Community Garden– Sharing the responsibility, sharing the bounty

It’s spring, which means time to get the garden into full swing. As many of you may know, out back on the terrace Lunik has a lovely plot of land for planting all sorts of nature goodies. Like with the cafe, which relies on volunteers to stay operational, the space back there is a Community Garden. So what exactly does that mean, and how can you get involved?

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In the same way that Lunik is a student space, the back is maintained by dedicated students. Which means that the responsibilities for tending the garden fall on the community, rather than a single “gardener” in charge of the space. But it also means that anyone can help themselves to the produce that we grow. Hanging around Lunik mid-summer and need something to spice up a salad? Grab some arugula from your Community sprouts 11Garden. Planning a potluck at your house? Grab an eggplant or two and enjoy!

To spread out the responsibilities we rely on the initiative of volunteers. Keeping up a garden requires constant maintenance, so the more folks we have keeping an eye on the garden the better. Fortunately, volunteering in the garden is super flexible, so anytime you want to put in a little outdoor work you can pop over and pull up some weeds. It’s a great way to enjoy the terrace and give back to your campus co-op.

If you are interested in volunteering in the garden this summer, shoot us an email as lunik.cooperative@gmail.com. We want to put together a few working groups to teach people about what we grow and how best to help, so keep your eyes out or let us know when you’re free. Soon enough we’ll all get to enjoy the summer bounty!

 

Summer Volunteering at Lunik

It’s the summer term and we couldn’t be happier! Finally, a slower pace, some nice weather, and the chance to take care of all the big projects around Lunik. While we’re open as a social space all summer, the cafe is closed, which means no kitchen volunteers. But lucky for you, there are all sorts of ways to stay involved with Lunik throughout the summer. We definitely need help from our lovely community of volunteers, and here are some ways to do it!

Community Garden

Helping out in the community garden is a great way to give back to Lunik, and get some solid skills out of the deal. This summer, we want to put together some working groups to get volunteers acquainted with our garden and more confident in their skills. But we also encourage you to help out on your own time. Want to get outside for a little bit? Pop over and pull some weeds or water the herbs. It’s a big help to have some extra hands out back whenever you get the chance.

If you are interested in volunteering in the garden, keep your eyes out on the volunteer and general Facebook pages for information on working groups. We hope to have our first one soon, as a nice little introduction! You can also shoot us an email to express your interest and get some more info, at lunik.cooperative@gmail.com.

Cleaning the Space

Lunik is a purely social space during the summer, which means that we really rely on all of you to take responsibility for keeping the space tidy. If the dishwasher is clean, unload some dishes. Tables looking kind of dirty? Wipe ’em down! Cleaning up around Lunik is a great way to take ownership of the space, because remember, you are a partial owner of your co-operative!

Painting (soon!)

Lunik could use some freshening up, which means a new coat of paint. At some point this summer we want to get a group together to help repaint the walls, so if you’re interested, keep it in mind! We’ll be posting on the Facebook page with dates once we know a little more.

It’s going to be a great summer, and we would love to have you on board! So relax, enjoy some well-deserved downtime, and we hope to see you around Lunik.

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Lunik as a social space: more than a café!

Lunik représente beaucoup sur campus : un coopératif conduit par les étudiants, un espace social et alternatif, un café, un lieu de l’événement, etc. With all these roles going on, it might seem hard to keep track of what our sweet little space is actually for. So let’s quickly go over what a social space really looks like, and how that encompasses some of Lunik’s other roles.

general lunikIl est super important de souvenir que Lunik est premièrement un espace social. There happens to be a volunteer run cafe in the back, and clubs often run amazing events here, but the space itself is public. This means that it isn’t someone’s job to keep Lunik clean and tidy, it is all of our responsibility. Contraire du café favori de votre quartier, Lunik n’a personne pour recueillir vos plats quand vous aviez fini – seulement vous ! As a participant in a community space, cleaning up after yourself is entirely your job

Everybody at Glendon has equal access to Lunik, which means we have shared responsibilities. So next time you’re down in that lovely little space, enjoying coffee with friends, please remember to show Lunik the love it deserves! Cleaning your dishes, picking up your garbage, it’s all super easy. C’est une façon simple d’exprimer comment Lunik est important de vous!

It’s good to be back!

I don’t know about you, but now that we’re into our second week, Lunik is definitely getting back into the swing of things. This Monday we had our first volunteer training sessions and it was amazing to see so many enthusiastic new faces, excited to get involved in our co-op café.

Notre bénévoles sont très, très nécessaire pour le succès du café, et nous apprécions tout l’aide que nous recevons. En même temps, nous aimons bien l’occasion d’enseigner un nouveau groupe au sujet des modèles coopératives, et le grand but de Lunik comme un espace unique pour des étudiantes.

Futre-volunteers get to know one another at the start of Orientation.

Futre-volunteers get to know one another at the start of Orientation.

Vicky gives the volunteers a kitchen run-down.

Vicky gives the volunteers a kitchen run-down.

Our new Volunteer Coordinator Vicky did a superbe job giving folks the Lunik rundown. Can’t wait to see all these new faces behind the counter!

If you weren’t able to attend, fret not! We will be having a number of training sessions in the next few weeks at different times to ensure that you can get your orientation in. Like our volunteer facebook page for updates on when they will be held. The next one is Wednesday, September 18, at 11AM. And of course, if you have any questions about training, or Lunik Co-op in general, shoot us an email at lunik.cooperative@gmail.com.

Au plaisir de vous rencontrer!