We can’t do it alone!
That’s why we want to highlight other organizations on the Sunshine Coast who are dedicated to building thriving communities.
Check out what they have to offer:
One Straw Society represents the Food Group on the central committee of Sunshine Coast in Transition which is a group of volunteers on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada, who are inspired toward positive action by the global Transition Network which began in 2006 with the formation of Transition Town Totnes in Southern England.
We partner with SCiT to put on potlucks, workshops and other events for the community.
The Sunshine Coast Seed Saving Collective (SCSSC) was founded by citizens of the Sunshine Coast who wanted to create food security, learn to complete plant cycles, and reconnect the communities of the coast to the heritage of our food ecology. Originated by Robin Wheeler and Denise Lagasse, it is now run by a committed group of volunteers. The SCSSC holds seed saving workshops for advanced and beginners, records seed varieties being saved across the Sunshine Coast, and has implemented several seed libraries along the Coast.
The SCSSC works closely with One Straw in hosting the seed exchange at Seedy Saturday and the Squash exchange at the Fall Faire.
The Coast Canning Collective’s ambition is to engage the Sunshine Coast in a collective, intensely local, small-batch canning enterprise that will inspire people to slow down and savour the seasons. The collective also works closely with the Fruit Tree Project to help utilize and process excess fruit from local picks.
They would love to hear from you. If you are a food-lover or food-grower, if you like canning or want to learn how, if you are a local food advocate or want to support social enterprise, this is a great time to contact us. Tell us what you are interested in and what the collective can do you for.
Gaiacraft is a vessel for ecological outreach education. Using new media strategies it is intended to generate awareness and inspire dialogues about how to have regenerative relationships with ourselves, each other and the living ecologies around us.
Gaiacraft offers accessible Permaculture education on the Sunshine Coast. They offer free introductory courses and a low cost Permaculture Design Certificate Courses.
The Heart Gardens, located in Roberts Creek is a Permaculture Demonstration Site and Living Classroom which features native plants with a history of use by Coastal First Peoples. The site just under 1.2 acres and located 1/2 a block from the pacific ocean in a coastal mountain temperate rainforest. The property design features 37 different small garden areas including a new one around the central maple tree to protect and feed it. There is an expanding of the community gardens next to the woodworking school which demonstrates four season organic gardening and opens up to community involvement.
Youth need spaces to connect with one another without being told what to do. A safe, comfortable space where they can hang out, make friends, be themselves—discover and reach their potential. That’s exactly what our Youth Drop In is—a free space just for teens ages 12-18. Work on personal projects or homework, play pool or basketball, use our kitchen or green screen (yes, green screen!), or just relax. Whatever you want, this space is for you. Potlucks, hula-hoop contests, you decide.
One Straw Society hosts bi monthly dinners at Our Space, teaching teens about local healthy food options and ways to engage with the local food system.
Share-There is a new way to connect with your friends… for real. Set-up your own private ride sharing network with the people you already know and trust. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can also connect with someone new.
One Straw loves using Share There to promote ridesharing and carpooling to their events.
BC’s Sunshine Coast Fibreshed seeks to build an interactive relationship among skilled fibre artisans, spinners, dyers, and fibre suppliers along the 100 miles of coastline from Langdale to Lund (including Gambier, Keats, Nelson, Savary, Texada, and Thormanby islands).
The Fibreshed’s mission is to help change the way we think about how we clothe ourselves by supporting our local fibre culture. They seek to enhance ecological balance by using regional agriculture for our fibres, practising sustainable wild crafting, and growing and gathering our own dye plants, thus strengthening our local economy and supporting local artisans. We presently allow fibre from sources within British Columbia until our local Fibreshed can supply our needs.
The goal of the Sunshine Coast Wildlife Project is to take action to conserve, restore and enhance wildlife habitat and implement on-the-ground threat abatement measures to ensure the survival of species at risk.