Dr. Bowen is an assistant professor of geography at Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401.
AGRICULTURAL EXPANSION IN NORTHERN ALBERTA
Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
2002 American Geographical Society
Volume 92, Issue 4, pages 503–525, October 2002
How to Cite
BOWEN, D. (2002), AGRICULTURAL EXPANSION IN NORTHERN ALBERTA. Geographical Review, 92: 503–525. doi: 10.1111/j.1931-0846.2002.tb00010.x
- Issue published online: 21 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 21 APR 2010
- agricultural expansion;
ABSTRACT. Since the early 1980s some 40,000 acres of forested land have been cleared and placed under cultivation by Mennonite farmers near the small town of La Crete in northern Alberta's Peace River district. This incipient agriculture has been accompanied by dramatic increases in road building and home construction and by the establishment of churches and schools. The principal force behind the acquisition of land has been a desire of families to have homes in rural areas where they can enjoy lifestyles based on traditional Mennonite values. Because most new farmers cannot earn a living in the district from agriculture alone, they must rely on the wood industries to supplement their incomes. Demand is building for the province to open still more land, but disagreements between the government and the Mennonite community about the most appropriate location for developing new farms has put further expansion on hold until the conflict can be resolved.