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Upcoming Food and the City Book Talk: Literally Place-Making, April 12, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Registration now available.I'm honoured to be speaking at the up-coming event in Saskatoon, SK, next month. I'm on the panel with two incredible writers, Candace Savage and Gail Bowen. If you are in the Saskatoon region, the Centre for Civic Governance Forum is now taking registrations for this symposium.


Literally Place-Making

When: April 12th, 2013

Where: At the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, 20 minutes north of Saskatoon


Featuring Keynote Presentations by Candace Savage, author of the new Governor General Award Winning  Book A Geography of Blood.


GAIL BOWEN's first Joanne Kilbourn mystery, Deadly Appearances (1990), was nominated for the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada Best First Novel Award. Her new novel The Gifted is the fourteenth novel in the series and she is hard at work on the fifteenth. A Colder Kind of Death (1995) won the Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel; in 2008 Reader's Digest named Bowen Canada's Best Mystery Novelist; in 2009 she received the Derrick Murdoch Award from the Crime Writers of Canada. Bowen has also written plays that have been produced across Canada and on CBC Radio. Now retired from teaching at the First Nations University, Bowen lives in Regina.


JENNIFER COCKRALL-KING is a Canadian food journalist and author based in Edmonton, Alberta, and Naramata, in the heart of British Columbia’s wine country in the Okanagan Valley. Jennifer’s first book, Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and The New Food Revolution is about the groundswell of urban agriculture in cities around the world. It examines why there is a reaction to the current global, industrial food system, and how urban agriculture is changing the mood, texture and dinner plates in over a dozen cities in five countries profiled in her book.

In addition to these presentations, there will be several key workshops local leaders in communities small and large. The conference will take place all day April 12th at Wanuskewin Heritage Park near Saskatoon. Please save the date, and watch for further event and registration details at:


Greenland Garden Show on 630 CHED (Edmonton) this morning

First round of seedlings, started early for once.I'll be on the Edmonton 630 CHED Garden Show this morning with Tina Burback and Morgan Webb. They have a great call-in show, with lots of local information about gardening and planting in the Edmonton area.

We plan on talking about urban agriculture around the world, and also Edmonton Seedy Sunday next weekend. (I'll be presenting a slide show at Seedy Sunday next week.)

I'll also mention the fabulous 2012 Edmonton community gardens report that was just released last week by Sustainable Food Edmonton, so here is the link to that report for those who wish to read the report themselves. Sustainable Food Edmonton is a wonderful resource to help you find a community garden near you as well, plus much more. Happy gardening!



The Future of Urban Agriculture in the Alberta Capital Region

On February 12, 2013, I was one of three speakers at a presentation called The Future of Urban Agriculture in the Alberta Capital Region. It was part of the Regional Planning Speakers Series, The City Region Studies Centre.

The event was really well attended, the Alberta Art Gallery theatre was full! Regional Planning Speakers Series has just uploaded the podcast and slides from the event. So if you want to take a listen, here's the intro and the link.


"This event, held on February 12 2013, was forward thinking in nature. It looked at the future of urban agriculture in the Alberta Capital Region: What does it look like ? What are the implications on land – use planning? On the economy?  On policy making ? These and other issues were discussed by our panelists, Jennifer Cockrall - King (Edmonton based food Author and blogger), Candace Vanin (Agrologist, Government of Canada) and Dustin Bajer (teacher at Jasper Place High School and permaculture expert)."

Click here to go to the City Region Studies' page where the slideshows from this evening are archived.


Talk at Guru Digital College Arts College

Monday, I'll be talking to at the Digital Media Production class at Guru Digital College. I will be talking to them about the pros and the cons of developing a personal brand in the arts. I will undoubtedly learn more from them than they do from me, here are my talking points:

- What is a personal brand?

- Why do you want one? Why would you not?

- Tool for building a personal brand:

  • website - multimedia
  • social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, LinkedIn, Youtube, Flickr, TEDtalks

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Vancouver's Draft Food Strategy just released

Vancouver, British Columbia, leads the way again in Canada. The city just released the draft of its Food Strategy, a 150-page document. Click here to go to the Vancouver Food Policy Council (which links to the report).

It seems that Vancouver city council is supportive of urban agriculture. One of the main goals of its "Greenest City" initiative is to become a global leader in urban food systems by 2020.  It already has a vibrant urban food scene thanks to very supportive city bylaws. And now it has a blueprint for an even more edible future. Congrats Vancouver.