News from the Gabriola Commons

Commons Pruning Workshop

Commons Pruning Workshop

Thirty people came out last Sunday afternoon, Feb 25, 2024, to a pruning workshop in the Commons orchard, led by Betty Kehler and Lynn Bowerman. Gardeners with the three allotment gardens associated with the Commons, plus members of the Commons Farm Team, they also spent time applying what they’d learned in helping prune the apple trees in the orchard. They then gathered over tea and snacks to...

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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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Solar Installations

Solar Installations

Our 10 kilowatt solar power installations are a source of pride—not just to those involved in the...

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Community Kitchen

Community Kitchen

The first major building project on the Gabriola Commons was the Commons Community Kitchen. Once...

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Labyrinth

Labyrinth

The Labyrinth is a beautiful, peaceful sanctuary located near the blueberry field. Everyone is...

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