Earthcare Connections / Genesis Land Conservancy
Earthcare Connections is a Humboldt-based charity dedicated to educating people about healthy, environmentally friendly choices. It is closely tied to the Genesis Land Conservancy, a land trust dedicated to preserving land for sustainable farming.
First conceptualized in 1997, Earthcare Connections was born through the efforts of Paul Brassard and Duane Guina. Established as an incorporated entity in 1998, it acquired the status of a charitable organization in 1999. Initial funding came from the sponsorship of the Roman Catholic, Ukrainian Catholic, United Church and Anglican churches in Saskatchewan.
Projects include the Earthcare Balloon, an educational tool that allows people to experience the world in realistic, three-dimensional perspective, rather than on the flat projections of a map.
The balloon, which can be viewed from inside and out, includes 24 hand-painted panels to make a three-dimensional topographical representation of the earth. The structure, like earth, is dominated by water. Each panel represents the hours of the day and the time zones. Visitors enter the balloon through the International Date Line.
The balloon also includes a curriculum for study for children from K-12 and is available for rental for non-profit groups, conferences, fairs and festivals.
Genesis Land Conservancy was launched in 1996. It holds land in trust for sustainable, agricultural use.
A land trust is an alternative ownership model that removes land from the commodity market and uses it as a long-term resource. Genesis assists farmers in the transfer of land to the land trust in order to make land available to farm operators under lease. Working with land in trust fosters a new generation in sustainable farming.
Genesis Land Conservancy currently (2006) manages over 3000 acres of land throughout Saskatchewan. It also assists in the development of The Learning Centre and promotes sustainable agriculture and earth stewardship.
Together, Earthcare and Genesis also support projects like conferences, learning events and resources, sustainable agriculture projects, tree planting, and efforts to help new farmers.
"The Earthcare Balloon, an educational tool that allows people to experience the world in realistic, three-dimensional perspective."
"Genesis promotes sustainable livestock production."
For more information visit http://www.earthcare.sk.ca. The site has an extensive Links section.