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If I were to picture my ideal life, I’d be sitting in some far off land, sipping a coffee in a café, my backpack at my side, camera around my neck, motorcycle at the curb, pondering my next stop or maybe madly typing away on my laptop about my latest adventure. Of course my home base will be a rural location, somewhere in Canada.

About Alain Saffel

If I were to picture my ideal life, I’d be sitting in some far off land, sipping a coffee in a café, my backpack at my side, camera around my neck, motorcycle at the curb, pondering my next stop or maybe madly typing away on my laptop about my latest adventure.

Of course my home base will be a rural location, somewhere in Canada.

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Last weekend I attended Seedy Sunday Edmonton, an event that brought together a large number of people from the Edmonton area who are interested in gardening, horticulture, seed saving, farming and more. If you’re looking to plan your garden around locally-adapted seed varieties, most of which I understood are actually heirloom seeds, it was THE […]

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Belgravia Green Edmonton net zero project

Judging by the attendance at the Belgravia Green net zero home open house yesterday, people in Edmonton are really interested in energy efficiency and alternative energy. As environmentally responsible as people want to be, it probably doesn’t hurt that Epcor, the local electrical utility, was charging an outrageous 15 cents per kilowatt hour in January […]

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Solar energy class

I recently started a night class on solar energy and its uses. It’s a six-week class that gives students an overview of the different types of solar technologies available, their advantages and disadvantages, applications, etc. The class is offered by the Solar Energy Society of Alberta and it covers a lot of ground. We’ve got […]

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Meet the Farmer – Joel Salatin Part 3

In this third Meet the Farmer video, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms talks about a variety of farm issues, including “salad bar beef” methods of intensively grazing cattle on small pasture areas. He has 100 head of cattle that intensively graze about a half-acre of pasture and they’re moved on a daily basis. It’s been […]

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Meet the Farmer – Joel Salatin Part 2

This episode of Meet the Farmer, featuring Joel Salatin (of Polyface Farms), is an interesting one. Joel talks about how they raise chickens and their “egg mobile.” If you want real free range chickens, this is the way to raise them. In addition to being a much healthier way to raise chickens, I’m sure that […]

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Lehman’s Non-Electric store walkthrough

The Lehman’s Non-Electric Catalog is a key resource if you’re interested in self-reliance. We’d love to visit their store in the U.S. Perhaps one day! For now we’ll have to flip through their catalog and plan what we’d like to order. Here in Canada we have another company that deals by catalog, but also has […]

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Welcome to UrbanToRural.com

Our first post on our new blog. Where do we start? We should probably introduce ourselves. There are two of us blogging here. Our names are Alain and Crystal. We live in Edmonton, Alberta and are interested in moving from the city to the country, thus the UrbanToRural.com name. We don’t exactly have the financial […]

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