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Modular construction using repurposed steel shipping containers — such as these bachelor units with 
fold-down beds — can significantly reduce the cost of social housing.

Homelessness a hidden problem in rural Alberta

Affordable rental units, especially for families, are in short supply 
in most small towns and rural areas in the province

It’s easy to assume homelessness is a big-city issue. While not as visible, the shortage of adequate, affordable housing is also a very real challenge faced by many rural communities. “I’m a strong believer that everyone deserves a place to call home,” said Joshua Benard, the passionate project manager for a Sustainable Housing Initiative at […] Read more

Sowing gardens — and hope for a brighter future

A school garden may seem like a small thing 
but it can make a powerful difference

This is the story of Jimboy. He is my friend from the Philippines — one of the 100 million people who live on the nation’s 300,000 square kilometres of islands. And he is making a difference. Jimboy lives in the Tagoloan region which is 19 kilometres from the capital. It is largely an agricultural area […] Read more


We need to look at land in the larger context

Fear of ‘peak soil’ is driving global investment and 
raising questions about who will control it in the future

A man named Louis Glickman once said, “The best investment on Earth – is earth.” And what do we, as farmers, know of this great gift? We know it is the foundation of civilization, the centre of well-being, and the giver of abundance, including joy. We know that it is scarred with the battles that […] Read more

When John Mills returned to the family farm, he knew diversification would be the key to creating a financially viable operation.

Farm family weathers Mother Nature’s worst through diversification

Bowden farm has branched out from grain, cattle, and seed potatoes 
into agri-tourism and community-supported agriculture

In a bad year, the Great White Combine does a good chunk of the harvesting in Hailstorm Alley — a little pocket of central Alberta that sees more than its fair share of hail. And there have been more bad years than good in John Mills’ farming career. “I’ve been back on the farm for […] Read more