VTL x MakerLabs

admin-ajaxThe VTL has opened a satellite location with a little help from our friends at MakerLabs. As of July 2014, this second inventory will feature some of our most popular tools at a more central location in Mount Pleasant, 221 East 10th Avenue. Stay tuned for updates as they come! In the meantime, check out MakerLabs during their open hours.

Featured Member: Shifting Growth

The VTL offers organizational memberships to non-profits and small businesses to help make tools and tool use accessible and affordable for those actively working to improve our communities.  This month, we connected with VTL organizational member Shifting Growth to find out who they are, what they do, and how they use VTL tools in the work of their organization.

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Shifting Growth is an urban agriculture organization that creates community gardens on vacant lots throughout the lower mainland. While Shifting Growth has gardens from Coquitlam to North Van, VTL members living in East Van are likely most familiar with The Drive Garden (Commercial Drive and 12th Avenue) and the Hastings North Community Garden (East Hastings Street and North Penticton Street).

 Shifting Growth was established in 2011, when founders Troy Barrie and Chris Reid saw an opportunity in Vancouver to create high-demand growing space while providing a service for private landowners. Acting as property managers, Shifting Growth takes over property maintenance and creates temporary community spaces. Through this work, Shifting Growth provides a cost-effective solution for private landowners while transforming vacant spaces into temporary growing spaces, and engages local community members and organizations to create value from underutilized space.

 Shifting Growth uses specialized tools and garden tools from the VTL for its community garden builds. Their VTL membership has lowered their equipment budget, allowing Shifting Growth to contribute more funds toward creating more gardens and more impact within our communities.

The Drive Garden will be expanded by over 30 community garden beds on May 10, 2014. You’re invited to spread the work, move some dirt, and find out more about how you can get involved!

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VTL on Co-op Radio

Starting on March 29, the VTL is  hosting a monthly radio feature!  Tune in to Vancouver Co-op Radio 100.5 FM on the last Saturday of every month, from 7am-9am. We’ll be joining Marc Lindy on Make a Better World – a show that connects community activity to community radio.  Our segment, Tool Talk, will discuss all things TOOLS!

Listen to our most recent show here!

Featured Member: The Safe Amplification Site Society

The VTL offers organizational memberships to non-profits and small businesses to help make tools and tool use accessible and affordable for those actively working to improve our communities.  This month, we connected with VTL organizational member The Safe Amplification Site Society to find out who they are, what they do, and how they use VTL tools in the work of their organization.

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The Safe Amplification Site Society (Safe Amp) is a non-profit organization dedicated to music for people of all ages. Operating in East Van since 2009, Safe Amp hosts up to nine all-ages, financially accessible, inclusive, and alcohol-free performances and events at Astorino’s (1739 Venables St.) each month.

On their website, Safe Amp details a history of hosting a truly staggering number of all-ages events.  Their events schedule reflects representation of dozens of musical genres and hundreds of bands, all made accessible to individuals of all ages and income levels in an intentionally safer and more inclusive atmosphere.

In 2012, Safe Amp utilized VTL tools during Skills for Performing Artists Through Community Engagement Camp (S.P.A.C.E. Camp!), a weekend long speaker and workshop series that included a “build your own instrument” workshop. Using salvaged materials from the tool library, Pietro Sammarco led several groups through do-it-yourself instrument construction.

 

At present, Safe Amp is working towards the establishment of a permanent, legal, sustainable, affordable and accessible all-ages venue, while continuing to operate temporarily at Astorino’s. Safe Amp is always looking for more volunteers to help them keep Safe Amp alive.  It can’t and won’t exist without the support of the community to keep the gears turning.

Go to www.safeamp.org to find out about upcoming shows or how to get involved!

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