Silver Cloud Farm at te Sooke Country Market.

Silver Cloud Farm at te Sooke Country Market.

Sustaining Sooke

Weekend of events in Sooke will highlight sustainability

  • Sep. 19, 2012 3:00 p.m.

Sooke Sustainability Day, Sunday, Sept. 23

Sooke Transition Town Society, the JDF Cycling Coalition, Slow Food Vancouver Island and Sooke Region Food CHI present three great community events:

1. Sooke Slow Food Cycle Tour 2012

Sustainable staycation on two wheels. A 33-km circle tour of Sooke from Edward Milne community school with stops at 16 workshop locations and points of interest around town. Tickets $21 per person/$42 for family groups. Drop-in visitors welcome at each stop by small donation.

2. Collective Transition: Sustainability Expo & Marketplace at EMCS.

Come one, come all by small donation to this Transition Town village for the day.  Demos, displays, lively debate, music, e-bike and e-car test rides and much more.

• Reskill yourself with tips and techniques on permaculture, solar power, backyard chickens, food preservation, distillation, small-space gardening and the ‘strawberry fence;’

• Browse 30-plus stands at our harvest marketplace featuring local and regional farmers, artisans and vendors;

• Talk shop with experts on energy efficiency, local currency, food foraging and the Transition Town movement;

• Singalong with Sooke musicians (bring an instrument), stretch out with yoga classes, enjoy Tai Chi and martial arts demos, watch inspiring films (including Revenge of the Electric Car) and hang with friends & neighbors who share the green dream

3. Sunriver Harvest Feast

A delicious, locally grown multi-course feast with seafood entree at Sooke’s lovely community garden. Gates open at 4:30. Seating limited to 200; a separately ticketed event at $20 per adult/$10 kids.

Full details @ http://www.sookeslowfoodcycle.com

Please walk, bike, car pool or take BC Transit!  All who do so will be entered into a raffle for cool prizes. A portion of proceeds go to the Sooke Bike Skills Park and the Seedy Saturday heritage seed-saving project.

p.s. another newsworthy point is that Marlaina Elliot is working with the Prestige Hotel and Sooke Harbour House to get the town’s first electric-car charging stations installed prior to the event. There’s a big e-car component to the Collective Transition at EMCS. Victoria Leaf Club will have a dozen new e-cars in the parking lot for test rides and we’ll have a late-afternoon screening of Revenge of the Electric Car courtesy the Leaf Club and Jo Phillips of Awareness Film Night.

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