.

    Each month there will be a new space to showcase 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 a snack to share and your own plate/bowl/utensil.... See you there.

    Learn to Start your own Seeds

    March 21st 10-1130 am located at Environment Lethbridge 319 6 street south*** in person gatherings are postponed for the foreseeable future...please check back here as times passes for updates*** See BLOG for information shared regarding starting your one seeds.

     Permaculture Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association are stoked to host Natasha of Chickadee Gardens to teach us the simple and mindful act of starting your own seeds.

    So many of us find this task mysterious. Have you ever tried and ended up with tiny spindly little plants or HUGE established plants that are shocked when you transplant them ???!!! Well, Natasha is going to share passionately with the participants the ins and outs and how to’s of starting your own seeds.

    This simple and accessible skill will save you money and provide a sense of pride in your gardens to be sure.

    Each participant will go home with a couple of starts to care for and grow with LOVE 💕

    Registration for this class is required due to limited space. The class fee is by donation ( a suggested minimum of $10) and can be done in advance via email transfer to lslatreasurer39@gmail.com password :seed

    Registration can be done by texting or emailing Mandy Sandbach at mandysandbachlsla@gmail.com or 403-894-4712

    Seed to Supper

    Thursdays starting February 27th 6-8pm at the Interfaith Food Bank *** in person gatherings are postponed for the foreseeable future...please check back here as times passes for updates***

     FREE GARDENING COURSE
    Learn how to garden with Mandy Sandbach
    Come join us at the Interfaith Food Bank for a 5-week session to learn low cost ways to:
    - Build healthy soil
    - Plan your growing space
    - Choose your crops
    - Care for your growing garden
    - Harvest your bounty

  • 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

    July 2019 Newsletter

    Whats happening

    This is your "monthly" newsletter from your friends at the Lethbridge Sustainable Living Association.

     

    Firstly, a HUGE thank you to our sponsors, donors, buyers and the Slice for another successful fundraiser this year. The Fruit Rescue program was able to raise nearly $1500 to purchase the new equipment that we needed to get this mobile station on the go!

    Another shout out to our friends at the Purple Carrot Health Food and Wellness for receiving donations for the LSLA during environment week. We were able to raise $115 thanks to the PC generous customers.

    Applefest! is a celebration of harvest and all things sustainable and this year the LSLA is switching things up.....

    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. Our desire is to make the apple picking/juicing/pasteurizing more accessible within the community. You will have several opportunities to participate and share in the abundant harvest that Lethbridge offers.

    2019 Fruit Rescue juicing Events: ( there will be more events added to this list so please watch the Facebook page for more detailed information)

    • August 17th  Picking event for the LSLA fundraising apples Magrath Alberta
    • August 18th pasteurizing event for the LSLA fundraising apples
    • August 24th 12-4 pm Tree Climbing Championship at the Kinsmen Park Lethbridge 
    • September 2nd Labor Day celebration at Kinsmen Park
    • September 27th 1-4 pm  Ecole La Verendrye,  Edible Forest Learning Garden Harvest celebration and juicing event 

     

    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

     

    Save the date....The AGM will be held October 20th 6 pm location TBD

     

    Thank you for your ongoing support and we will see you in the trees

    Thank you for your support --

  • 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....

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  • Applefest!

    Where sustainability and Harvest meet in community

    Applefest!

    Please note some changes in Applefest! for the 2020 year

     

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

     

    You may have noticed that you have not seen anything about AppleFest 2020. This is because we decided to explore a different way of celebrating all things apples! ( all fruit)

     

    Recently 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 3-5 community apple pressing days in the apple picking season and 2-3 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.

     

    2020 Fruit Rescue juicing Events

    ( Where you will find the FRP and LSLA picking/juicing/pasteurizing)

     

    **watch for upcoming dates here in June 2020**

     
     
     
    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

     

     

    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 December 31, 2020. 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: December 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: ( lfrcooking@gmail.com )

    2019 Sponsors for Fruit Rescue Program/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.

    Fresh Flavour Farms

    Anonymous

     

    In kind

     

     

    Sponsors for the Fruit Rescue Program

    The Slice

    The Purple Carrot Health Food and Wellness Store

     

     

     

  • Fruit Rescue Program

    Local Food harvest is the first part in Sustainability

    Fruit Rescue Program

    Lets not waste

    Info to be added Fall 2020

    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

    Fresh Flavor Farm

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

  • Donate today

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

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  • 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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