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Entries in urban agriculture (52)

Monday
Dec222014

Food and the City in Japan

I have been getting some tweets from Japan over the past week. This can only mean that the Japanese translation of the book is now out there.

A big thanks to my translator and my Japanese publisher, Hakusuisha (@Hakusuisha on Twitter).

Here's the link to the book's page on Hakusuisha's website.

 

cover to the Japanese edition of Food and the City, published by Hakusuisha

People are even tweeting photos of it on bookstore shelves.Looks like you get a free package of basil seeds with the book. Nice packaging touch.

 

From twitter

 

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.

 

Thursday
May162013

High School Senior blogs as she learns and writes about food, urban ag, and permaculture

I got a lovely note from a reader today. It was from a high school senior in Cleveland whose interests mirror my own: journalism, food and urban agriculture. She sent me a note about my book and how it is inspiring it was to her. That makes me feel pretty good, I must say.

That said, I find her current project totally interesting. Chloé has just begun a three-week senior project which will have her writing about her experiences at Rid-All Green Partnership, an urban farm in Cleveland. Check out her blog here, and follow along. I will be reading. Thanks Chloé for spreading the word about Rid-All.

 

 

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.