Riding on Hope: Concerts, Workshops & Get Outside Edition!

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July, 2012

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Summer is upon us! If the Vitamin D Juice streaming in your window isn’t temptation enough for you to get outside, consider this: Memory performance and attention span improves 20% after spending an hour interacting with nature.

And if reading this email is what’s keeping you in front of a screen, tucked away from the outside world, well, let’s make this quick! Here’s what we’ve got for you this month – A benefit concert for Otesha, a Seed Saving Workshop, a Thank You, and an exciting opportunity for O-lumni. Read on!

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SPROCKET ROCK: Rock out for Otesha!otesha band night

The Otesha Project is rockin' out for a good cause. Join us for a fun night of bicycles, bands, and beer! As always, we walk the talk while having fun, so be sure to BYOM - Bring Your Own Mug!

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through your friendly, neighbourhood Otesha volunteer or via PayPal. Check out the eventhere.

***Otesha Volunteers! If you sell 5+ tickets to this event, you are eligible to win a free single-day pass to BLUESFEST on July 14th! Sell 10+ tickets and you can bring a friend with you! Get in touch with Shirley (shirley@otesha.ca) for more details! 



Seed Saving – The Politics and the Practice. A Hands-On Workshop!

Join Otesha's Pedal to Plate Tour members at Roots and Shoots Farm for a workshop on seeds, seeds, seeds! Kate Green of USC Canada and Greta Kryger of Greta's Organic Gardens will combine forces to bring the politics and the practicalities of seed-saving to the table. Learn methods for collecting and saving seeds and hear stories of farmers across the globe who are engaged in preserving the genetic diversity of our food plants.

Monday, July 9, 2-4pm at Roots and Shoots Farm (corner of Mitch Owens Dr. and Manotick Station Rd.)
Pay what you can (suggested donation: $10)
Please RSVP to matt@otesha.ca by July 4.
P.S. This Seed Saving Workshop is just the beginning! Pedal to Plate Tour members will be spending 9 days cycling the agricultural regions of Ottawa, soaking up lively panel discussions on global food politics, taking a 1st hand peak at food production in the region, from veggies to goats to wine, and learning the art of cooking local. To learn vicariously through them, keep an eye on Otesha.ca for video blogs, Notes from the Road, and more!

Attention O-lumni!! Your Exclusive Offer…

the natural stepO-lumni, your great reputation follows you much beyond tour! Our friends at The Natural Step know how energized, active and savvy you are, and are eager to offer you an opportunity build and share your new (and old!) skills.
The Natural Step will generously sponsor one spot at each of their upcoming IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Trainings in Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver for an Otesha O-lumni! Non-O-lumni are also encouraged to apply :)
If you are interested:
1 – check out The Natural Step Website for info on the training. There’s also a sneak preview below 
 2- write a 4 line poem explaining why you’d like to attend (or draw a picture, or write a little story... be just a wee bit creative :) )
 3 – get in touch with kira@otesha.ca with your poem/doodle/story and which training you are interested in attending!

Sign up for the IMPACT! Sustainability Champions Training in to:
• Accelerate your sustainability project by: working on an existing project, creating one, or collaborating with others to carry out a project in your community
• Receive two days of action-focused sustainability and leadership training, with passionate sustainability champions
• Be mentored by local sustainability professionals
• Gain eligibility to apply for project seed funding from the 75k IMPACT! Fund
• Receive a certificate in sustainability training

Thank You!

Wild OatThanks to our amazing network of supporters and volunteers, the Wild O.A.T. (Organic Affair Toronto) was once again an afternoon of joy, fun and celebration.

The Otesha community gathered at Bloor Street United Church to celebrate Otesha’s achievements over the past year, snack on delicious OAT Jam Squares, drink organic fair-trade tea and coffee, and raise funds for Otesha’s programs during the afternoon celebration.

We are very grateful to the following organizations and businesses for their generous donations in supporting our event! Thank you to: Alternative Grounds, Apple Top Farms, Camino (La Siembra),Conscious Kosher Catering, Fiesta FarmsLoblawsThe About Face Collective, and The Cutting Veg. And, of course, big thanks to our volunteers who helped make this day run so smoothly!

andrews quiltMORE THANKS...Over the past 2 years, a committed group of non-quilters in Toronto banded together to turn patches of Otesha t-shirts and other meaningful fabrics into a quilt, a demonstration of support and love for Andrew’s family after the accident in 2010. The quilt was completed and presented in public for the first time at the Wild OAT.
This letter from Beth (Olumna with Otesha UK) was read at the presentation, which arrived with her t-shirt patch:

To me, Otesha means ‘to plant a seed and make it grow’ and everyone who is involved with this revolution of positivity and change does indeed plant a seed, in so many weird and wonderful ways. These seeds then take root and slowly, but surely, they grow and grow and grow, and so when we are gone we can be sure that we’ve left … something truly amazing, that we have changed the world in some small but incredibly significant way, and more importantly that we have … left behind us a trail of laughter, love and hope everywhere that we have been.”

The quilt was envisioned to remind us of the seed Andrew planted, and the trail of laughter, love and hope that he shared with us all.
Eternal thanks go to the following Olumni who made it happen: Emily, Ari Paul, Heather, Andi, Ashley, Lukas, Katharine, Tanya, Kayla, Paul and Elizabeth.

Get Outside! On your bike!bicycle

If you or someone you know has an adventurous spirit and is keen to dedicate 7 weeks to touring Ontario, learning firsthand about social, economic and environmental issues surrounding water and food, and facilitating fun, hands on public engagement in schools and communities along the way, we want to hear from you – QUICK! There are a few spots left on the fall Water Works and Phenomenal Food Tours. Check out Otesha.ca for more details on tours, and contact Matt atapplications@otesha.ca to get the process rolling!

Whoa! 2011 Was Jam Packed!

Thousands of seeds of change were planted by youth, educators, volunteers, supporters, organizations, farmers and individuals like you. Our community continues to grow and 2011 is a testament to the impacts that are taking root. Check out The Otesha Project's 2011 Annual Report




Bikes Tubes and Gratitude from Matt, Kira, Elly, Shirley, Lindsey, Nicole, Edward and Sophie.

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