The Centre for Urban Agriculture in Alberta
The Centre for Urban Agriculture in Alberta
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Commenced:
01/04/2011
Submitted:
18/06/2012
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
23 Oxbow St, Red Deer, AB, CA
Phone:
403-986-7981
Website:
www.urbanpermaculture.ca
Climate zone:
Cold Temperate





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The Centre for Urban Agriculture in Alberta

Project Type

Urban, Residential, Demonstration, Educational, Permaculture Local Group Transition Town Permablitz, PRI Master Plan

Project Summary

The Centre for Urban Agriculture in Alberta aims to share the principles and techniques of permaculture, regenerative design, and urban homesteading while providing people with the means to grow and access fresh, chemical-free fruits, vegetables, and proteins at any time of the year.

Project Description

The Centre for Urban Agriculture in Alberta is an urban Permaculture Research Institute (certifying in 2016) that aims to share the principles and techniques of permaculture, regenerative design, and urban homesteading while providing people with the means to grow and access fresh, chemical-free fruits, vegetables, and proteins at any time of the year.

We teach people how to grow healthy and delicious food in their own yards and demonstrate that high yields and low maintenance can go hand in hand towards building local food security and food sovereignty.

We research and share the connections between food, land, and community well-being and nurture the human spirit through educational programs and public outreach in both urban and rural areas. 

At our urban homestead (1/5-acre) we manage a food forest and SPIN-garden, dubbed "The Garden of Weedin'" and produce a vast variety of native fruits, vegetables, gourmet mushrooms, and culinary & medicinal herbs that are grown and tended to by ReThink Red Deer volunteers from all walks of life.

We support our local seasonal Farmers Markets from June through October as a vendor; supplying a general (eco)store called "The Root Cellar: ecoStore & Apothecary" that sells organic and eco-friendly products while serving as a small-scale seed exchange and apothecary for the community. As an official Permaculture Master Plan site we are researching urban permaculture technology to prototype a 4-season food growing and renewable-energy producing system called The Food Garage. We are also working towards research in alcohol fuel production which we plan to use in powering our generators and machinery - a process that creates organic fertilizer and pesticide/herbicide as a by-product!

We nourish central Alberta communities by supporting farm-to-school programs like Little Green Thumbs, community kitchens, preserving and gardening classes, special events, lectures, and permaculture and regenerative design courses and apprenticeships. We also provide outreach and consultation services to churches, schools and Community Associations throughout Central Alberta interested in urban agriculture. 

We welcome you to help support a network of local food enthusiasts as we journey together to connect the many urban homestead projects, community gardens, markets and local economies in central Alberta.

Updates

A 21st Century Barn-Raising!

The Food Garage is a prototype that produces renewable energy for 4-season food growing to feed a family of 4 for a year... forever!

Posted about 4 years ago (0 comments)

MEGGA-watt? Project Details

To help raise the funds to build the entire "MEGGA-watt?" prototype, the project has been selected for the Carbon Farmer‘s “Face Your Footprint” contest. Please vote for the project and spread the word once per day - http://bit.ly/Tf4a44 - until Feb 24!

Posted over 4 years ago (0 comments)

MEGGA-watt Project in the Carbon Farmer Contest

The Carbon Farmer's "Face Your Footprint" Contest is now open until February 24! Please vote for the "MEGGA-watt?" project!

Posted over 4 years ago (0 comments)

The MEGGA-watt project moves forward

The "MEGGA-watt" Project (Micro-Energy Generating Garage Assembly) is a demonstration / prototype to turn everyday detached garages from simple storage units (aka 'car-holes') into food growing and energy-generating systems using permaculture design.

Posted almost 5 years ago (0 comments)
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Administrators
Rene Michalak - Admin
Team Members
Kathy Parsons - Office Manager Martin Scholz - Trainer Rene Michalak - Project Lead Starr Brainard - Intern

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