Long Journey Home

I am back in Minnesota! My lovely mother flew up to assist with the drive home. It was a very fun trip despite some very long driving days! I am absolutely in love with the Fall colors across North America, right now. I had the realization that I haven’t been in this part of the…

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…

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…

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,…

Concluding Garbage-Free February

Hello, March. It’s good to see you. Garbage-Free February is officially over, but I plan to continue many of the waste reduction habits I started during February. I’ve enjoyed preparing my own food, cutting back on needless purchases, and simply not having to deal with trash. I’m going to continue using my hand-sown fabric bags…