Water limitations affect Alberta food potential – The Western Producer

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Water limitations affect Alberta food potential – The Western Producer

BANFF, Alta. — Alberta is capable of producing more food but outside pressures could inhibit that ability. One key pressure point may be water availability, […]

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Is Alberta heading for another drought?

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Is Alberta heading for another drought?

Early indicators suggest Alberta is in for another hot, dry summer. But that could all change with a spring downpour

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How your garden could help stop your city flooding

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An excellent way to mitigate stormwater runoff. Check out Green Calgary’s website for Depaving in Calgary.

How your garden could help stop your city flooding

A proliferation of concrete is increasing the risk of urban flooding. The solution? More gardens.

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Fracking is contaminating North Dakota’s land and water

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Fracking is contaminating North Dakota’s land and water

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Rene

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Rene

Most Canadians take water for granted. We think we have lots of it and it will always be there. So in 2008, RBC started polling Canadians about their attitudes towards water – to see if the serious water issues around the world were having an impact on how we use and think about water, and tracking whether our attitudes are changing.

Since 2008, RBC has made the poll results freely available to NGOs and other interested parties. They have encouraged the broad dissemination of the data and its findings because they want to help contribute to a healthy conversation about the value and vulnerability of water in Canada.

The 2016 RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study is now available here:

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Agrihood Project – Information Session

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What Is an Agrihood?

An agrihood is a housing development built around a farm; it often includes an educational component. Residents work together, contributing their labour and skills to grow delicious, nutritious food. This arrangement makes farm to table living a reality.

Our Vision

We want to create an integrated community centered around a garden, greenhouse, farmer’s market & workshop space. We are currently considering a property that is situated in a small town within 1 hour’s drive of Calgary. There is already a large building onsite which will ideally function as a temporary residence, workshop, and business space. We plan to use sustainable and eco-friendly building methods to reduce our reliance on the grid as much as possible.

Our vision is guided by Permaculture: a series of ethics, principles, and lessons from nature that that allow us to design in a practical, environmentally friendly, and aesthetically pleasing fashion. While the philosophy of Permaculture can be applied to any situation or problem, it is most commonly used to design homes, gardens, and communities.

Our Values

Our values coincide with the 3 Ethics of Permaculture:

• Earth Care – planting and building using environmentally responsible & sustainable methods
• People Care – community, connection, valuing everyone’s gifts
• Fair Share – only using what we need and putting any surplus back into the community & future generations

Who are we?

We are a group of Southern Albertans seeking a more connected and rewarding life in a rural setting. We come from a variety of backgrounds and at present our ages range between 30-75. Our dreams bring us together and help us create a vision that includes self-sufficiency, balance, and a deeper commitment to stewardship of the land we are on.

Who are you?

You are a person who cares about creating a happy healthy community and building a sustainable future for yourself and the generations to come. Perhaps you like the idea of building and living in an ecologically sustainable community. You may well be interested in permaculture design & gardening methods. Maybe you have an idea for an eco-friendly business or workshop that would fit in well at the Agrihood. Hopefully you share our passion and have some time, skills, and/or financial resources you are willing to contribute to help make this dream a reality. At the very least, we hope that you will want to learn what we’re up to and help us spread the word about the Agrihood Project to your family, friends, and neighbours!

42 people interested · 9 going

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Urban Water Tower

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Urban Water Tower

It’s all but certain 2016 is going to be the new hottest year on record t.co/Em6yEzEHSY
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Calgary’s summer will be hot and dry, says climatologist Dave Phillips

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Calgary’s summer will be hot and dry, says climatologist Dave Phillips

The weather this summer should resemble the warmth and sun we enjoyed in April, rather than the rain and snow received over the May long weekend, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada is predicting.

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