February Hide Tanning Circle

Accepting and using animal hides, bone and other parts is a keystone of ancestral life ways from all over the world. EartHand Gleaners Society is mainly ‘vegetarian’ in our materials, but as we move deeper into our relationship with the land, ancestral skills, and with First Nations, we recognize the importance of knowing more about working…

Realms of Refuge

If you want to go fast, go alone; If you want to go far, go together. We believe that building community and caring for each other is the most important work that we undertake. It is why we teach, why we collaborate and bridge and convene circles of makers; why we make by hand, so…

Math and Rope

Our feelings about rope-making range from mild enthusiasm to deep conviction and fanaticism — and we’ll be the first to admit, it’s an esoteric pursuit. But believe it or not, there are more rope-making evangelists like us out there. Historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, mathematicians and physicists — they’re coming at it from some pretty amazing, intellectual places. Our…

Porchapalooza!

Wednesday August 3rd is Porchapalooza at Trillium North Park! 6-11pm Bring  something for the potluck dinner at 6pm, plate and cutlery, water bottle and picnic blanket or camping chair are also encouraged. We will have a community weaving/ rope making project going to keep hands busy while we listen to the tunes of the Legion…

Eslhalha7kw’hiwus project complete!

Eslhalha7kw`hiwus is a Squamish word shared with us by language keeper Rebecca Duncan, who received it from her late father. It describes how our lines are all connected: to each other, the land, the plants, and our ancestors; and it expresses the intention of our project to re-establish a respectful relationship of balance between a…

March at Trillium

Such a busy month! it has taken me the  first week of April to even sort photos for all the happenings, but have posted on our Trillium  Almanac School Residency at last a March Page… you can read about March in the park and follow the whole project from here. A big thanks to our…

March 24th- Strathcona Family Stewardship Day!

EartHand Gleaners Society is thrilled to be partnering with our friend and neighbour, Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA) for a Family Stewardship Day during  March Break. EYA has a  big new project on the go, reclaiming a former  blackberry plot into a wilderness zone of native species on the south east corner of Strathcona Gardens, and…

Garden as Co-Teacher: Part 2

In the second part of her guest post on outdoor learning and ‘Garden as Co-Teacher’, Dr. Susan Gerofsky talks about some examples of the work being done at the UBC Orchard Garden  and allies across the Lower Mainland and the world to advance gardens and outdoor spaces as sites of learning and inquiry. As outdoor…

Garden as Outdoor Classroom & Co-Teacher: Part 1

The premise of EartHand is that education is one of the keys to sparking social shifts toward a sustainable society.  EartHand’s board member Dr. Susan Gerofsky is deeply engaged in ecologically-based pedagogy in her work at the UBC Orchard Garden, and in this first of a two-part guest post she reflects on conventional classrooms and…

Smitten with Slippers

Many of you will join me in my excitement over this announcement — I’m finally teaching  a workshop on how to make the woven slippers! thanks due, as always, to Vladimir Yarish and his book, Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark. Saturday February 6,  9:30am to 6:00pm including breaks MacLean Park Fieldhouse, Strathcona $125 including materials…