Visitors explored the Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project site on Sunday during International Permaculture Day. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Permaculture in action in Red Deer

International Permaculture Day recognized

Flood water receded at Piper Creek Restoration Agriculture Project site in time to make way for cleanup and tours on Sunday in celebration of International Permaculture Day.

Permaculture is all about working with nature rather than against in the design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems.

“From the annual gardening, to the perennial gardening, down into the native ecosystem, we’re trying to integrate it all together to show people how we can be behaving more harmoniously with the natural environment as opposed to dominating it for awhile then letting nature fix whatever damage is caused,” said Rene Michalak, a project leader with ReThink Red Deer at the Piper Creek site.

It’s the fifth year for the project located south of the landfill on the east side of 40th Avenue.

Michalak said during the flooding in March and April tires got swept away that were holding down plastic put down to prepare planting areas for the end of the year where more woody species, like dogwood and willow, will be planted along the creek.

The area includes community gardens where residents can plant vegetables, a pollinator garden, and a food forest being planted behind a deer fence.

He said the site demonstrates the food bearing capabilities of perennial plants and the perennials compliment the annual vegetable gardens.

“We have a bunch of workshops and field days lining up for the summer time, including work on hopefully re-raising the barn.”

The barn will be an open air structure with no walls and will be built with green building techniques using larger pieces of wood instead of conventional lumber. It will be topped with a metal roof to harvest rain water for gardeners.

He said into the fall the site is a peaceful place where people can watch birds and wildlife.

“We’re hoping as years pass it will be maintained as part of the park system and there will be some walking trails around similar to Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary, not nearly as protected, but similar idea.”



szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Cougar kills 1 mountain biker, injures 2nd near Seattle

NORTH BEND, Wash. — Two friends on a morning mountain bike ride… Continue reading

Red Deer’s indoor trampoline park announces closure

Citing mounting costs, Red Deer’s indoor trampoline park recently announced it was… Continue reading

WATCH: First Red Deer Market of the year

Hundreds came out to the first farmers market of 2018 Saturday

Bighorn Backcountry ATV users in wait-and-see mode on future of West Country access

As off-highway vehicle users started a summer of trail riding on the… Continue reading

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle wed in Windsor as millions watch

WINDSOR, England — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gazed into each other’s… Continue reading

Red Deer Silhouettes prepare for year-end show

Synchronized swimming team will perform its last show this season May 30

Maduro favoured as Venezuelans vote amid crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win a… Continue reading

Family, friends recall shooting victims’ optimism, humour

SANTA FE, Texas — Hardworking. Funny. Loving. Grieving family and friends recalled… Continue reading

Record Everest climber returns, already planning next trip

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A veteran Sherpa guide who scaled Mount Everest for… Continue reading

WATCH: First Red Deer Market of the year

Hundreds came out to the first farmers market of 2018 Saturday

Canadian families among throngs of royal fans camping out for glimpse of newlyweds

WINDSOR, United Kingdom — Intense security measures, massive crowds, jet lag and… Continue reading

Swiss stun Canada, Sweden crushes US in ice hockey semis

COPENHAGEN — Switzerland stunned title favourite Canada 3-2 to reach only its… Continue reading

Cuba: 110 died in plane crash, 3 survivors ‘critical’

HAVANA — The only three survivors of Cuba’s worst aviation disaster in… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Lacrosse action heats up in Red Deer

More than 50 teams from across Alberta took part in the Tradition… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month