Things have been awesome the last few weeks with so much going on and so many new people I am getting to meet!
I had the fortune of teaching a bit of aquaponics and aquaculture for Rob and Michelle Avis and Verge Permaculture during the Permaculture Development Course (PDC). The PDC tour had about 25 folks from the course going around Calgary seeing all kinds of permaculture folks ranging from the Leaf Ninjas, Rob and Michelles incredible location through to our little back yard.
In our yard, we started on the wicking growbeds in the front yard and then moved around back and went over a bit on aquaponics, solar and alternative energy, vermacomposting and even cunnyculture.
Although I am sure I did my usual and talked way too much and went over my allotted time, The folks from the tour said they got a lot of good information and that our yard was pretty cool.
Donna and I decided to roast up a couple of rabbits for people to try and gave out some of the produce from the gardens. All of which seemed to be appreciated and enjoyed.
For me it was awesome just hearing that what we are doing is something that other people are interested in and believe is a model that they should follow in their own lives and designs.
My ego is more than stroked as a result! I cant wait to do it all over again later this month for the next PDC course and tour.
I strongly suggest the Permaculture Design Course to everyone wanting to take their lives and yards to a totally new level.
The people I have met through the PDC course have been amazing and I even had some reconnections that I never expected.
We had a couple of folks from the course ask about meeting a person in Medicine Hat who had a solar concentrator that looked a lot like mine and was doing aquaponics there. They said he was doing some amazing stuff in his back yard and was showing kids all of it in the area.
From the description they started out with I could not place the person until they made a comment about how amazing he was and how he even has a son that is an Olympian figure skater.
It was at that point that the penny dropped and I figured out who it was.
Rian, from Medicine Hat met up with me a couple of months ago to purchase fish and to have a look around. We went through everything in the back yard including the solar concentrator which he even went as far as creating his own based off of my design.
Its amazing to me how many people travel in the same circles and meet people all over the place and how interconnected we all actually are and how far a simple idea can go.
Funny enough Rian called me again a couple of days after the course and then came back to Calgary the following day to pick up some uniseals for his build expansion and to go over more build ideas.
He is just as amazed by the folks who took the PDC course and how connected we all are.
In my mind, it is all very cool.
On the subject of connecting, we have been asked again to participate in the Makers Faire this year on September 6 and 7. We have been confirmed to have a table again showing aquaponics at this very cool event!
For those who have never been to the Makers Faire, I strongly suggest making it out to the event. The number of creative people and projects ranging from low tech to high tech in Calgary is amazing and this is a true showcase for all of it. Please put it on your calendar and come down to the Telus Science Centre for the event and say “hi”!
On the subject of saying hi, we have been talking to a few folks in Edmonton who are looking at setting up a face to face meet up of sorts up there getting the aquaponics community together and going. If you are in the Edmonton area, please get in contact with them on our Facebook group page or in the forums on our website and get involved.
We are working behind the scenes here very hard on getting some new things up and going. Big things are brewing.
Expect that at the next Alberta Aquaponics Face To Face Meet up here in Calgary, we will have a bunch of cool new news to drop and possibly even a deal or two that you may be interested in. (As if you need another reason to want to come to the face to face meet up.)
On the update side, I have a fairly lengthy update and some answers to questions that have been sent in over the last while. I suggest getting a drink and a snack before playing this one.
Please keep those questions and comments coming.
More to come soon!