Much has been written in the field of Ecology regarding the Edge Effect. In short, the effect describes the zone (known as Ecotone’s) between two ecological communities, which promotes greater biodiversity due to the increase in favorable conditions for life to flourish. For example, consider the biodiversity where land meets water or where forest meets grassland. These ecotones often support an increased biodiversity due to the abundance of resources from both (or multiple) ecological communities overlapping the same space. In Permaculture circles this concept has been utilized in the design of agricultural land, architecture, and social systems.
The Edge Effect is a useful analogy for considering the significance of diverse members of Alberta’s regional food systems attending Cultivating Connections in February 2017. By providing space for collaboration and innovation between farmers, dietitians, school educators, policy makers, foodies, and other members from Alberta’s vast food system, this forum will act as a space where our various ‘edges’ bump up against one another.
At the conference, Alberta’s food system players will have the opportunity to learn more about the resources needed and yielded in each sector of the food system. This broad view will allow conference attendees to utilize the Edge Effect by identifying where collaborations in food production, processing, distribution, and education are needed and how they can improve access to local, nutritious food for all Albertans.
Regardless of your current place in Alberta’s food system, Cultivating Connections will be the place to meet those who you share an ‘edge’ with, and forge new relationships that will allow for the innovative solutions currently needed. If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time to do so here.
Be sure to check back regularly for conference updates and program information.
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