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"A sustainable environment is one in which the natural environment, economic development and social life are seen as mutually dependent".
-- Centre for Innovative Education

Coastal Communities Network

NS Public Lands Coalition


Project Update - Winter 2006/7

Sustainable Living Defined - Wikipedia
Sustainable Living Links - DMOZ Open Source
Sustainable 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."

Work in Progress
within Projects
Community Development
~ Sustainable Community
~ Strategic Alliances
~ Advocacy & Politics
~ Culture & Education

The Center Facility
~ Soft Landings Program
~ Camping
~ Hostel
~ Outdoor Stage
~ Meetings, Conferences
~ Workshops, Seminars

Sustainable Living

~ The Trail Stop & Country Market
- Shop on Site

Shop Online

"Goods of a Sustainable Nature"
~ Social Entrepreneurship
~ Low Impact Forestry
~ Experimental Woodlot & Non-timber Forest Products
~ Organic Tree Nursery &
Healthful Herbs

~ Wilderness Trails
~ EcoTourism
~ Forestry
~ Renewable Energy

Environmental Issues

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.

Quoteworthy Quotes:

"Compromise, Hell!", Orion (November/December 2004)

"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.


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