May 5, 2010
Release! “Price vs. Payback” (4 min)
this week’s New Energy Story Barb continues her search into the
economics of going green. Our resident expert in grid-tied solar power,
Gordon Howell, calculated the price per kilowatt hour of solar
electricity and shares a prediction about when it will reach “grid
parity” that is astounding everyone in the industry. On “In the Green”
we visit a trade show devoted to green farming and ranching.
Playing on Shaw TV! “Greening the Grid Part Two” (4 min.)
Weis from the Pembina Institute details the renewable energy suite
available to power Alberta. Also, in this re-run from last November,
hundreds of Albertans visit our legislature to say “yes” to renewable
energy and “no” to nuclear fission. Watch Shaw TV, Channel 10, on
Saturday or Sunday evening or click here to view on-line:
Community Notice! CSA - Share the Risk.
Support Small Family Farms.
Community supported agriculture (CSA) is an arrangement where you
pre-buy shares in a farmer’s crop and receive your “dividends” in food
over the season. By sharing the inherent risks of a producing a crop,
you help to change the playing field so that diverse, small-scale, local
farms become a sustainable option again. There is a real variety in the
CSA arrangement on different farms. Most, but not all, require you to
come to the farm at certain key points and add an investment in time and
physical labour. Augment your diet with a wide selection of fresh,
regional foods and make a difference for our sustainable future. Visit:
http://www.csaalberta.com to see
the CSA options available to you in Alberta.
Barb’s Field Notes - “Eating Local in 2010”
fall, we attended a city council meeting where an impressive array of
local food advocates and experts, brought together by the the Greater
Edmonton Alliance, convinced our Edmonton City Council to embed some
protection for farmland in our municipal growth plan. They presented
convincing arguments that Edmontonians want a strong local food economy,
in part because of increasing participation in other indicator
activities, such as community gardening and farmers markets. It seems
“food” has got lots of people thinking and talking.
Since producing the original “Eating
Local” episodes in 2005, I have watched this new energy issue
rise remarkably in importance in our general society. Back then, we
interviewed several local experts about a range of possibilities to
support and learn more about local food production. Though some details
will be out of date the principles remain solid. Click this link to
watch the four original (6 min) episodes.
RBCC is developing a new series about the
re-emergence of a diversified, local food economy in northern Alberta,
and we are looking for sponsors and partners. I intend to present
definitive transitional solutions, such as the seven referred to in this
newsletter and related videos. Please contact me if you want to provide
financial support or expertise to this video project for television and
the web. There are a number of ways to connect your local food
initiatives to the growing Made-in-Alberta audience.
Coming Up Next Week
We share part two of Gordon’s
lesson with “Full
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