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Collective Transition: Sustainability Expo & Marketplace

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. @ EMCS

 

This lively Transition Town village-for-the-day at Edward Milne Community School is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to everyone by donation (suggested $5 or free of charge if needs be, no one will be turned away for lack of funds). A portion of monies raised goes to the Sooke Bike Skills Park.

A sister event to the cycling tour itself, the Collective Transition focuses on the practical, rewarding and satisfying ways in which modern homesteaders can live in greater balance with the natural world. Click here for the list of exhibitors, it’s growing by the day.

Highlights:

* Pick up tips from the experts on the arts of solar energy, backyard chickens, foraging for wild edibles, splitting cedar and natural fermentation;

* Tour booths and exhibits set up in our Expo and Marketplace areas;

* Meet and converse at length with Transition Town representatives from Sooke, Victoria and Vancouver as well as Chemainus legend Karl Schutz from the Chemainus Monetary Foundation and Sooke firebrand Don Brown on the possibilities of the cooperative movement taking root here in the region.

* Test ride the latest electric bikes courtesy of regional bike dealers;

* Get active (the most sustainable part of all our lives are our own bodies and minds) with free yoga classes and fitness warm-ups;

* Enjoy live music along with martial arts & Tai Chi demos. Check out the day’s schedule here.

* Drop in and out of a day-long mini Transition Town film festival in the EMCS auditorium organized by Awareness Film Night‘s Jo Philips.

* Go for a spin in one of the new-breed electric cars now appearing on the roads courtesy the Victoria Leaf Club;

* Learn about small-space and container gardening as you prepare to plant your own high-yield food forest;

* Optimize your kitchen scraps disposal with a proper compost bin system;

* Build your own “strawberry fence” with wood and plastic palettes.

In addition to all of the above, the public is invited to stroll the grounds and get to know more about our exhibitors and marketplace vendors, all of whom are contributing in their own ways to the Collective Transition that we as a culture and society are slowly but surely undergoing.

It shapes up as a fun and festive culture jam complete with dozens of passionate folk who intimately understand singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn’s famous dictum that “the trouble with normal is it only gets worse.” They’re keen to showcase new ways to lead kinder, simpler, more sustainable lifestyles in home, garden and community.

While at EMCS, educate yourself about wild edibles from expert foragers, berry bandits and mushroom hunters. Discover the genius of a terraced backyard “food forest.” Settle into the auditorium and watch a festival of pertinent short films. Test ride recumbent and electric bikes. Jump into one of the new generation of electric cars and take a spin (hum?) locally thanks to the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association and members of the Victoria Leaf E-Car Club.

Get here on foot, by bike or take BC Transit (the #61 stops within steps of the high school). Parking will be available in nearby park-and-ride lots and along adjacent roadways.