garden

Permaculture

Janelle and I had the pleasure of attending a Verge Pemaculture 1 day intro session in Calgary over the weekend. 

Despite is being super cold to sleep overnight in the parking lot we had a great time. I found Rob to be a good teacher who was obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about this topic. 

I’ve already booked off the time this fall to take his two week class but am not 100% positive it makes financial sense….still something that very much interests me though…got to get out of this office done work….just feel my life energy slipping on away. 

The strongest sentiment I took away from the class was that it’s not enough to be “sustainable” or “minimal impactful” but that we need to all be regenerative…to act as good stewards to the land we live in…we have the capacity to exist in a positive impactful way…

 Someone came into work today totally sick as as dog…could barely speak but he said he couldn’t afford to miss work…and I got to say I kind of understand it on some levels…I took a week off about 4 weeks ago and still feel like I am catching up….how sad is that..

Master Composter Class!!!

Yay for Justin. I recently applied for admittance to the City of Edmonton’s Master Composter class and just found out I got accepted. I have to say that I am super psyched to be involved in this opportunity. Every since Janelle and I have moved away from downtown and had to withdraw from the Queen Mary Park Community Garden I’ve felt a bit of a gap in my community involvement. Empire Park isn’t far during the summer…I often walked it or biked it but during the winter I feel a bit reclusive.

The Master Composter class is a great step to get more involved with the city and the gardening community here in Edmonton. It involves approximately 40 hours of classroom time spread out across the city and it’s facilities and upon completion I have to contribute about an equal amount of volunteer hours. I am hoping to get involved in doing presentations to different groups around the city.

Also should mention that out compost at home has been a breeze and super fun and easy…all our veggie scraps just go away and the worms are fat and happy…really such a neat thing…some people might find this a bit gross but I hope to get involved in some composting toilets….it’s so easy to compartmentalize our poop and assume its bad and gross and the toilet magically takes it away…and not realize it’s truly a a critical part of the cycle of life that’s so close to great compost soil. Thanks again for reading (no one).