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Entries in Edmonton (13)


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.


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!



Backyard Chickens, Episode 36, on KevinTV from Edmonton

Kevin Kossowan is a local food enthusiast and educator in Edmonton. He started with a really great blog a few years ago and now blogs and has his own web-based local food show, on what he's named KevinTV. I'm a big fan of KevinTV because he films episodes about what people are doing to rediscover what can be produced in the Edmonton area. From ice fishing on local lakes (and making perch caviar) to visiting the kill floor at a local abatoir in nearby Sangudo to growing kale in the winter in cold frames.

Here's the latest episode of KevinTV. Locally, independently produced television from my home town.

Back yard hens make nothing but sense to me, yet it remains illegal in our municipal law. In an environment where urban ag and sustainable living are relevant, I can't see how the bylaws can stand as they are. So I'm visiting folks with hens, to see their setups and get their thoughts. This is part 1 of many.



Edmonton Book Event #2 Mar 22 at Hardware Grill 4:30 to 6:30 pm, Edmonton

THANKS to those who came out to the Culina at the Muttart event. But if you missed that one, here's the announcement of the March 22 event at Hardware Grill.

You are most welcome to forward this email along to anyone you think would enjoy it.
I will fire up my Global Garden-hopping Slideshow around 5:15 pm. Otherwise, just pop in when you can.
This is a FREE afterwork event in the basement conference room at Hardware Grill restaurant in Edmonton.

There will be a bit of food and drink involved. Greenwood's Bookshoppe will be onsite selling books. But it's a casual book party at which we'll talk, sip, and at about 5:15, I'll fire up my 15 minute global garden-hopping slideshow. Then we'll continue along with happy hour. No need to RSVP. Just come on by.


Up with the worms, to talk about Food and the City on Global TV Edmonton this morning

A big thanks to Jennifer Crosby, morning news anchor/producer at Global TV Edmonton, for taking such an interest in the book. Jennifer is a farm girl from Northern BC, so she gets the food aspect, but seemed particularly interested in the "urban" angle of food production as we tweeted back and forth yesterday in preparation of this morning's segment. (Follow Jennifer Crosby on Twitter @JenCrosby) Thanks, Jennifer!

And speaking of this morning's segment: