News from the Gabriola Commons

The Commons forest trails in distress

The Commons forest trails in distress

The beautiful trails through the Commons woods are one of the hidden or largely undiscovered treasures of the village core. And they’re suffering for this.

A couple of months ago, a first Commons trail map was created.

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South Gardeners’ Social

South Gardeners’ Social

The Commons South Gardeners hosted a gathering of all the allotment gardeners associated with the Commons last Thursday, with Pollen Heath of Watercliff Farm as guest speaker to share best practices for growing tomatoes.

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Getting involved in the Commons – becoming a Commoner

Getting involved in the Commons – becoming a Commoner

When someone comes to the Gabriola Commons to participate in an event, they are starting to become a Commoner. If they stay to help clean up, they’ve gone one step further. They’re entering a relationship of caring for this common ground that extends beyond the clocked time of the event itself, into the ecological time of sustainability.

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Being a Commons & Relating to the Land

Being a Commons & Relating to the Land

Being a commons requires more than just ‘build it and they’ll come.’ It requires clearing space in the community’s imagination to revive commons ways of being. The commons’ roots lie in a community’s shared relationship with land that sustains them, culturally as well as economically, generation after generation.

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