The Mysterious World Of An Octopus

The Mysterious World Of An Octopus

On the July 10th Folk U Friday: (1) Lucretia Shanfarber talked more about the Cortes Garden Club and things she’s learned about no dig gardening from gardens on Cortes and Quadra. (2) The main feature was Michael Moore explaining the mysterious underwater world of the octopus. Diver Michael Moore Folk U Fridays: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Lucretia Shanfarber about the Cortes Garden Club and Michael Moore about the mysterious world of an octopus Imagine yourself in the distant past, as a coastal dweller, wading knee deep in the ocean’s tide pools on a summer’s low tide afternoon. Bending down, you peer through the water searching for abalone, sea urchins, sea cucumber or rockfish stranded by the ebbing tide to make your evening meal. Suddenly your leg is encircled by an arm and held by suction cups. You jerk away and feel that the grip is strong. But then it lets you go and the arm retreats, to disappear under a rock where you can just see the eye of the octopus peering out. For coastal peoples, the octopus was often personified as being evil. One of it’s monikers was the Devil Fish. It is a creature that has no fixed shape and it can change its colour and texture to hide away. It is covered with a clear viscous slime. Its eight arms are lined with hundreds of suction cups leading at the junction of the arms, to the beak that in some species like Australia’s blue ringed octopus, can deliver a lethal bite to humans. At sea, sailors in their fear inspired imaginations likely melded the octopus with its close cousin the giant...
Cortes Island Waste & Recycling

Cortes Island Waste & Recycling

There was music. Miyako Reid talked about her garden, chickens and other aspects of life on Cortes. Brian Pfeifle joins host Manda Aufochs Gillespie for feature presentation on the June 26th Folk U Friday: ‘Cortes Waste & Recycling Demystified.’ As people get more waste conscience, the people on Cortes Island can be proud to know that they have one of the most successful waste diversion programs in the region. And BC has created successful programs to deal with their waste, so that there are still markets for the recycling in BC despite unstable global systems. Folk U: Miyako Reid talks about gardening & Brian Pfeifle joins host Manda Aufochs Gillespie for ‘Cortes Waste & Recycling Demystified.’ Is Your Recycling Really Recycled?  Yes! Here’s where it goes and what it becomes: Hard Plastic Packaging: Goes to Metro Vancouver where it’s recycled into pellets that can be made into new productsMetal Containers: Goes to BC, Ontario, and the US where its recycled into new packaging and sheet metalPaper: Is marketed overseas, in the US, and in BC and made into products such as egg cartons, boxes, and other paper productsGlass: (Only collected at the depot) remains in BC to become new containers, sandblast materials, or construction aggregateFoam: (Only collected at the depot) and processed locally and overseas and is made into picture frames, crown mouldings, and other productsPlastic bags and overwrap: (Only collected at the depot) go to Metro Vancouver to be made into new packaging and products.Flexible and crinkly plastic packing: (Only collected at the depot) remains in BC as part of a research and development project to determine the...
Local Money: An Introduction To Community Investments

Local Money: An Introduction To Community Investments

Small business owners and entrepreneurs struggle for money everywhere. Yet, this is perhaps more true in rural communities than anywhere in the developed world. Adam McKenty, head of CCEDA, shared a creative solution that is allowing people to invest their money in their local communities while providing capital for small businesses and entrepreneurs.  Folk U Friday: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Adam McKenty of the Cortes Community Economic Development Association ‘To Produce Innovative Creative Things’ It is “clear form the LEAP report and many, many other conversations, that people on Cortes do not want to become more dependent on the tourism economy. They want us to be able to produce food, to produce energy, to produce value added wood products, to produce innovative creative things that islanders love to invent and make and share with the world. These are our gifts. They want to have ways that money serves us, rather than us serving money,” says McKenty.  “In order to do these things, we need a way for capital to flow into local investments. We need a way for islanders to finance island businesses that’s reliable, accessible, and not too difficult to set up.” On Cortes, using numbers based on the national average, there is about 15 million dollars of investments between the individuals retirement accounts, mutual funds, and other investments. “Because of the demographics here, we can be quite sure the actual amount is much much higher than that,” says McKenty. “What could we do if we bring some of that productive money home to the island?” The Global Economy What if the world were viewed from space and...
Play 101 With Hayley Newell & Gardening With Lovena Harvey

Play 101 With Hayley Newell & Gardening With Lovena Harvey

On today’s Folk University Talk Show, Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, Hayley Newell shares with us a deeper scientific and practical understanding of play. By definition play serves no practical purpose. Yet, it is anything but valueless. It lays the foundation of a child’s cognitive development, contributes to their physical health, services an opportunity to work through traumatic experiences and develop emotional resources, and helps kids practice healthy social interactions. The brain doesn’t know the different between real and imagined experiences so play can set the foundation for a great deal of future development.  Folk U: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Hayley Newell about PLay & gets gardening tips from Lovena Harvey Play is among the most important tools in healthy development and like other skills, play is learned. Over time children are able to develop more sophisticated play and they can do this through watching and playing with older children. Playing with adults in their life is another way for children to develop their play and for them to build healthy attachments with the adults in their life. A few guidelines for getting started with the important practice of play: Set clear boundaries. It’s okay to start by saying: “We are going to play together for five minutes.” It’s essential that during that time the adult has no distractions, especially those from phones and screens. Start small. It’s practice for the adult as much (and maybe more) than for the child. Start small so that the adult can really be attentive and focused and can ease into the experience. (A lot of adults feel a bit of overwhelm or panic at the...
Climate Hope

Climate Hope

On June 5th at Folk U Talk Show, Karen Mahon Carrington joined host Manda Aufochs Gillespie to talk about her climate hope: what it is and how it inspired a new organization and movement.  Karen defines hope as: “the refusal to give up on love.” This idea inspired an essay I wrote called The Alchemy of Hope (https://mandagillespie.com/hope/) Folk U Friday: Manda Aufochs Gillespie interviews Karen Kahon of Climate Hope. Karen was recently ordained as a minister and she talks about her path mixing her activist background and her new ordination in hope.  “As we bear witness to the increasing severity of the climate crisis, we are faced with questions that cut to the very nature of who we are, and the ultimate fate of our human species. Most of us have little or no framework to process the emotional and spiritual intensity of living through this time. Unsupported, we may move into grief, anxiety, or disengagement. Seemingly powerless in the face of a constant flow of difficult information, we may become numb or gorge ourselves on distractions. Living in denial and overwhelm is difficult and doesn’t allow us to be present to the gift of our own lives, neither does it help us engage with the problems or build solutions. Climate Hope is an invitation to explore another path, to build our spiritual and emotional resilience so that we are able to engage with the climate reality from a place of resilience and productivity.” Learn more at climatehope.earth Karen’s talk ranged from her work with Deep Adaptation and the paper by Jem Bendell that started a movement. Read or listen to...
Introduction to Forest Therapy


Introduction to Forest Therapy


In this addition of the Folk U Talk Show, Sobhana Dilani Hippola, certified forest therapy guide, joins host Manda Aufochs Gillespie to discuss forest therapy and its many benefits. This was part of the Nature is Good For You series on CKTZ done in partnership with Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI), Folk University, and the Cortes radio partners Cortes Currents and Cortes Community Radio. (Should you get so inspired……In these times of physical distancing, Sobhana has also offered us an adapted guided forest therapy walk recording which you can download here https://www.friendsofcortes.org/Cortes-Nature-MP3/GuidedForestTherapyWalk.mp3 or visit https://www.friendsofcortes.org/education/nature-is-good-for-you-on-cktz/) and take with you to practice on your own in a forest near you. The recorded walk takes approximately 2 hours to complete. Before you head out on the walk, please listen to the first few minutes of the recording where Sobhana lists some practical matters and things you’ll need to bring with you on the walk. If you’re wearing earphones, please make sure to have one ear in for the recording and one ear out so you can hear the sounds of nature around you!    Folk U What is Forest Therapy? Forest therapy, otherwise known as “forest bathing” or “Shinrin-Yoku”, is a Japanese-inspired healing practice of bathing in the atmosphere of the forest to receive its medicinal and therapeutic benefits. It is unlike a traditional hike where we may have a certain destination or fitness goal, or a naturalist walk where we are learning all the names and attributes of the plants and creatures that we come across. A forest therapy walk is an intentionally slow, quiet, meditative, sensory-based experience where we...