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École d'Été sur l'Agriculture Urbaine à Montréal le 18 au 22 août, 2014

Montreal, here I come.

For the past two weeks, I've been listening to Radio-Canada, translating and practicing my book talk en français. I'm very much looking forward to being in Montreal next week to be a part of a panel on Tuesday afternoon and deliver a 1-hour book talk that evening.This conference / school looks like a wonderful series of events, all around urban agriculture.


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.


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
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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:


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.