Kombucha and water kefir — cultures that create community

Gillian Kerr has been keen on natural medicine and healthy eating for a long time. However, kombucha and water kefir (the non-dairy version of milk kefir) have become a big part of her life over the last couple of years. Gillian’s introduction to fermentation and canning was through her good […] Read more »

Meet thy neighbour: the Abundant Communities Initiative

Photo: Erin Wallace

Two neighbours, coming home from work, stop to chat before they head into their homes. A group of mystery lovers meets for a potluck and book club meeting. Several people who live in the same apartment building meet at one resident’s home to learn the art of traditional Indian cooking. […] Read more »

Jana Sacco teaches the art and science of fermentation

For Jana Sacco, learning about fermentation was part of a larger journey of changing the way she experienced food and nourishment. After spending most of her life dieting and thinking about food from a simplistic calories-in-vs-calories-out perspective, Sacco says she found herself suffering from pain, inflammation, fatigue and depression. She […] Read more »

Wild Green Consulting enhances gardens with permaculture

Wild Green Garden Consulting is a locally owned business, committed to creating environmentally sustainable garden spaces based on the principles of permaculture. Since the early 2000s, the permaculture scene in Edmonton has continued to expand and flourish, thanks to the effort and support of groups like the non-profit Edmonton Permaculture Guild. The […] Read more »

Lessons learned from the Edmonton Resilience Festival

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  Early in February 2015, we filled Boyle Street Plaza to overflowing with skill-sharing workshops, Conversation Cafes, a fair showcasing the work of community organizations, community-created artwork and social activities. Our goals were to strengthen community resilience and inspire participants to help create a sustainable, creative and promising future. We […] Read more »

Kitchen dyes explained at the Edmonton Resilience Festival

In her south Edmonton kitchen, it only takes Deborah Merriam a few hours to demonstrate how to transform a couple skeins of white, local wool into antique-gold-coloured yarn. Merriam was one of the workshop facilitators during the first-ever Edmonton Resilience Festival in February 2015, teaching 10 participants how to use […] Read more »