Spring is around the corner (or so we hope!). Will your food come from a local CSA, your new plot in a community garden, from your new favourite local food supplier or from a farmers’ market you’ve never heard of before?
This Green Drinks is all about providing attendees with the tools they need to connect to the their food. Meet the growers, the bloggers, the foodies and the DIY’ers to find out the best way to eat locally this year. Check out the following people, organizations and foodies who will be presenting their best tools on Wednesday, March 5th.
Liane Faulder, Eat My Words – Edmonton Journal
“As food writer for the Edmonton Journal, my job is to tell people about eating in Edmonton. I cover trends, chefs, restaurants and other food industry news, blogging and tweeting under the handle Eat My Words Blog. Once a week, on Wednesdays, I produce new stories on my beat online in the Edmonton Journal, and in the print edition of the paper.
As the biggest trend in the food world these days is local food, much of my job revolves around writing stories about local farmers, ranchers and growers of all descriptions, and they food they produce. Regularly, I profile chefs who work with local food, and print recipes from those chefs that feature local food. By following me on Twitter, reading my daily blog, and keeping tabs on the weekly fresh features in the paper, you’ll get a wide variety of food information, and food fun, related to the local food scene.
Please feel free to phone me if you have any information or tips about local food or restaurants in the city, or need to know anything specific about the food scene in the city.”
Dustin Bajer, representing the Edmonton Food Council
The Edmonton Food Council is a committee of the City made up of 14 talented and knowledgeable people who represent a diverse cross-section of the local food system. They provide advice and guidance to the City of Edmonton and are a direct link to fresh: Edmonton’s Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy. Their goal is to be a catalyst that enables expanded possibilities for vibrant food and urban agriculture in Edmonton. The Food Council will work to establish trust and working relationships with key individuals, groups and organizations in order to best support what is already thriving in our community, to enhance communication between everyone and to create learning opportunities for people to become more informed.
Sabrena Falcone, representing the Edmonton Permaculture Guild
Sustainable Food Edmonton is a non-profit charitable organization focused on raising awareness and initiating programs and projects that result in communities engaged in healthy food and a healthy planet. By offering the following, we connect communities and kids with their food and how it’s produced.
· Community Gardens – where we network over 80 community gardens to share resources, knowledge, and a grant to help gardens get started, expand, or renovate their site.
· Little Green Thumbs – an indoor garden classroom program operating in over 47 schools in our area (and growing every year!). We provide all the materials, training and support to make the garden as success during the school year.
· Yard Share – we connect those looking for land to grow food, with neighbours willing to share their yard space.
· Urban Ag High, a pilot project to help build a community of practice around ag programming for Junior & Senior Highs in our area. We help schools get connected, learn collectively, host workshops and events and find resources for their ag projects.
· City Farm – which doesn’t currently run but we hope to again in the summer of 2015.