We Get You Growing
January 24, 2017 No Comments

Depaving Paradise at Brooklands School

​What does it take to transform an old, unused basketball court into a beautiful outdoor classroom? Brookland’s School in Winnipeg was wondering that very thing, and on May 28th they found out.
The plan for the day was ambitious: Rip up 150 m2 of asphalt (mostly by hand), build 15 raised garden beds and fill them with soil, install benches between the beds, plant a native garden including a strawberry patch, lay down mulch for the walking areas, and plant a special tree in memory of a special teacher.


June 27, 2016 No Comments

Growing Community

Brooklands School Community Garden

On May 28, we assisted Brooklands School students, staff, and volunteers with the creation of the Brooklands School Community Garden. The event included removing concrete, building raised garden beds, shoveling soil, and planting perennials. We are still in the process of putting the finishing touches on this wonderful project, but we are so proud to see the event highlighted on the Winnipeg Free Press website.

View the full photo album at  Winnipeg Free Press.


Urban Eatin’s Tommy (left) with Preston (centre) and Chad of Blueprint Law
March 2, 2016 No Comments

CCEDnet’s SPARK Program

As a small business and worker co-op, it isn’t always easy (i.e. affordable) to get professional advice. That’s where CCEDnet’s SPARK program fits in. They match small businesses with professionals willing to step in with some volunteer work. Urban Eatin’ was lucky to get matched up with Blueprint Law, getting some advice on some rental agreements that were drafted. Urban Eatin’ has been leasing some workshop space to the Green Action Centre’s Compost Winnipeg program, and renting one of our truck’s to them for some of their pick-up days.

See SPARK’s blog post about the match.


April 30, 2015 No Comments

“Co-op roots run deep” article in Canadian Cooperator

The April 2015 issue of the Canadian Cooperator had an article called “Co-op roots run deep” about Urban Eatin’s roots, written by donalee Moulton.

Co-op roots run deep

by donalee Moulton

“The Urban Eatin’ Gardeners Worker Co-op grew out of a commitment for a more just, sustainable food system. The Winnipeg workers’ cooperative believes realizing that commitment starts in their own backyard. If people want to grow food or want to change the landscape, Urban Eatin’ is here to help, says worker-owner and co-op co-ordinator Tommy Allen.


Urban Eatin’ Wins National Prize!


We are thrilled to be one of eight winners of the 2014 National Co-op Challenge. We are thus receiving $25,000 to put towards our 2015 neighbourhood edible garden project. Thanks to all of those who voted for our video in September 2014! We couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks also to The Co-operators for putting on this annual challenge!  You can view our 90-sec video for the challenge.

Thanks also to all those who helped promote our campaign, such as the Assiniboine Credit Union (who also made this image). See their short article on the Asterix Online.


November 1, 2014 No Comments

Urban Eatin’s National Co-op Challenge video (90-sec)

This short video was featured in the 2014 National Co-op Challenge. Each of the 16 finalists were asked to create a 90-sec video to say who they are, and the public was able to vote for 30 days. Urban Eatin’ was thrilled to be one of the eight finalists chosen to receive the award of $25,000.

Urban Eatin’ is a small group of gardeners committed to using organic and holistic techniques to build and maintain vegetable and herb gardens for Winnipeg’s residents. We have been trained with various techniques of light footprint, integrated gardening and permaculture principles. We believe that your home and your community should provide you with shelter and sustenance. So we offer to help make your yard a place of beauty, food, and comfort by enabling people to grow their own vegetables, fruits, herbs and edible garden spaces through consultations, design, workshops and hands-on learning.

You can view this video directly on YouTube at: Urban Eatin’ National Co-op Challenge Video 2014

September 16, 2014 No Comments

“Urban Eatin’ catchin’ on” article in Canstar

Urban Eatin’ was featured in a Canstar article in the fall of 2014 entitled “Urban Eatin’ catching’ on”, written by Jared Story.

Worker co-operative a finalist in online contest

“A worker co-operative’s vision of a sustainable food system in Winnipeg could get a big boost. Urban Eatin’ Gardeners Worker Co-op, which operates out of the Social Enterprise Centre (765 Main St.) in North Point Douglas, is a finalist in the National Co-op Challenge, an online contest presented by The Co-operators.


National Co-op Challenge 2014
July 10, 2014 No Comments

Urban Eatin’ a Finalist in National Co-op Challenge 2014

Voting has begun! Go to the official National Co-op Challenge website to watch the videos and cast your vote (see us in the “Western” region near the bottom). See below to sign-up for email reminders to vote throughout this challenge (you can vote once per day).

We are excited to announce that with the help of your votes this fall, we could win $25,000 from the National Co-op Challenge (NCC)! Visit their website for details on the contest. All monies won must be used for the projects outlined in the co-op’s initial application to the National Co-op Challenge, designed to grow the co-op and improve services to the citizens they serve.

All 16 finalists are listed below (divided into 4 regions). We are the only co-op from Winnipeg this year. Each will produce a 90-second video for the public to vote on between September 3rd and October 1st, 2014.


June 3, 2013 No Comments

“Mixed Greens” Article in Winnipeg Free Press

Edible gardens feast for eyes and mouths

by Mark Klassen from Urban Eatin’
Updated: June 1, 2013 from the Winnipeg Free Press

Many of us in the urban environment would love to be able to provide more food for ourselves, our families and our communities, safely assured the seed saved from our own food plants will produce in future years, that our soil is free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and that our compostable waste aids the sustainable cycle of soil health.


ACU's Asterix Newsletter featuring Urban Eatin' Gardeners Worker Co-op
September 26, 2012 No Comments

ACU Asterix Newsletter (fall/winter 2012)

Supporting community enterprise

Urban Eatin’ would like extend our gratitude towards ACU’s financial support through the Community Enterprise Development Grants Program. Please read through their latest newsletter to learn more about their program and what we are up to as well.

ACU’s Community Grants Program looks a little different this year with the addition of a separate Community Enterprise Development Grants Program. This new grant stream is designed to help co-ops and social enterprises take the next step in their development and isn’t tied to the application deadlines of our Sustainable Community Grants Program.


May 5, 2012 No Comments

“Incredible edibles: Ditch the lawn for plants you can eat”

(article in the Winnipeg Free Press, May 5, 2012)
By: Naomi Audia and Paolo Riva

Medieval roots

Incorporating edibles into the landscape is a growing trend but one that has its practical roots in gardens dating back to the Middle Ages, when monastic gardens grew culinary herbs alongside flowers.

Raised beds made their debut in Tudor gardens in the 1500s and contained plants prized for their medicinal and culinary value. These utilitarian kitchen gardens were generally situated behind high walls, hidden by vines, shrubs, trees and herbaceous plants.


Urban Eatin' at Car Free Day 2010 Winnipeg
September 22, 2010 No Comments

Car Free Day 2010 in Winnipeg

by the Green Action Centre

On Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Winnipeg joined thousands of cities all over the world by closing part of our territory to car traffic for Car Free Day. It was a rainy day, but a good time was had by all. Congratulations to William Belford, winner of the Track Stand Competition, and thanks to Urban Eatin’ Gardeners Coop for creating a beautiful temporary green-space out of a parking spot. We hope you will join us in 2011!