Agriculture

Last Dance for Sage-grouse?

Just 13 Male Birds Remain in Alberta, as Recovery Fails

In 2011, just thirteen male greater sage-grouse were counted in Alberta. Without emergency action to protect sage-grouse habitat, the species will die out in Alberta, and the finger of blame will be pointed squarely at provincial and federal governments which have failed to act.

The decline in sage-grouse has been steep and steady in Alberta since1996, when the bird was first listed on Alberta’s blue list as a species that may be at risk. And yet both provincial and federal governments have utterly failed to take action to protect sage-grouse habitat and halt the slide. Read more about Last Dance for Sage-grouse?

Alberta's Native Prairie Sell-Off is Back

On August 30, the Alberta government again placed 16,000 acres of Cypress County native grassland up for sale for conversion to intensive irrigation agricultural use. These are all the same lands that were pulled from an impending secretive sale last November after widespread public criticism. Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) believes these lands should remain as public native grasslands where well-managed ranching and grassland-dependent wildlife species can co-exist. Read more about Alberta's Native Prairie Sell-Off is Back

Fundamentals of Permaculture Workshop

Jun 29 2011 - 12:00am to 3:00am
Jul 1 2011 - 12:00am to 3:00am

Permaculture is a completely solutions-oriented approach to addressing environmental, social and energy-supply problems. Discover your untapped potential for creating immense positive change starting at your back door. We've designed this six hour intensive to provide you with the tools to turn your home into the greenest home on the block - all the while saving money and making a super healthy, beautiful and inspiring environment for family, friends and community. 

Cost: $75.00 Read more about Fundamentals of Permaculture Workshop

Location

The AREA
1119 10 Avenue SE
Calgary , AB

Food Futures Lectures series: Going Local: Putting Ideas Into Practice

Mar 4 2011 - 2:00am

A Lecture Presented by Jessie Radies & Nettie Wiebe

The cry "Go Local!" is increasingly heard today, with proponents pointing to numerous  benefits to a thriving local food system, including access to nutritious foods, support for local farmers, closer connections between producers and consumers, lower carbon footprint, and reduced dependency on volatile global agricultural markets. But great ideas are not always easily put into practice, and creating a local food system faces multiple challenges, as well as rewards. Hear from two leaders in the Canadian Local Foods Movement about their own experiences working to create sustainable local production and retailing industries here in our own backyard, and join us in discussions about how to deepen our relationships to the food we eat, and the farmers who produce it. Read more about Food Futures Lectures series: Going Local: Putting Ideas Into Practice

Location

Room 1 430, Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Alberta (Saskatchewan Drive adjacent to Bio Sci Building)
Edmonton , AB

Solar Seminar: Cultivating Community – The Invermere Community Solar Greenhouse

Feb 24 2011 - 2:00am

An evening presentation by Bill Swan – Greenman Sustainable Solutions

In response to the growing interest in local food security, healthy food in schools, and the overall sustainability of our agriculture systems, 300 community volunteers in Invermere BC teamed up to build a 300 sq. ft. greenhouse.  It is now producing both food and sustainability programs for school and community audiences.  Bill Swan, Community Greenhouse Project lead, will discuss how the project was developed including the many social, technical and logistical challenges and successes the project team encountered during the design, construction and operation of this successful initiative.  This is part of a three seminar series on solar greenhouses sponsored by Alberta Agriculture. Read more about Solar Seminar: Cultivating Community – The Invermere Community Solar Greenhouse

Location

CN Theatre – Room 5-142
Grant MacEwan University — City Centre Campus
Edmonton , AB

Red Deer Seedy Sunday

Mar 27 2011 - 5:00pm to 11:00pm

Red Deer Seedy Sunday is part of the worldwide Seedy Saturday/Sunday events that celebrate open-pollinated seeds. In Red Deer, the event is citizen-driven; coordinated with the support of Seeds of Diversity Canada, Spruce Lane Organic Farm, Kerry Wood Nature Centre, the Red Deer Garden Club, and The Root Cellar: ecoStore & Apothecary (a project of ReThink Red Deer's Centre for Urban Agriculture). Read more about Red Deer Seedy Sunday

Location

Kerry Wood Nature Centre
Red Deer , AB

Calgary Seedy Saturday

Mar 19 2011 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

Calgary Seedy Saturday is part of the worldwide Seedy Saturday/Sunday events that celebrate open-pollinated seeds. In Calgary, the event is coordinated with the support of the Community Garden Resource Network.

Cost: $2 Admission, we accept Calgary Dollars

This family event will have displays by:

  • local seed savers,
  • prairie seed companies,
  • native plant collectors,
  • conservation groups,
  • community gardeners,
  • organic growers; as well as,
  • a seed exchange table,
  • refreshments,
  • presenters, and
  • a kids corner!
Read more about Calgary Seedy Saturday>

Location

Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Centre
1320 5 Avenue NW
Calgary , AB

Edmonton Seedy Sunday

Mar 20 2011 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

 

At Edmonton Seedy Sunday we hope to promote and protect biodiversity, support seed savers and open pollinated/organic/heritage seed vendors.

What is Edmonton Seedy Sunday?

Swap some of your seeds for seeds that somebody else has donated. Donations of seeds are welcome.

There will be open pollinated/organic/heritage seed vendors a gardening displays kid's table, gardening book and magazine exchange, speakers and a Seedy Cafe.

Free admission/donations accepted

 
Read more about Edmonton Seedy Sunday

Location

Alberta Avenue Community Hall
9210 118 Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB

Wildflower Seed Planting Workshop

Feb 6 2011 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

 

 with Bruce Bashforth of Bedrock Seedbank

Learn the secrets of growing native wildflowers and grasses from seed. This is a hands on workshop where you can choose the seeds you want, plant them and take them home. You can let your seeds germinate naturally outside in the spring, or start them inside Read more about Wildflower Seed Planting Workshop

Location

Riverdale Community Hall
9231 100 Avenue
Edmonton , AB

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