Meaningful and Immersive Travel Experiences

There are a lot of problems with traveling: Social problems of escaping your own culture and exploiting others. Environmental problems of using carbon intense means of travel and putting pressure on wild landscapes for our recreational benefit. Financial problems of it being just so darn expensive and unsustainable. But if you really want to travel…

Alberta Open Farm Days: YYC Growers Tour

This weekend is Open Farm Days in Alberta, where farmers welcome anyone interested into their farms to see how food is grown locally. I was enlisted by one of my research farms, Leaf & Lyre, to help out with the YYC Growers and Distributors tour. It was a hoot! Not worry, I live tweeted and…

Upside-down Tomato Update: Meh

(For all of my email followers, apologies for the premature posting of this update.) Nearly two months ago I posted this post about the crazy tomatoes I planted at the homestead. So far I’ve only lost one tomato plant early in the experiment. Everything is alive and there are tomatoes ripening on the plants, but…

Media Inspiration to Travel

I bounce between passionate feelings for two extreme travel-related options: Localized societies and economies and bioregionalism are the only sustainable way for society to progress. We need to produce everything we need from food to furniture locally, eliminate fossil fuel guzzling transportation, and invest more in our local communities. Our jobs, family, and societies shouldn’t…

Garlic, Garlic, Garlic!

Do these words mean anything to you? Spanish Roja, Montana Giant, Genki, Spicy Korean Red, Fish Lake 3, Susan Delafield? These are all varieties of garlic. They all have different tastes and characteristics. ReThink grew all these varieties and more this year! Garlic selling is major fundraiser for ReThink, but more than that we are…

2016 is the Year of Pulses!

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization calls 2016 the Year of Pulses. Pulses are your legume crops: beans, lentils, chickpeas, ect. The FAO almost seems to be taking¬† leaf from the Permaculture manual. Last year was the year of our beloved soils and this year focuses on one of our favorite permaculture elements: nitrogen fixing…

Permies Converge in Southern Alberta!

I just returned from my first permaculture convergence in Turner Valley in Southern Alberta! A “convergence” is a conference with workshops surrounding different permaculture topics, tours of permaculture sites and other permacultural activities. I find “conference” is too sterile a word to describe a permie gathering.¬† There was an emphasis on the sharing of food,…

What?! Flying Upside-Down Tomatoes?

Permies try some pretty odd things to get as many yields as possible out of their gardens. I had too many tomato starts and too little garden space, so I thought I would try out one of the more eccentric permaculture ideas out there: upside-down hanging tomatoes. Supposedly, this not only saves space, but also…

Food Forestry in BC

As summer rolls in finding time for blog posts gets more and more difficult. But have no fear! Great things are happening: all of my research sites are swinging into full gear and I’m visiting them all regularly; I’ve attended some great educational events including Young Agrarians‘ Agrarian Arts in the Prairie and the Agroforestry…

What is Permacutlure? Revisited

On this blog I’ve presented a simple definition of permaculture and tried to unpack what constitutes¬† “real” permaculture and even questioned the very sustainability of permaculture. In my recent research survey of individuals practicing alternative agriculture in Western Canada (find posts analyzing the results here and here) I asked: ‘How do you personally define “permaculture”?’…

Health: Who to trust?

There is so much information in the world, and it is so widely accessible with this powerful thing many of use keep in our pockets at all times: the Internet. There is so much information from so many sources, and each source with it’s own unique bias. Bias from the individuals sharing the information and…