Dustin Bajer is an educator, permaculture designer, master gardener, and self-described network nerd. Raised in the country and living in the city, Dustin is passionate about systems that unite the natural and built environments.
Dustin graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education (Physics and Mathematics) and has over ten years of classroom experience.
In 2009, Dustin has been practising permaculture and in 2010 pitched the idea of creating a cross-curricular school garden to the principal of Jasper Place High School. Since then, Dustin and his students have designed two school food forests and have built Canada’s first high school aquaponics system.
In 2011, Dustin began building beehives and keeping honeybees is his urban backyard. He currently sells his beecentric beehive design on the local market and produces more honey than he knows what to do with.
In 2013, Dustin became a member of Edmonton’s Food Council to which he currently co-chairs. While on the council, he hopes to promote edible landscaping, urban agriculture, biodiversity, and biophilic design.
Since 2014, Dustin has been working with Edmonton’s Roots for Trees program to plant a native food forestry in one of City’s ravines. The food forest containing thousands of edible, perennial, native plants.
Dustin presently runs his own consulting company (Public Ecology) and has contracts with Sustainable Food Edmonton, Northlands, the John Janzen Nature Centre, and Edmonton Zoo to run agriculture education programming. He teaches local beekeeping and permaculture courses, builds and sells beehives, and is working with community members to create an urban honey co-op.