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Entries in food security (27)

Monday
Sep092013

Thrift Shop song parody, by young urban gardeners in Paterson, NJ

I apologize in advance. I have a constant loop of "I grew these tomatoes. They taste incredible. Look how the salsa flows. From my garden down the road." in my head, and soon, you will too.

Take a look at this great video of what some teens grew this summer in the City Green summer program to promote healthy eating in urban areas. And great job on the chorus, you crazy kids.

Saturday
Aug032013

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.

Thursday
Jul182013

Cool new project: Foodgarage Project in Red Deer, Alberta

Last week, I had a long conversation with Rene Michelak, of Rethink Red Deer. He's involved in many sustainability projects, and one in particular is The Food Garage Project. It's a four-season food production shed / garage in his backyard. The idea is to experiment with how much food an urbanite can produce, even in a northern city with six solid months of below-zero Celsius, such as in Red Deer, Alberta. And it's part of his home's permaculture design, food forest, and year-round fresh food producing garage.

Here's the short video from The Food Garage website.

 

The Food Garage Project was also recently featured on CKUA Radio's ArtBeat, and the segment starts at 41 minutes. You can just zoom ahead to that portion. They are currently raising money on Indiegogo to build a prototype that produces renewable energy for 4-season food growing to feed a family of 4 for a year... forever.

Help spread the word about The Food Garage Project, and even be a part of the capital campaign if you can.

 

Sunday
Apr212013

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.

 

Saturday
Apr202013

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 (http://www.foodshare.net) 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: http://sowingseedsofpossibilities-eac2.eventbrite.ca/ or by phone (Debbie Hubbard: 780-458-9286). Pre-registration is required.