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Has anyone set up permaculture in this zone?

I’m up in Alberta Canada and it gets -very- cold which makes over winter composting come to a stop. We also experience temperature events called Chinooks that can elevate the temperature 5-15C for a day or two then drop it back down to below freezing. Our growing season is short, 90-120 days IF we are lucky. I don’t have season extenders such as an over winter greenhouse or high tunnels.  
 
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There's a group of women in that area on Facebook who are farming.

One of them, is Michelle Bossert . She has a sewing business and a gardening business as of 2017 and seems to do real well.

I'm no longer on FB.

This article mentions her but no pics of the farm:
https://civileats.com/2018/01/30/second-gen-farmers-may-inherit-family-farms-but-do-they-face-fewer-hurdles/
This is her sewing business instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/enchantedeverafterab/?hl=en
 
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Just to clarify what zone 3 information you are looking for...

Do you mean Zone 3 – Vegetable Planting Calendar Guide
https://www.ufseeds.com/learning/planting-schedules/Zone-3-Planting-Calendar

Or, permaculture zone 3
http://www.southernexposure.com/blog/2018/01/property-planning-with-permaculture-zones/
 
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Hi Rosa and welcome to Permies!

I think J is talking about Rob & Michelle Avis in Calgary. They have a bunch of good resources at their website (http://vergepermaculture.ca).

I have spent a lot of time reading about permaculture. And I feel confident that it could be done even in zone 2, maybe even zone 1. The beautiful thing about permaculture is that it often succeeds where other methods fall short.

I also live in zone 3 and I have many plans in my head to begin implementing permaculture on my homestead in the next couple of years. Based on what I hear from Albertans I'd say we have it colder here but your weather is weirder. So far I prefer colder.

Anyways, all this is to say that yes, I 100% believe you can do it where you live!

Another excellent example of cold climate work is Sepp Holzer's work in the alps. I don't know what zone his property was... but it's probably a couple of zones warmer now after he fiddled with it. :)
 
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Thank you all for the info 🙂🙂
 
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I live in Saskatchewan in 2b and slowly adding many permaculture attributes to my property. I have a food forest started with a diversity of species, I don't know how many will germinate/ survive but I planted upwards of 5000 seeds and a couple hundred seedlings just this year. I have a pond that needs to be permacultered over still but one thing at a time.

It doesn't matter what environmental your in there is always something you can do to improve the environment, your life and the life of the next generation.
 
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Shawn Klassen-Koop wrote:Hi Rosa and welcome to Permies!

I think J is talking about Rob & Michelle Avis in Calgary. They have a bunch of good resources at their website (http://vergepermaculture.ca).



Thank you for the welcome 🙂 I checked on their site and they have ‘tar sands’ quoted as a concern. I worked in that industry and my husband is employed by it now so I don’t think they’d receive me without prejudice.

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Rosa Taggart wrote:

Shawn Klassen-Koop wrote:Hi Rosa and welcome to Permies!

I think J is talking about Rob & Michelle Avis in Calgary. They have a bunch of good resources at their website (http://vergepermaculture.ca).



Thank you for the welcome 🙂 I checked on their site and they have ‘tar sands’ quoted as a concern. I worked in that industry and my husband is employed by it now so I don’t think they’d receive me without prejudice.

💕



Actually, I'm not talking about them. Michelle Bossert doesn't do any permaculture as far as I know, it's hard enough to find any lady farmers at all farming up there so that's why I mentioned her.
 
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