A warm thank you to all our customers, old and new, that came out in droves during the fall craft fair season. We've put a portion of those sales to good use and would like to once again showcase one of our favourite food-related charities. They are Farm Radio International, a Canadian charity who's projects connect millions of people in Africa with a valuable knowledge base - shared via local radio broadcasters - which promotes ecologically sound farming practices and community self-reliance in rural areas. Their mission is to "support African broadcasters to provide radio services that share knowledge with, and amplify the voices of, small-scale farmers, their families and their communities."
You can find out more about Farm Radio and what they've been up to on their website at: http://www.farmradio.org/
Warm wishes to you all and hope to see you again soon!
Hello everyone, November is here and that means it's craft fair season here on Vancouver Island. It's a great chance to get out and see what the many local creative businesses are up to, and of course get a little timely Christmas shopping done at the same time. :)
Here's where you can find us over the next several weeks:
November 4-6: Nanaimo Professional Craft Fair
Beban Park Social Centre, Nanaimo
November 11-13: Charles Dickens Christmas Craft Faire
Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay
November 19-20: Christmas Chaos
Island Savings Centre, Duncan
November 25-27: Winterfest Craft Faire
Qualicum Beach Civic Centre, Qualicum Beach
December 3: Errington Christmas Craft Faire
Errington Hall, Errington
Wishing you warmth and wellness and hope to see you soon!
As many of you already know, Karuna Vihara sets aside a portion of our proceeds to help support a number of different grassroots organizations involved in food security initiatives worldwide. Most recently we've connected with Sadhana Forest, who's permaculture and ecological restoration projects can be found in India, Haiti and most recently in Kenya. The Kenya project is focussing on growing sustainably-managed food forests for about 4000 people belonging to the Samburu tribe. Previous attempts by foreign aid organizations have failed to address widespread food insecurity and malnutrition in this area and so Sadhana Forest has created a long-term project to restore the natural environment and grow/develop a healthy food forest ecosystem. Here's a link if you'd like to learn more:
Thanks for enjoying our food and supporting Karuna Vihara, we're grateful to be able to contribute towards projects like these where people are doing some really great work. :)
Photo credit: Sadhana Forest Kenya
Dear friends, we are happy to present to you our new online store! This will allow for an easy online shopping experience for all our customers, Canada-wide. It will also be a place for us to share any news, to highlight some great food-related non-profit organizations, and to offer little tips and cooking ideas for you to dabble with.
We really wanted to get things up and running, so there's not a whole lot of content yet, but we're open for business and please stay tuned for more...
The Karuna Vihara team :)