Now that spring has finally sprung in Edmonton, it’s time to get some seeds into the ground. If you still need to pick up some seeds for this season, or if you’re always on the lookout for new things to plant, Alberta has two micro-seederies for you to check out: Harmonic Herbs and A’bunadh Seeds. … Continue reading Alberta-grown seeds: Harmonic Herbs and A’bunadh Seeds
Do you have a new food-based business, nonprofit, or other great food-related idea that you're trying to get off the ground? Please join Edmonton's NextGen Initiative and the Edmonton Food Council at Fresh MEAET: a micro-funding forum exploring the possibilities for food and urban agriculture in our city. Attendees will take in presentation from local entrepreneurs … Continue reading Call for submissions: Fresh Meaet
The Edmonton Food Council conducts an annual local food survey and wants to hear from you! The survey will be open until April 30, 2017 at 11:59pm. Please take a few minutes to participate. As a part of our mandate, our Measurement Committee has developed an annual survey to understand how Edmontonians access, understand and participate in the … Continue reading Share your thoughts on local food
This Sunday, March 19, 2017, is your chance to pick up some seeds right from the hands of the people who grew them. Seedy Saturdays and Sundays are annual seed exchanges that bring together all types of people who are interested in growing their own food, from backyard gardeners to larger-scale farmers. The purpose is … Continue reading Come get some seeds at Seedy Sunday
The Edmonton Food Council would like to extend a huge thank-you to everyone who made our Let's Talk Food forum a huge success! Thanks to the regional mayors - Lisa Holmes (Morinville), Billy Morin (Enoch Cree Nation), Tom Flynn (Sturgeon County) and Don Iveson (Edmonton) - for having a lively and insightful conversation about local food … Continue reading Thanks for talking food!
People have a penchant for trashing public spaces with their, well, trash. Rob Ironside has seen it time and again: unless people are explicitly told that they are responsible for their waste at events, they’ll leave a huge mess behind. Canada is one of the highest waste-producing countries in the world, per capita. Alberta leads … Continue reading Reducing waste one person at a time
Communities have huge power to shape their local food system – but it requires the input of all community members to make change happen. That’s been the mission of the Community Food Connections Association (CFCA) in Medicine Hat. CFCA’s food security coordinator, Alison Van Dyke, has been building up an inclusive food community for the … Continue reading Connecting communities through food
Thinking about attending Cultivating Connections? Not sure what it’s all about and why you should care? The Food Council chatted with Susan Roberts and Mary Beckie, co-chairs of Cultivating Connections, to find out why everyone should attend this conference – whether or not you work in the food industry. “We’re on a real wave right … Continue reading What’s important about food to you?
For the past 20 years, Kids in the Hall has been helping at-risk youth chart a different course through employment in the restaurant industry. “All the youth we’re working with are coming out of the criminal justice system, safe houses, gangs, stuff like that, and we help them in outreach to develop connections and then … Continue reading Empowering youth in the kitchen
Scale up or bust: that’s long been the main approach to agriculture in Alberta. But a small group of farmers are changing that, by incorporating various practices and techniques that consider the whole ecosystem of the farm and its relationship to the community – instead of just the bottom line. Ian Griebel runs Redtail Farms, … Continue reading A different way to farm in Alberta