A busy couple of days….. the overgrown and undulating area where the labyrinth is going to be needed to be flattened and the South Island Excavating team did the job in style!
If Woodwynn lost, the impact would be devastating to many people who have worked very hard.
The arguments against the farm relate to the agricultural land reserve rules – the farm wants to house more people (participants in the program) than would normally be allowed and it would amount to a small part (less than 1%) of the farm being used in a way that wasn’t in the ALR rules. The municipality *could* apply to have the rules modified for a special purpose like this – because the farm really is doing good work with the homeless. But instead, the municipality has decided to take it to court and losing the case would mean the farm would have to shut down.
In its five years of operation, no resident on the farm has ever caused a disturbance. The only police files relate to people from outside who came and trespassed and even vandalized the farm.
You don’t have to be a local in Central Saanich to sign the petition. There are regional, national and even international implications for the treatment model used on this farm.
I guess that’s all. Hopefully it helps you to understand why I am lobbying for this.
Here’e the link to the petition.
Maybe you already know that Creating Homefulness – Woodwynn Farms is looking for support via letters, emails, etc. to the Central Saanich council. I’ve helped with that… and today I spent a bit of time doing some personal reflecting there – making a heart from Woodwynn’s own straw, used twine and Queen Anne’s Lace. A bit of expression of love from me to the farm.
I’m still thinking on this and hope that anyone in the community who feels negative about Woodwynn’s goals will take a closer look. Perhaps they will see what I see….
Lots going on – including this project of Deryk’s. A decorated outdoor piano for the public to play. It’s at the foot of Oliver street in Oak Bay. Inspired by John Lennon – Deryk has titled it “Imagine”. There are three (2 other artists did them as well) around the neighbourhood. The pianos were donated and the project involves the municipality of Oak Bay, the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association and Tourism Oak Bay. – See more at:
And… there’s a tribute to me and the kids on the back!
I have worked on the little thistles within the wall of Apple Tree Lane – and in spite of ripping their roots and pouring vinegar – they are persistent. New shoots appear within days – right in the holes I leave.
Does my face show how I feel about the return of the thistles?
But what’s inside the wall is NOTHING compared to the labyrinth area outside the wall.
Thank goodness we had help today. Woodwynn had about 80-100 volunteers and ten of them were assigned to thistle duty! It was amazing how much progress was made!
Here are some photos:
The ongoing saga of thistles…