Compost – organic matter that has decomposed in the proper conditions to create an ideal natural soil amendment and fertilizer. A common method of recycling food waste.

Edaphic – relating to soil; resulting from or influenced by soil rather than climate

Edutainment – educational entertainment ex. Formidable Vegetable Sound System

Foodpreneurs – entrepreneurs in local food

Fulbright – a scholarship offered by the U.S. State Department for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad. I am currently conducting research on a Fulbright scholarship.

Homesteading – the practice of trying to subsist off the grid and provide for ones own needs through gardening, farming, hunting, on-site energy generation, etc. Originally associated with the “back to the land” movement starting in the 70’s. Permaculture strategies are often used to establish a self-sufficient homestead.

NFRD – Nuclear Free Roller Derby, my team 😉

Organic – Chemistry – any compound containing carbon atoms – Waste & Common Language – originating from a living organism; plant, animal or fungi – Farming Practices – can refer to formal organic certification that food, seed, or other product was produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, or genetically modified organisms; or general farming practices that seek to produce food while also reducing the negative impact on the environment and building soil health

Permaculture – a theory of design for human landscapes and societies, often focused on abundant food production for human populations while simultaneously caring for the Earth. Permaculture strategies are based upon biomimicry, or replicating nature’s systems.

Permie(s) – a person or people who practice permaculture

Red Deer – The city in which I live, half-way between Edmonton and Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

Rethink Red Deer – also known as the “The Sustainable Red Deer Society” and the organization for which I intern. Rethink’s programing is focused on smart urban planning, protecting and enhancing natural assets, waste minimization, and reinvigorating the democratic process. I co-manage their market garden and will be selling at farmer’s markets later this summer.