Agriculture

Ecojustice calls on Minister Knight to stop land sale

Survey of area, home to several species-at-risk, must be conducted

 

EDMONTON — The Alberta government’s proposed sale of 25 public land plots to SLM Spud Farms is ill-informed and could devastate local species-at-risk, Ecojustice said today.

“At minimum, Alberta must conduct an in-depth survey of the land to determine what exactly it is signing away before the sale is approved,” said Melissa Gorrie, Ecojustice staff lawyer. “As it stands now, the province does not have the necessary information to make an informed, responsible decision.” Read more about Ecojustice calls on Minister Knight to stop land sale

“Potatogate”: Irreplaceable Public Land to be Sold to Make Potato Chips

In a shocking insult to all Albertans, the provincial government is set to sell off a huge swathe of public land – our land – to a private company, to grow potatoes. Despite the fact that the 16,000-acre parcel of land near Bow Island is valuable native prairie, known to be habitat for a number of endangered species, the sale looks set to go ahead this week with no opportunity for public input. The priceless piece of prairie will be ploughed up to grow potatoes. Read more about “Potatogate”: Irreplaceable Public Land to be Sold to Make Potato Chips

Alberta for Sale? Premier Asked to Clarify Government’s ‘Prairies to Potatoes’ Position

Alberta Wilderness Association (AWA) is asking for the Premier to clarify a statement made to the media by Minister of Sustainable Resource Development (SRD), Mel Knight, about funds generated by the proposed sale of native prairie Public Lands near Bow Island, Alberta. Sale and conversion of this land would destroy vital habitat for a number of endangered species. Read more about Alberta for Sale? Premier Asked to Clarify Government’s ‘Prairies to Potatoes’ Position

Materials from Greenhouse Gas Roundup Part II Webinar available for download

If you’re like many Albertans, you’re probably asking yourself some pretty important questions about climate change. The most overdue questions may be about soil not oil. For example:

  • How can agricultural producers participate in the carbon market?
  • Will international climate change agreements influence land use activities?
  • Could more land users be regulated for emissions reduction as seen in the energy sector?

The Environmental Law Centre has made materials from their recent "Greenhouse Gas Roundup Part II: Agriculture Webinar"available for download. You can watch the presentation below, or on YouTube and visit the ELC website to download the slides.

Read more about Materials from Greenhouse Gas Roundup Part II Webinar available for download

Call for Delegates: ENGO Delegates, Confined Feeding Operations Project Implementation Working Group

Initiative: 
Confined Feeding Operations Project Implementation Working Group
Position: 
ENGO Delegates
Application Deadline: 
19 Apr 2010

In 2008 the Confined Feeding Operations (CFO) Project Team developed 10 recommendations to improve the management of air emissions from existing and future CFOs in Alberta, and to improve relationships between stakeholders.

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) has led the implementation of these recommendations. ARD has requested that a multi-stakeholder implementation team be established to serve as a liaison between the CASA board, the CFO recommendation implementers, and the former CFO project team. Read more about Call for Delegates: ENGO Delegates, Confined Feeding Operations Project Implementation Working Group

Webinar: Greenhouse Gas Roundup — Part II: Agriculture

Apr 14 2010 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

If you're like many Albertans, you're probably asking yourself some pretty important questions about climate change.  The most overdue questions may be about soil not oil. For example:

  • How can agricultural producers participate in the carbon market?
  • Will international climate change agreements influence land use activities?
  • Could more land users be regulated for emissions reduction as seen in the energy sector?

Whether you're a producer, a regulated emitter, or just a concerned citizen, you will find value in this second installment of Greenhouse Gas Roundup — a three-part webinar series led by ELC Staff Counsel Adam Driedzic. No legal training is required and there are no dumb questions. Read more about Webinar: Greenhouse Gas Roundup — Part II: Agriculture

Red Deer Seedy Saturday

Apr 11 2010 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

What is Seedy Sunday?

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 Growing Food Security in Red Deer project (members of ReThink Red Deer). Read more about Red Deer Seedy Saturday

Location

Kerry Wood Nature Centre
6300 45 Avenue
Red Deer , AB

Edmonton Seedy Sunday

Mar 21 2010 - 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Speakers

  • 11:30 a.m. Get Growing - Ideas and Strategies for New Gardeners with Ron Berezan,
  • 12:30 p.m. Starting Seeds with Bruce Bashforth
  • 1:30 p.m. Growing the Top ten Herbs with Gwen Simpson
  • 2:30 p.m. Urban Gardening Panel with:
    • Dustin Bajer, Guerrilla Gardening;
    • Sonja, Spin Farming;
    • Kim Sanderson, Involving Children

There will be a seed swap, seed vendors, displays, a kid`s table,a gardening book and magazine exchange and a Seedy Café. Read more about Edmonton Seedy Sunday

Location

Alberta Avenue Community Hall
9210 118 Avenue NW
Edmonton , AB

Calgary Seedy Saturday

Mar 20 2010 - 4:00pm to 10:00pm

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. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, March 20 from 10 am to 4 pm at  Montgomery Community Centre, 5003 - 16 Ave. N.W. (at the intersection of Hwy #1 and Home Road). Read more about Calgary Seedy Saturday

Location

Montgomery Community Centre
5003 16 Avenue NW
Calgary , AB

Introduction to Permaculture Course

Mar 27 2010 - 6:00am to Mar 28 2010 - 6:00am

Big Sky Permaculture is holding a 2-day weekend Introduction to Permaculture course on March 27 and 28, 2010. Permaculture (permanent culture) is a design system that assembles conceptual, strategic and material components into a pattern that which functions to benefit life in all its forms. Read more about Introduction to Permaculture Course

Location

Calgary Outdoor Area Council, Rocky Mountain Room
1111 Memorial Drive NW
Calgary , AB

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