February 12, 2024

New podcast episode: Soil health for urban growers

EPISODE 6- Soil Health for Urban Growers Healthy soils are essential for food production, so how can you protect soil health in your garden? Learn about the basics of soil health in this episode based on the “Community Resource Guide: Sustainable Healthy Soils in Alberta” by Sukhwinder Singh, research funded in part by AREF. For more information on soil health check out these resources: Community…

January 5, 2024

New podcast episode: Soil health in Alberta with Sukhwinder Singh

EPISODE 5- Soil Health in Alberta Why should soil health matter to you? Come learn about soil health in Alberta with Sukhwinder Singh! We talk about the state of soil health in Alberta and Canada and how policy could be used to protect soil health. For more information on soil health check out these resources: Community Resource Guide: Sustainable Healthy Soils in Alberta Soil Health Workshop 2023…

December 19, 2023

Zoning for the future: Edmonton’s innovative approach for a growing city

Zoning gets a bad rap, and understandably so. Zoning has historically contributed to social and economic issues within cities by increasing housing prices, supporting racial and class segregation and decreasing quality of life for residents. Despite its reputation, zoning isn't evil at its core. Zoning is a system of organizing how we use land and what kind of development can occur on a plot of land.…

December 8, 2023
Equity in Zoning with Sandeep Agrawal

New podcast episode: Equity in zoning with Sandeep Agrawal

EPISODE 4- Equity in Zoning Curious about what kind of research went into Edmonton’s Zoning Bylaw Renewal? Dr. Sandeep Agrawal talks about how his research informed the new bylaw’s equitable approach to zoning. For more information on the Zoning Bylaw Renewal check out these resources: Assessing inequity in zoning bylaw: A case of Edmonton, Canada City of Edmonton Zoning Bylaw document library…

November 22, 2023
Bulldozer bulldozing a wheat field with a city skyline in the background

Edmonton Metropolitan Region and rural landowners lead the way in the preservation of agricultural land

Alberta's farmland is being lost to development. According to the provincial government's 2022 report, Alberta saw a loss of over 23,000 hectares of agricultural land from 2011 to 2020 with an additional loss of 13,071 from 2021 to 2022. Much of the lost land was highly productive crop land. Dr. Brent Swallow, Professor of Agricultural and Environmental Economics at the University of Alberta, says…