LifeCycles is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating awareness and initiating action around food, health, and urban sustainability in the Greater Victoria community. We work proactively to promote and create personal, shared and community gardens, research, and educational activities and youth skills development programs. Through intergenerational partnerships we strengthen individual, community and global health.
To sign up for our summer canning classes click HERE
What's New at LifeCycles
$50,000 for 50,000 lbs!
Last Year LifeCycles Fruit Tree Project picked over 39,000 lbs of fruit! This year, with your help, we want to pick 50,000 lbs ! We were able to donate fruit to 25 different organizations in our community last year, providing fresh local food to thousands of people who couldn’t otherwise afford it.
5,000 people received fruit at Our Place Society
800 people received fruit at Mustard Seed Food Bank
500 people received fruit at the Salvation Army
With your help we want to raise $50,000 to pick 50,000 pounds of fruit this year! Donate Now!
Your donation will help us pay for additional ladders, pickers and, hopefully, a new van! If we had a second van we could pick twice as many trees and easily reach our goal.
We want to ensure that every pound of unwanted fruit goes to those who need it most. It’s support from our community that keeps our programs going year after year and any contribution you can make helps LifeCycles programs grow.
Note: All donations will receive a charitable tax receipt
GRUBS Volunteer Summer Camp Coordinators
Come join the LifeCycles and Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre team for an exciting summer camp program July 29-August 2! This will be a week of fun activities focused on growing food. Visit local farms, build community, and help kids connect to nature and to their food. Find out more and learn how to apply here:
The Urban Agriculture program has a lot of awesome garden programs going on and we need some extra hands! If you are interested in getting involved in garden builds and garden programming throughout the CRD sign-up with the Diggers by filling out a Volunteer Application at: http://lifecyclesproject.ca/volunteers/ and select "Urban Agriculture"
Local Artist Supports LifeCycles with Watercolour Art
Local international award winning artist, Richard Wong, has graciously offered to support LifeCycle initiatives through the donation of 50% of proceeds from art purchased from him by anyone mentioning they are a LifeCyles supporter. This is an ongoing offer from Richard, and we at LifeCycles enthusiastically support his art and his efforts to help us.
Richard approached us not too long ago with his unique idea, to allow community to enjoy his art and support the work of LifeCycles as well. We thought the idea was just fabulous, because Richard’s art captures the essence of nature, which is what LifeCycles is all about, grassroots! His paintings are unique. He blends eastern with western methods of art making, working with the Chinese brush directly on paper. This makes Richard’s work vibrant and spontaneous.
This is what Richard said when we asked how he describes his art: “I enjoy working spontaneously, capturing the essence of my subject to give it a fresh look. To do this I enjoy working the image with hard and soft lines and patterns of colour. This allows the image to stand out and engages the viewer as well.”
We're so excited to be partnering with the Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre to offer a series of *Intensives this year. Click here to check out these and other workshops on offer at the Compost Ed Centre.
Thanks to a group of hardworking LifeCycle's volunteers and staff as well as one dedicated filmmaker we now have this new video to share. Cultivating Communities is a digital story of the LifeCycles Project from the perspective of some of our amazing volunteers.
This video was filmed by Jayce Hawkins, an independant film-maker and media director. He is a world explorer with a passion for storytelling and adventure. He has a keen interest in human rights, folk music, and adventure wildlife film-making.