Design ‘charrettes’ planned for Gaetz farmstead restoration

Plans are taking shape to restore the J.J. Gaetz Farmstead heritage site to a six-acre community urban farm.

Plans are taking shape to restore the J.J. Gaetz Farmstead heritage site to a six-acre community urban farm.

Four design charrettes organized by ReThink Red Deer are scheduled in September and October.

Rene Michalak of ReThink Red Deer said the purpose is to bring the community together over multiple sessions to develop a concept plan for the site. Michalak said the timing is right because it is the city’s centennial year and everyone is part of the story, the heritage and the future of our community.

While the announcement of the closure of Michener Centre came after the charrettes were organized, Michalak said this presents an opportunity to preserve or save the land from development.

“This is what I see as the intended future for the grounds and the natural area there from the Gaetz Lake Sanctuary certainly could benefit from that transition zone from wild natural space into developed area,” said Michalak.

The J.J. Gaetz Farmstead heritage site is at the intersection of 36th Avenue and 55th Street between the cemetery on Michener Hill and Safety City.

The design charrettes or sessions are scheduled for Sept. 17, 19, 30 and Oct. 2 at historic sites in Red Deer. All four will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants will talk about the history, the heritage and the potential for the site. Each night there will be a keynote speaker discussing everything from urban agriculture, agroforestry, local food systems to sustainable community through permaculture design.

Michalak said over the four sessions, they hope to find potential resources and partners before presenting the case to city council in November or December.

The bigger project involves spinning off a worker co-op program out of ReThink Red Deer that would operate in the public as an urban permaculture research institute.

There is no cost to attend the first three sessions. The fourth will be a fall harvest supper featuring local food and chefs and a presentation on the proposed concept plan.

If you would like to attend the harvest supper you must attend each of the three charrette sessions. If you are unable to attend all three sessions, tickets in advance or at the door are $29.95.

Charrettes (6 to 9 p.m.)

l Sept. 17: Michener Recreation Centre Theatre, 51A Street and 38A Avenue

l Sept. 19: Red Deer College (Cenovus Learning Common, east Trades Wing)

l Sept. 30: Festival Hall (Memorial Centre), 4214 58th St.

l Oct. 2: Heritage Ranch, 6300 Cronquist Dr.

For more information, visit www.redthinkreddeer.ca.

crhyno@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Photos: Hundreds attend Red Deer Lights the Night

Cold weather didn’t stop people from enjoying holiday festivities

Backlog of irregular asylum claims has ballooned to over 28,000

OTTAWA — The backlog of asylum claims from irregular migrants awaiting a… Continue reading

Canada Post asks for halt to international shipments as parcel backlog grows

OTTAWA — Canada Post has asked its international partners to halt mail… Continue reading

Killer wildfire, bar shooting draw Trump to California

WASHINGTON — The killer wildfire in Northern California and the recent country-music… Continue reading

Trump visits as California struggles to locate 1,000 people

PARADISE, Calif. — President Donald Trump heads to Northern California on Saturday… Continue reading

UK leader fights back against critics amid Brexit upheaval

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May fought back against critics of… Continue reading

Workers at Quebec-run liquor stores begin 3-day strike, shutting down most outlets

MONTREAL — A labour dispute that began with stickers on store windows… Continue reading

Trump’s heated rhetoric not in line with U.S. actions: American senators

HALIFAX — Two outspoken U.S. senators — one Republican and one Democrat… Continue reading

B.C. government to bring lower transgender surgery to the province

VANCOUVER — Gwen Haworth says she always knew her gender identity, even… Continue reading

Action needed to reverse Canada’s wildlife decline, conservationists say

MONTREAL — Canada may be known for its wide-open spaces and wildlife,… Continue reading

Vancouver lawyer who prosecuted Khmer Rouge leaders welcomes genocide verdict

OTTAWA — A Vancouver lawyer who helped prosecute two of the Khmer… Continue reading

Trade war between U.S., China shows no sign of abating amid tough talk at APEC

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — Leaders from the world’s two biggest… Continue reading

Most Read