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Interlake eco-village building in Armstrong

 Twyla Siple

The president of the eco-village co-op, Justin Lecocq, works the land with friends and family in the RM of Armstrong.

The president of the eco-village co-op, Justin Lecocq, works the land with friends and family in the RM of Armstrong.

There’s a community cooperative developing an eco-village in the RM of Armstrong, a mere 20 minutes from Gimli, and within walking distance to Dennis Lake.

Their 320 acres of land slated for the development of a transition to sustainable rural living was chosen for Myriad Village because it is “a place of vision and of growth”, according to their Facebook page.
“This location is well suited to avoid any major floods, has workable land for horticulture, space for small scale grain raising, and rotation livestock,” said their community Facebook page. “There is approximately 60 acres of forested land including oak bluffs and poplar stands.”
The first time the early members sat together to dream up this place was in the summer of 2014, said the co-op’s president, Justin Lecocq.
“There are a myriad of goals all centered around living in line with our values,” he explained, “Values such as sustainability, conservation, nature, friendship, authenticity, (and) honesty.”
He said they intend to establish 21 homesteads, a community centre, event spaces, small scale animal husbandry and permaculture farming practices, and whatever else their members dream up.
“It’s been a long journey,” Lecocq said of the project. “I have been planning and working toward this goal for over seven years.”
He and his life partner, Nickeeya, who make their home in Winnipeg, celebrated their 10 year anniversary on the land with family and friends in front of their yurt.
“We served local bison burgers, had a hoolahoop tree, the kids running around with face paint, the jams around the fire. That was a truly beautiful time.”
Having worked as an environmental activist professionally for nine years, Lecocq said he has come to believe that “local food security, decentralized power production, polyculture farming and conservation of wilderness are among the most essential works of our civilization. “
“An eco-village allows models of all of those things to be freely explored and developed upon by future generations,” he explained.
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