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     Dr. Vandana Shiva Is Coming to Victoria!


Resilient Communities:

We are so excited to announce that Dr. Vandana Shiva, a globally renowned food sovereignty activist, will be coming to Victoria on February 29th. She is a celebrated international speaker, and listeners will be inspired as she talks about her broad experience in food systems, highlighting the connections between climate change, poverty, gender inequality, loss of bio-diversity and food insecurity. She offers hope, as she explains how communities have responded creatively to these challenges.
There will be time for questions from the audience, and an opportunity to learn about how you can connect with local, on-the-ground food initiatives in the Capital Region. A book signing will follow the public presentation-- bring your Dr. Shiva's publication to be signed!
The event is co-hosted by Harmony Foundation of Canada, LifeCycles Project Society, University of Victoria’s Institute for Studies and Innovation in Community University Engagement (ISICUE), and Michelle Tsutsumi, BC Speaking Tour Coordinator.
Monday, February 29th, 8:00-9:30.
Farquhar Auditorium at UVic, B115 University Centre
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door -- purchase yours online at UVIC or call 250-721-8480.

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Launching LifeCycles' New Cider!

Hooray, our new Cider is finally here!

Come down to Spinnaker’s Brewpub this Saturday Jan 16th 
to celebrate the launch of our very own hard cider, the Backyard Blend. It’s available on draft for one day only, so come down for a meal and try out our delicious new beverage. 50% of the profit from sales will go to support the Fruit Tree Project.
The Backyard Blend is born of our longtime collaboration with Spinnaker’s bringing together the remarkable medley of apples harvested by Lifecycles and the rich expertise of their craft-brewers. Since the 90's Spinnakers has been committed to being 'relentlessly local' in their approach to food and beverage. Along with making West-coast fare and craft-brew beers from regionally sourced ingredients, Spinnakers has sought to support community groups, like ourselves, who work diligently to increase food access and food literacy. Spinnaker’s has supported us since the beginning.
After hosting a few fundraisers and purchasing fresh fruit for their menu items, Spinnakers began making a line of Apple Cider Vinegar for us. This past year, when founder and owner Paul Hadfield suggested that Spinnaker’s make a new cider from our apples, it seemed like a natural step in our collaborative evolution. As Paul himself has said, “We believe that LifeCycles’ values and goals are important to fostering a better community for us all, which is why we [Spinnakers] are committed to working with them to help them in achieving their goals.” Our collaboration of the Backyard Blend Cider, may only be a start in a broader partnership.
 As it says on our label, “the uniqueness of our product reflects the uniqueness of our partnership.” The juice we use to make this blend is comprised from an unparalleled diversity of varieties sourced from over 300 different households all in the Greater Victoria Area. This diversity gives the Backyard Blend an exceptional complexity that is impossible to replicate year to year. Each batch is a limited edition. The Backyard Blend is a 'hyper-local' product, and is, as far as I know, the only Cider anywhere to be sourced almost entirely from within an urban setting. As our tagline suggests, "it couldn't get more local than right next door." No other local product connects so directly to such a broad community.
If you can’t make it out on the weekend, look for the Backyard Blend in Spinnaker’s liquor stores in James Bay and Vic West. Also look for our Quince Paste (find it at Ottavio’s and Village Butcher) and Apple Cider Vinegar (soon to be everywhere). Proceeds will help us pick more fruit and feed more people.


We are very excited announce that we will be moving to a new location in Esquimalt on February 15th.  
Our friend and partner, Paul Hadfield, the owner of Spinnakers Brew Pub, has invited us to share a new space at 808 Viewfield Road. It is a partnership that offers all the right ingredients for synergy and growth. 
The new location offers room for growth in all of our programs, by providing multiple offices, parking spots, loading bays, and a very large, shared walk-in cooler and warehouse. We’re looking forward having the space to expand our Fruit Tree and gleaning programs; as well as opportunities to pursue developing our value added products, and other collaborative local food ventures with keen business partners.
All business and organizations in the building have strong links in the local food movement and share our ethos about the importance of developing a strong local food network.  We have already had some inspiring conversations with our new neighbours-to-be as we cross-pollinate ideas and share our vision of creating a local food hub.
*Do you have boxes or bins that are in good condition and reasonable size?  It would be great if you could drop them off at our current office, 1A - 625 Hillside Ave, before Feb 11th. We’re open Mon-Thur 10-4.  
*Want to help us pack?  Packing day is Thursday, Feburary 11th.  Please let Mary know ( if you are able to help out. Many thanks!
We’re looking forward to seeing you in our new location!
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