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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

August 29, 2013 No Comments

Recommened: “Edible City: Grow the Revolution” (free watch)

Edible City: Grow the Revolution is a feature-length documentary that examines the Good Food movement in San Francisco Bay Area, and around the world.

Edible City is a fun, fast-paced journey through the local Good Food Movement that’s taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.

Introducing a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system, Edible City digs into their unique perspectives and transformative work– from edible education to grassroots activism to building local economies—  finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems.

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August 29, 2013 No Comments

Recommended: ‘The Botany of Desire’ (free watch)

“The Botany of Desire, a free PBS documentary on the evolutionary relationship between humans and plants. Featuring Michael Pollan and based on his best-selling book, this special takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world, seen from the plants’ point of view. The program shows how four familiar species — the apple, the tulip, cannabis and the potato — evolved to satisfy our yearnings for sweetness, beauty…” (from PBS website)

Watch for free on YouTube (embedded above) or PBS.

More about the film (from PBS website):

Flowers. Trees. Plants. We’ve always thought that we controlled them. But what if, in fact, they have been shaping us? Using this provocative question as a jumping off point, The Botany of Desire, a two-hour PBS documentary based on the best-selling book by Michael Pollan, takes us on an eye-opening exploration of our relationship with the plant world – seen from the plants’ point of view.

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August 29, 2013 No Comments

Recommended: ‘King Corn’ Documentary (free watch)

From corn and subsidies to cattle feed, burgers, corn syrup, pop and more. A must (free) watch for those interested in the food system of the U.S. (not sure on exact differences in Canada).

Best quote from an Iowa corn farmer.. “You shouldn’t be [impressed]. You should be impressed at the stupidity. We aren’t growing quality, we’re growing crap. The poorest quality crap the world has ever seen.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvMxIEgbsIo&feature=player_embedded

King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.

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Open Source Ecology logo
June 29, 2013 No Comments

Great Idea: “Open Source Ecology”

“Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that for the last two years has been creating the Global Village Construction Set, an open source, low-cost, high performance technological platform that allows for the easy, DIY fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts…”

More information at http://opensourceecology.org/

May 29, 2013 No Comments

2-min Why Co-ops Rock! “Co-operatives are the antibodies of globalization” with John Restakis

Short and sweet — 2 minutes on why co-operatives can beat out capitalistic globalization. 2012: Year of the Co-operative!

Co-operatives by their nature are local. They’re controlled by members that live in the communities where they work. They are democratic, it’s in their DNA, and they have a primary focus on serving the needs of their members in their community; not the needs of capital that is concentrated in New York or London or Hong Kong.

See more at http://www.ilstv.com

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Our Common Roots film
May 24, 2013 No Comments

Our Common Roots: A film on the Healing Power of Herbs (including many you could grow in your garden)

We may be able to grow beautiful gardens in our yards, and even produce gardens that fill our dinner tables, but can we identify which plants strengthen our immune system or combat an illness? Or which plants have been held as sacred with the indigenous people’s of the area? Learning about the medicinal aspects of the plants we grow in our gardens has never been easier than watching the film “Our Common Roots”. With a fellow local Winnipeg herbalist and film-maker, we hope you can help support this project and share it with your friends — gardens are more than a beautiful use of your yard, or even an indulgence of flavour and taste — they can strengthen our mind, body and soul and help generations balance the dis-order and dis-ease that continually challenge our health.

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May 13, 2013 No Comments

BUILD Profile on Global Television

5-min video on BUILD (Building Urban Industries for Local Development) — a social enterprise non-profit contractor and a training program for people who face barriers to employment.

A member of the Canadian Community Economic Network, BUILD (Building Urban Infrastructure for Local Development) seeks a Winnipeg where bills in low-income housing are affordable and where the residents who live in this housing have gainful, family-supporting employment.

http://www.warmupwinnipeg.ca
http://ccednet-rcdec.ca/en

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November 29, 2012 No Comments

TED Talk: “Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food”

Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

Jamie Oliver has been drawn to the kitchen since he was a child working in his father’s pub-restaurant. He showed not only a precocious culinary talent but also a passion for creating (and talking about) fresh, honest, delicious food. In the past decade, the shaggy-haired “Naked Chef” of late-’90s BBC2 has built a worldwide media conglomerate of TV shows, books, cookware and magazines, all based on a formula of simple, unpretentious food that invites everyone to get busy in the kitchen. And as much as his cooking is generous, so is his business model — his Fifteen Foundation, for instance, trains young chefs from challenged backgrounds to run four of his restaurants.

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