- Winter 2006/7
Living Defined - Wikipedia
Living Links - DMOZ Open Source
Living Guide - Planet Friendly Canada
"The Bay of Islands Center
is a large long term project with many smaller projects
within. The vision is future. The work is now."
~ Sustainable Community
~ Strategic Alliances
~ Advocacy & Politics
~ Culture & Education
The Center Facility
~ Soft Landings Program
~ Outdoor Stage
~ Meetings, Conferences
~ Workshops, Seminars
~ The Trail Stop & Country Market
- Shop on Site
"Goods of a Sustainable Nature"
~ Social Entrepreneurship
~ Low Impact Forestry
~ Experimental Woodlot & Non-timber Forest
~ Organic Tree Nursery &
~ Renewable Energy
Projects at the Bay of Islands Center are ongoing and
evolving slowly since 2001. We are constantly in need
of help, workwise and financially, to bring the Center
dream to fruition.
We need more people to choose a healthy, sustainable
lifestyle and join us in this experiment rural Nova
Scotia. The project is ripe with opportunities for those
who wish to join us.
In the last four years we have succeeded in gently clearing
and cleaning much of the 50 acre+ farmstead. Old woodlot
trails have been reopened and are relatively safe for
walking, but they still need fill and intepretive signage.
Centuries old garbage dumps are gradually being moved
from the surrounding fields and forest.
The beautiful but aging barn has been repaired enough
to be used by BOI, our logging horse. It also holds
a winter's supply of hay and a few artifacts left from
the days of Holman's Forge, the blacksmith shop that
once operated on the property.
We hope one day soon BOI will have proper
shoes and harnessing so he can get back to work. He's
anxious to be active again after almost a year of healing
from the effects of neglect from previous owners. We
also envision that soon, he will be able to help us
to build the facility. BOI would like take visitors
for hay rides and sleigh rides around the facility grounds,
when he is ready.
In summary, our work today focuses on:
~ the transformation of an old farmstead and two heritage
residences into useable structures
~ the preparation of the grounds to accommodate a trail
shop, an interpretative/information center, a public
restroom facility, a seminar center and various eco-cabins
and outbuildings, riverside walks and wilderness trails.
Do you think what we're doing is worth while? Would
you like to help? We have an ongoing need for volunteers.
If you can't physically help, you could contribute
financially through donations
to the Center Project.
"Compromise, Hell!", Orion (November/December
"We need to confront honestly the
issue of scale. Bigness has a charm and a drama that
are seductive, especially to politicians and financiers;
but bigness promotes greed, indifference, and damage,
and often bigness is not necessary. You may need a large
corporation to run an airline or to manufacture cars,
but you don't need a large corporation to raise a chicken
or a hog. You don't need a large corporation to process
local food or local timber and market it locally."
- Wendell Berry (b. August 1934) American philosopher,
poet, essayist, farmer, novelist, & social activist.