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Rene Michalak


  • Joined: 24/02/2012
  • Last Updated: 08/12/2014
  • Location: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
  • Climate Zone: Cold Temperate
  • Gender: Male
  • Web site: www.foodgarage.ca

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    WeTheTrees Crowd Funding Platform Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute The Transformation of Our Urban Home Wildwood Community Permacultured Gardens Freezer Burn Compost toilet project The AREA Ermineskin Cree Nation Permaculture Garden & Food Forest Jasper Place (High School) Permaculture ACIL Experimentation Site Zaytuna Farm PRI Zaytuna Farm, NSW, Australia Milkwood



Alla Guelber Corey Schmidt Doris, Sze-chit Cheung Dylan Kirk Gemma Hurst Grazyna Zoltkowski James Reid Jamie Wallace Jay Cuthbertson Kathy Parsons Kenton Zerbin Michael T. V. Hunton Rick Hatch Rylan Zimny Salah Hammad Starr Brainard Steve Schultz Travis Schreiber


Adam Grubb Alexia Martinez Barb Hazenveld Ben Falk Brad Lancaster Campbell Wilson Chris Evans Dan Harris-Pascal Daniel Halsey Darren J.  Doherty David Cody Doug Weatherbee Evan Young Geoff Lawton Jerome Osentowski Jesse Lemieux Kathy Parsons Kevin Bayuk Kirsten Bradley Michael Victoria Moore Nick Huggins Nick Ritar paul taylor Rhamis Kent Rob Avis Robin Clayfield Robyn Francis Ron Berezan Sabina Arokiam Starr Brainard Stephen Couling Travis Schreiber Trev Bamford

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About Rene Michalak

As Project Lead for ReThink Red Deer and Education Chair of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, I've helped bring resilient community planning to the forefront of public dialogue in Central Alberta. I'm currently studying biomimicry and resilience theory; exploring urban ecological systems to understand the foundations of community sustainability. I'm a Marketing graduate of the Haskayne School of Business (UofC) and Red Deer's Leadership Centre, a Permaculture Educator (certifying 2016) and practicing Designer (2009), certified Transition Towns trainer (2010), accredited Rainwater Harvesting System Installer (2012), and aspiring SPIN-Farmer.

I came to be interested in permaculture after learning about sustainability and resilience - pouring over hundreds of books and videos, attending conferences, workshops and seminars. I ran into an up-and-coming permaculture trainer and then quickly registered for the first PDC in Alberta back in 2009. I came home overflowing with enthusiasm and got to work on my 2-year practicum; hosting a major regional conference on sustainability presented from a food, fuel and finance lens, and then set up an urban homestead complete with a rainwater harvesting system, hoophouse, annual garden and perennial food forest.

My time pracitising permaculture is spent developing the Centre for Urban Agriculture in Alberta and an urban homestead demo site - planting and cultivating a food forest garden, developing a rainwater-fed aeroponic and an aquaponic growing system (www.foodgarage.ca) for four-season growing in Canada's unforgiving but beautiful northern climate, helping build community gardens throughout my home town of Red Deer, and increasing participation in the provincial Growing Food Security in Alberta Network (www.foodsecurityalberta.org) to develop and apply a framework in rural communities for Sustainable, Equitable, Local and Regenerative Systems for food (SELRS).


Food Garage Project Update - Rainwater Harvesting System Set-up

Posted 7 months ago (0 comments)

#H2Whoah - Arizona Rainwater Harvesting Tour

June 29, 2015 - Aside from the inherent challenges of water management in desert drylands, Arizona's water situation is even more dire than that of California.

Posted 7 months ago (1 comments)

Rainwater Harvesting System Inventory

The CANARM Prairie Chapter 2014 Fall Training Tour, led by Rene Michalak, turned out to be a valuable research and development exercise. Numerous commercial and residential rainwater harvesting systems were inventoried and promoted to increase awareness o

Posted about 1 year ago (0 comments)