Can farmers and government find common ground?
The four-generation Noble family farm.
Pierre Desrochers and Kris Vester differ (respectively) on whether food should come from near or far.
Meet the Minister
Preview our interview with Alberta’s Agriculture Minster.
Our larger towns and cities sprang up in the heart of our best farmland.
If political partisanship bothers you, it probably means your political tribe is in power.
Provincial Archives of Alberta, 1943
Alexis Kienlen is the author of two books of poetry, She Dreams in Red and 13. She has also written a biography of Sikh civil rights activist Gurcharan Singh Bhatia. Kienlen works as an agricultural reporter for the newspaper Alberta Farmer and lives in Edmonton.
Pierre Desrochers is an associate professor of geography at the University of Toronto-Mississauga. He is the co-author of The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet (2012) and co-editor of Silent Spring at 50: The False Crises of Rachel Carson (2012).
Kris Vester co-owns Blue Mountain Biodynamic Farms, a diversified mixed farm consisting of 160 acres of prairie/aspen parkland in the low foothills of the Rocky Mountains, about 75km NW of Calgary. He is also the president of Slow Food Calgary.
Jamie Vedres (photos for “Deep in the Furrows”) is a commercial photographer born and raised in southern Alberta. He feels fortunate to have grown up in an era when schools still taught traditional darkroom photography, but also enjoys tintypes, large-format cameras and pinhole work.
SPECTRUM-RED by Marie Lannoo,
2017. Acrylic on aluminum. 60″ x 60″. Newzones Gallery, Calgary.