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Are you an urban homesteader?


On Wed, May 22, I participated in an interesting radio program on KUER in Salt Lake City to discuss the rise of urban homesteading. It was a good investigation into this trend: Is urban homesteading really a type of homesteading? What does it mean to be an urban homesteader? What is pushing this trend?

I was one of three guests. Also on the show was Jonathon Krausert, a board member of Wasatch Community Gardens. He produces 85% of his families produce on his one-eighth-of-an-acre property in Salt Lake City.The other panelist was Carly Gillespie, Community Educator at Wasatch Community Gardens and an urban homesteader. On the show, she uttered a brilliant soundbite: "DIY ADD."

The live-program, RadioWest, on KUER, was a call-in-type show and I absolutely loved hearing from people at all stages of growing food, keeping bees or raising chickens on whatever land they have access to. It sounds like Salt Lake City has a supportive municipal government and that the bylaws are not obstructive to those wanting to get back to the land in the city.

Click here for the full hour-long broadcast, now posted on the KUER RadioWest site.

More resources:

Sustainablog's "Top Five US Cities for Urban Homesteading."

Shovel and Fork - Hands-on DIY beekepping, chicken keeping, cob-oven building, butchery, pickling, and cooking classes for the urban homestead set.



High School Senior blogs as she learns and writes about food, urban ag, and permaculture

I got a lovely note from a reader today. It was from a high school senior in Cleveland whose interests mirror my own: journalism, food and urban agriculture. She sent me a note about my book and how it is inspiring it was to her. That makes me feel pretty good, I must say.

That said, I find her current project totally interesting. Chloé has just begun a three-week senior project which will have her writing about her experiences at Rid-All Green Partnership, an urban farm in Cleveland. Check out her blog here, and follow along. I will be reading. Thanks Chloé for spreading the word about Rid-All.




Wine Bloggers Conference: Penticton, BC June 6 - 8, 2013


Wine Bloggers Conference


With my Okanagan Food and Wine Writers' Workshop a wrap (check out the two photo galleries I posted on the OKFWWW site), I'm looking forward to be an attendee at the 2013 Wine Bloggers Conference right here in Penticton, BC. It's an unbelievable bargain for three wine-packed days at $95 for citizen bloggers, $295 for industry wine bloggers (those whose blog is affiliated with a winery, retail store, or other business or organization), and $395 for non-blogger participants (industry, media relations professionals, friends and family, etc).

This is the first time the WBC has come north of the border. We have Tourism Penticton to thank as well as the  two+ years off hard work and lobbying by the visionary Allison Markin, creator of the social media phenom Eat.Drink.Tweet. She's also the principal behind the social media strategy company All She Wrote Consulting.

I'm hoping it gets me into a blogging frame of mind this summer...because, I know, I know, I haven't been the best at keeping the material fresh on



Off to Appleton and Menasha, WI, to talk Urban Ag at Fox Cities Book Festival and Lawrence University

I'm so happy to be heading to Appleton, WI, to talk about urban agriculture with students and faculty of Lawrence University. While I'm there, I'm part of the Fox Cities Book Festival. Two of my talks are open to the public on Monday, April 22. Here's the schedule.

Urban Agriculture Focus of Author Presentation

Jennifer Cockrall-King

Award-winning Canadian food journalist Jennifer Cockrall-King discusses alternative food systems in a Lawrence University presentation Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in Thomas Steitz Hall of Science Room 102. Cockrall-King’s appearance, sponsored by Lawrence’s Spoerl Lecture in Science and Society, is free and open to the public.

Based on her book “Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution,” the address examines  food systems in cities around the world that are shortening their food chains by utilizing community gardens, collective orchards and vertical farms within their city limits and taking “food security” into their own hands.

“Food and the City” received the 2011 Dave Greber Freelance Book Award, a Canadian national award that recognizes excellence in social justice writing. Cockrall-King’s appearance is part of the 2013 Fox Cities Book Festival.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 and the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Individualized learning, the development of multiple interests and community engagement are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries. Follow Lawrence on Facebook.



Creating Food Initiatives at the Neighbourhood Level - April 26 and 27

Sowing Seeds of Possibilities: Creating Food Initiatives at the Neighbourhood Level - April 26 and 27 - Robertson Wesley United Church (10209 123 St., Edmonton)
Our workshop facilitator for the two days will be Angela ElzingaCheng from Food Share Toronto ( Angela is Foodshares' Urban Agriculture and Community Food Animations Manager.
Friday evening: From Gardens to Food Hubs: Sparking our imaginations- Begins at 7:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.).Through presentations and small group discussions we will spark our imagination about what could be possible in Edmonton. We will also learn some of FoodShare’s story around their work in supporting and developing  community based initiatives leading to better access to healthy food and begin to connect with people and groups interested in moving forward at the neighbourhood level.
Saturday morning: Hands on Tools and Strategies that Create Action for Food Initiatives: Begins at 9:00 a.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m.). We will continue to explore and experience some of the tools and strategies used and lessons learned by FoodShare in their work around community driven and asset based action intitiatives. We will finish up the workshop with a catered lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.. This will provide people with a networking opportunity.
Cost for registration: $15.00 Friday evening only. $20.00 (includes a catered lunch) Saturday only. $30.00 both days. Folks can learn more about the workshop and register online at: or by phone (Debbie Hubbard: 780-458-9286). Pre-registration is required.