Agri­hood project in the works for Rock­y­ford

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pat Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Rock­y­ford may have some new neigh­bours who are in­ter­ested in form­ing an “Agri­hood.”

A group called The Agri­hood Project re­cently held a town hall meet­ing in the com­mu­nity on their vi­sion of a sus­tain­able com­mu­nity on the for­mer Rock­y­ford School site.

“It is a pos­si­bil­ity, and it is moving along, so we are def­i­nitely hope­ful,” said Anaya Lea, one of the project’s founders.

“We want to be an in­te­grated part of the com­mu­nity so we are look­ing at the project as not only our com­mu­nity, but the com­mu­nity as a whole,” she said.

The site is cur­rently the prop­erty of Golden Hills School Divi­sion. The Agri­hood project wishes to work with the Village on ac­quir­ing the site. So far, the Village has not se­cured the site, but Lea says they have ex­pressed in­ter­est to the school divi- sion for the prop­erty.

“We’ve been work­ing with the Village all along. We think that’s ad­van­ta­geous be­cause they have a vested in­ter­est in what goes on the prop­erty,” she said. “On Novem­ber 2 we did a town hall meet­ing where we pre­sented the project to res­i­dents for the first time and had a good turnout there and a pos­i­tive re­sponse about the con­cept of the project. A lot of th­ese peo­ple are farm­ers and busi- ness peo­ple, so they un­der­stand what it takes to put some­thing like this to­gether.”

Their next step is to de­velop a more de­tailed busi­ness plan.

“Ob­vi­ously, we don’t want to do it if we aren’t go­ing to be fairly cer­tain of suc­ceed­ing,” said Lea. “It is look­ing promis­ing with our dis­cus­sions.”

More in­for­ma­tion on the Agri­hood can be found at www.agri­hood­pro­ject.com.

The Agri­hood Project has the vi­sion to cre­ate a sus­tain­able com­mu­nity within Rock­y­ford.

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