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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Sowing co-operatively, reaping the benefits:
Young farmers use co-ops as a new way to work the land
‘I’ve helped out on many family farms, and I love them. I think they’re great. It’s not my dream. My dream’s a little bit different.”
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.
Urban Eatin’ turns gardens into edible works of artExcerpt from CBC MB Scene article posted by Mike Green,
Weekend Morning Show Food Dude | Sunday February 24, 2013
It was -25°C, without a scent in the air, when I met Mark Klassen the herb and seed specialist from Urban Eatin’ Gardeners Worker Co-op this past week.
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.
Sowing Edible Landscapes
Urban Eatin’ Co-op makes it easy to grow your own food
by ANDREA GEARY
(excerpt from The Aquarian Summer 2012 online edition)
“It’s amazing to walk out into your yard and just pull out a salad,” says Sarah Kirby.
Sarah, who lives with her husband and daughter in River Heights, owes her culinary delight to the Urban Eatin’ Gardeners Worker Co-op.
(article in the Winnipeg Free Press, May 5, 2012)
By: Naomi Audia and Paolo Riva
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.
Mark Klassen, of Urban Eatin’ in Winnipeg, outlined the concept of community gardens, and believes the enthusiasm of portagers for the idea shows the building blocks are here, and just need to be put in motion.
Chris Mccarville has worked hard to create several Winnipeg worker coop videos, including this one on Urban Eatin’.
Click here for videos on other Winnipeg worker coops.
Thanks Chris Mccarville.
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!