Making inside of yourself a safe place to be

As I embark soon on a new adventure to a new place, one which is very likely to be less comfortable and entertaining from a Western perspective than my previous home base, I feel completely at peace with my decision. Driving around Calgary yesterday morning I imagined chatting with a local teenager about my choice…

Oh but to live in a chicken coop again

Stories of home and hearth : central Alberta, Canada – June-Sept 2013 When the Fishers and I decided to work together last summer, I was to be living out at their farm near the town of Didsbury most days in the week, and touching base with the big city life in Calgary the other days…

Community Supported Agriculture – easy on the wallet?

(Alberta, Canada; summer 2013) Data collection: Jolanta Szewczyk (CSA member) Summary and write-up: Kasia Szewczyk of www.permaprocess.com CSA farm: Eagle Creek Farms (Bowden, AB, Canada) http://www.eaglecreekfarms.ca Summary There are many advantages to participating in a CSA program – access to locally and sustainably grown produce, supporting local farms and businesses and enjoying in-season and fresh vegetables.  But…

Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farms – an overview

Compiled from my notes from attending the “You Can Farm” workshop; Internet research and videos – I’d like to make this overview of Polyface Farms readily available to anyone interested in: alternative farming business models making more money from sustainable farming the Salatin success story and the foundations upon which Polyface Farms has been built…

New materials, plants and ideas

So after the awesome Seedy Saturday event this past weekend I’ve made definite advances in my Calgary Woodlands design. First and foremost I purchased seeds and even a few plugs – anything from sunflowers to kale – I know I’ll need a lot more but atleast it’s a start. Have collected several dozen burlap bags…

A collage of planter ideas using recycled materials

This is a collage of a dozen or so planter ideas I’m thinking of putting into action in the new Woodlands Perma project So, basically… I’ve got to phone around local businesses to see if I can get a few shipping containers, coffee bags and the like (I love the look!!) and figure out if…

An Indian summer in Calgary

A last-minute decision to spend a few weeks in the town where I grew up: Calgary, Canada. An opportunity to reconnect with old friends, family and places. Escape the other-worldly frenzy in the hundreds of parks and bike paths. It’s a little chilly, yes, but it’s so very beautiful! Enjoy the photos :)