Farm Folk can Be City Folk BY REBECCA CUTTLER

Experiencing Vancouver’s urban farms, By Rebecca Cuttler for www.farmcityfolk.ca

Rebecca Cuttler, Executive Assistant to Joel Solomon at Renewal Partners, and an SVI and SCI Alumnae, has written an article for FarmFolk CityFolk Magazine about Vancouver’s urban farming scene.  A print version of the magazine is available for free at specialty grocery and wine shops in British Columbia.

Farm Folk can Be City Folk

If you are paying attention, you might catch it out of the corner of your eye: an almost hidden half-acre where Vancouver’s urban landscape gives way to a lush market garden bursting with flowers, multi-coloured beans and deep red beets. Farmers on 57th is one of a growing number of farms situated within Vancouver’s city limits.

Karen Ageson and Tessa Wetherill are the farmers in ‘Farmers on 57th’. I’m meeting with them in a cluster of lawn chairs next to the market garden stand, and a neighbour and cSA member interrupts us. She has a small plastic bag in her hand, out of which poke some seedlings with leaves that range from green to purple to a near-blue. “Here’s the rainbow kale I was telling you about,” she says, handing it to Karen. We all take a look. Karen and Tessa have never seen this variety before.

Farmers on 57th runs a 30 member cSA program: households sign up at the beginning of each year to receive a weekly share of the farm’s harvest. cSA members come from many walks of life. Some, like the rainbow kale-grower, are gardening enthusiasts. others are busy downtown workers who didn’t know anything about local food production until recently. What they share is the fact that they all pick up a week’s worth of produce at the place where it is grown. As Wetherill explains that, “more and more they stick around, they walk through the garden, they talk to each other.” In many cases, members have had to dramatically changed their diets simply to keep up with the harvest. “I have so much respect for the amount of vegetables they eat,” says Wetherill. “We give them a large box, in the spring they’re getting just greens and greens and greens. They’re like, ‘I have to eat salad every night!’”

Read the full article here, see page 18.

Video Branding for your Business

BY STEVE ROSENBERG

Video is now essential as the most effective way to build your organization’s identity and digital marketing strategy

Build upon your organization’s identity and digital marketing strategy with video content. Learn to create short videos to energize your company press room, promote a special project, or simply to keep current as a business professional.

See how one of Steve’s students’ films boosted the reach and profile of a local circus school/troupe for young people

 

Steve Rosenberg is an award winning writer/director and founder of Pull Focus film school.  pullfocusfilmschool.com
 

Democracy Now Interviews Matthew Fox about the Pope's Resignation

With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and emergence of Pope Francis we turn to a former Catholic priest Matthew Fox.  In this interview with Democracy Now, Matthew Fox chronicles his story and provides sage advice in his most recent book, The Pope’s War.

Matthew Fox is an activist, theologian and Episcopal priest.  His 30 books have been translated into 43 languages and have received numerous awards. matthewfox.org
Matthew Fox is Matthew Fox is an activist, theologian and Episcopal priest.  His 30 books have been translated into 43 languages and have received numerous awards. matthewfox.organ activist, theologian and Episcopal priest.  His 30 books have been translated into 43 languages and have received numerous awards. matthewfox
Matthew Fox is an activist, theologian and Episcopal priest.  His 30 books have been translated into 43 languages and have received numerous awards. matthewfox.org
Matthew Fox is an activist, theologian and Episcopal priest.  His 30 books have been translated into 43 languages and
Join Matthew April 26 – 27 at his Vancouver Workshop, Hildegard & The Mystics, illuminate your heart-centred path of transformation and awaken your inner mystic

Our People – Joel Solomon

Joel Solomon, Hollyhock Board Chair, was recently featured in Blue & Green Tomorrow, a UK-based news site that focuses on businesses that balance the needs of the planet, its people and prosperity.

‘We need investment that prioritises long-term wellbeing for people and planet’
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 By Blue & Green Tomorrow

Samuel Johnson once said, “When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” So how would the threat of death affect your outlook on life? For Joel Solomon, president of Renewal Partners, it spurred him on to use his business and investment nous to help create a better future for generations to come.

A number of family members, including his father, had died of polycystic kidney disease – where cysts form in the kidneys, causing them to become enlarged. And when he himself was diagnosed with the condition in his early 20s, doctors said he could die very soon – or he could live a long life.

Read the full article, here.

SVI Hollyhock Alumni Featured at TEDx Vancouver

On October 21, 2013, Hollyhock Social Venture Institute participants were some of the many 2,300 brought together for a day of ideas worth spreading for TEDx Vancouver.  The Social Venture Institute community was well-represented, with SVI participants Joel SolomonJohn IzzoMark Brand and John Bromley each taking the stage to deliver the talks of their lives.

If you missed it in person, the videos of their talks have just been released:

A Journey of Mortality, Renewal & Ethical Investment: Joel Solomon at TEDxVancouver

The Impact of an Unconventional Solution: Mark Brand at TEDxVancouver

Disrupting the World of Charity: John Bromley at TEDxVancouver

The Defining Moment for a Generation-In-Waiting: Dr. John Izzo at TEDxVancouver

Hollyhock exists to inspire, nourish and support people who are making the world better. Our learning centres are located on Cortes Island and Vancouver, BC.