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Rene Michalak

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  • Joined: 24/02/2012
  • Location: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
  • Climate Zone: Cold Temperate
  • Gender: Male
  • Web site: www.rethinkreddeer.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 Permaculture

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Alla Guelber Doris, Sze-chit Cheung Gemma Hurst James Reid Jay Cuthbertson Kathy Parsons Kenton Zerbin Michael T. V. Hunton Salah Hammad Steve Schultz Travis Schreiber

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Adam Grubb Alexia Martinez Barb Hazenveld Ben Falk Brad Lancaster Campbell Wilson Chris Evans Dan Harris-Pascal 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 Stephen Couling Travis Schreiber Trev Bamford WPN System Mechanic

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About Rene Michalak

As Project Lead for ReThink Red Deer, 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 certified Transition Towns trainer and practising permaculture designer and 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 Urban Homestead - planting and cultivating the food forest garden, developing an 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).

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