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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.



PSA: Edmonton hosts national food security conference, Nov 1-4, 2012

(While I’m sad that I’ll miss this interesting and important conference, I’m thrilled it will be in Edmonton. I'm posting the press release information for Powering Up! Food for the Future.)

--from press release:

EDMONTON - Food Safety, Food Security, Food Defense, Food Sovereignty ??? What do these mean? With Albertans reeling from the biggest recall of meat in our history, and the City of Edmonton developing a Food and Agriculture Strategy, hundreds of people and organizations from across the country who are working on food issues are preparing to converge upon Edmonton for the 7th National Assembly of Food Secure Canada (FSC). Powering up! Food for the Future, will be hosted for the first time in the west at NAIT from November 1-4, 2012 and is being organized in collaboration with the provincial network, Growing Food Security in Alberta (GFSA).  

This biennial event will bring together close to 400 people: community workers, activists, academics, farmers, community workers, youth, Indigenous and Northern peoples to share, learn, and strengthen their commitment to Food Secure Canada’s core goals:  zero hunger, healthy and safe food, ecological agriculture. Food Secure Canada’s broad and diverse movement has worked for many years to define a clear policy agenda that is summarized in Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada.  Many of the issues that have come to light in the XL meat recall – food safety, food security, health, environment, labour, animal well-bring, access to information and the inherent problems of such large-scale production– are addressed in the People’s Food Policy. The people gathering in Edmonton know not only what is wrong with the food system as it is, they also have a wealth of knowledge and experience on how to work together to fix it. Many of them are already doing so in their own communities!

This year’s theme is Powering Up! Food for the Future, and includes an agenda of four plenary sessions, over 40 workshops and several network meetings.  The Assembly is an opportunity to showcase the innovation occurring within Alberta, and share, successes, and lessons learned from across Canada. Plenary topics include a critical look at the elitism of the “local food” movement; a discussion between activists and federal MPs about the obstacles to food policy change; the sustainability problems of cheap, convenient and fast food and energy; and the future directions of food activism.  Northern food security issues will be specially profiled this year throughout the program.

This event will be both inspiring and thought-provoking, taking a hard look at the obstacles and work needed to improve Canada’s food system for producers, consumers, and the next generation.  Amongst other topics, participants will discuss: Northern food insecurity; hunger and the right to food in Canada; seeds and resilience; health and sustainability; meat and industrial agriculture; food policy councils; GM crops; migrant workers’ rights; children and gardening; financing the next generation of farmers; new funding models; permaculture and aquaponics; challenges for the coop movement and much more.

Registration is now open to the public.  For general information and program information

Two events are open to the public without registration for the entire event:

(1)  Public evening event of lively discussion on Energy, Resilience and the Future of Food will feature some leading thinkers on the links between the climate and the food crises.  Hosted by Jim Hole, the panel will include Pat Mooney, Mike Lewis, Eriel Deranger and Augusta Henriques.  This event takes place on Friday, November 2 at 7:00 pm at the Expo Centre. A voluntary protein food Food Bank donation or cash contribution is suggested.

(2)  The Taste and Sounds of Alberta, a feast and farmer’s market featuring the best of Alberta food and drink and will include a program of music, arts and crafts.  It takes place at NAIT’s Common Market Area on Saturday November 3 from 6:30-9:30 pm.  Tickets are $30. To book your ticket/s to be picked up at NAIT on the night of the event send your request to

Opportunities for interviews and to learn more!

  • Monday October 22 at 2:00 at Three Banana’s Café (9918 102 Avenue T5J 3N5) talk to Susan Roberts, members of Slow Food Edmonton and Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton (OFRE) Edmonton at Powering up! Bringing local food players together
  • Tuesday October 23 at noon at NAIT talk to the local Powering up! team at NAIT.  Call Susan Roberts for the NAIT Location
  • Thursday Oct 25 at 2:00 at the Food Bank (11508 120 ST T5G 2Y2) talk to Susan Roberts, Mack Male and Marjorie Benz - stories of food accessibility, food adequacy, gaps in the food system
  • Friday Oct 26 at City Hall talk to Susan Roberts and others regarding the City of Edmonton Food and Ag Strategy - How it stacks up so far nationally? - time TBA