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Monday
Nov182013

EnRoute magazine's annual Food Issue is out

In Canada, the Air Canada enRoute magazine's November issue is a big deal for people who love food, drink and restaurant culture.

First off is the Canada's Best New Restaurants feature, where dozens of panelists from across the country recommend their city's best new spots. Then a metabolically gifted food writer - this year it was Andrew Braithwaite - eats his way around the country and pronounces Canada's Best (10) New Restaurants. The side bar to this feature also details some "hot" and "not" trends noticed along the way.

My article on the interesting East Indian-influenced food and wine scene in Kelowna, British Columbia, is also in this issue. Here's a direct link to Kelowna Masala.

 

Monday
Sep092013

Thrift Shop song parody, by young urban gardeners in Paterson, NJ

I apologize in advance. I have a constant loop of "I grew these tomatoes. They taste incredible. Look how the salsa flows. From my garden down the road." in my head, and soon, you will too.

Take a look at this great video of what some teens grew this summer in the City Green summer program to promote healthy eating in urban areas. And great job on the chorus, you crazy kids.

Saturday
Aug032013

Video: Urban Agriculture Meeting the Needs in Unlikely Places

In March 2013, I was an invited speaker at the Alberta Institute of Agrologists' Annual Conference. It took place at the gloriously beautiful Banff Centre, in Banff, Alberta. Here's the video of my slideshow presentation. Other presentations from this conference are viewable at the Alberta Land-use Knowledge Network's website.

Thursday
Jul182013

Cool new project: Foodgarage Project in Red Deer, Alberta

Last week, I had a long conversation with Rene Michelak, of Rethink Red Deer. He's involved in many sustainability projects, and one in particular is The Food Garage Project. It's a four-season food production shed / garage in his backyard. The idea is to experiment with how much food an urbanite can produce, even in a northern city with six solid months of below-zero Celsius, such as in Red Deer, Alberta. And it's part of his home's permaculture design, food forest, and year-round fresh food producing garage.

Here's the short video from The Food Garage website.

 

The Food Garage Project was also recently featured on CKUA Radio's ArtBeat, and the segment starts at 41 minutes. You can just zoom ahead to that portion. They are currently raising money on Indiegogo to build a prototype that produces renewable energy for 4-season food growing to feed a family of 4 for a year... forever.

Help spread the word about The Food Garage Project, and even be a part of the capital campaign if you can.

 

Monday
Jul152013

Sunday Garden Tour: July 14, 2013

First of all, it's exciting to see so many new "likes" coming in from Japan and Korea on Food and the City's Facebook Page. I have a feeling that these translated editions of Food and the City must be hitting the shelves in those two countries. So, for my urban ag friends in Korea and Japan, a huge welcome. I'd love to see what you are doing in your communities. Please send me your photos and stories and I'll be sure to post and link to your sites here. Also, I'm starting to use Google+ and I've set up a Food and the City Google+ page. How many people would prefer this to Facebook? I would love to know.

The summer weather has finally hit here in the Okanagan. That means hot days (around 30 C), and dry (it's a semi-arid zone, with a huge lake and other smaller other lakes). It's perfect for plants like lavender, grapes, tomatoes, and hopefully eggplant. I have tried to grow eggplant from seed and it never really works out. This year, I bought two healthy seedlings of Turkish orange eggplant. They seem to be producing fruit, but the plants don't look particularly healthy.

Anyway, here are some video of the lavender field, which hums with our neighbour's honeybees, wild bumblebees and other pollinators.

Sunday Garden Tour Naramata July 14 2013 - Veggie and herb beds from foodgirl.ca on Vimeo.

 

Lavender and honeybee tv in Naramata garden / foodgirl.ca / July 14, 2013 from foodgirl.ca on Vimeo.