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Strategic Plan



A society that respects ecosystems, honours diverse cultures and sustains an
economy in balance with communities and nature

Mission Statement
To work locally, nationally and internationally to support organic agriculture, land
stewardship and appropriate technologies for the future of our planet

                                                            FBC rural office illuminated by stunning summer sunset

 Our Work, Areas for Action....................P.3
 Program Achievements.......................... P.4
 Strategic Goals At-A-Glance...................P.8
 Program Goals...................................... P.10
 Organizational Capacity........................P.13
 Staff and Board....................................P.13
Director’s Message
2012 marks the 20th Anniversary of Falls Brook Centre
which came into being largely as a result of the Rio de
Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992.

Looking backwards first. During the lead up to the 1992
Rio Earth Summit I was working at the national level in
Canada with the first global “e-connection”, a Canadian
experiment to find out if position papers and work
programs could be developed using the brand new
technology of the time, e-mail. Eight selected partner
groups from the South were given computers and modems
and were asked to talk to eight representatives of the
Canadian Environmental Network, who represented
environmental views internationally. It was the first time
this medium had been used to discuss global concerns
between diverse countries. This was moderately successful
as a first experiment, given challenges like the dial-up
connection speed and some hesitancy to adopt this

At the time I was also vice-Chairperson of The
Environment Liaison Centre International, which was the
Nairobi -based network for most of the world's
environment groups, especially from the South. We were          does one cast one’s vision forward to imagine the future
chosen to lead the Paris Conference, hosted by President        and plan accordingly?
Mitterrand in Paris which was convened to showcase
global environmental concerns and successes leading up to       One fundamental disconnect is between human societies
the Rio Earth Summit: photo galleries were displayed,           and the land that supports us. Falls Brook Centre is an
essays presented, and over 500 delegates from all walks of      organization promoting and modeling reconnection. One
life were brought to France. Delegates met to share             of the strengths of Falls Brook Centre is our connection to
concerns and to develop position papers for policies on         other parts of the world, through internships and
forests, agriculture, energy, addressing the difficulties        collaborative work; this gives us a more global perspective.
people were facing and their hope for developing                We must become “Occupied” with the land base,
sustainability.                                                 promoting our messages to grow and eat food without
                                                                chemicals, to work for protection and restoration of forests,
 This was the first large gathering of people who found          clean up rivers and oceans, support local businesses, find
them sharing concerns about ecology, communities,               learning in building communities, celebrate what we have,
agriculture, forests and cultures with people from countries    reduce use of fossil fuels, let children be part of a
they might never have heard about before. It was amazing        productive society rather than a consumer society
and exciting to meet other people from around the world
and have the opportunity to work together late into the          Falls Brook Centre has a long term vision of sustainable
night on shared position papers and present our views in        communities. A place to aim for in all of our work: good
forums in Bergen, Norway; Brussels, Geneva and Paris            governance, good food, cultural strength, supporting local
leading up to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.                         initiatives and cooperation, living in balance with what
                                                                nature provides. With this as our goal, FBC works and
Fast forward through a turbulent twenty years of climate        collaborates with many organizations, individuals, board
change reflected all around amid growing economic                members, and overseas partners. We are inching along,
contractions: wars for oil, disrespect for the Planet we live   restoring landscapes, working with people, promoting re-
on, food shortages, more inequality with bankers and            skilling in a variety of technologies.
corporations afflicted with a desire for profit above all that
knows no limits. Rural areas worldwide are seeing their         Thank you to all our supporters, and everyone who works
people drain into urban areas, leading to the loss of vital     with us. We are pleased to go onwards on this journey.
skills for living in a sustainable, land-based community. At
the same time our rural and wild spaces are being opened
to resource extraction on an unprecedented scale. How
                                                                                  J ean Arnold
                              FBC Science Centre headquarters, Salado, Honduras

Having land and not ruining it is the most
beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own
                                                     - Andy Warhol
Our Work                                                          Action Areas
                                                                  Research and Develop:
Falls Brook Centre is a sustainable community
                                                                  Sustainable and appropriate technologies, ideas and
demonstration and training centre in rural                        techniques
New Brunswick.                                                    By combining appropriate new technologies with local,
                                                                  traditional wisdom and practice, we will contribute to
Located in South Knowlesville, Carleton County, on 400            the growing body of knowledge of land restoration and
acres of Acadian forest and farmland, our land base               stewardship, appropriate building design and renewable
represents a balance between the two major economic               energy and efficiency options.
drivers in the region – forestry and farming. FBC strives
to promote exemplary sustainable practices in these two           Apply and Demonstrate:
areas, plus in the growing field of appropriate technology         Restorative, respectful practices with land and
and renewable energies.                                           communities
                                                                  The foundation for all our activities, and the source of
Onsite demonstrations include our certified organic                inspiration for others, will continue to be the work we
gardens and orchards, interpretive forest trails, solar and       accomplish on the ground. Our efforts to set a positive
wind energy systems, an off-grid conference centre for 30         example of sustainable, rural living drive us to
people, tree nurseries, herbariums, non-timber forest             continually strengthen our demonstration site.
product propagation, and a straw bale house museum.
These demonstrations provide the basis for a variety of           Promote and Encourage:
educational and outreach programs for visitors of all             Viable, land-based work and living
ages. The centre’s agricultural areas are certified organic        Through our practical demonstrations and a vibrant
by the Organic Crop Improvement Association, NB.                  outreach program, we will increase public awareness of
                                                                  viable consumer choices, lifestyle options, and career
Falls Brook Centre implements international                       possibilities in Canada and around the world.
programming in appropriate technology, community
education, solar electrification, landscape restoration,           Work in Partnerships:
Analog Forestry, and organic agriculture.                         Locally, nationally and internationally
                                                                  Our partnerships throughout New Brunswick, Canada
We are active at the policy level with environmental              and the world are what keep us informed, relevant, and
NGOs and other partners on the national and                       connected. We view our collaborators as vital facilitators
international stage.                                              in a global exchange of knowledge, practical skills, and
                                                                  values that will bring the change we desire.
We represent our region and our country in networks
such as the New Brunswick chapter of Canadian Organic             Make the Links:
Growers, the Atlantic Council for International                   Between local and global actions and realities
Cooperation, the Canadian Environmental Network, the              As an organization, we follow the motto “Think global,
Canadian Renewable Energy Association, the Forest                 act local”. All of our actions at home reflect what we
Stewardship Council and the International Analog                  advocate in the global context. We continue to work to
Forestry Network.                                                 bring home the lessons we learn overseas, while sharing
                                                                  local skills with international partners.
A dance in the barn keeps everyone up late

Program Achievements to 2011
Organic Agriculture
We responded to a growing public interest in local,
organic food and environmental health through two
major outreach projects:

  In 2008, we initiated the “Food Miles
  Challenge”, bringing local and organic
  farmers into the spotlight while reaching
  out to local consumers with information on
  where to buy locally grown foods.

  In 2009, the “Community Conservation for
  Watershed Protection” project began,
  highlighting the importance of aquatic life
                                                           Elderberry harvest from the berry patch
  in our local watershed. A broad audience
  was reached, including local farmers,                   regional events, we have built new relationships with
  community recreation groups, students,                  members of the NB organic sector.
  and families, all with the same message of
                                                          We have introduced a three month onsite organic
  water stewardship.
                                                          workshop series geared towards FBC’s International
                                                          Youth Internship candidates, as a part of their pre-
Our organic demonstration site’s capacity was increased   departure training program. Their participation in the
substantially with the addition of two garden plots,      workshops gives them a valuable base in organic
allowing us to increase crop rotations and reduce soil-   production, which they are then able to share with our
borne disease. Storage capacity for our food crops has    international partners.
improved with a new freezer and cold storage. Interns,
WWOOFers and staff have been involved in various          In 2010, FBC’s “Mexican Network of Organic
food preservation workshops, ensuring that the harvest    Markets” project was completed successfully, resulting
is extended as far as possible.                           in the integration of 22 new markets into the national
                                                          network, as well as the augmentation of best practices
Provincially, we collaborated with the Atlantic           in participatory organic certification throughout
Canadian Organic Regional Network and the New             Mexico. Our partnership with the Mexican Network of
Brunswick government to develop the NB Organic            Organic Markets is maintained through our
Strategic Plan 2009-2010, with the goal of creating       international internship placements.
policies that promote the growth of the organic sector
in the province. Through this and engagement at other
                                                                                                     Working hard in the gardens
                                                                                                                  Planting hundreds of acorns in the nursery

Forest Stewardship                                                          Internationally many of our partnerships have grown
Locally, the Forest Stewardship program has focused on                      out of a shared interest in biodiversity restoration using
increasing and maintaining FBC’s Acadian forest                             analog forestry as the methodology. Analog Forestry is a
restoration site. The past three years have seen the                        system used to restore fragmented forests that utilizes
plantation of hundreds of native tree seeds in our forest                   species that yield returns for those doing the restoration. !
nursery and of saplings and native understory plants                        For three years we worked with the Latin American
onto FBC property. More interpretive signage,                               Model Forest Network in Costa Rica, Dominican
boardwalks and benches have been installed along our                        Republic and Honduras. !Working with CATIE, the
12 kilometres of nature trails, increasing our capacity to                  agro-forestry university situated in Turrialba, Costa
host visiting groups and to feature restoration                             Rica, as the overall manager to implement analog
methodologies.                                                              forestry on 14 sites per country, we have restored sites
                                                                            within municipalities, botanical gardens, small farmers’
                           August Chanterelle harvest from FBC forest       sites and the University itself. CATIE sites have been the
                                                                            subject of student research on various aspects of carbon
                                                                            storage and ecosystem services.

                                                                            In Cuba we are completing a restoration project in the
                                                                            Province of Guantanamo. Analog Forestry has been
                                                                            accepted by the Cuban government as a preferred
                                                                            method of restoration and we have had many requests
                                                                            from other areas of the island to begin working in this
                                                                            discipline. In April 2011, Falls Brook Centre scientist
                                                                            Dr. Ranil Senanayake was the keynote speaker for the
                                                                            Cuban Global Forest Congress which included
                                                                            participants from more than 100 countries.

                                                                            In Honduras we are working across the North Atlantic
                                                                            coast to restore mangrove forests while supporting long-
                                                                            term community economic development in the
                                                                            region.!Home base is Cuero y Salado, a biosphere
                                                                            reserve located outside of La Ceiba. The community
                                                                            benefits from increased fish and crustacean habitat,
                                                                            ecotourism, wildlife habitat, birding and environmental
                                                                            education for all ages. We have been fortunate to receive
                                                                            support from Arpin Canoe Restigouche’s annual canoe
                                                                            fundraiser and from the Campbell Webster Foundation,
                                                                            Blue Moon Foundation, and CIDA, whose contributions
                                                                            have improved life in the region with kitchen gardens,
                                                                            solar electrification and efficient wood cookstoves.

Appropriate Technology
and Renewable Energy
The Appropriate Technology and Renewable Energy
program has contributed to a number of local energy
and efficiency initiatives, working in partnership with
diverse organizations to promote greater energy
efficiency and to reduce dependency on fossil fuels
through locally appropriate and renewable

Our local demonstration facilities have been upgraded,
with the installation of new solar hot water systems,
upsized solar electric systems, and a site-wide energy
audit to highlight areas for improvement in our own
energy use. The RE systems of two buildings have been
upgraded to meet electrical code. We have also added a
solar electrified fence and animal barn to the pasture
and built a new “Justa Stove”, which is a highly efficient
wood-burning stove that has been modeled in many of          Wind turbine construction workshop

our Central American partner communities.
                                                            Provincially, the FBC Appropriate Technology program
Our extensive public engagement program has seen an         has collaborated with the Alliance for Community
increased interest in our Energy Empowerment                Energy with the aim of encouraging provincial support
workshop series, which provides hands-on training to        for renewable energy. To the same end, we have also
businesses and individuals in passive solar heat, solar     been engaged in provincial Energy Commission
electric, wind energy, and efficient heating techniques.

The Climate Change Bus has continued to serve as an         Our partnership with Grupo Fenix in Sabana Grande,
interactive public engagement tool, traveling               Nicaragua, has been maintained through ongoing
throughout the province to inspire audiences of all ages    intern placements that promote the uptake of
                                                            renewable energy and the improvement of rural
to think about climate change.

                                                                                          Solar installation workshops at FBC are always popular
                                                                                                               Analog Forestry planting in Honduras

Community Development                                       In the summer of 2009, FBC launched our first annual
                                                            Falls Brook Free School, a celebration of learning that
and Education                                               invites community members to share their skills,
                                                            knowledge and ideas in an open, ‘free’ environment.
                                                            Thanks to the success of the first two Free Schools, this
Since 2008, FBC’s Community Development and
Education program has engaged thousands of children,        event has become an annual summer tradition.
youth and adults with the objectives of building
                                                            Our international project work in Honduras,
community resiliency and environmental leadership in
                                                            Nicaragua, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica
the province of New Brunswick.
                                                            and Mexico has moved forward significantly with the
From 2008 to 2011, the Upper Saint John River Valley        incorporation of community education initiatives that
Initiative conducted Community Asset Mapping                promote literacy, sustainable resource use, and
                                                            economic independence through small business and
sessions in five forest-dependent communities, followed
                                                            value-added production.
by seven Strategic Planning workshops and the
development of a series of experiential, skill-building     Photovoltaic construction with guest teacher Dr. Richard Komp

workshops intended to overcome the more common
barriers to successful community development. These
workshop themes were “Group Facilitation”,
“Understanding Interpersonal Conflict”, and
“Leadership Skills”, developed in response to recurring
issues in community development in rural areas. The
workshops were delivered to almost 400 participants
over the course of two years, along with accompanying
resource booklets and workshop handouts.

Engaging NB communities in an asset-oriented
dialogue fostered pride and a sense of ownership over
local resources, sparking the creation of economic
action plans in response to recent mill closures, and the
development of a Forest Goods and Services Directory,
for local forest products.

Our sustainability education programs for classrooms
reached approximately 1000 students per year, offering
an increasingly diverse range of experiential,
curriculum-linked, indoor and outdoor classroom
workshops. We developed the capacity to meet the
curriculum needs of nearly every grade level, offering a
range of topics including biodiversity and ecosystem
function, fair trade, food security, green technology,
governance, and local stewardship.

Strategic Goals Summary
Program/Goal       Research and                     Apply and                       Promote and
                   Develop                          Demonstrate                     Encourage

Community          Informal skill-building/         Positive organizational         Global worldview
                   leadership programs              practices and culture
Development and
                                                                                    Community celebrations and
Education          Sustainability                   A model integrated living and   skill-building opportunities
                                                    working environment
                   Education modules                                                Sustainable consumer
                                                    Use of appreciative inquiry     behaviour
                   Training opportunities for       models for community action
                   educators                        planning                        Critical thinking about our
                                                                                    affect on ecosystems

Organic            Permacultural, carbon neutral    Organic production              Awareness of local food
                   and appropriate food                                             sources
                   production systems               Traditional, biodynamic and
                                                    permaculture techniques         Consumption of organic and
                   Creative food storage and                                        fair trade goods
                   processing solutions.            Effective nutrient
                                                    management                      New organic farmers
                   Sustainable, just marketing      Organic certification            Consumption of local,
                   models                                                           seasonal goods

                                                                                    Healthy, balanced eating

Appropriate        Improved onsite energy            Improved energy                Awareness of energy
                   systems and efficiency plan        efficiency in all onsite          efficiency
Technology and
Renewable Energy   Improved, relevant RE                                            Use of efficiency in building
                   workshop content                 RE systems meet national        system design
                   Solar electrification kits for                                    Renewable energy to offset
                   Latin America                    Off-grid best practices          energy expenses
                                                    Lo-tech alternatives
                                                                                    Policy change to better
                                                                                    integrate RE

Forest             Biodiversity restoration         Maintenance and restoration     Consumer support of local
                   methods                          for multiple ecosystem types    forest products
                   Climate change adaptation        Restoration nurseries           Community-based forest
                   methods                                                          management
                                                    Small enterprise
                   Community forestry               opportunities                   Long-term vision of forest
                   Strategies to maintain
                   environmental services                                           Forestry apprenticeships

Work in                         Make the Global Links

Students, teachers and          Gender equality
                                Model community economic
Sustainability education        development in the bounds of
networks in region              ecosystems

Like-minded organizations       Promote and support
and institutions                microenterprise

Local governments, rural        Share stories to inspire action
communities, and neighbours     on climate change

Farmer-to-farmer and farmer-    Farm market networks to
to-market networks              promote participatory
                                organic certification
Organic agriculture networks
                                Kitchen gardening and forest
Promote sharing of ideas,       gardens for food sovereignty
skills, knowledge
                                Build internship

Energy groups that hold         Develop technologies and
similar goals                   techniques to improve
                                appropriate and renewable
Expand work opportunities       technology
in appropriate technology and
renewable energy                Build internship

                                Improve livelihoods using
                                appropriate tech

Protect Crown Lands,            Skill exchanges in biodiversity
promote community forestry      restoration

Collaborate with Forest         Transition from mono to
Stewardship Council (FSC)       polycultural land use
                                Non-timber forest products;
Analog Forestry Network         Ecotourism

                                Analog Forestry
                                Demonstrations to affect

                                Mangrove restoration

Program Goals
                                                                     Promote and Encourage:
Organic Agriculture
                                                                     Awareness of locally available foods and local
The Organic Agriculture program addresses the                        marketplaces, including farmers’ markets, roadsides
revitalization of rural agrarian economies with a                    stands, farm-gate sales, home delivery services and
focus on organic agriculture and local markets. Falls                CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
Brook Centre understands healthy, appropriate, safe                  Consumption of fair trade products and increased
food to be the foundation of healthy communities.                    awareness of the origin of imported commodities in
This understanding commits us to the organic                         Canada.
agriculture principles, the consumption of locally
produced foods, and food sovereignty for all                         New organic farmers’ education by promoting and
communities.                                                         hosting organic farm apprenticeships.
                                                                     Increased consumption of locally produced, organic
                                                                     goods in place of conventional, imported products,
Research and Develop:                                                leading to stronger, more secure local food systems.
Appropriate permaculture design systems to improve                   Healthy, balanced eating habits based on locally
current food production onsite, in New Brunswick                     available foods.
and globally.
Locally feasible carbon-neutral solutions for multiple
scales of food production.                                           Work in Partnerships:

Creative food storage solutions for food produced                    With local, regional, national and international
locally and in partner countries, including value-                   farmer-to-farmer and farmer-to-market networks to
added products and processing.                                       promote sharing of ideas and innovative solutions
                                                                     between producers.
Sustainable, fair marketing models for small
producers.                                                           With organic agriculture networks to encourage the
                                                                     growth of organic agricultural practices locally and
Apply and Demonstrate:                                               Make the Global Links:
Production of high-quality, organic food using                       Continue working with farmer-to-farmer networks in
organic principles combined with local traditions,                   Mexico and elsewhere to promote participatory
permaculture design, and biodynamic techniques.                      organic certification and consumer education.
Effective nutrient management and composting                         Support food sovereignty in project partner
systems according to organic standards.                              communities by sharing kitchen garden and forest
Certification of organic food production by national                  garden techniques with women and families.
and international certifying bodies.                                 Support global knowledge and skill exchanges in
                                                                     organic food production.

Abundant vegetable gardens feed staff and interns through the year
                               Tree seed from the Acadian Forest

                                                                        Community-based sustainable forest management,
Forest Stewardship                                                      including co-operative land management and
                                                                        community forestry.
Falls Brook Centre strives to maintain and restore the
diverse, life-giving forests in New Brunswick and                       Protection and sustainable use of local forests,
around the world, by working to restore biodiversity                    stemming from a long-term vision of stewardship.
in degraded areas, assisting forest-based communities                   The establishment of a forest stewardship
with land management and joining with others to                         apprenticeship program in New Brunswick.
change policies that undermine our ecosystems and
the species that depend on them. We intend to work
for the restoration of forests and watersheds, with the                 Work in Partnerships:
goal of preserving their ecological, social and
                                                                        With the Crown Lands Coalition in New Brunswick,
economic life support systems.
                                                                        the Community Forestry Coalition at a national level,
                                                                        and the Forest Stewardship Council internationally,
Research and Develop:                                                   as well as exploring new partnerships with other
                                                                        forest stewardship oriented organizations.
Biodiversity restoration methodologies in degraded
areas.                                                                  As the North American office of the International
                                                                        Analog Forestry Network (IAFN).
Climate change adaptation methodologies for fragile
Community forestry models based on ecological land                      Make the Global Links:
management and governed by communities.                                 Foster knowledge exchanges in biodiversity
Strategies for ensuring the long term viability of                      restoration techniques.
environmental goods and services.                                       Encourage land management strategies to transition
                                                                        from monoculture to polyculture.

Apply and Demonstrate:                                                  Strengthen income generation derived from non-
                                                                        timber forest products and eco-tourism.
Biodiversity restoration and maintenance in project
sites.                                                                  Use demonstrations of land management to inform
                                                                        and change national forest policies in partner
Restoration techniques for wetlands, forest gardens,                    countries.
non-timber forest products and ecosystem services.
                                                                        Continue working in Cuba to restore biological
Restoration nurseries for native tree, shrub and plant                  diversity and income generating opportunities
species.                                                                throughout Cuba using Analog Forestry.
Opportunities for small enterprise based on non-                        Mangrove restoration and subsequent community
timber forest products.                                                 benefits, including fish and crustacean habitat
                                                                        restoration, ecotourism, and ecological services along
                                                                        the Atlantic Coast of Honduras.
Promote and Encourage:
                                                                        Expand international internship opportunities and
Consumer support of local forest products through
                                                                        partnerships in forest stewardship.
forestry-themed community events and festivals,
publications and workshops.

Net-metered demonstration site                                                                                        Staff and Interns

                Appropriate Technology                                     The use of appropriate renewable energy technology
                                                                           as a means of offsetting energy expenditures in
                and Renewable Energy                                       homes, businesses and other buildings, and reducing
                                                                           reliance on fossil fuels.
                In the face of global resource depletion and a             Policy changes to further integrate renewable energy
                changing global climate, Falls Brook Centre engages        into provincial and national production regimes.
                individuals and communities on the importance of           Work in Partnerships:
                resource conservation through behavioural changes,
                increased efficiency and the use of renewable energy        With other like-minded energy groups with the aim
                resources.                                                 of expanding opportunities for renewable energy
                                                                           technologies in New Brunswick and around the
                Research and Develop:                                      Expand the international youth internship
                Improved renewable energy systems for use onsite at        placements in the renewable energy and appropriate
                FBC.                                                       technology field.
                An energy efficiency plan for FBC site focused on           Make the Global Links:
                reduced dependency on fossil fuels.                        Developing technologies and techniques in
                Improved, consistently relevant content for hands-on       collaboration with our international partners to
                public workshops in renewable energy system                improve appropriate and renewable energy
                installation and maintenance.                              technology applications.
                Simple solar electrification kits for distribution in       Improve the livelihoods of partner communities
                partner communities in Latin America.                      around the world through expanded use of
                Apply and Demonstrate:                                     appropriate renewable technology.

                All new buildings installed onsite will be energy
                efficient to the highest degree possible.
                Improved renewable energy systems.                         Community Development
                Best practices for off-grid living and energy efficiency
                in grid-powered buildings.                                 and Education
                Culturally appropriate, low-cost, and low
                                                                           The development of viable communities is an
                maintenance technologies for housing, agriculture,
                                                                           overarching goal for all the work Falls Brook Centre
                cooking and energy.
                                                                           carries out, while education is the vehicle that makes
                Promote and Encourage:                                     our work accessible and relevant to our partners,
                Increased public awareness of energy efficiency             audiences, and communities. We endeavour to
                measures, using workshops, the Climate Change Bus          explore, develop and deliver appropriate tools that
                and other outreach tools.                                  will equip individuals and communities with the
                                                                           knowledge, vision and solidarity to build resilient and
                The design of efficient energy systems, homes, and          vibrant rural places in New Brunswick and around
                communities for reduced energy consumption.                the world.

Research and Develop:                                             Work in Partnerships:
Culturally and community specific skill-building and               With local students, teachers, principals and
leadership programs for future ecological leaders and             sustainability education networks to offer hands-on,
community groups.                                                 experiential, sustainability education as a
Training opportunities for formal and informal                    complement to classroom activities.
educators in sustainability topics using outdoor                  With the New Brunswick education department and
learning, experiential learning and other modes of                education districts to further integrate sustainability
delivery.                                                         education into education policy.
Curriculum-linked sustainability education modules                With rural communities, organizations and public
for classrooms that address ecology, citizenship, and             institutions with a shared interest and local
global topics.                                                    government departments to build greater awareness
                                                                  of and interest in the design, development and
                                                                  maintenance of sustainable communities.
Apply and Demonstrate:
                                                                  With our immediate neighbours in Knowlesville to
Processes of problem-solving and community-based                  build upon our vision of a truly vibrant and
decision-making to address economic and ecological                ecologically viable rural community.
A living and working environment that integrates
organic food production, forest stewardship,                      Make the Global Links:
biodiversity restoration, and appropriate technology              Promote models of community economic
use that can be adopted by local communities.                     development that operate within the bounds of the
Appreciative inquiry models like Community Asset                  natural ecosystem and that promote shared
Mapping for use in community action planning.                     responsibility and access to resources by women, men
                                                                  and children.
                                                                  Inspire action on climate change by sharing stories
Promote and Encourage:                                            across borders about current affects of a changing
A global perspective that positively influences local              climate.
behaviours towards stewardship, conservation, and                 Increase the visibility of FBC’s international partners
support of local economies.                                       and projects through website improvements, visits
Community events and celebrations that generate                   from project representatives to New Brunswick, and
new ideas and energy and build skills while creating              continuing to implement lessons learned from
bonds among community members.                                    international partners locally.
Sustainable consumer behaviour such as buying local               Use Community Asset Mapping to fully assess and
goods, organic products and fair trade commodities                mobilize community resources.
wherever possible.                                                Present and demonstrate alternatives to current
Critical thought and curiosity about human                        economic models.
communities’ connections with the environment and                 Expand international internship opportunities in
the impact of our actions upon it.                                community development.

                 Cuban children showing kitchen garden produce.                                             Cuba Global Forest Congress
Tegan Wong-Daugherty and family,       Eco-stars learning to be naturalist   Listening to music at the Fair, an FBC
FBC staff repopulating Knowlesville!   guides in Honduras                    annual celebration of rural living

FBC staff person, Emily Shapiro        New arrivals at annual Free-School        Childrenʼs Parliament at FBC

Leland Wong-Daugherty, staff artist    Sorting winter apples for storage     Sally Puelston, staff naturalist
Organizational Capacity
Falls Brook Centre has become a truly unique and dynamic
place to work and learn, thanks to the diverse skills and
perspectives brought to us by our staff, volunteers, interns,
directors and visitors. We seek to strike a balance between
short-term and long-term staff members; this will be
caused by actively recruiting individuals who are               Board of Directors
committed to living and working in a remote area while
continuing to welcome short-term visitors and employees.        Bronwen Cunningham, Chairperson
We have worked to improve and standardize our practices         Dr. Aaron Johnston, Vice Chair
surrounding communication, information management,              Nicole McLaughlin, Secretary
program evaluation and planning. These actions will serve       Marcelle Thibodeau, Treasurer
to ensure that we continue to be relevant and accountable
to all of our partners, stakeholders and audiences. Our         Marc Connell
Policy Handbook and Board Handbook are updated on a             Rev. Elaine Strawbridge
yearly basis where necessary; we will be introducing an         Karen Hine
annual Operational Plan to complement the Strategic Plan
and guide project implementation; an organizational
review by the Board of Directors will be undertaken over        Jean Arnold, Executive Director (ex oficio)
the next three years; and our internal information network
continues to be backed up regularly, with the physical
backups being stored offsite.

At Falls Brook Centre, we are fortunate to have a strong
network of formal and informal partnerships with like-
minded organizations around the world and close to home.
We intend to make the most of these partnerships through
the exchange of knowledge and expertise, and by working
together to build practical examples of participatory
community development, biodiversity restoration and
economic sustainability.

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+N A@<H%OAPQA<<>RD 66FE=:8D =SEA
T = R H % ;;;S Q A <<> R D 6 6 F E = : 8 D = S E A

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