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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…

Belated Whitewater Rafting Photos

Here are my favorite photos from the whitewater rafting excursion from my family’s  vacation in Jasper last month. Our trip was on the Sunwapta river. You can tell from our faces in the photos we didn’t have a good time at all. Nope, no fun for the Brainard girls. Of course that was sarcasm at…

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….

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…

One Year of Dog Ownership

Today is Jupiter’s first “got-me” day! I have officially been a dog owner (dog stealer? dog picker-off-the-streeter?) for one year. It has been quite the journey and I look forward to many more happy years, new adventures, and improved dog training and raising skills as I slowly figure out what I’m doing. It’s been quite…

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…

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…

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…