Permies Converge in NORTHERN Alberta!

We did it! Our team at ACIL pulled off the Northern Alberta Permaculture Convergence. See photos below. At our busiest, I would estimate we had about 75 attendees. This convergence demonstrated the diversity in the Albertan permaculture movement by having a very distinct vibe from the convergence that happened in the South earlier this year….

One Last Farm Weekend in Alberta

I had an awesome weekend. Really really awesome. At first it looked like last weekend might have been a flop. A trip to a garlic festival in BC was canceled last minute, leaving me very disappointed that I had no fun plans for my last free weekend in Alberta. But then I remembered another event…

NAPC Schedule and a Case for Learning Close to Home

First things first! The final Northern Alberta Permaculture Convergence schedule is live and can be seen below at the bottom of this post!  I’m really excited for our lineup of workshops. One of the many things that make this Convergence special is our line-up of social permaculture workshops. Social permaculture is a more recent, and…

The Brainard Girls’ Vacation in Jasper

Last week my mom, sister, and aunt flew out for a vacation in beautiful Jasper National Park. Here’s more photos than you wanted to see from our trip. Not pictured here is our super awesome whitewater rafting trip on the Sunwapta River. It was super awesome. Mom, Celesta, and Weezie, thank you so much for…

That’s It! (Well, not quite)

August 31st was not only Jupiter’s “got-me” day, it was also technically the end of my Fulbright research term. With the beginning of the 2016 school year and the end of the 2015 fiscal calendar, I am now a Fulbright alumni. The University of Alberta will be shutting down my UAlberta email and no more…

Earth Day Weekend filled with success!

Happy Belated Earth Day! Friday was the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. In the days leading up to April 22nd, I was scolding myself for having no Earth Day themed activities booked into my schedule. What kind of environmentalist doesn’t celebrate Earth Day?! I am happy to say, I found an answer. The environmentalist who spends every…

Tool Use Workshop for Women

My passions in life since middle school have consistently been feminism and environmentalism. I am so excited to be at place in my life where I can bring together empowering women and caring for the environment and share those passions with others! Over the past month I have been working with my good friend Bry…