The Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ACSRC) and Rural Outreach & Agricultural Renaissance Society (ROARS)
Restore, Renew, Refine
Ecological Agriculture Summit 2013
Saturday, 9 November 2013
Faith and Life Centre, Augustana Campus, University of Alberta
JOIN US for a day of exploring and deepening our whys and hows of farming in line with, and for, a regenerative ecology;
gaining inspiration and knowledge to restore, refine and reinvent our farms. Registration begins at 9am; $30/person includes: light refreshments all day, a locally-sourced lunch by Augustana, 2 exciting key notes, afternoon breakout sessions, & the opportunity to connect with others interested in & working for an ecologically based agriculture.
Please RSVP by emailing: EcoAgSummit@gmail.com or calling Brenda at (403)742-9827
Morning Keynote: Howard Vlieger, Verity Farms
A Farmers Journey – Living With and Working Without GMOs
Howard Vlieger and his organization Verity Farms have been researching the affects of genetically engineered crops on the soil, animals and humans since 1992 and is fortunate to work with some of the leading scientists in the world on research projects involving GMO crops. The real life experience that he has from being a farmer and working with farmers all across the US gives him a unique perspective on GMOs. Howard has been giving presentations to educate people about GMOs for more than 6 years in 13 states.
Concurrent Afternoon Sessions:
Howard Vlieger, Verity Farms: What you can do when you want to live and work without GMOs
Mark Wonneck, Agriculture and AgriFood Canada: Pollinators – What’s happening in Alberta & what you can do to be a positive players
Susanna Bruneau, Battle River Watershed Alliance – Valuing Riparian Areas and Tradeoffs in the urban and rural landscape
Susan Roberts, Alberta Food Matters – Building Community Food Security
Afternoon Keynote: Joanne Theissen Martens, Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba & Mark Wonneck, Agriculture and AgriFood Canada
Redesigning Canadian Prairie Cropping Systems for Proﬁtability, Sustainability, and Resilience
In the face of global and regional drivers affecting the context in which Canadian agricultural systems function, it is important to consider how the Canadian agriculture sector should evolve and develop in order to thrive economically while protecting our natural resource base and building resilience. Hot off the presses, this research evaluates a wide range of ecologically-based farming practices and systems for their potential role in enhancing the proﬁtability, environmental sustainability, and resilience of cropping systems in the Canadian prairie provinces.
Additional support for this project is being provided by:
Alberta Real Estate Foundation
Beaver CountyFlagstaff County
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in the presentations are those of the presenters and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any of the event organizers or sponsors including ROARS, the University of Alberta and ACSRC.