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James Stark


Joined: Apr 21, 2011
Posts: 79
Location: Manitoba Canada
I'm pretty new to the site, but i couldn't find any threads about members in Manitoba, so I thought I'd get one fired up. Anyone out there in Manitoba?


I never fail. I don't believe in it. I only succeed at finding what doesn't work.
Kevin Hiebert


Joined: Apr 02, 2011
Posts: 32
Location: Zone 3 SW Manitoba, Canada
I'm not sure if I would be classified as a "permie" yet. Just a fairly new gardener who stumbled across the concept a short while ago and trying to implement a few ideas as we develop our acreage. It seems to bring together many threads that have been woven through my life over the years into one coherent philosophy. I'm looking forward to the experimenting and exploration ahead.


we do not go into the green woods and crystal waters to rough it; we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home.- Nessmuk
James Stark


Joined: Apr 21, 2011
Posts: 79
Location: Manitoba Canada
I'm definitely not a "permie" either, but I'm always working towards it. I just try to make things as natural and sustainable as I can. Learn new things all the time. What part of the province are you in? I'm north of Selkirk.
Kevin Hiebert


Joined: Apr 02, 2011
Posts: 32
Location: Zone 3 SW Manitoba, Canada
We are just west of Brandon. Kemnay actually, 8 miles west on the #1.
klorinth McCoy


Joined: Feb 13, 2011
Posts: 37
Hi!

I'm just East of Winnipeg.
Also not really a Permie, but I do like most of the topics here and find the discussion interesting. I am definitely a bit of a freak in the Manitoba prairie farming community. Hippie parents and all those things. I don't look at a lot of topics in a very "traditional", my family has worked this land this way for 100 years, kind of way. I think most things can be improved upon, and there are many things that were done better in the past. Modern does not always equate better, sometimes Great Grandpa knew a few things as well. Of course just because my Dad did something doesn't mean I should. Sometimes he was an idiot as well.

Anyway, nice to see that there are other Manitoba members on here.
Adrien Quenneville


Joined: Jan 04, 2011
Posts: 55
Been lurking here for a while... I am unfortunately just a reader, getting ideas and making plans for when I move and get a plot of land, or a house with a nice backyard. About a year to go until I have enough dough accumulated...

For now, I rot in Thompson haha

Good luck to all stuck down south. Hopefully nobody gets flooded with that dyke breach...


AQ
klorinth McCoy


Joined: Feb 13, 2011
Posts: 37
I made sure that when I bought land it was situated outside of the '97 flood plain.
No sense buying land that is inherently got a annual flaw.

I have only so much sympathy for those that choose to live by the river. Those that were born there and inherited that land I can understand, but those that bought the land after seeing the floods? Sorry but you made that decision.

Good luck with your search for land. Make sure you have fun with it.
                          


Joined: May 12, 2011
Posts: 1
I am just starting out.  I want to raise chickens and am looking for information on feeding them...The people around me simply supply massive amounts of grain.  Is there anything else I can provide ?  Is there a source of reasonable organic grain I can use for feed ?

I am also looking for someone selling raw milk.  Know anyone ?  in Winnipeg/Steinbach vicinity...

Thanks
klorinth McCoy


Joined: Feb 13, 2011
Posts: 37
I do not know of any certified organic grain producers in the area. There is a lot of grain available for what I consider reasonable prices. But that depends on what is reasonable to you.
There are also local producers that will mix and grind feed of any type. Prices are about 60% the price of commercial feed.

The cheapest thing is to grow your own stuff. That could be anything from grains to vegetables, and insects. Beetle and fly larvae are easy to raise. Get a little inventive and it is easy.
Kevin Hiebert


Joined: Apr 02, 2011
Posts: 32
Location: Zone 3 SW Manitoba, Canada
You'll have to be carefull with the raw milk enquiries. It's legal if you own the cow and drink your own milk, but someone else selling you raw milk can get into a heap of legal troubles. Selling a known killer like ciggarettes is perfectly OK but heaven help the farmer caught selling raw milk! How messed up is that??
James Stark


Joined: Apr 21, 2011
Posts: 79
Location: Manitoba Canada
So do any of you grow melons? I'm always looking for tips on how to do it better. I figure if I get really good at it, I'll start growing the big Texas style watermelons and sell em at the end of my driveway! Right now I've got some medium watermelons, muskmelon and california canteloupe. I start them indoors really early, then put them out into cold frames.
Jeff Fountain


Joined: May 28, 2011
Posts: 20
Location: Thompson Manitoba Canada Zone 1b :(
    
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Yeah I'm stuck in Thompson too. I have been waiting for my Crown Land Permit to start on the old trembec sawmill site across from Ospawagan. I have seven acres and I am expecting to get started this summer out there.

Surprisingly there is a lot you can do in Thompson (so there is hope for everyone). I will incorprorate some permaculture ideas but not all as I think there are not enough native species to use commercially up here. The nonnatives will need some babying. I have had success with a lot of berries and even grown small melons and grapes up here, so a lot is possible though if this weather keeps up nothing will grow here.

I'll be documenting the process of creating my little hobby farm from the bare soil that's there now. Will be putting in some greenhouses too. I'll keep you up to speed.

If anyone knows where I can find some quality grass fed beef in manitoba please let me know.


Carl Sagan, Buddha, Gandhi and Fukuoka, soon maybe even Wheaton.
Kate Nudd


Joined: Dec 09, 2010
Posts: 105
Hi Jeff
Check out www.harvestmoonsociety.org
It's located in Clearwater,MB.  There is info regarding all the framers connected to it.
I love their chicken run/deer fencing/vine climber idea noted on the latest newsletter.

Ed Vorst


Joined: Mar 14, 2012
Posts: 6
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Right here in the heart of Winnipeg. Going to start an urban permaculture garden for the first time, once the asphalt is gone from the back 'yard'.
Adrien Quenneville


Joined: Jan 04, 2011
Posts: 55
Hi Jeff,

If you want/need help, let me know! I just moved into a rental house in the Juniper area, landlord gave the ok to grow veggies and whatnot, so i'll be trying out all the theory that i've been learning on here.

Thought NOBODY else in Thompson would be into permaculture, glad to see I was wrong!
Robert Reid


Joined: Feb 24, 2012
Posts: 24
    
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New user from Transcona.
Stumbled into Paul's stuff while looking for some aquaculture stuff.

Parents own a farm in SW Manitoba, so i have a farm background as they say.

Started doing some backyard gardening last year and trying to expand that this year.
Jeff Fountain


Joined: May 28, 2011
Posts: 20
Location: Thompson Manitoba Canada Zone 1b :(
    
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Hey Adrien (and all),

Got my GP and will be planting the seven acres out this week. The site is awesome! There is a massive huegel bed already to be covered already on the property. There is an abundance of rotting sawdust (poplar aspen) for mulch, two small ponds for water and lots of scrap wood. Site was an old sawmill site. Couldnt ask for a better site. Heck there is even some slope there. Now I must get a gate up as people have been stealing stuff from the site.... stole 50 windows I was gonna use for a greenhouse. anyways give me a call (im in the book) and Ill show you the site one of these days. Oh and yeah there are a few permies here in Thompson.
Michelle Green


Joined: Jul 31, 2012
Posts: 4
Hello Manitobans
I'm near Neepawa & am in my first year of land owning/ permaculture creation. So far I have a few chickens & gardens & huge plans for whats next
Mark Bomhoff


Joined: Dec 12, 2012
Posts: 10
Hey 'tobans! I'm IN the heart of Winnipeg too! I live in Transcona and I'm quickly enjoying this site for new ideas. Not really a permie but definitely some neat ideas on here. My wife and I have raised garden beds that we're going to turn into some hugelkulture beds this year. They won't be huge in height but should still store enough moisture so we won't need to water more then a couple times a year!

I'm also hoping to make a rocket stove boiler to heat our house next winter. Haven't decided if I want to run the water through piping under the floors for heated floors or through a heat exchanger in the furnace for forced air heating. Lucky for me I have a few months to decide.

Curious to see some of your projects and how they are coming along.
Ed Vorst


Joined: Mar 14, 2012
Posts: 6
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Hi Mark. I'm in the West End. I'd love to watch & help with the rocket stove project. Hopefully learn a bunch from your project and do the same or similar at my place. Keep me posted.
Ed Vorst


Joined: Mar 14, 2012
Posts: 6
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
James Stark,

How early is early for muskmelons in MB?
 
 
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