Dustin Bajer

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Edmonton, Alberta
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Someone may have already mentioned it above but there is some word presently being done to de-extinct the Passenger Pigeon.

http://reviverestore.org/passenger-pigeon-de-extinction/
1 year ago
I'm running an urban nursery and interested in your seeds. I can make out a lot of the pictures - do you have a typed list... even just of the genus' would be helpful,

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I'm in Edmonton (Zone 4a) and have just replaced the fences in my front and backyard. I decided to go with espalier fruit tree trained on a wooden and cable system.

I'm close with the neighbours to the West so the fence is open and we can see through the branches of the fruit trees (two apples, two pears, two plums, and two grapes - that's just the West side). I choose to build a solid fence on the East side, but the details mirror the West. The solid fence is exceptionally warm due to it's SW exposure - so much so that I've sourced some cold hardy pawpaw,  persimmon, and magnolia that I'm going to try there.

I wrote a little about it on my website: http://dustinbajer.com/espalier-fruit-trees/
1 year ago
I'm in Edmonton, Alberta, which is largely considered zone 3b, a little warmer than the surrounding country. I'm more than sure that this has to do with the heat island effect of the city; giving us just a little bit more of an edge (not that 3b is much of an 'edge').

I do know, however, that the Devonian Botanic Garden (well within that 2b region) grows a lot of plants that one would consider to be in the 4 possibly 5 range; it is possible. I'm currently working on a permaculture project at a local high school and I've knowingly chosen some zone 4 and 5 plants to try; of course, we're in a concrete courtyard which, I'm expecting, will extend the season (love microclimates!).

http://permaculture.jasperplace.ca

As for an earlier comment, we (those of us in Alberta) can grow some pretty good apples and I'm even familiar with a locally developed apricot (Capalano Apricot) that had been reported to do very well; let's also not forget that grafting can do wonders.

Though 3b is nothing to write home about, we're still able to do a surprising amount of things; even more when permaculture is put to good use. It's also comforting to know that no matter where in the world you live, you're going to get the same number of annual daylight hours; we just get most of ours all at once.

Dustin
9 years ago
Hi everybody,

For a little over a month now, I've been working on creating a permaculture project at Jasper PLace High School in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. The schools has a greenhouse on the roof and some unused land so I'm pretty optimistic about the project. We're currently trying to create an edible food forest/ecosystem in one of the schools courtyards with plans to use any of the harvest in the culinary program.

It is my biggest belief, however, that greatest measure of the programs success is the number of connections that it can make not only within the school, but in the larger education system and greater community. I guess, what I'm wondering is, if anyone else has any advice, or knows of anyone who might also be interested in this kind of permaculture initiative? Perhaps, you have some knowledge or a particular skill that you'd be interested in sharing or maybe you're starting up your own school garden; I'd love to share resources.

A journal of the Jasper Place program can be found at the following link:

http://permaculture.jasperplace.ca

Thanks everyone,

Dustin Bajer
dustin.bajer@gmail.com

9 years ago
Also, I should have talked a little about the transition town movements going on in Alberta. Thought very new, (still in the planning phase) we have Transition Edmonton; more information can be found at:

In Edmonton:

http://transitioned.org (new site, not much content yet)
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=270546301333&ref=ts

In Red Deer:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5813314610&ref=ts

In Calgary:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Transition-Calgary/356413820461?ref=search&sid=655525695.970133130..1


Oh, and I also just found the Calgary Permaculture Group's website:
http://www.permaculturecalgary.org/

Go Alberta! Woot!
9 years ago
Hi Benny

There are indeed some Alberta permies around; a lot in fact. I'm living in Edmonton but I know for a fact that there are local permaculture groups both here in the city and in Calgary; I also suspect that there are some things going on in Red Deer as well seeing that they are pushing for a Transition movement. Of these three, I know the most about what's happening in Edmonton; here's what i can tell you.

The Edmonton Permaculture Group meets regularly to socialize and share permaculture knowledge, we're currently organizing a Permaculture Convergence to be held on May 1, 2010, inviting permaculturalists and people interested in permaculture from all over Alberta. There are a few different links/was of contacting the group.

Google Group: http://groups.google.ca/group/edmonton-permaculture?hl=en
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=109937858256&ref=ts
Ning Website: http://edpermaculture.ning.com/

As for myself, I've been working on creating a permaculture initiative in an Edmonton High School, with an ultimate goal of creating some curriculum. You can see what I've been up to there at:

Jasper PLace High School Permaculture: http://permaculture.jasperplace.ca

There are more and more people here in Alberta teaching permaculture (PDC's) as well; a few that I would recommend are:

Out of Edmonton:

The Urban Farmer: http://www.theurbanfarmer.ca/

Out of Calgary:

www.vergepermaculture.ca
Big Sky Permaculture: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Calgary-AB/Big-Sky-Permaculture/293483108409?ref=ts

I hope that this helps! It's a good time to be a permaculturalist in Alberta!

Dustin Bajer
dustin.bajer@gmail.com
9 years ago