Our farms must not only feed themselves, but the community surrounding them. Economies shrinking to a bioregional scale may just be the richest thing our communities can endeavour in. We can rejuvenate our rural communities, providing pride and purpose in meaningful work through growing grass roots and grassroots movements where young people see that greener pastures can be found right outside the farmhouse door. Let us know our neighbours, nourish one another, and build the communities we really want to live within.
Imagine a world where agricultural producers get paid for the ecosystems services their land provides. Economist Marian Weber of Alberta Innovates Technology Futures argues such a world is not only possible, it is necessary.
Trees and agricultural land do mix. Retired agroforestry specialist Gary Bank goes into the different ways agricultural producers can use trees and shrubs to increase biodiversity and boost yields.
Biodiversity is an integral part of agriculture. Corrina Copp of the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute explains why maintaining biodiversity is so important and how agricultural producers and other citizen scientists can monitor in Alberta.
Farm and ranches in Alberta are always looking for ways to be more efficient in order to save time and money and minimize adverse impacts on the land. We are going to give you a crash course on how to make your farm or ranch more energy efficient.
Alberta is the province in Canada with the best potential for solar power. Kale Scarf of Gateway Research Organization explains what Albertan agricultural producers need to do to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to generate on-farm energy.
Find out how better management practices may be the key to reducing cattle’s carbon footprint.
Clean, renewable sources of energy are a perfect fit for Alberta’s farms and ranches. Agricultural producers work hard to care for the land that supports their livelihood, families and communities. Farmers and ranchers deserve a type of energy production that does the same.