Habitat Gingerbread Build #g2kgtg

Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread Buildas a good to know gift that gives #gtkgtg, the Habitat for Humanity NL Gingerbread Build Christmas Workshop raises the roof!  .

visions of candycanes dance in their heads – it’s the stuff memories are made of.

the Habitat Gingerbread Build is an experience of building a happy place with gingerbread and candy and icing, that will help Habitat do its business of building with wood and windows and caulking.  it mixes the joy of giving with the joy of living.  all good.

this is the 2nd Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread Build, and is a great chance to treat the family (youngsters, oldsters, and in between-ers) to an experiential gift that they will enjoy, and remember.  even teenagers express interest!

(also, by building with Habitat you won’t have to wipe icing off the walls of your kitchen or sweep up one million sprinkles off your floor).

full meal deal – hot chocolate, prizes and cookies, at the Delta, December 7, 2014.  $50 per crew of four.  there are three build shifts – call 753-5743 to book!

 

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good to know gifts that give (#g2kgtg) is a special project of thegreenrock.ca that looks at local gifts that people will like, use, and won’t leave an unnecessarily big footprint on the planet or humankind.  please like and share!

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Viki’s Cakes By Design – #g2kgtg

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yum. this good to know gift that gives #g2kgtg celebrates the season in a joy-mongering style!

Viki’s Cakes By Design are local and lovely for the eyes and the palate. and they melt into the 5H Giving philosophy – they are homemade and they are from here!

cake decor fits in everywhere – the middle of the Christmas table, as hostess gifts, teacher gifts, presents for the ones who have everything.  oooo the flavours – strawberry puree, vanilla bean, salted caramel, rocky road..

Viki makes ’em all special the way you want from her kitchen in the old east end of St. John’s. gluten-free and peanut-free are options. deliciously consumable, smile nurturing, and fun. she decorates to suit the taste (she’s even done a wedding cake for a Habs fan!)

it’s a three generation affair when need be!  at busy times Viki’s mom – who taught her to decorate – and son get involved. it makes the mix all the better.  two weeks notice needed!  call 764-2363, or inbox her.

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good to know gifts that give (#g2kgtg) is a special project of thegreenrock.ca that looks at local gifts that people will like, use, and won’t leave an unnecessarily big footprint on the planet or humankind.  please like and share!

thegreenrock.ca is a non-profit that informs and inspires people in Newfoundland and Labrador on ways to address the challenges facing our planet, our communities, and our lives.  like and share!                   facebook thegreenrock.ca, google+ thegreenrock.ca

 

5H giving: #g2kgtg

5H Givingturns out this #g2kgtg notion is a thang!  thanks to my friend Martha Muzychka for pointing me toward 5H Giving.

5H is kind of a giving philosophy.  the 5H shorthand refers to gifts that are:

homemade (made by you) – what do you love to make?  share that  cookies, playlists, photos… all that..

handmade (made by someone else’s hands in their little place) – the year’s best opportunities for homemade are coming up!  check out the Farmers’ Market, Some Good Market, and the Anna Templeton Christmas Tea and Sale

healthy (good for your body, soul or our collective planet) – om. yoga fits everyone. lots of yoga styles, and lots of options for gift passes. check out Nova Yoga, and Yoga Kula Co-op 

brown trouthelpful (helps someone or something).  maybe something like a membership to the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundand for the Angler you love.  SAEN has done a LOT to nurture our rivers and streams, and due in part to their efforts you can trout in the rivers in the middle of St. John’s, or just walk by and enjoy. No. Small. Thing.  email them saen@nfld.com.

from here (things that are ours alone) – Newfoundland Chocolate Company makes the chockie on Duckworth Street (and now at the Mall too), Jumping Bean Coffee roasts the beans here, and sells lovely things from their storefront on Harvey Road, and locally published books are beautiful, smart, and support local in every which way.  check out Boulder Publications!

 

 

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good to know gifts that give (#g2kgtg) is a special project of thegreenrock.ca that looks at local gifts that people will like, use, and won’t leave an unnecessarily big footprint on the planet or humankind.  please like and share!

thegreenrock.ca is a non-profit that informs and inspires people in Newfoundland and Labrador on ways to address the challenges facing our planet, our communities, and our lives.  like and share!                   facebook thegreenrock.ca, google+ thegreenrock.ca

Quidi Vidi Village Plantation

what a spot!  and perfect timing for the good to know gifts that give project (#g2kgtg).

in the summer of 2014, thegreenrock.ca Conservation Corps Green Team scored great stories of good, smart things being made (and sold) in the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation.  there are special things to be found here:  prints, linens, textiles, pottery.  a  joy to give, yummy good to receive, so local and so very beautiful.  being in that place gives space to the soul.  it’s actually ‘in’ the gut – you have to drive past the entrance to Mallard Cottage then turn left.

click here for the vid – http://youtu.be/40tKXbpVIDw – and hear what textile artist Joelle Blandford and clay artist Laura Higenell have to say about their wares, and what makes Quidi Vidi Plantation a haven for artists.  the QV Plantation is open to the public Tuesdays-Saturdays. not all the artists are there all the time, but they are are helpful crowd to each other, and to customers so you can purchase.  for more on the Plantation visit http://www.quidividivillageplantation.com/

 

 

in July and August 2014 thegreenrock.ca Conservation Corps Green Team – Tamara Segura, Chris Ball, David Maher and Team Lead Jeff Smyth talked and taped, walked in the sun, swung on the swings, got out there and got inspired by the great green good going on in the Northeast Avalon.  Over the coming months their work will be released on thegreenrock.ca.

thegreenrock.ca Conservation Corps Green Team 2014 was sponsored by Junior Forest Wardens NL.  (thank you!)

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good to know gifts that give

somewhere in between those joyous, gauzy memories of perfect Christmas mornings, and the check-out wrought with anxious people there is a place of peace.  i am looking for it.

like the Grinch learned in Whoville, those things we exchange as tokens of love and friendship are not the main point.  but they are nice, and giving feels good.

i love local, and i love giving things that people will like, use, and hopefully will be a bit symbolic of our relationship.  and hopefully won’t leave an unnecessarily big footprint on the planet or humankind.

hits of Christmas past include stuff like wreaths, Clean Don’t Kill non-toxic cleaner, truffles, custom calendars, and boiled wool mitts. (here have been flops too.  unnecessary to detail.)

there is a lot out there.  every day the tiniest little poke around or walk downtown reveals something new.  for the next little while thegreenrock.ca will share Good To Know gifts that give (#g2kgtg), and places to get ’em.

 

 

 

 

 

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technology and fresh eyes – think planet. live local.

thegreenrock.ca green team

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all through July thegreenrock.ca Conservation Corps Green Team has been finding stories of sustainability on the Northeast Avalon.

the team – Chris, David, Tamara and Jeff – are a brilliant mix of cultures and talents armed with laptops, instruments and recording equipment, and united by a bona fide interest in finding and sharing ways to live more sustainably.

their efforts have captured the attention of many – including the Telegram!  check out thegreenrock.ca green team story in the Telegram and share the news!

 

 

 

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Community Threads ~ come together!

Community Threads are coming together!

Community Threads are coming together!

The Earth Day Fair at the Fluvarium saw a steady stream of people interested in things that are good for us all. thegreenrock.ca volunteers rachel, meredith, lucy and kate were on deck as kids, parents, grandparents and others visited the displays, chatted, learned and shared.

The Community Threads project got going – see the pic!  Orange threads indicate food, green threads indicate outdoors, blue threads indicate water, yellow threads indicate wellness, and pinkish-brownish indicate recycling.

The organizations who are part of it to date include:  TEDxStJohns, the Food Security Network, Root Cellars Rock, Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators, MUN BikeShare, Junior Forest Wardens, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Nature NL, the Quidi Vidi/Rennie’s River Development Foundation, the Manuels River experience, and Whale Release and Strandings.

There are so many interesting things going on, and have been for while.  Nature NL has been active since 1910!  they know so much, and they share their knowledge regularly at Thursday sessions, and at The Rooms. thegreenrock.ca will be posting more about Nature NL and other organizations.  keep an eye out!

And very cool things happened, like two women from different generations who made complex cat’s cradles with the threads, and the young man who won the Clean Don’t Kill thegreenrock.ca cleaner for his mom, and thegreenrock.ca found out that there is a greenrock.org with similar goals in Bermuda.  there are so many sustainable connections!

 

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Wellness logo-2 inch_300 ppi#E8FASupport from the Wellness Coalition Avalon East kickstarted Community Threads.  Groups with a focus on sustainability are invited to complete the form on this site under community threads – connections for sustainability.

 

 

 

 

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community threads ~ connections for sustainability

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Threads criss, cross and connect as shown by the work of Emil Lukas. for more of his, http://www.emillukas.com

think planet. live local.

thegreenrock.ca developed the Community Threads project to recognize and highlight community organizations’ efforts that support collaboration, wellness and sustainability.

The project is designed to share the news that smart people and great organizations are working toward sustainable living in this province. There are many!  The Community Sector Council (CSC) is committed to strengthening and promoting the essential role that voluntary and nonprofit, community organizations play in building healthy and prosperous communities.

The CSC site reports  “there more than 5,000 nonprofit, community groups in Newfoundland and Labrador. Around 2,400 are formally registered nonprofits and about 1,100 are registered charities. Some are informal groups. The Avalon Peninsula is home to about 40% of the community groups while the remaining 60% are located in other areas the province.” 

Support from the Wellness Coalition Avalon East kickstarted Community Threads.  The data gathering begins with a questionnaire for community groups .  Groups with a focus on sustainability are invited to complete the form below and be included in the Community Threads project, and counted among the many who are working to make a difference! With permission from the respondent, responses will be published on thegreenrock.ca under Projects.  The project was launched the Suncor Fluvarium’s Earth Day Fair on April 13.

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Tree Tapping at Pippy Park – April 6

 

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maple trees are behind it all in St. John’s

Here is home to maple trees.  Many maple trees.  So many maple trees that some people, sometimes, call them weeds.  They create canopies over gardens, in parks, and  between sidewalks and roads.  They are plentiful.

In a kind of parallel format, here is home to breakfasts, brunches, and sometimes even suppers where maple syrup pours over pancakes, waffles, toutons, french toast and other delights.   Most times, almost ALL the time, there is no direct relationship between the maple tree in the garden and the maple syrup on the table.

Can these worlds collide?   Yes!

Lisa and Steve McBride – the couple who walk the goats in coats – tap.  Root Cellars Rock shared their experience a few years back.  And now, thanks to the Friends of Pippy Park,  the rest of us can learn to tap too!

Friends of Pippy Park are running a free family workshop this Sunday April 6th 2014 from 1 to 3.  Meet at Pippy Park Headquarters, Mount Scio Road.

This is the skivvy on what you will learn:
• To identify tap-able trees in Pippy Park;
• When a tree is ready to tap;
• What materials you will need;
• How to tap a tree sustainably. (If you tap please cap!); and
• How to turn sap to syrup.

Bring your own mug for hot chocolate.   No charge for the workshop, but an annual family membership of $20 to Friends of Pippy Park will support initiatives like this!

the Nourish film: Cameron Diaz, Jamie Oliver, Michael Pollan, us & food

Nourish

Nourish

Newfoundland is an island in the North Atlantic at the 47th parallel.  Since glaciers scraped much of the island’s fertile soil off onto the Grand Banks a long time ago, the growing was never that easy, but we managed.

These days most of what we eat is not from here.   Why is that?  And how do the pretty pinky-orange pears and other foods come to be here?

Nourish is a conversation about food and sustainability.  The Nourish film looks at our relationship to food, and how it connects to biodiversity, climate change, public health, and social justice.  It won lots of awards at film festivals.

Cameron Diaz, Jamie Oliver, Michael Pollan and many others whose knowledge is great but celebrity is more limited are featured.  Come see it!

Tuesday March 18, 2014,  7 – 9 pm (doors open 6:40)
District School, Strawberry Marsh Road, St. John’s (across from Arts and Culture Centre). Suggested minimum donation: $5

Brought to us by Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Educators NLEE

47thparalleThe green line shows the island of Newfoundland lining up at the 47th parallel.