Growing Food Security in Alberta

Alberta Food Matters

Since 2001, the Growing Food Security in Alberta (GFSA) network has supported many projects and initiatives across Alberta focusing on food security and food sovereignty using an asset based community development approach. Hundreds of groups and individuals are now part of the Network, all seeking to connect and work together to achieve food sovereignty and food security in Alberta and understand the real value of real food.

Alberta Food Matters (AFM), through urging from the GFSA network members, is now registered as an independent non-profit. AFM operates the GFSA network and continues to support the valuable work throughout the province.

Our Mission

Working together to foster leadership, relationships and actions that reconnect people, land and food in Alberta; Alberta Food Matters grows through community development, research and evidence-based approaches, policy development and skill building, educational projects, programs and workshops.

Our Values

  • We believe that healthy, clean food is an essential human right.
  • We value nature as the enduring measure, mentor and model: sustainable, equitable, locale-driven, regenerative and systemic.
  • We believe successful actions and healthy food systems are built on relationships.
  • We value asset-based approaches that recognize everyone and every group has something to contribute.
  • We value equity: practices that are participatory and support open source sharing.
  • We value credible, evidence–based information and practices.



Food Sovereignty

People have a say in how their food is produced and where it comes from. Food sovereignty seeks to rebuild the relationship between people and the land, and between those who grow and harvest food and those who eat it.

Food Security and Food Sovereignty are preconditions for a sustainable community, but in order to thrive and prosper the relationships that maintains them needs to be quantified in economic terms.

This is where the SELRS project comes in. SELRS is an acronym that stands for Sustainable, Equitable, Local and Regenerative, representing a lens for assessing the state of a system for community-based food. View the SELRS lens here.

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