Habitat for Humanity NL: building homes. building hope.


thegreenrock.ca CCNL Green Team loves a story of good, and they found one at Habitat for Humanity NL on Robin Hood Bay Road in St. John’s.  The main point of the organization is to build homes with families who need homes, and the method is through community involvement.  The Restore retail outlet sells donated goods – appliances, furniture, building materials and more, and funds raised support builds.  It’s all good.

Habitat for Humanity has helped around 50 families find affordable home ownership in this province over the past 20 years.  Now the organization is aiming to help fifty in five years.  Gail Ryan, Habitat’s Executive Director tells a little about the organization and how and why it does what it does. It’s a thread that strengthens our community.  Directed by David Maher, Tamara Segura behind the camera, Chris Ball doing audio, and editied by Jeff Smyth.

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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Community Threads is a project about connections for sustainability in Newfoundland and Labrador:  organizations, businesses, and people who look at living local, living well, and loving it.  The project was kickstarted with support from the Wellness Coalition Avalon East.

FSN & RCR ~ Community Threads

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Food Security Network NL and Root Cellars Rock

Food Security is about a lot more than having enough to eat!   Ever gone to the supermarket and not found the food you were looking for?  Were you one of the many who couldn’t get a pumpkin in October 2013?  Then you brushed into food security.  This province is one part island, one part mainland, and many parts rural and remote.  If what we need to eat doesn’t come from our land or water, it has to come by road, boat or air.

Food Security Network NL’s mission is to actively promote comprehensive, community based solutions to help us figure out – and remember – how to ensure access to adequate and healthy food for all.

Many have never heard of the organization, but it’s REALLY good to know that they are on it!  And they are doing tremendous work with schools and communities, individuals and organizations.

Root Cellars Rock (RCR) is the Food Security Network’s favorite project.   It’s a go-to place for the how-to and culture of food in Newfoundland and Labrador.  They love it!  RCR knows the people who tap trees for maple syrup and have pet goats.  They know the people who grow amazing garlic.  They know how to get communities growing.  And they’ll tell you!    Root Cellars Rock is helping build a local food system that provides sustainable, nourishing food for all residents of the province, while celebrating Newfoundland and Labrador’s healthy food traditions, and those who make it happen.

thegreenrock.ca Conservation Corps Green Team covered the Food Security Network – here’s the kick-back video featuring all-around great guy Rick Kelly.



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community threads ~ connections for sustainability


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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