More Views of Sustainability in South Eastern Alberta

St. Margaret's Church on the west edge of the Cypress Hills has been lovingly restored by Rev. David Carter, with significant help from the local community. The new stained glass windows have been sponsored by prominent citizens, a tradition dating back centuries in Europe.

Brandings give neighbours a chance to reconnect, while getting a big chore done in a short time. Everyone has a role, and everyone has fun! In spite of the extreme distances between homes, people are able to stay in touch. This should be an inspiration for urban block parties.

Gerry Ehlert points out that Skeleton Weed, the pink native wildflower shown below, often appears in fields of domestic Crested Wheatgrass. This demonstrates a gradual trend toward restoring the native grassland, a process we hope to accelerate on the Transition Medicine Hat demonstration site. If you or your group would like to help plant wildflowers, call 403-527-2052 to book a program.
Photo by Gerry Ehlert

Homegrown potatoes taste great, and with a variety of colours, they can make dinner more interesting. The seed potatoes we used came bundled in a variety pack.
Photo by Rob Gardner

Eldorado Farms and other farmers in the area grow extensive fields of corn. Corn on the cob has become an August tradition!

Medicine Hat's growing season has extended more than two weeks over the past 30 years, enabling corn and other heat-loving crops to flourish. This is one of the few benefits of climate change.

Photo by Rob Gardner

This cherry tree in Crescent Heights shows that we could be growing more fruit.

During the week of October 4, Medicine Hat's Saamis Tepee was illuminated with red floodlights, to commemorate the missing and murdered aboriginal women. This terrible period, hopefully over now, seems inconceivable to most white citizens, but is all too typical of how our aboriginal peoples have been treated. The recognition of these crimes may be the first step toward true reconciliation.
Photo by John Whidden

A happy gardener plays in a circle of sunflowers planted specifically for this. These plants grow fast enough for youngsters to appreciate.

If you have school-aged children, or grandchildren, why not try this in your backyard? (It works best if you plant a double circle of seeds, leaving a space for the entrance.)

WOW!! This Cambridge Street gardener sure enjoys colour! And what a great place for bees! We could all take inspiration from this yard, and plant more flowers for our pollinator friends.

Photo by Rob Gardner

The newly established South East Hill Community Association brought Santa to Central Park in December 2019, to meet many good children as well as the park's whale mascot.

The association strives to increase the community spirit of the neighbourhood by presenting special events. What a great way to meet new friends! Transition hopes other parts of the city will be encouraged to start their own groups.

Photo by Emma Bennett, South East Hill Community Association

Parks can be enjoyed in many ways. Here, a young lady appreciates some time away from the Christmas bustle. (Wooden sculptures are springing up around Medicine Hat. How many can you find?)
Photo by Emma Bennett, South East Hill Community Association

Last modified November 17, 2020