LifeCycles cultivates community health from the ground up by connecting people, the food they eat and the land it comes from. We support people in gaining the knowledge, skills and resources they need to access or grow their own food in a way that fosters biodiversity and enhances our urban environment. 

 

 



What's New at LifeCycles

Fruit Tree Project profiled in the Times Colonist

Fruit Tree Project profiled in the Times Colonist

(Photo above by Bruce Stotesbury)


The Fruit Tree Project is in full swing at LifeCycles right now, especially because this summer's drought is causing fruit to ripen a month early. We're up to our ears in plums and transparent apples!

This Sunday we were also profiled in the Times Colonist. Read the article below or on the Times Colonist Website.


Our Community: Don’t let fruit go to waste — pick it!
Pedro Arrais

Up to 18,000 kilograms of fruit this summer will feed the needy and not rot on the ground or get thrown into the compost, thanks to the Fruit Tree Project, a program that sees helpful hands picking fruit to be redistributed among 40 social agencies.



The program, in its 18th year, sees volunteers harvesting fruit from the backyards of up to 130 homeowners over the next four months. The project is an initiative of LifeCycles, a non-profit organization that promotes food security and urban sustainability.


The fruit is shared four ways: among homeowners, volunteers, food banks (and community organizations) and back to the project itself.


Some of the fruit will serve as ingredients for some LifeCycles workshops held at the Shelbourne Community Kitchen that teach participants how to can and preserve fruit, and make jam and chutneys.


“LifeCycles has contributed so much,” said Sheila Avery, co-ordinator of Food Security at Saanich Neighbourhood Place. “They have connected community members to contribute vegetables and fruits to our many families.”


Apples and plums make up the bulk of the fruit, with pears, figs and quince also abundant in the area.


“While we collect throughout the region, we have found Gordon Head, Oak Bay and the Gorge Burnside area are hotbeds when it comes to nice old trees,” said Jenny McCartney, LifeCycles Fruit Tree Project co-ordinator.


The reason, she said, was because the land was used for fruit orchards before they were eventually subdivided into single-family housing.


This year the group is also harvesting peppers, lettuce and other vegetables at a commercial farm, in collaboration with the Mustard Seed, the largest food bank on Vancouver Island. The fresh produce helps feed those in need.


Homeowners who might be interested in participating are urged to continue watering their trees at least once a week during this dry weather. Failure to do so could result in the fruit dropping prematurely. Fruit tree owners and volunteers can join the project at lifecyclesproject.ca/ initiatives/fruit_tree.



 


 

- 2015-07-13

21st Annual General Meeting

21st Annual General Meeting

 


The entire LifeCycles team is thrilled to invite you to our Annual General Meeting and 21st Anniversary Celebration.

In honour of this special day we will be celebrating with free food, beer by donation, live music, videos, and special guest speakers including:



  • Earl Claxton Jr., Tsawout Elder and traditional food systems knowledge keeper

  • Robin Tunnicliffe, Seabluff Farm and Saanich Organics

  • Murray Rankin, Official Opposition critic for Health and chair of the BC caucus

  • Linda Geggie, Founder of LifeCycles and Director of CRfair


The AGM will be take place at the Oaklands Community Centre, 2827 Belmont Ave #1, Victoria on Saturday June 13th 2015 from 5pm-9pm. The meeting begins at 5:30 followed by the celebration at 7pm.

- 2015-06-01

New Website

In celebrating our 21st birthday, we're getting a new website!


Please bear with us as we make this transition and forgive the (many) glitches on our current site.  We look forward to launch in the coming month.


 


 

- 2015-06-01

Thank-You!

Thanks to everyone who applied for our Summer Student positions!


We had such a difficult decisions to make due to the high volume of qualified candidates. We have now hired for the positions, and will be making our announcements shortly. 


Thanks again for your interest.  We know applying takes a great effort on your part.  It is wonderful to know there is so much interest in working for LifeCycles.


All the best!

- 2015-05-06

Territory Acknowledgement:

LifeCycles work focuses on health, healing and connecting people to the food they eat and where it comes from. We endeavour to honour the land and its treaties by strengthening our relationship and responsibilities to them. We live and work on unceded Coast Salish Territories*, specifically of the Lekwungen and W_SÁNEC peoples. Many of our practices, including the seeds we plant, the ways we educate and our methods of growing food came to these lands through the ongoing process of dispossession and colonialism. We hold this understanding in our interactions and engagements with this land and its people.

* The term Coast Salish is used to encompass a number of Indigenous peoples, including Esquimalt, Hul’qumi’num, Klahoose, Lekwungen (Songhees), MALAXEt, Musqueam, OStlq’emeylem, Pentlatch, Scia’new (Beecher Bay), Sliammon, Shishalh, Skxwú7mesh-ulh Úxwumixw, Stó:lo, Straits, Tsleil-Waututh, T’Sou-ke, W_SÁNEC (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum), and Xwemalhkwu.