The Active Hope Group at First United Church
holds meetings monthly to support each other
in engaging in environmental and social justice actions
within our own lives and within the larger community,
both as individuals and as a group.

Our goal is to work together to keep making gradual and
do-able shifts toward a life-sustaining society.
If this sparks your curiosity, please join us.

Please see below for a few web pages,
we have selected that provide practical tips
about gardening in Saskatchewan and may give you some ideas!

10 easy vegetables to grow in Saskatchewan if you are a beginner gardener:
https://www.shiftingroots.com/?s=10+easy+vegetables+

Advice from the U of S about growing a no-till vegetable garden:
https://gardening.usask.ca/articles-how-to/no-till-vegetable-gardening-for-home-gardens.php

The experience of one family that replaced their front lawn with a vegetable garden:
https://www.cbc.ca/2017/we-replaced-our-front-lawn-with-a-vegetable-garden-and-grew-our-community-with-it-1.4127415

And if you (like Alanna) already have plants growing outside
that you need to protect from the forecasted overnight freezing temperatures,
here is how you can do it:
https://www.ruralsprout.com/protect-plants-from-frost/

With gratitude,

Active Hope Group
First United Church

 

 

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From the archives:

September’s AH Moment

Active Hope at First United Church
invites you to our (Virtual) Garden Harvest Sharing Circle on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7 PM

As a way to wrap up our Zoom webinar series on growing our own food, Active Hope at First United invites you to our (Virtual) Garden Harvest Sharing Circle.  This will be a chance to share the final results of all our gardening efforts, no matter how big or small our gardens may have been this year!

Everyone in attendance will have an opportunity to share the successes and questions that arose from their gardening adventures this year.  In order to facilitate sharing, you may send photos or simply send your answers to the following prompts below to the church office at firstunitedchurch@sasktel.net by this coming Sunday, September 13th.

  1. Something in your garden that worked well this year
  2. Something in your garden that did not work this year as planned
  3. How you are choosing to make use of the food you have grown!

When you send your answers and/or photos to the church, that will be considered your RSVP for the event.  Once you have RSVP’d, you will then receive the Zoom Link to attend the Garden Harvest Sharing Circle on September 17th.

Please note if you do not RSVP to firstunitedchurch@sasktel.net, you will not receive the Zoom link.

The purpose of this Garden Sharing Circle is to continue building a community of people in our church who are working to improve their skills for growing their own food.  We are here to cheer each other on and inspire each other with new ideas.  If you did not have a garden this year but are still interested to attend, you are most welcome!  Even if you missed the other two sharing circles we would love to have you join in.

With hope and gratitude for the harvests we are blessed with,

Active Hope
First United Church

May’s AH Moment

Webinar on May 13, 2020 at 7 PM

Sowing Seeds of Resilience

In this time of change and isolation and uncertainty
we find ourselves faced with,
we are learning a lot of new skills.

We are learning to connect virtually instead of in person,
and we are learning to plan ahead to avoid unnecessary trips to the store.
All over the world, there is evidence that our reduced movement
is giving the earth a chance to take a breath and begin a process of healing.

COVID-19 is also revealing a lot of the weaknesses in our current societal structure.
As we begin to notice items missing from grocery store shelves
and news of unprecedented need for food bank donations,
our thoughts turn to the topic of food security.

There are spring buds on the trees and the last frost date
for Swift Current is only a couple of weeks away.
How can we take this as an opportunity to improve our skills in growing our own food,
so that in this time, rather than facing scarcity, we may create a situation of abundance?

In the webinar, Dixie Green and Alanna Howell
will share the actions they are taking
this spring to get a good start on growing productive gardens
to provide food for themselves and their communities.
They will share simple tips and strategies to begin growing food
even when you don’t have access to a yard or a large growing space.
There will also be time for open discussion,
as there is a wealth of gardening experience
in the First United Church community
and we can all learn from each other.

 

February’s AH Moment

An Invitation:

For the Sunday service on February 16, 2020,
we invite you to wear clothing that you have bought
(or been gifted) second hand or clothing that is 10+ years old.
You might wear casual clothing or something dressy – it all works!
We’ll have a little fashion show demonstrating how our clothing
can be both earth-friendly and fashionable (or functional).

Did you know…

– In Canada, each household throws away 46 kilograms of textiles per year on average, making up
around 8-12% of municipal landfills. (Source: CBC, Passionate Eye, Aug 2019,
https://www.cbc.ca/passionateeye/m_features/our-fast-fashion-habit-is-killing-the-planet)
– The fashion industry produces 20% of global wastewater and 10% of global carbon emissions –
more than all international flights and maritime shipping. Textile dyeing is the second largest
polluter of water globally and it takes around 2,000 gallons of water to make a typical pair of
jeans. (Source: UN Environment Programme, Nov 2018, https://www.unenvironment.org/news-
and-stories/story/putting-brakes-fast-fashion)
-Although we don’t grow cotton (one of the world’s thirstiest crops) in Canada, nor are we home
to the world’s most toxic textile factories, we’re still contributors to the global problem through
how much we buy and throw away. (Source: CBC, Passionate Eye, Aug 2019,
https://www.cbc.ca/passionateeye/m_features/our-fast-fashion-habit-is-killing-the-planet)

So What Can We Do?

-Buy less (this is the most impactful!!).
– Buy better quality so your clothing will last longer.
– Think twice before throwing out your clothing.
-Try to repair or redesign them.
– Donate your clothes to your friends, family, neighbours or to charity.
– Put them in the textile recycling bin.

– Buy second hand, swap and rent clothing.
-Buy clothes from sustainable brands.
– Pay attention to your washing.
-Wash your clothing less often.
-Wash full loads.
-Wash in cold water and line dry.