In October 2019, the membership of the Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta voted to amalgamate with the Alberta Rural Development Network, effective November 1, 2019.
The transition is actively underway, and the amalgamated Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) intends to launch the newly created agri-food programming in 2020.
In addition to the amalgamation, the ARDN will be connecting with former members, stakeholders and others interested in advancing the voice and support for entrepreneurs in the food system in Alberta.
Who is ARDN?
The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) is a partnership of nine Albertan colleges and universities, working together to support and enhance rural development. These institutions have combined their expertise, ideas and resources to strengthen Alberta’s rural way of life. The value of this network is that it draws on the strengths of diverse organizations, gathers and disseminates information, conducts research, and perhaps most importantly, has deep connections in all regions of the province. The mission of the ARDN is to facilitate, support, and champion rural community development through collaboration, research and service provision and our primary objectives are to:
- Providing a resource to help communities develop capacity, identify community needs and follow through on opportunities to build stronger futures in rural Alberta.
- Facilitating strategic research on economic, environmental, agriculture/agri-food, and social issues affecting the well being of people in rural communities.
- Expanding access to training and education in rural communities.
- Providing a proactive source for up-to-date information, knowledge and models of best practice in rural development.
Those interested in taking a leadership role in advocating for and supporting agri-food businesses in Alberta are encouraged to reach out to [email protected].