Rockyford could be riding the crest of a trend to bring rural sustainability to urban Alberta.
A group of investors from Calgary want to create a so-called Agrihood in the village about 55 kilometres southwest of Drumheller.
"Growing food is at the core of the project (and) there's housing built around that," explained group spokesman Anaya Lea. "Also what we call our Sustainability Centre, where we'll be offering workshops and courses where we share knowledge about sustainability."
The Sustainability Centre would be housed in the old Rockyford School, which was closed because of the new Wheatland Crossing School near Standard.
"A market garden and a food forest will be the core of our food production, which of course is just a slice of what can be done in the way of food, but because it's in town we're limited to what we can do," Lea added. "One day we hope to have a farmers market, but that'll be down the road a little bit."
The group made a presentation to Rockyford Village Council recently outlining their plans for a neighborhood of 16 to 24 energy efficient homes built on the old Rockyford School property.
"We have decided to become a cooperative; that'll be the legal entity we exist within," Lea told 99.5 Drum FM. "We'll be looking for other members who want to be a part of the Rockyford community and a part of our project."
Close to 60 residents attended an open house on November 2 and Lea claims the response was very favourable.